Marijuana Just One Element of Mental Health Treatment, Users Say

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Tara McCarron says marijuana helped her cope with anxiety and bipolar disorder but recovery wouldn't be possible without peer support groups

Mental health sufferers touting the benefits of medical marijuana say the plant isn’t the only treatment the government should provide for cases of anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Federal government commitments to further research into the benefits and risks associated with marijuana are welcome news to advocates and users alike, but some are saying more avenues need to be looked at to properly address mental health issues.

“Medication only goes so far,” explained Tara McCarron, a medical marijuana user. “You need to learn how to cope because no matter what, your mental health issue isn’t going to be cured.”

“A pill isn’t going to be that only solution, marijuana isn’t the only solution,” she said.

McCarron recalls her life before beginning marijuana treatment and accessing peer support groups hosted by Marijuana for Trauma.

Her anxiety and depression kept her from leaving her house often, which she said made her feel worse, and made holding down a job impossible.

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