Cannabis and Mental Health. Is it really helpful?


A trend has been studied specifically suggesting interest in CBD or cannabidiol as it has been linked with the treatment of depression, anxiety, and stress. Over the years, several countries have taken the step to legalize medical Cannabis. In April of 2019 alone, there were 6.4 million searches relating to CBD. Is this drug that appears to be popular among celebrities worth it? 

Is Cannabis really helpful for mental health? 

Some researchers believe there’s indicative evidence that cannabis with compounds like THC and CBD in them could be good for mental health. Some researchers think the current evidence isn’t conclusive enough. 

However, the general agreement seems to be that it shouldn’t be prescribed by physicians at present as there’s still research to be done on whether taking a psychoactive drug is worth the risk for treating depression and other mental health problems. 

Impact of Cannabis On Mental Health

Let’s take a look at some of the current conclusions on the impact cannabis has on mental health. 

  • In 2019, the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry published a study that is of the opinion that if CBD is consumed in capsule form, it can provide some relief in, particularly stressful times. A 300 mg capsule was tested for this to see if the anxiety caused by public speaking alleviates a little. 
  • The 2018 study by Washington State University (WSU) was focused on how people felt long after using cannabis. The result was that if people smoked cannabis, they did feel good for a short amount of time. Stress and anxiety did seem to go away for a while but in the long run, it seemed to contribute to the overall depressive episodes. 
  • The Journal of Affective Disorders study suggests that Cannabis has to have a high CBD amount and low THC amount to provide the optimal treatment for reducing depression. Two puffs can lower the anxiety level. More than ten puffs and there was a significant reduction in stress level. 

Is it harmful to smoke Cannabis? 

Whether cannabis can be used for the treatment of mental health is still up for debate. However, it is clear that inhaling cannabis does have risk factors associated with it. Other forms of consumption are on safer grounds but smoking means the person is inhaling smoke into their lungs. 

Studies do not suggest that smoking cannabis and lung cancer have any connection but there is certainly a risk to smoking that other forms of ingestion do not have. It is better to eat cannabis with cooking or consume it in capsule form. 

Final Thoughts

There are CBD being sold in the market in oil or plant form that has not been regulated properly. While Cannabis will help relieve stress conclusively in a temporary form, it is for the best that the person does not use it without a recommendation from their doctor. If you do want to try CBD, research your state laws.