Medical Marijuana for Anxiety and Depression

As we all know, one of the most well-known effects of marijuana is the sense of well being and happiness. this is known as mood elevation, caused in relation to the effects of the cannaboids.

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The chemical compounds that are found in cannaboids are similar to those that a healthy human can create, but with certain conditions such as anxiety, sleep and mood disorders the body may not produce these soothing agents. Medical marijuana can replace those these natural agents and help to relieve the symptoms of these disorders.

How Does Medical Marijuana Work for Anxiety, Sleep and Mood Disorders?

Since these conditions have many separate causes and symptoms, it might seem confusing how cannabis works for these disorders.

Cannabis has 61 unique compounds, each of which fall into eleven different groups that each have different effects when used for treatment. This is why patients use different strains of medical marijuana that are bred to have higher levels of specific cannaboids that are most effective for the treatment you seek.

Therapy Treatments Using Medical Marijuana

Therapies for major depression currently have limited effectiveness, but research shows that the compounds in cannabis increase serotonin, a mood controller produced by the body, and even increases the generation of new brain cells.

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Anxiety is a symptom of many psychiatric conditions, and research shows that medical marijuana plays a role in modulating the feelings of fear that characterize anxiety. Cannaboids are used to relieve feeling of anxiety, either naturally produced by the body or introduced into the body through the use of medical marijuana.

Sleeps disorders are primarily affected by the compound THC, which contributes to feelings of sleepiness, while CBD compounds actually can cause feelings of wakefulness, which suggests that high-THC-low-CBD strains of medical marijuana are best to overcome insomnia sleeplessness.sleepy

Since cannaboids are present in virtually any form of medical marijuana, patients are able to relieve their symptoms through a variety of way of consumption.

Symptom Relief Using Medical Marijuana

Smoking medical marijuana is probably the most popular way of using medical marijuana. It offers an instant dose of cannaboids, and lasts for 4-6 hrs. The only drawback is that you have to inhale the smoke of the cannabis, which for some patients who have underlying medical conditions, this is not possible.

Vaping, achieved by using a vaporizer is gaining popularity as an alternative to direct smoking of medical marijuana. Instead of inhaling the smoke, you are actually only inhaling the vapor, which is much cleaner and smoother, resulting in less damage to your throat or lungs.vaporizer

Vaporizers are similar to e-cigarettes, but with the alternative being marijuana that is inhaled.

Edibles is probably the fastest growing market in the medical marijuana industry. From cookies to brownies, to cakes and pies, virtually nothing is off limits as far as consuming medical marijuana goes. It can be prepared using the raw plant and buds, or in a liquid oil form that has already been rendered down for just the cannaboid compound of either THC or CBD.

Cannaboid oil in its raw form is also popular. This will come in a stick, or commonly in a syringe. It can then be administered by placing the oil on or under the tongue, and letting absorption take place. cbd gelcaps

The only drawback is the taste of the oil, which can sometimes be rather nasty. However, a drop or two on a sugar cube will tone the taste down.

Or you can also take the oil in Gel Cap form which is probably the easier version.

 

Calming the Disruption

Since anxiety, sleep and mood disorders can be very disruptive to a normal schedule and life, finding a solution that works for you in of utmost concern. Many of the traditional treatments available for these conditions can be quite disruptive since they cause drowsiness, agitation, aggravation, and can actually make some symptoms worse.

This is where medical marijuana comes into the picture. For those suffering from these upsetting symptoms, many will be able to supplement their treatment with medical marijuana, but should always discuss these options with a qualified medical marijuana doctor.

The Alternative Treatment Solution

As with all types of medications, this treatment may not be right for you. The use of medical marijuana over traditional prescription drugs is catching on, but it is not a save-all.feeling good

As research continues worldwide, there are many alternative therapies that are being contrived and implemented, so if one therapy does not work, try another and another until you find that right balance of harmony that reacts to your symptoms, bringing that feeling of calmness and tranquility to your life.

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Medical Marijuana for Anxiety and Depression

  • September 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm
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    Here in Wyoming, the government hasn’t been very accepting to our Colorado neighbors. It personally saddens me as medicinal marijuana has proven beneficial to so many lives. I get that it caught a bad stigma, but I also understand the game behind Big Pharma, and they helped grow that stigma.
    I’m glad you discussed the different ways one can receive the benefits of cannabis. I know smoking is a direct turn off to many people, but that certainly isn’t the only way to be able to enjoy the benefits of the plant. Edibles and oils are equally if not often times more beneficial treatments, and I know that there are even patches for those in physical pain.
    Thank you for getting the word out there and helping rip the veil off of the nasty rep this truly beneficial plant has gotten. Suffering from anxiety myself, and often having trouble eating, I know how hard it can be without the right treatment. Especially if you are against normal use of pharmaceuticals. The side effects and utter displeasure that most pharmaceuticals provide just hasn’t proven worth it, and often times it seems much easier to live with the disease itself, than the way the pills make you feel.. Though I know neither is a preferred way to live. People should have more rights to the way they want to treat themselves, especially when it is not causing harm to others around them, and is a more effective way of dealing will ailments that may lead to even more harm without treatment.

