Do you think marijuana reduces your depression, anxiety? Then you are in for a rude shock

Research has said that smoking marijuana regularly does not help in reducing anxiety and depression, instead it has the opposite effect.

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It is a myth for marijuana smokers that the drowsiness helps to reduce the level of stress and tension or any mental issue as it brings many other complications. According to a recent study, frequent marijuana might not help to fight pain, depression and anxiety issues for people who are under medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction.

As the study said, most of the patients believe that using marijuana usually helps them. But the recent findings showed that using weed would make the situation worse, as it resists patients to handle their symptoms properly and doesn't allow the body to function better.

"For people who are using cannabis the most, they have a very strong relationship between pain and mood symptoms, and that's not necessarily the pattern you'd want to see," said Marian Wilson, from the Washington State University as quoted by IANS.

"You would hope, if cannabis is helpful, the more they use it the fewer symptoms they would see," Wilson further added.

The study, published in a journal named Addictive Behaviors, also stated that the people who are addicted to cannabis would face a higher level of pain, depression and anxiety. The research team conducted an experiment on 150 patients for the study and later they found that nearly 67 percent of the patients use marijuana regularly.

"Some are admitting they use it just for recreation purposes, but a large number are saying they use it to help with pain, sleep, and their mood. We don't have evidence with this study that cannabis is helping with those issues," Wilson said.

The study noted that opioid overdose rates have more than tripled in the past two decades and are now the second-leading cause of accidental death in the US.

"The effectiveness of cannabis for relieving distressing symptoms remains mixed and requires further research," Wilson concluded.

On the other hand, there are some reports about the use of marijuana and its links to the mysterious illness called Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) which was discovered in 2004. A professor of emergency medicine and medical toxicology and pharmacology at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, Kennon Heard told WBUR that there are some marijuana addicted patients, who visit his medical institution and the doctors have found symptoms related to CHS in their body.