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  • Writer's pictureBeal Wellness Staff

Cannabis and Mental Illness: A Risky Combination

As someone who has helped thousands of people with mental health issues, I understand the temptation to try anything that might provide relief. However, it's important to be aware of the potential risks of using marijuana, especially if you or a loved one is dealing with a mental health condition.

Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a psychoactive drug that is derived from the cannabis plant. While it is widely used for recreational and medicinal purposes, it can also have negative effects on mental health, particularly in certain populations.

If you or a loved one has a history of mental health disorders, it's important to be aware that marijuana use can increase the risk of developing a psychotic disorder. Research has also shown that marijuana use can worsen symptoms of depression and anxiety, and it can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Additionally, marijuana use can interfere with the effectiveness of mental health medications. If you or a loved one is taking antidepressants or antipsychotics, marijuana use could reduce their effectiveness or cause unwanted side effects.

It's important to talk to your mental health care provider about any marijuana use, and to be cautious about using it if you have a mental health condition. While marijuana may have some potential medicinal benefits, it's important to approach its use with caution and to seek the guidance of a medical professional.

If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition, it's essential to prioritize your mental health and to find safe and effective ways to manage your symptoms. While marijuana may be tempting as a means of relief, it's important to be aware of the potential risks and to consider other treatment options.

Beal Wellness has a team of mental health professionals that is ready to help you live a happy and healthy life. Book an appointment with us today.

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