There are a lot or reasons for the ordinary American citizen to be anxious nowadays. The onset of the new presidency, and the various negative changes it will bring in the lives of immigrants as well as longtime citizens alike, are a major cause for worry.
Marijuana—Not a Cause of Anxiety
While there may be many factors at the root of your anxiety, you can be sure that marijuana is not one of them. While it has been concluded in the past that those who use marijuana on a regular or even a semi regular basis, are more likely to develop various anxieties and similar symptoms, as compared o those who do not use it at all, these studies have proven to be lacking in conclusiveness.
Studies Prove the Harmlessness of Marijuana
According to Conal Twomey, a professor as well as researcher in the field of psychology at the University of Southampton, the studies that were conducted on the subject in the past were too limited in their scope. Not only were they directed at very specific cases, but the issue itself was not observed as a whole, and in the long term.
This ‘cross-sectional’ view is what led to marijuana being labeled a culprit in the anxiety cases. However, modern marijuana smokers have proven otherwise, even going so far as debunking the connection of marijuana to lung cancer and similar diseases common among tobacco smokers.
Such short-term, limited studies therefore cannot tell us about the directionality of the cannabis–anxiety association, Twomey said. Is cannabis use causing anxiety, or are people with anxiety more likely to use cannabis due to the reported stress-relieving functions of the drug?
The Other Side of the Issue
While it is not possible for the marijuana user to have a guaranteed anxiety target on their heads, it is true that excessive usage of the drug may cause some very minor side effects, as jumpiness and/or social disillusionment, and even paranoia.
However, this is only through excessive usage of the substance, and does not warrant the labeling of it as a dangerous substance as a whole.
“Cannabis usage is no more than a minor risk factor for the development of elevated anxiety symptoms in the general population,” Twomey said.
In addition to that, a long term study regarding the link between marijuana usage and anxiety and related symptoms, spanning over three years, recently emerged from Sweden.
The study concluded that there was no link between the usage of marijuana and an elevated risk of anxiety.
A similar study from Colorado also proves the harmlessness of marijuana, at least on the anxiety and mental disorders front.
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