Just as alcohol prohibition led to increased levels of organized crime and deviant behavior in the people of the early 1900s, the war being waged against marijuana shares similar traits. But even if one is against marijuana being legally sold within the United States, one cannot ignore the tremendous health benefits that the plant provides.
While people traditionally associate the drug with lazy types of people who only snack on junk food and talk about things like space and spirituality, the truth is that all types of people use marijuana for many different reasons, one of the biggest being chronic anxiety.
The active components of cannabis have been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety levels in people, and they don’t even have to smoke it. Marijuana as a medicine comes in a variety of different forms, including sprays that rest under the tongue, salves that can be applied to sore muscles and upset stomachs, and oils that you can vaporize.
Which is perfect for those who do not like the psychoactive effects (the “high”) that come with consuming THC, like parents, professionals, seniors, and anyone else who wants to get rid of their anxiety without having to be stoned all the time.
Social Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder are just two anxiety-related disorders (on a long list of many) that are incredibly common in the United States. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, affecting 40 million people in the United States today, which is about 18% of the population.
Some people do suffer from increased levels of anxiety when consuming too much THC, which means it’s important for those wanting to reduce anxiety levels to find a strain of the plant that is high in CBD (cannabidiol) content and low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content.
Conducting the proper research on what type of marijuana will work best for you is a good first step if you’re interested in trying it out. If you suffer from chronic anxiety and are tired of it controlling your life, medicinal marijuana could hold the key to your freedom.
Don’t let the stigma fool you–when consumed correctly and in moderation, marijuana is a great alternative to pharmaceuticals and it comes with little to no side effects.
h/t SF Gate