Blog

Marijuana Compounds Could Replace Anti-Anxiety Medications

There is continuous research into the potential medical uses of marijuana and among the most recent, is a study into why marijuana is an effective stress reducer. While the results are not conclusive on their own, they do contribute to the possibility that marijuana may actually be safer and more effective in alleviating anxiety. The study focused on the potency of marijuana in reducing the stress response in regular users. Stress was measured by tracking cortisol amounts in study participants’ saliva. Cortisol is a reliable indicator of stress; higher or lower amounts correlate with a person’s response to stress. The study compared the stress responses of a group of non-users and a group of daily marijuana users. The results showed that regular user’s internal stress engines had been turned down by their regular exposure to marijuana.

The comment that this result is too preliminary to be called “a good or a bad thing” is well-taken, but it does point to the potential for harnessing a modified version of this effect down the road. These results go hand-in-hand with research findings showing that marijuana has distinct levels of neurotransmitter GABA, which plays a role in responses to anxiety. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that counterbalances the effects of excitatory brain chemicals like glutamate. Early research suggests that compounds in marijuana, particularly cannabidiol (CBD), enhance GABA’s effects with moderate downsides. While preliminary, the latest research suggests that the compounds in marijuana could eventually be harnessed to deliver anxiety relief with decreased dependency, fewer side effects and less overdose potential.

Frank T. Luciano has long-standing experience in drug related cases. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a lifetime member of the legal committee for the National Reformation of Marijuana Laws.

Our Client Testimonials

review stars

"Mr. Luciano freed my mind of anxiety right from the start. A consummate professional. He explained all options on defense and guided me to the one I followed with excellent results. Best of all, he is reasonable. Relax and let his knowledge (the magic) work."


From a former client

"First thing I want to tell is that I thank God for giving me the opportunity to meet such a wonderful person like you and without question, the best lawyer in this world. I am very grateful for everything you did for me. I want to let you know that I'm doing good and if you ever think of coming to . . . for vacation don't forget to contact me. Thanks again Mr. Luciano and please say hello to that kind lady that answers the phone with pleasure every time I called."


From a former client with a First Degree Distribution Charge

"In my distraction focusing on my . . . trial, I failed to ask you how things went with . . . I watched and learned from you throughout that case and greatly admire the consummsate attorney that I hoped to emulate. I witnessed how very hard you worked and how you left no stone unturned. I hope the case worked out for you and your clients. If it did not (and I hope it did) it was not for lack of the effect on your part which was humbling."


From an adversary in a case where we ultimately returned a verdict of $2,069,000

"My family and I would like to thank you for all of your hard work on my case. I feel like I can live my life normally again and it feels awesome. You are truly a professional and wonderful attorney."


From a former client charged with a serious weapons offense

"At the time, I was mortified because, having only worked against you in the Prosecutor’s Office, I couldn’t picture being on the same side. Frank, I want to thank you for the pleasure of having worked with you over the past years. I have learned a great deal from you. Most importantly, I learned that cases were not always as black and white as I thought they were when I worked for the Prosecutor’s Office. You are a wonderful attorney who not only works hard, but also cares deeply about his clients. Frank, I think you are the best."


From a former investigator of a county prosecutor’s office and retired private investigator

We Can Help.

contact us

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Visit Us

147 Main Street, Suite 5

Lodi,

New Jersey 07644

GET DIRECTIONS

Contact Us

Phone: 973.471.0004

Fax: 973.471.1244

CALL NOW

FOLLOW US