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    • September 26, 2017 at 11:07 am
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      Hi Eric and thanks for your comment.
      Yes, marijuana has a bad rap. The stories of people going crazy from using marijuana are just that- stories. I would never have imagined growing up that one day marijuana would be legal. I think for the most part that big pharma has been kept at bay in the production and distribution of medical marijuana. Luckily, the growers have a upper hand here, and big pharma may just have to bow down to them if they would like to do any kind of research.
      With so many documented cases of the benefits of medical marijuana helping people with pain, sleep disorders, seizure, PTSD, cancer-the list goes on and is increasing.
      Eventually, governments will need to recognize and react to this obvious need. They just need to keep their noses out of it, and not look at it as a cash grab.
      In Canada, we are in the process of legalization slated for July 2018. There will be federal laws, but each province is able to make their own laws as they see fit. Today, here in BC, the government has created a website that you can view the new laws they want to implement, and give your opinions before they go to law. I like that. Keeping the public involved and informed is going to make this process much easier.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 11:05 am
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    Great article! Medicinal marijuana is awesome and helps people with so many conditions. I used it as well, especially in stressful times and it really helped me to relax and sleep better 🙂
    Also I tried CBD oil which is super duper powerful and has so many health benefits! Canabis plant totally rules! 🙂

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    • September 25, 2017 at 11:20 am
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      Hello Ingrida and thanks for the comment.
      Yes, the lowly marijuana plant is making a comeback in such positive ways. No longer the illegal substance feared for so long, but now an effective tool for so many medical conditions.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 2:03 pm
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    You article is eye opening for me; I have always thought marijuana was bad for you. I had no idea that there are that many uses of marijuana. I reallt enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for sharing, I learned a lot.

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    • September 24, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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      Hi Hong and thanks for the comment.
      I am glad to hear that you learned a lot from post. That make me feel that I am in the right direction, and hope that as time goes on, I can do the same for others.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm
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    Hey Brad, fantastic post about medical pot. I was wondering if you had any experience with individuals suffering from epilepsy not just mood/anxiety disorders?

    I have read some research about that and wanted to know what you think and if you have any thoughts on that.

    Also, I enjoyed reading about the different ways in which to consume the weed. Some people may be sensitive to smoking it. I know I used to be a heavy smoker and my lungs would just get messed right up and I’d be out of breath.

    Anyway thanks so much for sharing!

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    • September 24, 2017 at 2:01 pm
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      Hi Micheal and thanks for the comment.
      I know that recent research has for epilepsy has centered around the use of medical marijuana for those who suffer epileptic seizures, and the result of reducing or eliminating seizures. I know I have read and seen videos of the so called miracle cure that has happened for some by using CBD oil as part of their treatment. Verification of these is questionable, but I think with so many great stories being told, it’s hard to ignore the results, even with tons of research being done. The future looks great for medical marijuana!!

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  • September 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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    It is true that marijuana contains the ingredients to treat symptoms of anxiety, depression and mood disorders. I have read articles from medical sources of the cannaboids that we ourselves produce and help in different areas of our bodies. Marijuana has been used for thousands of years and to not make use of its therapeutic benefits; treat it as a taboo and replace it with drugs is just plain wrong. If research has been done showing the results of helping those with depression, mood disorders, epilepsy, and other maladies, then embrace the natural healing product. One country in the west, Canada, is finally listening and legalizing marijuana in 2018. This is the first step to getting back to nature and using it for its true health benefits.

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    • September 24, 2017 at 2:07 pm
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      Hey Sam and thanks for the comment.
      Luckily, I live in Canada and yes, all the buzz is about the legalization slated for July 2018.
      Canada is the first of the G7 countries to legalize recreational marijuana, as medical marijuana has been legal here for a number of years already. I think given time, it will become legal in many more countries. In the Netherlands, marijuana has been legal since the 70’s, and now Germany, Peru and even Mexico are looking at legalization of recreational marijuana. We have come so far but a long ways to go.

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  • September 24, 2017 at 3:50 am
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    Very interesting article and you have provided some great information. For me personally I wouldn’t be able to use marijuana as treatment because it causes me to feel paranoid and anxious. I’m not saying I don’t believe it can help others because I do. The problem for me is that I abused it as a teenager by consuming large quantities daily, which lead me to the anxious and paranoid feelings.

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    • September 24, 2017 at 11:04 am
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      Hey Lee and thanks for the comment.
      I as well suffer the anxiety and paranoia that can be associated with using medical marijuana. If you have this reaction to smoking, then you should for sure try edibles or topicals if you should ever require medical marijuana. These are less subtle and should lessen your reaction.

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  • September 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm
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    I have used weed to help with sleep and relief of anxious nerves. It has helped with my anxiety but has also hindered anxiety as well. I have not access to medical grade where I live so it’s not controlled.

    I’ve heard medical grade can help combat anxiety but also improve depression.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • September 24, 2017 at 11:17 am
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      Hi Vince and thanks for the comment.
      If by chance you do not have access to medical marijuana where you live, then you can always order product and have it shipped to you. Just make sure that for where ever you live, it is legal to do so.
      You can always check out product here:
      https://medicalmarijuanacommissary.com/shop

      If you’re interested,let me know and I will see what I can suggest to help.

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  • September 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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    Great post!! I live in NC and have yet to see any laws about medical marijuana go through yet. Don’t really need it though. I do know that i can help so many other fellow humans so I am happy for this post and hope that it gets out to many!!

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    • September 24, 2017 at 11:32 am
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      Hey Brent and thanks for the comment.
      I am sure given time, NC will join the rest of the union and legalize it. I do believe that there are some grow facilities in NC, but it may all be going out of state for now.

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