Texas And Marijuana. Should It Be Legal? Should Cannabis Use Be Part Of Your Mental Health Care Routine?
Texas And Marijuana. Should It Be Legal? Should Cannabis Be Part Of Your Mental Health Care? Let’s dive into this subject and take a closer look.
For me, as a doctor, marijuana is more of a practical “how-to” issue for a very important problem. That problem is finding a solution for a person coming to me asking for help, while they are using. Consider a made-up conversation I’m having with Dave for the treatment of anxiety.
“Hi, Dave. I’m going to prescribe a medication that might help, but first I need to let you know about some side effects. It will lower your ability to make new memories, make you twice as likely to get in a car wreck, and we’re not sure but it may effect size/function of certain areas of your brain, it’s probably temporary. Now don’t worry, those problems might depend on how much active medication is in the prescription, but the pharmacy won’t tell me how much they’re putting in.”
Wow! That sounds like a hard thing for me to convince patients would be a good treatment plan. I myself certainly wouldn’t go for that. Should cannabis be legal in Texas? Should marijuana be part of your mental health care?
Sure, marijuana isn’t used for sober, straightforward problems your working on at your doctor’s office. It’s a recreational drug whose primary appeal may be more about getting the “stoned” feeling in social settings. That said it’s staggering how many people use marijuana for anxiety…to find a way to self-medicate a horrible feeling they might not know any other way to relieve. As much as I can see the need, when someone reaches my doorstep the question becomes how can I help shoulder the symptoms with talk therapy and medication. How can I create a solution where you’re not so alone with the problem. Yes being alone with the problem is often much of what gives anxiety its teeth.
Self-medicating with marijuana puts you in a place that might not help with mental self-care.
Unfortunately, marijuana (as with all abusable drugs including the legal ones) gets in the way of me getting “in there” with you. Self-medicating with marijuana puts you in place that doesn’t work well; it makes you the doctor at the moment deciding how much to take when to take it, what it means to be taking it. Trying to figure out these questions alone usually only worsens the problem. It also doesn’t allow me in to help with some immediate relief and to offer hope for a resiliency plan leading you to more independence from anxiety. That’s even beside the question of legalization in Texas – Should It Be Legal? Should Cannabis Be Part Of Your Mental Health Care?