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3 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Marijuana for Your Mental Health
“Can marijuana really improve my mental health?” We’ve been asked this question countless times by our blog readers. So we have decided to answer it once and for all in today’s post.
To give you the short answer, yes, it can. Marijuana has been shown to have many benefits for our mental health and is often used as a treatment for depression and anxiety disorders. It has dozens of benefits for our mental health and this blog post will go over the three most impressive ones.
So without wasting another second, let’s get right to it!
1. Marijuana Eases Anxiety
Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder in America, affecting 40 million adults? If you too suffer from anxiety, then you should know that marijuana has been used as an anti-anxiety medication for hundreds of years.
A study by Vanderbilt University found that delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient in marijuana, can reduce anxiety levels in rats.
The researchers concluded that “the results suggest a potential novel strategy for treating anxiety.”
Furthermore, another study published by the University of Sao Paulo found that cannabidiol (CBD), another active ingredient in marijuana, reduces symptoms of social anxiety.
The researchers concluded that “the results suggest that CBD reduces anxiety in social situations and that this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas.”
There are dozens of other studies that conclude similar results.
2. Marijuana Improves Mood
Let’s face it, no one likes the mood swings of depression and anxiety.
Luckily for us, several studies have shown that marijuana can improve our mood by elevating serotonin levels. For instance, this study published by the University Of New Mexico and Releaf App in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicines concludes that marijuana provides immediate relief from symptoms of depression.
So if you’re looking for a supplement that can instantly improve your mood, marijuana is it.
3. Marijuana Boosts Cognitive Abilities and Reduces PTSD
Contrary to what you may have heard, marijuana can actually improve our cognitive abilities.
A study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology found a link between CBD and increased blood flow to areas in our brain which are crucial for memory, learning, and attention.
This means that by taking small doses over time we can increase these areas of our brains.
The researchers found that “the brain regions identified are involved in a range of memory and mental functions, including learning, short-term memory, working memory, executive function (e.g., attention), problem-solving and even IQ.”
This means marijuana can help us learn new things faster as well as improve our ability to retain information. This is huge for students and people looking to pick up a new trade.
Furthermore, another study published by the University of London found that marijuana could be used as an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease because it helps with “memory extinction.” Meaning that marijuana can not only increase our cognitive abilities but also help us forget bad memories which form the basis of PTSD and depression.
Although the use of marijuana as a medical treatment remains controversial, it can’t be denied that it has many great benefits for our mental health.
In today’s post, we covered only the three most impressive benefits of marijuana for our mental health. Based on how this post is received by our readers, in the future, we may write a comprehensive guide covering all the mental benefits of marijuana that are backed by scientific evidence.