Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental conditions in today’s society, especially among young adults. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has found that 1 in 4 people between the ages of 18 and 24 suffer from anxiety, depression, or both. More college students than ever before are weaning themselves off prescription medications and transitioning to calming anxiety with medical marijuana, instead.
Stigma Getting in the Way
A large majority of doctors are still against using cannabis to treat their patients illnesses. Many of these doctors claim that medical marijuana will add to the problem, even though there have been numerous success stories. Although Medical Marijuana is now legal in more than half of the US states, there is still a stigma attached to it that may be inhibiting access to effective treatment.
College students that have spoken about their illness have claimed that they were embarrassed about being on antidepressant and antianxiety medications. Many of them admitted that they would try to hide this fact from their peers, friends and even their families, causing themselves to become quite isolated.
Negative Side Effects of Prescription Medications
It’s important to note that prescription medications can produce a wide range of negative side effects, including but not limited to:
- Risk of suicidal thoughts
- Mood swings
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Increase or decrease in blood pressure
- Heart palpitations and other irregular cardiac symptoms
- Negatively impact lung conditions
- Muscular rigidity and problems with motor skills
- Sexual dysfunction
- Withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, confusion, increased anxiety and agitation
- Life threatening allergic reactions
- Death (by overdose)
Effective and Safe Alternative
Obviously, these are some pretty severe side effects for medications that are supposed to simply improve your mood. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, has proven itself to be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression, without most of these side effects. Common side effects of marijuana use is dry mouth, dizziness, decreased motor skills, drowsiness, and increased appetite. It is true that in a small number of patients, marijuana (specifically THC) can cause paranoia and hallucinations, leading to increased anxiety. This problem can be solved simply by adjusting the strain used to a higher CBD, lower THC concentration.
Patients that reside in legal states have seen more success simply because they have the ability to choose their strain. Knowing what works for you and what doesn’t is a large part of the effectiveness of this medicine. It’s imperative that patients treat marijuana as a medication. Use it when you need it. Becoming a burnout will not help your situation.
Removing the Stigma
Many young patients agree that not only is marijuana more effective than their former prescription medications, but it is also much less embarrassing. Removing the stigma of marijuana opens the door for connection and provides a sense of community. Marijuana can help patients suffering from anxiety and depression to become more sociable when they normally would have isolated themselves. This, of course, is a huge factor in decreasing the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Having friends that you can talk to can literally save your life.
More college students are effectively calming anxiety with medical marijuana. Removing the stigma associated with this drug will open the door for even more people to find relief.
If you feel like you would be a good candidate for medical marijuana, and you reside in the state of Florida, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation ONLINE. It’s time to put your health first!
As you may know, marijuana has the ability to treat a plethora of different symptoms and diseases. Symptoms like depression and chronic pain, are two of the most common causes of suicide. In this article, we’ll be discussing the effect of medical marijuana on suicide rates.
Common Causes of Suicide
Suicide is one of those things that is difficult for many people to understand. It’s hard to put yourself in the shoes of someone that has once contemplated it. Many explanations have been given, but 2 stick out as the most prominent.
Depression is the leading cause of suicide. Often times, the person who is suffering has tried many different outlets, to no avail. In their mind, suicide is the last option for relief. One of the most important things that you must understand, no matter how difficult life may be, is that there is ALWAYS another way. Marijuana relieves depression, by boosting mood and positivity. It is most definitely worth a try, if you are experiencing these feelings.
Chronic pain has also led to many suicides. Much like depression, people experiencing chronic pain see no other way out. Marijuana has the ability to relieve this pain as well, by interacting with the receptors in the brain. Opioids are often prescribed to treat chronic pain even though they produce a slew of negative side effects. Medical marijuana on the other hand, relieves pain but does not produce the same negative side effects.
In an attempt to understand the effect of medical marijuana on suicide rates, several studies have been conducted.
One study administered 3 years after medical marijuana laws were passed concluded that the suicide rate for men in their 20’s and 30’s decreased by 10%.
States with access to medical marijuana have also seen a 25% drop in opiate overdose deaths as well as alcohol related deaths.
While these numbers may seem small, they are actually quite significant. If marijuana can save just one life, wouldn’t that be worth it?
Access to Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana has proven itself to be a viable treatment option for these symptoms, and many others at that. This miracle drug has saved lives, and will continue to save more in the future as medical marijuana becomes more accessible
If You Need Help…
Call the Suicide National Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
“Suicide is never the answer, but medical marijuana may be.”
If you’re a Florida resident suffering from depression, chronic pain or any other symptoms for that matter, schedule your free consultation, today!