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Why marijuana doesn't help with stress

Article from Addiction Policy Forum by Mark Gold, MD

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Mark Gold says, "In popular culture and many ordinary associations, cannabis use is often presented as a stress-relieving substance, a mostly harmless escape from life’s ups and down. It’s also seen as an option for those just seeking to unwind. These urban myths are rarely evaluated in real time. Recent scientific research has not validated this self-medication approach to stress and anxiety. If anything, research suggests that such substance use is a major warning sign. The use of cannabis or other THC products may carry special risks for those self-medicating and shouldn’t be so lightheartedly rendered as a relaxation tool. "

This article discusses why people should not use marijuana to self-medicate for stress. 

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  • Addiction
  • Stress
  • marijuana
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