Medically Speaking: Marijuana & Anxiety

Mary Jon

This column, Medically Speaking, is dedicated to providing informative articles pertaining to the medical benefits of marijuana. Every article will bring readers a wide perspective of views on whether medical marijuana is a cure & legitimate. Exclusive to HazeNation! – by Mary Jon

Over 13.1 million people suffer from anxiety. There is no permanent cure for anxiety, but patients are typically given prescription medicine to cope with it. Although the medical marijuana industry has had an influx of patients with anxiety, the benefits of marijuana are not only astounding, but legitimate, benefitting one’s health physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Marijuana, if used as directed, can assist in managing and coping with anxiety.

Anxiety disorder is a constant pattern of concern or worry about one’s life, plans, or tasks. It can range from something minor, like a deadline to life-changing events, like death. According to the Library of Medicine, symptoms include a difficulty concentrating, fatigue, irritability, problems falling or staying asleep, restlessness, and often becoming startled very easily. More extreme physical symptoms include muscle tension, shakiness, headaches, and stomach problems. The ways doctors treat anxiety is through medicine and cognitive-behavioral therapy, CBT. Cannabis, also known as Marijuana, assists in providing the physical and psychological benefits needed to conquer anxiety.

The most common misconception is that medical marijuana patients only consume marijuana for the “high” effect. When researching the opposition, there is little claim countering most medical research advocating marijuana. The site balancedpolitics.org shares the arguments against marijuana, such as “[It] is often used as a stepping-stone drug, leading to heroin, cocaine, or other harder drugs; stoned driving and other dangers would be increased; some consider use of the drug as morally wrong; legalization would increase the chances of the drug falling into the hands of kids; because of drug-related arrests, people who have committed or are likely to commit more serious crimes can be taken off the streets; physical damage would be done to users that abuse the drug; more widespread use would increase the dangers of secondhand smoke-damage to bystanders.; legalization of marijuana could eventually lead to the legalization of harder drugs or all drugs altogether.” All legitimate concerns, but none, however, address the counter-argument to providing patients with an alternative choice in medicine to treat diseases, like anxiety.

Anxiety has been regulated through the use of cannabis. Doctors indicate one must not only be fed medicine, but proper therapy, breathing and relaxation become crucial in order to cope with anxiety. Cannabis assists in doing that. According to the pro-marijuana site, Benefits of Marijuana, “The physical benefits of marijuana are far-reaching, widespread, and long-term. Because of the way marijuana impacts the Autonomic Nervous System which expands the breath and relaxes the body, its potential for health and healing are enormous.” There is no scientific backing of the long-term effects of marijuana on anxiety patients, but the short-term effects are proving to work for two to three million people. Medical marijuana should be viewed as another form of medication for anxiety.

People suffering from anxiety should know that there may be relief in smoking. Even though marijuana is a controversial drug, it is a legitimate cure for short-term anxiety. The benefits overshadow the opposition by far.

Please do not use this article as medical advice. For more information on anxiety disorder and medical marijuana benefits, please see your Physician.