Ro S., an educator who did not want to use her full name, has battled crippling anxiety and depression her whole life.
She has been on multiple antidepressants. Almost 15 years ago, her father died suddenly. Recently, her mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.
“That kind of brought everything on in an extreme way,” said Ro, a Philadelphia resident.
She turned to cannabis oil for relief.
“It calms me down,” she said. “That typical stoner mentality is not the case. I work every day. I’ve never ever, ever – and I’m 42 – missed work because of it.”
Research into the effects of cannabis products on mental health is in its infancy, with a handful of studies showing that they can help ease anxiety.
Still, many people, Ro included, are turning to weed as an alternative to traditional antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, finding cannabis products to be particularly effective at dulling the