Ummm….not really. So here’s the deal, and I know it’s an unpopular opinion right now. When we are looking for solutions to a problem, we want to consider what is the least invasive, cost-effective, game-changing results-producing, doesn’t have bad consequences later treatments. When we evaluate marijuana as a treatment, there are many problems with it. We can see on a 3-D brain map if someone has been habitually using marijuana for a period of time because their peak alpha rhythm is slowed down. The result, an inability to experience real happiness without the drug, and a disconnected confused sense of self. If someone has just used it and it’s active in their system, we can see a complete slowing of brainwave patterns in many areas of the brain. That may help the user feel calm and disconnected from pain, but habitual use typically has a lot of consequences that neuropsychologists then have to work to rehabilitate to get the person back on their life’s track. So, for everything that marijuana “treats,” there is usually another solution that won’t leave the person feeling disconnected from themselves and unhappy in the long run. I am particularly concerned with the effects on the developing brain and the effects of vaping it with other chemicals. We have seen very high-functioning teens look schizophrenic after just a short period of daily use and it may affect the female brain more than the male brain for reasons scientists are still investigating.
The bottom line is that if you are thinking of using marijuana as a treatment method, we can explore other options and possibly prevent future problems down the road.