DEPRESSION AND THE BENEFITS OF CANNABIS USE
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 264 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Depressive disorders can have severe psychiatric consequences for some people. Though depression is a common mood disorder, alternative treatments, such as medical cannabis, may help many people who suffer from depression.
We will explore cannabis and depression in this article and discuss whether marijuana could be a potential treatment for depression.
Cannabis and depression have been the subject of only a few human clinical trials. Nonetheless, some emerging studies indicate that cannabis may effectively treat depression without experiencing significant side effects. CBD may be helpful for anxiety, which often occurs with depression.
There is no doubt that cannabis strains such as Lamb’s Bread (Sativa), Headband (Hybrid), and Northern Lights (Indica) have mood-enhancing properties. Strains like Golden Goat (Hybrid) and Maui Waui (Sativa) help alleviate depression, mental fog, and anxiety symptoms.
Healthline stated that scientists had studied animals rather than humans in their studies. However, chronic stress has been found to suppress endocannabinoid production in the brain, which is linked to depressive symptoms.
Cannabinoid receptors are involved in the regulation of mood. It seems that cannabis can restore normal levels and function of cannabinoids in the body, which may alleviate feelings of depression.
More anecdotal evidence points to the connection between cannabis and the alleviation of depression than clinical evidence based on recent research.
Terpenes and Depression
Terpenes are some of the most beneficial compounds in cannabis. Pinene, for example, enhances mental clarity and energy, and limonene elevates mood. The majority of Sativa strains have both Limonene and Pinene. On the other hand, Caryophyllene binds to CB2 receptors (those in immune cells shown to modulate inflammatory cell functions). Caryophyllene may reduce anxiety and pain, reduce cholesterol, and prevent osteoporosis. However, the sedative effects of Myrcene have made it a popular choice for people who suffer from sleep disorders.
There may be benefits to using medical marijuana if you suffer from depression and want alternatives to prescription antidepressants. Before using cannabis to treat depression, anxiety, or any other condition, always consult your healthcare professional. If you’re looking for first hand experiences from cannabis enthusiasts like yourself, check out Toke and Talk where you can ask questions and join private groups.