Many patients find that smoking a bowl or lighting up a joint of the right strain can be particularly beneficial in combating the symptoms of anxiety & depression, but what about concentrates? Can these potent cannabis extracts provide relief or could they actually make symptoms worse? The answer isn’t so clear cut.
Anxiety is a common emotion. Everyone feels anxious now and again: before a big test, facing a tough problem at work, or before making a big decision. However, anxiety disorders are not the same thing as just experiencing the emotion of anxiety. If someone has an anxiety disorder, the fear, worry, and stress they feel is so excessive, constant, and uncontrollable that it can interfere with that person’s ability to live.
In this day and age, mental health care is expensive and difficult to attain for many people—some health insurance plans don’t even cover seeing a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. For those that do cover it, you’ll still end up paying over $100 an hour, on average, as your co-pay depending on the doctor. Even for those of us with a full time job and health insurance, getting proper mental health care can feel overwhelming and overpriced. Now imagine that you don’t have a job, health insurance…or even a place to call home. Approximately 254,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some portion of the year, according to the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center and an estimated 25% of these homeless individuals in Los Angeles County suffer from some form of mental illness. That means that on average, there are around 63,500 homeless individuals in Los Angeles each year struggling with mental illness who are not in a position to consistently pay to see someone or be on medication.
Each year over 18,000 American Veterans take their own lives. That equates to a little over 50 a day, or 2 every hour. Many of these are overdoses on prescription drugs, taken with the hope of coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Too often these drugs end up causing more harm than good in the form of physical side effects or financial cost. Sadly until now, prescription drugs have been the only option open to our military servicemen and women once they return home from war. Thankfully, there is an organization working to change all of that.