Can Medical Cannabis Help With Depression? | cannabisMD

What Is Depression And Can Medical Cannabis Help?

What's depression and can cannabis help

Depression is a very common medical condition, with everyone suffering from it at least once in their life. Image Credit: By SvetaZi on Shutterstock

Depression is a term which is frequently used to describe low mood or “blues”; a state of overwhelming sadness. Often it passes quickly and we are back to our usual buoyant self. However, there is a time when an individual doesn’t come out of the passive stupor. Clinical depression or major depressive disorder (MDD) affects people for a much longer time. Sometimes this condition can be lifelong and must be simply managed rather than cured.

Medical Cannabis may provide a solution for the rising numbers of people suffering with MDD and other mental illnesses every day. THC and CBD, the two main components of Cannabis, are very different from each other. While the former is psychoactive, the latter is docile. However, CBD only contains a tiny amount of psychoactive element which means it doesn’t cause the ‘high’ associated with standard marijuana. This also means it is not addictive which many of the current antidepressant medications are.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression:

  1. Feeling low or extremely low depending on the severity
  2. Loss of interest, focus, decisiveness and or motivation
  3. Loss of appetite which can result in weight loss. On the other hand the concerned individual can also gain weight because of overeating, This happens during manic depression where a person exhibits two extreme states (high energy or low energy)
  4. Insomnia or hypersomnia
  5. Self loathing, feeling guilty, low morale
  6. Self-imposed social isolation
  7. Suicidal thoughts

For more information on the signs of depression, check out our post on 3 warnings signs you’re depressed.

Medical Cannabis and Depression

The human body and brain is littered with cannabinoid receptors, and are a part of an integral endocannabinoid system. This EC system is responsible for a number of processes involving pain sensation, appetite, memories and mood. Medical cannabis overwhelms the EC system through active ingredients such as THC and CBD, quickly attaching to cannabinoid receptors and thereby fine-tuning the communication between neurons, offering relief from mood swings and other symptoms.

Although depression is associated with chemical imbalance in the brain chemistry, it affects the body’s nervous system which has a decent number of CB1 receptors. These are the same receptors found in the brain also. Medical cannabis simply tweaks and balances the endocannabinoid system which is a key to several functions of the body including mood regulation. This makes it a really effective way to counteract the symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses.

A 2006 study found that occasional or daily use of medical cannabis reduced depressive symptoms to a great extent in comparison to those who didn’t. The active ingredient in cannabis works faster than ordinary antidepressants. It accelerates the growth and the development of underlying nervous tissue which rejuvenates the entire nervous system. Cannabis oil has no side effects, reduces stress and offers a long term solution for people who are suffering from depression along with many other medical conditions. If you think it may work for you, remember to speak to your family doctor or health professional before beginning any treatment.

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