As state legalization of medical marijuana becomes more widespread, and with Canada and Mexico jumping on the legalization bandwagon, it is becoming clear how little is known about the link between cannabis and mental health. Research studies have been thwarted due to marijuana being an illegal substance. Yet many patients and doctors are touting the benefits of cannabis with mental health disorders.
Chicken or the Egg?
Often research about medical cannabis treatment for mental health disorders becomes the age-old question—which came first? Some studies seem to prove that overuse of cannabis leads to mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. These studies are based on habitual cannabis users who were diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. In these cases, it is unclear whether the patient already had the disorders before they began smoking cannabis, or if the cannabis use caused the disorder.