January 17, 2022

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The Medicinal Uses and Effects of Cannabinoids

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How can one tell which cannabis treatment is best? There is no one answer to this question. For every person with a cannabis addiction, there is an individualized plan or method to get clean and stay clean. The best plan will take into consideration every person’s needs and motivations to help them reach their sobriety goal.

One such review considers the effects of the whole plant extract (THC and CBD). It also discusses the relationship between these two compounds and major mental disorders. They are not effective in treating these disorders. “The use of medicinal cannabis or cessation of cannabis use for the treatment of major psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and schizophrenia did not show any significant association.” This means that it is not established that medicinal cannabis aids those with these diseases.

Another truth was revealed by the same review: there is more to these diseases than just the presence of cannabis compound. It was revealed that those who used medicinal cannabis and not the less harmful recreational version had more severe psychiatric symptoms. This means they had more severe symptoms. It also means that those who consumed more cannabis may have developed more serious conditions than those who got his medicine through another method.

This study found that cannabis users did not exhibit signs of anxiety. Only those who took psychotropic drugs showed signs and symptoms of anxiety, but they weren’t found to be suffering from genuine psychoses. What is more alarming is that the most common cause of anxiety is a chemical imbalance. People who feel anxious might have lower levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine and higher levels serotonin in their system. These two chemicals affect mood, energy, sleep, libido, cognitive functions and a host of other areas. They do not cause anxiety attacks.

This means that even though many cannabis users may suffer from anxiety disorders, the majority of them are not suffering from true psychotic illness. They may use cannabis for its euphoric and calming effects, but they don’t have signs of schizophrenia, depression, or mania. Why is it that some patients experience a worsening in their psychiatric symptoms after quitting cannabis use? The answer lies in the fact that some people become addicted to these powerful mind altering chemicals even when they are supposed to be taking only a natural herbal remedy.

University of Colorado researchers found that cannabis users had higher brain chemical concentrations than people who didn’t smoke it. The highest levels of alpha-striatal and fear-related hormones were found in those who smoked the most. This means that the brain activity of the person becomes more like that of an anxious person. Another study performed at the University of Louisville found that people who had social anxiety disorder (SAD) had a greater ratio of delta-aminobutyric acid in their brains, which is associated with depression and other emotional disorders.

Another major psychiatric disorder the resin can be used for is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Chronic depression is a condition that cannabis users don’t usually experience symptoms of. The patient needs to reduce their dose or quit smoking to alleviate the symptoms. However, this is only one example of how the plant can influence people’s mental health, as there are many other minor and major psychiatric disorders that cannabis seems to affect. There is also a lot of scientific research being conducted on this subject.

Since people have different responses to the medicinal cannabis extracts, it has to be taken into consideration that some strains may be efficient for some people but useless for others. Many researchers are also looking at the potential benefits of cannabis for patients with other medical conditions like chemotherapy. Although there are no studies directly contradicting the theory, there are still numerous arguments about the therapeutic effects of the psychoactive effects of the plant. It is important to state that even though the medicinal cannabis has not been found to have significant effects when used in the treatment of psychoses and major psychiatric disorders, there are still debates about its psychoactivity and the links between it and the other ailments that the patients suffer from.