The month of May has become synonymous with mental health awareness and discussions about mental health conditions. In May, individuals, communities, and organizations take steps to raise awareness about mental health and share resources to support mental wellness.

As more and more people continue to live with increased stress, tension, insomnia, depression, etc., it becomes increasingly important to recognize that mental health is an integral component of our health and well-being. 

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Photo from Florida Institute for Health Innovation

Understanding Mental Health Awareness Month

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five US adults live with mental illness. Furthermore, anxiety disorders alone constitute the most diagnosed mental illness in the country. Thus, all hands must be on deck to help reduce these numbers and improve mental wellness.

This year, the mental health campaign draws attention to practical tools that can strengthen one’s mental health. The theme, “tools 2 thrive”, is remarkably impactful: it emphasizes finding healthy ways to cope with stress in today’s age.

Cannabis and Mental Health: What’s the Connection?

For thousands of years, people have successfully used the plant to help with mental illnesses and the symptoms they bring. In addition, more people are choosing medical marijuana for its calming, natural effects. And, as states continue to legalize cannabis, more people than ever have access to its incredible potential benefits.

So, with scientists discovering new, more new research being undertaken to discover natural, and effective ways to manage mental illness, cannabis continues to be an excellent option because of its lack of adverse effects. Besides, marijuana can induce endorphins, granting you waves of bliss that are impossible to ignore. It also helps relax the mind, elevates one's mood, and can help regain one’s mental health.

Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the chemicals found in marijuana, has received much attention in recent years because of its ability to help support relaxation. Because of this, many people turn to CBD to help manage their anxiety, and there’s research that suggests it may also help with depression. But, of course, everybody's different.

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Turning to Medical Cannabis for Your Mental Health

Nevertheless, current treatment options for mental health conditions vary depending on the type and severity of the illness. Also, antidepressants alongside cognitive-behavioral therapy have high acceptance as an effective form of treatment. Cannabis, in particular, offers supportive, gentle effects that are effective for individuals who have schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, tobacco dependence, depression,  and myriad other mental conditions.

Like any medicine, medical marijuana also has risks, and it could be more severe among people who already have respiratory disease, testicular cancer, aggravated bipolar disorder, other mental problems. However, all the risks can be avoided completely by following a doctor’s instructions to the latter. But, how do you even find a cannabis doctor to help with your mental illness?

Letting Elevate Help With Your Mental Health Journey

We know as much as you do how complicated (and often frustrating) mental health can be. Thankfully, Elevate is here for you every step of the way. At Elevate Holistics, we prioritize your mental health and wellbeing by ensuring our services are as comfortable and easy as possible. Whether you have questions about cannabis and mental health, or are just curious about this mental health awareness month, Elevate Holistics can answer every question you may have.

While we specialize in helping people like you get their own MMJ card, we also offer various other services depending on what you need help with. Check out our services and blog posts to learn more about Elevate Holistics and improve your own mental health journey