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Does smoking weed work well as additional treatments for problems of depression or anxiety?

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Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: No

You are just trading one problem for another. Smoking cannabis brings with it all the problems of smoking tobacco.
The "better" feeling you get is just one of intoxication. You are masking your underlying problems not treating them. Many studies now indicate that chronic cannabis use puts you at greater risk for schizophrenia as well. Work with you doctor to find a good mediction for you.

In brief: No

You are just trading one problem for another. Smoking cannabis brings with it all the problems of smoking tobacco.
The "better" feeling you get is just one of intoxication. You are masking your underlying problems not treating them. Many studies now indicate that chronic cannabis use puts you at greater risk for schizophrenia as well. Work with you doctor to find a good mediction for you.
Dr. David Hunter
Dr. David Hunter
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Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry

In brief: Not so fast

Smoking marijuana may occasionally lead to symptoms of paranoia or other psychotic symptoms.
In fact, if you carry a certain gene, you are highly likely to experience these symptoms and often times in these cases, they don't go away. Just like you wouldn't use alcohol to treat anxiety, it is not good practice to use marijuana to treat depression or anxiety.

In brief: Not so fast

Smoking marijuana may occasionally lead to symptoms of paranoia or other psychotic symptoms.
In fact, if you carry a certain gene, you are highly likely to experience these symptoms and often times in these cases, they don't go away. Just like you wouldn't use alcohol to treat anxiety, it is not good practice to use marijuana to treat depression or anxiety.
Dr. James Fox
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Dr. Gary Greenly
Are you out of your mind....the United
Dr. James Fox
Look, "smoking weed" is not the same as taking cannabis for medicinal purposes. Further, with any medication, people should know the risk and there IS a risk of psychosis that is genetically mediated.
Dr. Gary Greenly
Family Medicine

In brief: Synergistic effect

Cannabis is now legal in fifteen states for medicinal purposes.
Each state legislature sets forth the diagnostic criteria under which patients are able to qualify for the state permit. Many states include psychological/psychiatric diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, ptsd, insomnia, etc. Cannabis can work synergistically with tradition prescription medications to Aleve (naproxen) these conditions.

In brief: Synergistic effect

Cannabis is now legal in fifteen states for medicinal purposes.
Each state legislature sets forth the diagnostic criteria under which patients are able to qualify for the state permit. Many states include psychological/psychiatric diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, ptsd, insomnia, etc. Cannabis can work synergistically with tradition prescription medications to Aleve (naproxen) these conditions.
Dr. Gary Greenly
Dr. Gary Greenly
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