How Can Marijuana Help With Mental Health?

We at Wheelhouse love marijuana for a lot of reasons, but none of them quite top the versatility of this plant. Of course, cannabis has been used recreationally for quite some time, and many of our customers engage in marijuana use for that reason. But beyond recreation, can marijuana have a beneficial impact? As more and more research comes out, the answer continues to be an overwhelming yes! While many mental illnesses exist, today we’ll be focusing on how marijuana use can help improve the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders, depression, and ADHD.


How Marijuana Can Improve Anxiety


Medical marijuana has been shown to possibly relieve the symptoms of anxiety. Mental symptoms of anxiety can include nervousness, restlessness, tension, feelings of dread or panic. Anxiety also manifests physically, and can result in physical symptoms like increased heart rate, rapid breathing or hyperventilation, trembling, weakness, lethargy, and more. Anxiety-related disorders include social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and even obsessive-compulsive disorder. Consuming cannabis can increase your sense of calmness, improve relaxation, and better your sleep quality, all of which provide general wellness and mitigate the most common symptoms of anxiety. It can also help reduce PTSD-related flashbacks, agoraphobia, and panic attacks. However, marijuana works best for anxiety patients when other traditional treatments aren’t working, and some may find it heightens their anxiety.


How Marijuana Can Improve Depression


Depression can be a truly debilitating illness that results in trouble working, studying, sleeping, eating, and participating in once-loved activities. Depression can even make it hard to enjoy being around friends, family, and other loved ones. Marijuana can benefit those with depression by supplementing the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system uses serotonin signaling to control the body’s various processes, and serotonin is thought to regulate mood and happiness quite closely. Additionally, the presence of CBD and THC results in a heightened production and concentration of the body’s “bliss molecule,” anandamide, resulting in a better mental outlook.


How Marijuana Can Improve ADHD


Marijuana products, especially those with CBD, are great for those suffering from ADHD because they help refocus the brain. One of the biggest characteristics of ADHD is speeding thoughts and lack of driven focus, and marijuana calms the brain while encouraging attention towards whatever task is at hand.


Mental Illness Due to Poor Physical Health


A common cause for more acute cases of anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses is poor physical health. When people are diagnosed with chronic illnesses, their mental state may degrade due to feelings of hopelessness or discouragement. Additionally, patients with chronic pain are more likely to experience depressive and anxious thoughts as a by-product of their daily aches, pains, and inabilities.


Wheelhouse’s Marijuana for Mental Health


Our dispensary carries a huge variety of cannabis products fit for any person, lifestyle, or reason for marijuana use! We know that finding the perfect marijuana product can be difficult, especially when your mental health is part of the decision-making process. Our friendly budtenders can discuss cannabis options with you, including which strains to smoke, which brands will help most, what CBD content to get, and what method of marijuana consumption will fit your lifestyle best. Stop by Wheelhouse today, or shop online for delivery or curbside pick-up!


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