Some Facts About Breast Cancer

Cancer affects approximately 1.9 million individuals in America. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign to bring attention to the 1 in 8 women that will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Cancer begins as a mutation of genes in the cells of the body forming tumors or affecting organs. Usually breast cancer begins in the cells of the milk-producing glands of the breast or the ducts that drain milk to the nipple. Less commonly, breast cancer will begin in the fatty tissues of the breast. Over time cancer cells invade other healthy cells and can spread the cancer to the lymphatic system and beyond.


The Impact of Chronic Pain

We all experience some sort of pain in our life. From scuffed knees as kids, to arthritis as adults, pain is prevalent throughout our lives. However, for approximately 50 million Americans, chronic pain is a daily part of their life. Chronic pain is any pain that persists past 6 months, or after the injury or trauma has healed. Sometimes the pain can spread to other parts of the body or increase even after the cause has been treated.


Cannabis and High Blood Pressure

Did you know that one in three American adults has high blood pressure? If left untreated, high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) can lead to cardiovascular disease, which increases the risk for heart attack, kidney disease, and stroke. Additionally, one of the single greatest contributing factors to high blood pressure is stress. Medical Cannabis has a dual-purpose effect of treating both the underlying physiologic causes of hypertension and its greatest trigger, chronic stress. When considering effectiveness, side effect profile, and safety, there is no better treatment for stress than medical cannabis.


Using Cannabis for Pain Reduces Opioid Deaths

The opioid epidemic is at an all-time high in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 500,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid from 1999 – 2019. The first wave of the epidemic began in the 1990s with the over-prescribing of prescription opioids. The second wave began in the 2010s when users started to turn to heroin instead of pharmaceutical opioids due to tighter legal regulations and thus a decrease in supply. The last wave of the epidemic began in 2013 with the illicit manufacturing of fentanyl. The third wave is especially dangerous as fentanyl can be found in numerous substances, including cocaine, counterfeit pills, and heroin.


The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on mental health, compounding mental issues such as anxiety. Intending to manage anxiety, the number of people turning to cannabis – otherwise referred to as marijuana – is rising fast. According to new research from the Journal of Addictive Diseases, medical cannabis users have upped their use by an average of 91 percent. The increase is evident since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.


Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression can be difficult to deal with. Many patients struggle to find a means to cope with complex conditions like depression and it is often difficult to find a treatment that works. In recent years, however, an increasing number of patients are turning to marijuana due to the effective results that many individuals experience.

A Washington State University study explored how using marijuana for depression, stress and anxiety was effective in patients. In the study, they focused on the different strains of marijuana being used and the dosage. The results of the study showed that marijuana reduces short-term feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress significantly, providing patients with real relief.

Let’s take a closer look at how marijuana can be used successfully in the treatment and management of depression.

Choose The Right Strain

Marijuana is a complex plant and depression is a complex disorder. While marijuana can be very effective in helping people with depression, it’s important to choose a strain that will give you the relief that you need. Marijuana affects different people in different ways, and different strains can be just as diverse. Speak to your marijuana doctor about choosing the right strain of marijuana for depression.

CBD Vs. THC For Depression

In the Washington State University research, the team found that marijuana high in CBD and low in THC was optimal for alleviating and reducing the symptoms of depression. While THC strains are more commonly found at local dispensaries, many local dispensaries also offer CBD strains. THC strains produce the euphoric high associated with recreational marijuana use, while CBD strains provide little to no high.

How Medicinal Marijuana Helps Depression

Marijuana can help individuals with depression in many different ways, depending on the person in question. For some people, marijuana can stimulate conversation, interest in old hobbies, and other creative endeavors, which can help patients to feel happier and more alive. Other patients find that marijuana stimulates the mind making them feel more engaged and connected with the world around them, leading to a sense of fulfillment and belonging, which help to alleviate symptoms of depression.

As everyone can react differently to marijuana treatment and management, it’s wise to speak to your marijuana doctor so you find the right strain, dosage, and consumption method to meet your needs and help you to combat depression moving forward. With the right guidance, you can be sure that you get the right prescription to help you deal with your depression more effectively.

Get In Touch With Our Team At Affordable Marijuana License Today!

If you have been battling depression and have struggled to find an effective treatment, marijuana could be just the solution you have been looking for. To find out more about how we can help, get in touch with our expert team at Affordable Marijuana License to schedule a New Patient Visit today. With the help of our knowledgeable and friendly team, you can find the right marijuana treatment to help you to manage your depression with more success moving forward.


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