Psychotherapy studies of cannabis use continues to advance

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All of the positive effects of cannabis have yet to be revealed

As the US continues to let down its guard on the use of cannabis, more studies are being conducted to determine how valuable the natural plant can be. The debate on whether or not cannabis is beneficial has raged for over 100 years, despite the fact that significant scientific investigations have only been conducted within the past 50. In particular, psychotherapy studies have shown that cannabis use can have extremely positive results for people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as other psychiatric disorders. More research is continuing to reveal a number of advantages for the use of the drug that was once considered to be as harmful as cocaine.

Cannabis is now shown to help alleviate sleeplessness, anxiety and mood swings. In May of last year, an article in the Psychiatric Times indicated that cannabis use had been the cause for a reduction of 75% of major symptoms reported by PTSD patients.

A number of patients have also reported that cannabis has helped to reduce anxiety disorders, and gives patients a relaxed feeling of well-being. Fichtner and Moss reported that there is “moderate evidence that cannabis is effective for improving short-term sleep outcomes in individuals with sleep disturbances.”

More research is needed, as there are also indications that marijuana isn’t completely harmless. Some individuals have reported a decrease in short-term memories and an increase in heart rate. According to a study this past August, marijuana use could be the cause of several problems, including a lack of concentration or motivation.

The key is to determine the proper amount. Almost any product, food or beverage can have detrimental side effects if used in excess. Moderate use, however, can provide significant relief to a vast number of individuals suffering from a variety of ailments. While some of these afflictions that are countered by cannabis have already been identified, there is still a need to continue research and fine tune the proper amounts that are necessary to live a fuller and healthier life.