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The Controversial Pros and Cons of Marijuana: Doctors Reveal Its Impact on Your Mental Health

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have some form of broad marijuana legalization in effect. Marijuana is highly controversial and sparks political and medical debate as the government navigates legalizing the drug for its health and economic benefits.

Medical professionals both holistic and traditional have conducted research to find marijuana’s true impact on our mental health. It can act as a treatment for various mental disorders and a substitute for more harmful drugs. But that’s not all …

Marijuana has proved helpful for patients suffering from depression

Worried young man sits on the edge of a bed.

Worried young man sits on the edge of a bed. Marijuana might be helpful for those with depression. | iStock.com

Scientists at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions studied chronic stress and depression, with a focus on endocannabinoids, which are brain chemicals similar to substances in marijuana. The researchers found that in the animal models they studied, chronic stress reduced the production of endocannabinoids, leading to depression-like behavior, which they then used cannabis to counteract. This can potentially lead to mood stabilization.

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