Review: MMJ Holds Potential in Treating Mental Health

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Photo Credit: Flickr / Dank Depot / CC BY-NC 2.0

A new clinical review led by associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia Zach Walsh suggests cannabis may actually treat mental health issues, as opposed to the long held belief that it causes it. Researchers examined the connection between medical marijuana use and mental health by looking at all available studies on both medical and recreational marijuana use. They found that medical marijuana may be able to treat mental health conditions like depression, social anxiety, and PTSD, and that the medication could be substituted for other potentially problematic substances. Walsh said, "In reviewing the limited evidence on medical cannabis, it appears that patients and others who have advocated for cannabis as a tool for harm reduction and mental health have some valid points."

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