Anxiety & Stress and Medical Marijuana
"I tell you that Medical Cannabis makes me feel better and I don't have to take narcotics and I can sleep at night. Who are you to tell me I can't use it? It burns me up."
- Perry Parks, Pilot, US Army
Anxiety is a natural reaction to life's ongoing issues. In Anxiety disorders, the feelings are chronic, there's a strong tendency to over study and worry about every little thing. Sometimes the cause of anxious feelings is legitimate. For example, if a person is living on the edge barely making their mortgage payment and the job situation is not stable, real factors can escape their control, the world's realities bring on major anxiety.
"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." Lily Tomlin
Prescription drugs afford some relief for anxiety as does alcohol. However these solutions can come at a cost much greater than they bargained for; horrible alcoholism and drug dependence / addiction. As we all know, many a great life was ruined or snuffed out through addition.
Fortunately, elite researchers have found that certain strains of Medical Marijuana alleviated the following conditions in clinical settings across the world:
- General anxiety disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Separation anxiety disorder
“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man, who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
– Winston Churchill
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The Science; How Medical Cannabis Helps Treat Stress
For Eons, Marijuana was used to treat mental disorders such as anxiety, stress and even insanity. Marijuana is described in United States Pharmacopeia - from 1850 until 1942 for these symptoms and also for labor pains, nausea, and rheumatism. In the 1930s, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Narcotics reclassified MMJ as an illegal drug.
“Went to my doctor today who wants to put me on anti-depressive again regarding my severe anxiety. It’s so frustrating. The 2 years I was medicated on my 1:1 CBD Mango Haze oil I didn’t have one(!) anxiety attack!” - Won't say
Cannabis' two main medicinal components called Cannabinoids; THC (psychoactive) and CBD (non-psychoactive) have been shown in many medical studies to slow the secretion of molecules that create a stressful response. Through fear reduction, many patients find themselves able to relax once again and regain a positive perspective.
"My granddaddy always said, if you got a problem that you can’t solve, helps to get it out of your head. Pie, it’s good. It might me time we do somethin’ stupid. Somethin’ that ain’t got nothin’ to do with nothin’. Ah, you know what? Now I want some pie, K. I want some pie. Let’s go get some dumbass pie! “ - Men in Black
Stress causes chemicals called glucocorticoids to be released in the brain as part of a chain of events that creates the feeling of gloom and doom. In chronic stress, the metabolic switch that controls the release of glucocorticoids is set on high or is even broken in the on position. Insomnia, tantrums, internalized anger and a host of other negative mental disorders are the unfortunate consequences.
When the Mind is Overwhelmed
Post traumatic stress disorder is a classic example where the mind's threshold to handle stress is exceeded. Rape, violence, war cause the mind to lock into an ongoing state of fear and agitation. This chronic disabling condition tortures victims with flashbacks, nightmares and emotional instability. Without treatment, these conditions are damaging mentally and physically to both the patient and their families. Alcoholism, divorce and hypertension are common byproducts of this condition.
“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. “ Lily Tomlin
DOCTORS AND PATIENTS : HOW MEDICAL CANNABIS TREATS ANXIETY
“Right now, we don’t have good treatments for PTSD,” Bakshi said, “There are some cognitive behavioral strategies that help a little bit, but there is no gold standard drug treatment like there is for something such as clinical depression… there is a very, very dire need for [PTSD] medication.”
"I tell you that it makes me feel better and I don't have to take narcotics and I can sleep at night. Who are you to tell me I can't use it? It burns me up." - Perry Parks, US Army helicopter pilot, Vietnam War
"These results suggest that abnormal receptor signaling is implicated in the etiology of PTSD, and provide a promising neurobiological model to develop novel, evidence-based pharmacotherapies for this disorder." Molecular Psychiatry. 2013 Sep18.
"The effectiveness of THC in reducing fear and anxiety brain activity was proven with MRI scans."
"Compounds called terpenes (essential oils), with minty and fruity fragrance, are also found in abundance in some Marijuana strains. There is strong evidence that terpenes, spearmint, peppermint and essential cannabis oils (BCP) have antimicrobial and anti-depressive 2 properties." 420EvaluationsOnline
FURTHER READING - HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA HELPS IN ANXIETY
"The people in your life should be a source of reducing stress. Not causing more of it."