How does marijuana affect cortisol levels

New Studies on Cannabis: Stress and Anxiety Disorders

Lately, the cannabinoid THC has come into focus when it comes to treating anxiety disorders with suitable medicinal cannabis. The tetrahydrocannabinol can in fact have a counterproductive effect in higher doses and intensify or even trigger fears! Does that upset the research that has been done to date on cannabis as an effective medicine? Of course not. But it is more important than ever to take a closer look at the current studies and the findings in psychopharmacology then also provide a very current example of how the consumption of hashish and marijuana affects our body chemistry and this in turn determines our psyche, our spiritual how mental well-being.

Are stoners less stressed?

In a recently published study, scientists were able to show that long-term hemp users react more relaxed than abstainers in stressful situations. This became clear through the measurement of cortisol, the stress hormone and while the level of stoners remained low even in stressful situations, it rose much faster in everyday life in the subjects without a joint and bong! A total of 40 people took part, who smoked weed regularly, while another 40 people who did not use drugs were involved for comparison. Of course, none of the participants were allowed to smoke weed in the past 12 hours, otherwise the results would be distorted.

What does a constant cortisol level mean?

Now it is in research and also a generally known truism that an elevated cortisol level in the blood leads to all sorts of problems: insomnia, cardiovascular disorders, upset stomach and so on, this is not new and we do not need this any further To run. But what about a consistently very low level - as can be seen with stoners? It's similar to low blood pressure, it's not really dangerous, but if we produce too little cortisol, the hormones could also lead to a malfunction, also and especially in situations that actually require a high level of stress! Although no stoner is known to hand over the wallet to criminals with a mild smile during a robbery, for example, there could be problems with motivation, with the energy that is often enough needed in everyday life. So is the key to understanding the allegedly lazy stoner hidden here?

Findings for cannabis research

Now it makes sense to try medicinal cannabis therapy for anxiety disorders in the face of this new, empirically collected evidence and possibly a consistently low stress level would alleviate the anxiety problems. Panic attacks and the like are also a major challenge for millions of people in Germany and the drugs usually prescribed here, from benzodiazepines to selective serotonin inhibitors, have a number of serious side effects.

Can cannabis offer a decisive alternative as an approach here? Researchers highlight that hashish and marijuana compared to Valium, Prozac, and the usual chemical clubs:

  • have a rather low dependency potential,
  • cause few side effects,
  • practically eliminating the risk of overdosing.

In the current study on stress and cannabis, it is now important to sharpen the findings further; further tests are necessary for this and it is important to better examine the everyday habits of stoners. People with low levels of stress may also have a stronger affinity for cannabis use, but that's just a guess and more research is coming soon.

Self-help and cognitive training: Many medical professionals also make it very clear that hashish and marijuana should not necessarily be used immediately and as the first choice for anxiety disorders. Autogenic training, the relearning of self-control, naturally accompanied by therapy, is probably better in the long term than any medication, and so medicinal hemp, in a similar way to the pharmaceutical agents mentioned, is currently particularly suitable for acute use. However, cannabis doctors rely on varieties with a high CBD content, after all, this cannabidiol is a very efficient and reliable resource for alleviating psychological stress.

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