The Big Green Question?
Last week, the green stuff made the news again in Canada. Never mind the blatant hypocrisy of the media outlets for highlighting the dollar amount for Veterans using medicinal marajauna and saying nothing about the cash being syphoned to big pharma via medications like Adivan and SSRI’s. I’m not a doctor, nor to I play one on the internet. My goal is to weigh in on this issue from a holistic/health perspective and as a veteran who was diagnosed with PTSD. A disclaimer though, what works for me may not work for you, consult a doctor before making any changes. Don’t be stupid.
The Problem With Pot
A study from Massachusetts highlighted the fact that testosterone in males is at an all time low. The study showed that males have 17% less testosterone than men in 1987. Now for the bad news, weed is not good for sex hormones. The research is a little shaky here but it seems to point in the direction that marijuana decreases testosterone by inhibiting testosterone synthesis in the testicles. Couple chronic pot use with the declining testosterone levels of the modern man and you have a low testosterone disaster. Not only that, marijuana has also been show to be estrogenic. Symptoms of low testosterone can include, erectile disfunction, low sex drive, anxiety and depression, things that people with anxiety are trying to avoid.
Other Natural Solutions
Although marijuana comes with side effects, (like any drug) is it any worse for the body than traditional pharmaceuticals? That question is not for me to answer (although I have my opinions). There are a few natural things that help with anxiety without the possibility of growing giant nipples. Here are a few that I like:
3- Adaptagenic Herbs
8- Vitamin C
10- Traditional Chinese Herbs
All of these things I have tried at different times with different levels of success. The key is finding something that works for you. There are many different protocols with exact dosages so the best thing to do is to talk to a professional who can point you in the right direction. Again, don’t take anything (or stop taking anything) without a doctors permission.