Mental Health Awareness Month #EndtheStigma

Mental Health America launched May as Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949 in an effort to promote mental wellness and destigmatize mental health struggles. At GrowHealthy, we also strive to #EndtheStigma around mental health. Not only do we believe in promoting mental wellness for all, but we also believe in the mental health benefits of our cannabis medicine. We stand with Mental Health America to #EndtheStigma around mental health, and we are committed to #EndtheStigma around cannabis use.

According to the Psychiatric Times, patients who suffer from mental health conditions may feel stigmatized by cannabis use and may be reluctant to seek help from health care providers for fear of being denied treatment or labeled as a substance abuser. GrowHealthy is working hard to make all patients feel comfortable discussing their mental health concerns and their medical cannabis options with their doctors. 

Cannabis has been approved to help with many mental health conditions.

bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that can cause a person to have extreme mood changes, including depressive episodes and/or manic episodes. Sometimes those with bipolar disorder can have hallucinations or delusions.

We recognize how difficult, disruptive, and sometimes debilitating bipolar disorder can be, but cannabis can help.

Healthline references multiple studies showing how some patients who use marijuana have had less depressive or manic episodes and have even reported better moods overall.

Research is still being conducted in the medical field to determine just how cannabis can help bipolar patients. We encourage you to speak with your health care provider to see if cannabis can be an option for you.

Anxiety

Over 40 million adults in the United States report suffering from anxiety while less than 37% are receiving treatment.

Those who suffer from anxiety often have symptoms of extreme worry, tension, nervousness, and fear. Anxiety patients can even have increased heart rates, upset stomachs, and shortness of breath.

Cannabis has the potential to significantly reduce debilitating anxiety symptoms, according to medical studies. Patients in this study reported a 58% reduction in anxiety after using cannabis.

The Drug Enforcement Administration cautions that cannabis may worsen anxiety symptoms, especially if cannabis is not used correctly. We encourage patients to speak with their doctors about the potential benefits and risks of using cannabis to treat anxiety.

Dementia

There are currently no medical studies that prove that cannabis stops, slows, reverses, or prevents dementia. However, some medical specialists who believe cannabis can help manage behavioral dementia symptoms, such as agitation and aggression.

In March 2021, the Psychiatric Times reported a case study that found dementia patients had improvement in their behavioral and psychological dementia symptoms after using cannabis.

Dr. Danielle Goldfarb, MD, a neurologist and psychologist at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, believes that the studies currently being conducted on the benefits of cannabis for dementia patients show promise.

Depression

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for people ages 15-44. People who suffer from depression can feel an overwhelming sense of sadness, loss of interest, and loss of pleasure.

People who suffer from depression may also experience insomnia, constant fatigue, and cognitive disabilities.

There was once a stigma that marijuana caused depression, but that claim has been overridden with more current research. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no evidence that marijuana causes depression.

In fact, depression is an approved chronic debilitating symptom that qualifies patients for medical cannabis use in Florida. We suggest that you speak with your doctor to see if cannabis can help manage your depression symptoms.

PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder currently affects about 8 million people. This debilitating mental health condition can cause nightmares, panic attacks, and self-destructive behaviors.

Patients who use cannabis to help alleviate their PTSD symptoms continuously report that cannabis helps.

A new medical study published in December 2020 supports what PTSD patients have been saying for years: cannabis helps relieve PTSD symptoms. In fact, this study reveals that PTSD patients who used cannabis were 2.57 times more likely to be cured of their PTSD after one year compared to patients who did not use cannabis. This is great news for PTSD patients interested in using cannabis to help with their PTSD symptoms.

GrowHealthy fully supports those in our community who manage mental health conditions. We are dedicated to #EndtheStigma, and we encourage all to ask for help if needed. Cannabis is a powerful natural medication, and there is no shame in using it to manage symptoms of common mental health conditions. Talk to your doctor to see if medical cannabis can help you.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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