Cannabis and Mental Health

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In case you didn’t know, July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month…so we are here to address it and natural routes to aiding one’s mental health. According to SAMHSA’s 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

  • 16% (4.8 million) of Black/African American people reported having a mental illness, and 22.4% of those (1.1 million people) had reported a serious mental illness over the previous year.
  • Despite rates being less than the overall U.S. population, major depressive episodes increased from 9%-10.3% in B/AA youth ages 12-17, 6.1% to 9.4% in young adults 18-25, and 5.7% to 6.3% in the 26-49 age range between 2015 and 2018.

If you come from a Black household, I am almost certain that at some point in your life you have heard the term “what goes on in this house, stays in this house,” or something along those lines which has conditioned us to not speak on private matters to anyone outside of our homes. Many of us never knew about counseling or therapy growing up and just had to learn how to mask our feelings and emotions which in some has led to long term mental and emotional issues.

Well instead of turning to prescription medicines to help one cope with mental stress, there are several holistic paths to help those struggling with things such as anxiety and depression, and one just happens to be cannabis. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “studies have found that patients, who used cannabis to treat a range of medical problems including anxiety, had largely improved cognitive performance, reduced clinical symptoms and anxiety-related symptoms as well as a reduced use of conventional medications, including opioids, benzodiazepines, and other mood stabilizers and antidepressants.

Some additional health benefits of cannabis include:

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Preventing relapse in drug and alcohol addiction
  • Treating anxiety and eating disorders
  • Treating gastrointestinal (GI) disorders
  • Preventing seizures and
  • Fighting cancer

If you live in an area where medical marijuana is legal and you suffer from mental health problems or extreme medical conditions, reach out to a holistic doctor in your area to see if cannabis could help with your condition.


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