Covid-19 is taking a serious toll on mental health. Polls from the CDC and other organizations show that the pandemic has greatly increased mental health issues like anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. While struggling with these challenging symptoms, many are losing jobs and access to their previous healthcare, all while being cut off from direct contact with larger support networks of friends and family. It is a perfect storm of factors to exacerbate mental health issues.
Now, a new study from the Journal of Addictive Diseases is highlighting one way that people are trying to cope with the stressful situation – using cannabis.
According to the researchers on the study, medical cannabis users with mental health conditions reported big increases in their cannabis use since Covid-19 began – increasing their use on average by 91%.
The study was conducted by researchers at several…