In the last decade, the stigma of mental illness has become less daunting. Because of this, more and more people suffering silently with these conditions have been able to speak to their doctors about possible treatment. Consistently, the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders are anxiety and depression. Anxiety is a form of mental illness that is believed to be related to emotional memories and stress or fear. A recent report from Time Magazine claims that University level students are commonly afflicted with anxiety.
According to the American Psychological Association, around 25% of college students take psychiatric medications such as antidepressants and mood stabilizers Even with the readiness to apply pharmaceutical medications, many doctors refuse to talk to their patients about medical cannabis. Even so, patients still utilize cannabis to take control of their anxiety without the often burden that is the side effects of pharmaceuticals. Many of these patient trials are successful, but without the help of medical professionals, the ability to use cannabis medicinally without abusing the herb can sometimes be a challenge.
Those who are treating their own symptoms using cannabis have had much more success in countries and states where the plant is legal recreationally or medically. Patients who are forced to find illegal cannabis to treat their anxiety, tend to have issues knowing exactly what strain they’re getting. This is troublesome when working to find a certain strain of cannabis that works, and even more of an issue if we’re attempting to avoid a strain that may worsen anxiety and/or depression. A recent Leafly article has some great advice for students hoping to medicate with cannabis:
“Cannabis is able to help get symptoms under control without the slew of negative side effects of other meds, but must be treated like medicine. Becoming a burnout is not going to help you feel better, or advance…the repeal of federal prohibition. Know your limit, and only use what you need to get through each situation.” says DJ, the student interviewed in the article.
The important part of treating any condition with cannabis is to remember that it is a medicine and needs to be treated and respected as such.