The Mental Health Benefits of Marijuana

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Despite the myth that marijuana use will make you unmotivated and less focused, marijuana users have found that there are many mental health benefits to their practice. For one, many studies have shown the effectiveness of marijuana on improving mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other stress-related symptoms.

Marijuana can be an effective and immediate way to relieve stress, even during panic attacks. When smoked or ingested, marijuana increases the levels of anandamide and dopamine in your brain. Your dopamine levels are affected by your diet, exercise, sleep, and other enjoyable activities. If you take small doses of marijuana, you can improve your anxiety levels, but at higher doses, you can risk increasing your anxiety, so experimentation is key.

When you’re anxious, depressed, or simply can’t go to sleep at night, marijuana can ease your mind with its sedative properties to relax your mind and body. Indica strains prove to be potent sleep aids, especially if your marijuana is a little on the dry side due to the chemical process it undergoes. Opt for high-THC marijuana to promote sleep. High-CBD products tend to make you more alert, which can help with daytime sleepiness. Marijuana can not only make you fall asleep faster, but also help those with sleep apnea, regulate their breathing when asleep to prevent waking up multiple times throughout the night. A good night’s sleep is the a great way to stave off many psychiatric disorders.

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