Can Medicinal Marijuana Treat Depression?

Medical Marijuana Treats Depression

Depression currently affects 350 million people across the globe. If you have a loss of interest hobbies, finding it difficult to go about your daily routine and experiencing feelings of sadness, you could be suffering from depression. However, you are not alone there are many people with depression.

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental disorders, and it’s also the leading cause of disability about the world. If you feel that you are suffering from depression, it’s important to seek professional help as soon as you can. Treatments for the disorder vary due to the severity of the disorder and depending on the individual. The Institute of mental health have state that a study conducted in 2013 by the Global Burden of Disease state: “the predominant mental health problem worldwide is depression, followed by anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder”.

Symptoms of clinical depression include:

  • Low mood or sadness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of hopeless and helpless
  • No motivation or lack of interest
  • Feeling Depressive and anxiety

If depression is left untreated it can be longer-lasting, severe and can cause serious health concerns and sometimes can lead to suicide. Up to 8000’000 people die due to suicide annually. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people ages from 15 to 29-year-olds .

The Role of Cannabis and Its therapeutic Effects on Depression

Cannabis dates back as far as 10’000 years ago as being used as medicine. In the Western World, medical cannabis was used as an antidepressant and it has shown great success in treating the mental disorder. Due to this, cannabis has gained a lot of attention, and it’s not the bad attention that it is used to getting. While more studies are needed on the plant in order to find out everything we need to know, experts are heading in the right direction and cannabis may have a future in the medical world, yet there are still so many questions unanswered.

The reason cannabis may have medical benefits is due to a chemical compound called THC (∆9-Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is a psychoactive compound of the plant. THC has been preclinically and clinically proven to contain therapeutic effects. THC is one of over 113 different chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Depression is a common mental disorder.

A Study on Cannabinoids and Their Antidepressant-Like Actions

If you wish to use medical marijuana for treating depression, or any other type of medical condition, you should consult a medical professional. Medical professionals will guide you on what method and the amount you use to treat your ailment. All of which are an important part of treatment. It is also best for you to research your state and/or countries laws in regards to the cannabis plant and the laws surrounding it. This will help you avoid conducting in criminal activity and breaking the law.

All in all, medicinal cannabis may be able to treat depression, especially if it is stress related.

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