Recent research has revealed that 1 in 10 of us are likely to acquire a mental health condition at some point in our lives – anxiety being the most common.
And although many prescription medications can be extremely helpful for some people, for others, they do not help.
But now, experts have claimed that medicinal marijuana could help to treat an anxiety, by calming patient’s mental state.
Over the past decade, there has been a significant amount of research that has revealed that medicinal marijuana is able to help patients treat and manage a whole host of debilitating conditions including Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, MS and Arthritis.
But that’s not all… there has also been a whole host of scientific andanecdotal evidence that has suggested that medicinal marijuana can also be used to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress.
Leading neurologist Professor Michael Barnes has been quoted in a media report stating: “The two main cannabis compounds are THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive component, which makes recreational users high, but it also has therapeutic properties and can help with pain and muscle spasms. CBD is the other one, which doesn’t have a psychoactive effect. But CBD in its own right seems to have an anti-anxiety effect.”
He believes that there is solid evidence to success that CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana, is able to help patients suffering from anxiety.
He added: “It’s worth pointing out that CBD itself is not illegal. You can buy it quite openly over the Internet. And it appears to be a remarkably safe drug. But I don’t think doctors know much about it so they don’t know to recommend it yet.
“And a lot of my patients admitted they were using it. I got interested in it and I helped in the development of one of the only available cannabis-based prescription medicines.”
There are around 90 chemicals found in the cannabis plant however, it is CBD and THC, which have continued to dominate medical research.
Professor Michael Barnes believes that more research into the medicinal properties of marijuana has the potential to completely revolutionise medical practice.
In recent years, attitudes have changed when it comes to the wider social acceptance of marijuana. This is because people, in all corners of the world, have begun to realise that there is far more to marijuana than the “high effect” that has become synonymous with the drug.
Medicinal marijuana is currently legal in a number of states and countries around the world. As a result, more people than ever before are using the drug for medicinal purposes in order to treat symptoms such as nausea, chronic pain, sleep deprivation. Many patients also use the drug to manage the severity and frequency of epileptic seizures.
And this latest development, once again reinforces the fact that medicinal marijuana could have a valid place in the medical world.
There are currently a number of patients who are using the drug to treat severe anxiety, however, many medical professionals still believe that far more research is needed into the effects of marijuana on the brain.