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No matter your background, you can experience sadness. However, sadness is not depression. Sadness comes and goes and is a normal part of the human experience. Whereas depression is a mental illness that can become debilitating and even cause premature death. Clinical depression can also affect anyone no matter background, but is not experienced by everyone. According to the World Health Organization, there are 300 million people in the world that suffer from depression.
What is depression? According to the National Institute for Mental Health, depression is characterized by a significantly negative mood for more than two weeks. Depression is a mood disorder. It can make you sad, but also angry or empty. Your depressed mood is a result of your depressed brain chemicals. Brain chemistry is what separates sadness and depression. Sadness is an emotion and depression is an illness that requires medical treatment.
Depression can come with a feeling of gloom. Though it is natural to feel down or sad at times, people who have depression find their mood and thoughts extremely distressing. Depressed people, in severe cases, may be in danger of suicide.
Those who experience depressive symptoms usually struggle with work, education, social and individual functioning, etc. Unless treated, major depressive disorder is often chronic. Bipolar disorder is not the same as unipolar depression. Major depressive disorder is sometimes referred to as unipolar depression. It is not uncommon for people with bipolar to be wrongly diagnosed with major depressive disorder.
These symptoms may occur in other subtypes of depression, however, symptoms may return anytime. There a other specific types of depression for set circumstances. These types are:
What Causes Depression?
Even now the cause of depression is unknown. Researchers believe it may run in families. They also believe environment and psychology may be linked to depression. Some say that medication may show side effects that can lead to depression. As we have talked about depression, we can now explore the health benefits of medical marijuana. Medical marijuana may be able to treat depressive symptoms.
What Is Medical Marijuana?
Medical Marijuana, also known as medical cannabis, is a plant-based medicine that comes from cannabis sativa or cannabis indica. Cannabis is the genus of the plant. The cannabis plant is known for its compounds THC, CBD, and CBN. These compounds are believed to treat a range of illnesses and ailments.
How Does Medical Marijuana Work?
Medical marijuana has gained a lot of popularity recently due to its health benefits. Medical marijuana has active compounds called cannabinoids. These cannabinoids are similar to our endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are natural chemicals found in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays a vital role in the body managing:
The endocannabinoid system is able to communicate with much of the body and affects essential functions in the body. There are two primary receptors in the endocannabinoid system: CB1 and CB2. CB1 is located in the central nervous system. CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and peripheral nervous system. If your body’s ECS is unbalanced, it may lead to the development of depression or a range of other inflictions.
After ingesting THC and CBD, the compounds will act on your endocannabinoid system. In the ECS, THC will bind to CB1 to regulate the body. CBD will not directly bind to CB1 or CB2, but will attach to immune cells and stabilize chemicals in our body.
This activity will provide effects in the system, including:
Depression is quite alarming and the public needs to pay more attention to it. If you feel like you are depressed, you should speak to a medical or mental health professional immediately.
Although research shows many the health benefits of marijuana, clinical studies are still behind. We need more studies to determine how effective medical marijuana is. This is why the FDA has not approved the medicine. Before trying a new treatment plan, it is always best to first consult with your physician. THC is not legal in many states and countries. CBD is largely legal but only when derived from the hemp plant. Be sure to the do your research so you are not partaking in illegal activities.