How a weed garden helped a mother cope with depression
A marijuana-growing mother helped her mother cope after a difficult time, an expert said Tuesday.
The Arizona-based writer, author and filmmaker spoke at a summit on the therapeutic effects of marijuana for mothers at the Center for Family Research in Denver.
Her mother, Lisa L. Dominguez, said she took up the plant when she was in the sixth grade and learned about its medicinal qualities.
“She was so grateful that I had tried it,” Domingez said.
Dominguez was a child in her early 20s when her father, Luis Dominguez, took a job as a janitor at the U.S. Army Base at Fort Irwin in the late 1990s.
He said his job required him to work 12-hour shifts with only one day off, which meant his work day was typically Monday through Friday.
“I didn’t have any time to get to school, but I was getting my education,” Domsay said.
Losing his job also led Domingues to turn to cannabis.
The plant has been used in the treatment of PTSD since the 1970s, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and has been shown to be effective in treating anxiety, depression and anxiety disorders.
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Lizette Brown, co-author of the book “Cannabis and Women: An Untapped Toolbox for Health,” said Dominges mother had a lot of issues in her life, including drug abuse, which was part of the reason for her dependence on cannabis.
“You’re not going to get that kind of help from a chemical,” Brown said.
“You have to use it.”
Brown said the cannabis Domingas mother used for depression helped her through those tough times.
“The best way I can describe it is that she became an advocate for her mom,” Brown added.
“She was really able to open her eyes and get outside of herself to understand what she needed to do in order to survive.”
Brown also said that marijuana could be helpful in helping people struggling with depression.
“When a person is depressed, there’s a lot going on inside them,” Brown explained.
“There’s no way to really be able to predict how they’re going to react, but by using marijuana you can try to give your brain some rest, so it can go back to its normal state.”
Brown believes that marijuana can help people cope with anxiety disorders, but said it also has other uses, such as helping people with chronic pain.
She said it’s important to remember that marijuana is a plant and that it’s not safe.
“There’s a ton of research to support that marijuana does help with anxiety,” Brown told CNN.
“But that doesn’t mean that it is safe for everyone.
People need to know that.”
Domingues mother told CNN she has been taking marijuana for years, and said she had never used it before.
Domsay, who has written for outlets including CNN and MSNBC, said that while she doesn’t believe the plant can cure any mental illness, she does believe it can be used for good.
“We can’t make anyone immune to mental illness,” Domesay said, “and that includes marijuana.”