Mental Health Conditions that can Benefit from Medical Cannabis
Updated: Jun 24
Medical Marijuana is emerging as a healthy alternative to traditional medicine for Mental Health. All across the world, various researches are being conducted to find out in what ways can the multiple components of Cannabis be utilized to help deal with Mental Health Disorders. While there is no scientific proof that says that Medical Marijuana can cure or prevent
Mental Health Disorders, a lot of patients, especially in the west, are using them as self-medication to help ease out the symptoms. Moreover, encouragement from celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Michael J Fox, Olivia Newton-John, and Kristen Bell has further created more awareness of Medical Cannabis's benefits towards brain health. Let us take a look at what all Mental Health conditions can benefit from Medical Marijuana.
When someone has Bipolar disorder, they suffer from extreme shifts in mood. From Low-Depressive to High-Manic, the switch in state of mind is both sudden and unpredictable in the patients. Studies have shown that Medical Marijuana's anxiety-relieving properties help patients; they show fewer signs of significant mental episodes while they are on prescribed
Medical Marijuana medication.
In depression, the production of brain chemical - 'endocannabinoids' is reduced. Endocannabinoids play a key role in instructing the brain on how to control, perceive, show emotions, and also how to behave. Luckily, Medical Marijuana's chemical component consists of hundreds of cannabinoids that interact with the complex brain system and help in balancing this Endocannabinoid deficiency.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in Cannabis. It is said to help in Anxiety and is preferred worldwide due to its therapeutic properties. CBD is believed to help with Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Sleep Disorders, and General Phobias.
Alzheimer's disease is an aging disorder that causes brain cells to degenerate. It is linked to Dementia, where a person begins to lose its memory and, eventually, their language, problem-solving ability, and other thinking skills. While it hasn't been proved that Cannabis can help fight Dementia or Alzheimer's disease, it is said to help the patients manage their agitation and aggression.
Parkinson is a central nervous system disorder that affects movement. A nerve cell damage in the brain can cause dopamine levels to drop, leading to the symptoms of Parkinson. As the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements in Cannabis are believed to protect brain cells, it is being looked at as a prospective cure for Parkinson's disease.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder where a person has difficulty in paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, and is often overly active.
ADHD patients prefer Medical Marijuana, as it has fewer side effects than traditional medications. It helps them by controlling hyperactivity and impulsivity.