Marijuana: Facts and Fiction

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In the United States, the non-medical use of cannabis is decriminalized in 16 states and legalized in another 14 states. Enthusiasts say pot helps them deal with life better, manage their anxiety, and helps them with sleep. But are we ready for large-scale commercialization of marijuana?

Today on The Soul of Life I speak with Dr. Samoon Ahmad, author of Medical Marijuana: A Clinical Handbook, that provides up-to-date scientific guidance about how marijuana may be an appropriate treatment for some medical conditions.

The 2020 book by Ahmad and Hill summarizes what is currently known about the positive and negative health impacts of cannabis

We confront a persistent belief in some parts of our culture that marijuana is harmless. In addition to looking at the possible benefits of marijuana for chronic pain and other conditions, we go over the facts about withdrawal and the rebound effects of weed on anxiety and depression. We address important questions, such as:

– How effective is marijuana at treating anxiety, depression and PTSD?

– How easily addictive is marijuana?

– And how often does regular marijuana use lead to long-term psychosis?

– Is it true that your IQ drops from regular marijuana use?

– Why is THC intoxication so different and difficult to self-assess than alcohol and how does this affect how states are enacting sober driving tests?

"From birth to age 25, that’s how long it takes for the brain to fully develop. [It's] sort of the cut off mark that we think of until which point, in my opinion, stay away from it. Don’t use it.”

         – Dr. Samoon Ahmad, author of Medical Marijuana: A Clinical Handbook

Dr. Samoon Ahmad is a professor of Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He’s the author of Medical Marijuana: A Clinical Handbook.

A practicing physician for over twenty years, Dr. Ahmad has dedicated his professional life to helping individuals find balance in their mental and physical well-being. He founded the Integrative Center for Wellness to execute his innovative vision of incorporating psychiatric treatments with nutritional therapies to emphasize wellness of both the body and the mind. 

He specializes in treating patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, stuttering and weight management issues.

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