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Medical Marijuana: Best for Anxiety and Anguish

Marijuana is a safe, effective sedative/tranquilizer.

Bonnie King, Dr. Leveque
Publisher Bonnie King and Dr. Leveque after a recent on-camera interview.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - I have written about this several times before; 1) Marijuana vs. Anti-Depressants (Feb 13, 2009); 2) PTSD/Depression and Anguish (Mar 25, 2013); 3) Marijuana Prevents Suicides (May 3, 2013); 4) Marijuana: Very Good for Insomnia (Aug 21, 2013); 5) Marijuana vs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Sep 10, 2013); 6) PTSD: Anxiety, Fear and Anguish (Dec 24, 2013).

To me, there is a close association between Anxiety and Anguish. I consider Anguish to be Anxiety on high steroids. I hope my comparison is understandable.

I checked my Thesaurus to find a whole bunch of reasonable synonyms for Anguish. I found many related to PTSD; Sorrow; Torture; Dread; Fright; Horror; Panic; Terror; Sadness; Danger; Distress; Misery; Grief; and Depravation. All of these exemplify PTSD, as in my Dec 24, 2013 article.

There is a massive amount of vastly different medications for PTSD, most of which make no pharmacological sense at all and obviously most did not work.

In my Sep 10, 2013 article, I compared psychological therapy to pharmaceutical therapy. The only information which was divulged was that cannabis/marijuana therapy was better than either psychological or pharmacological non-cannabis/marijuana therapy.

I have related articles dated as early as 6-14-07 and 2-13-09. I base my opinions from interviews with about 1,000 PTSD Veterans and about 4,000 non-Veterans, non-PTSD victims.

PTSD represented about 20% of my patients, and similar figures have been found in the many states which will allow a permit for medical marijuana. In New Mexico, about 50% of applicants are Veterans with PTSD. Some states will still not give a medical marijuana permit to a PTSD patient, regardless of any mitigating reason.

Cannabis/marijuana is one of the few medications in which case low doses causes calming or tranquilizing, but higher doses do the opposite in many patients, producing euphoria, a “high” which can cause anxiety and, in rare cases, possibly even panic attacks and hallucinations.

Synthesized Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is available as a prescription drug sold as Marinol. Marinol is known for causing these unwelcome side effects on 10 mg or less.

Large doses eventually cause profound sleep.

Strangely enough, cannabis/marijuana has never caused a death from this brain depression, as does alcohol opiates, opioids, benzodiazepine, and most of the drugs causing depression of brain function.




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