- Mental health disorders
- Mental health disorders and treatments.
- Mental health disorders and the option of using alternative treatments instead of prescription drugs.
- The effect of using alternative methods compared to pharmaceuticals for coping with mental health disorders.
- Using alternative methods like marijuana as treatments may reduce the use of pharmaceuticals for mental illnesses such as anxiety.
- With the use of smoking weed that provides the high, those who suffer from anxiety could better cope with their mental health, resulting in eliminating pharmaceuticals altogether.
4 thoughts on “My Hypothesis—Flowers”
Let’s choose depression or anxiety, Flowers.
And let’s be clear about “using marijuana” because, clear as it seems, we need to know whether you mean smoking weed we bought at a dispensary that provides a high or using a product derived from the marijuana plant that isolates one of more of its active ingredients.
I would imagine both of these hypotheses have actually been tested scientifically, so your research paper might boil down to finding the studies and reporting on them. I’ll want to see your sources as soon as possible.
I made changes to my hypothesis and sent it to the feedback please post. When I collect my sources do you want to see them in class or on the blog and how soon would you want like to see them?
You can link to your sources directly here in your Hypothesis post for the time being. Very soon, I will assign everyone to gather their first sources into a post, but some will want to get feedback early, so drop them here and let me know when you do. If you need a refresher on how to link urls to text in your posts, let me know.
You’re going to be tempted by a lot of “popular press” articles that pretend to offer actual evidence that smoking marijuana either alleviates or exacerbates anxiety, Flowers. I found several with the simplest possible Google search:
Be careful not to cite them as reliable sources of settled science. One in fact said: “There is little research evidence on the effects of cannabis in treating anxiety,” Cuttler says, “or on the doses and strains that may be most beneficial,” so you’ll have that to deal with. The US government’s policy of keeping marijuana on the controlled substances list is to blame in suppressing research into its possible therapeutic uses.
I don’t mean to discourage you, only caution you about latching on to sources that seem to answer the question because their readers just want to know “the bottom line.”
This source came up too: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3691841/
It’s a legitimate and serious scientific study. Its authors warn in the introduction: “The main psychoactive ingredient of hemp, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and its synthetic cannabinoid analogs have been reported to either attenuate or exacerbate anxiety and fear-related behaviors in humans and experimental animals.”
So the science seems to cut both ways, which for you is good. You should be able to find a debatable position since the answers have not all been pre-determined.