Is Medical Cannabis Effective in Helping Depression? | cannabisMD

If You Suffer From Depression Medical Cannabis May Be Able to Help

If you suffer with depression cannabis might be your solution

Cannabis has shown in a number of studies that it can help treat depression. Image Credit: Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the world today. Affecting both men and women of all ages, races and backgrounds, women are 70% more likely to develop depression than men are. There are a number of different types of depression, including:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Postpartum depression
  • Bipolar depression (which is just one element of bipolar disorder)
  • Seasonal affective disorder

As there remains a deep rooted social stigma attached to depression many people are unwilling to seek treatment and opt to suffer in silence for many years. Thankfully, as education, understanding and awareness of depression improve, this stigma appears to be dissolving slowly but surely, and patients are more willing than ever to talk about their condition and seek the treatment they need.

Treating Depression With Cannabis

The traditional method for treating depression is the prescription of anti-depressant medications. There are a vast range of these medications today, each containing different chemical cocktails. Unforgettably, anti-depressants do not work for all patients and come with a long list of side effects.

For this reason, many people have chosen to treat their condition themselves with cannabis. In fact, it is believed that the number of patients who are engaging in this experimental treatment is growing rapidly across the country.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one chemical which is found in the cannabis plant. It has zero psychoactive effects, and has been found to contain many health benefits. These effects include its ability to act as an anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant, a pain reliever and sleep promoter.

In fact, CBD is currently under scientific investigation as a possible treatment for everything from Parkinson’s disease to breast cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. However, it is the strides being made in its treatment of depression which are capturing the attention of countless people across America.

CBD medicine remains very much an experimental treatment and although scientific research into the effects of CBD on depression is underway, this is in its infancy. If you are considering using CBD or medical cannabis to treat your depression, make sure to consult your doctor or another medical professional before doing so.

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