Cannabis and mental health have a complicated relationship because studies have yet to prove a causal association — does cannabis cause mental illness or do persons who suffer from mental illness ‘self-medicate’ with it?
Cannabis is frequently used to self-medicate and to replace or avoid potentially dangerous substances such as benzodiazepines and alcohol. The concern is that people frequently turn to recreational, unregulated cannabis with extremely high THC levels, which could also be contaminated. As a result, they are more likely to be exposed to hazardous compounds, as well as acquire THC tolerance and dependence.
This emphasizes the need for discussing cannabis usage with a healthcare professional who can advise and monitor cannabis use, as well as provide guidance and access to CBD-dominant cannabis products that can help manage anxiety symptoms by reducing THC side effects.1,2