It’s an emerging trend for marijuana to be an open source for treatment in the medical world but is it the best thing for depression? Majority of persons who agreed to smoking pot when they feel depressed or anxious reported a 99.9% success rate.
We know that not everyone responds to medication the same, which means that not everyone will agree to weed being an antidepressant.
What’s depression and anxiety?
A study done back in 2015 shows that 16 million adults had at least one major depressive episode during the year 2012. That’s roughly 6.9 of the population and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 350 million people worldwide suffers from depression.
Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a common but weighty mood disorder that negatively affects the body and mind. Persons who suffer from depression also shows signs of anxiety. Anxiety is said to be a general term for several other disorders. These disorders are said to cause apprehension, fear, and nervousness, affecting how we feel and behave which can also lead to the person experiencing physical symptoms.
Anxiety disorder may cause loss of appetite and can even cause lack of interest in sex. Having frequent anxiety attacks can cause the person to start fearing the attacks, increasing overall anxiety. The constant state of stress can lead to clinical depression.
How is marijuana going to lessen depressive episodes?
With the development of medical marijuana over the years, it is a popular belief that pot is one of the most powerful relaxation tools and painkillers currently widely available. Many alike have used the drug to self-medicate in attempts to cure their episodes of anxiety and depression.
Endocannabinoids, a naturally produced brain chemical compound. These chemicals play a role in cognition, emotions, and behavior. Endocannabinoids also have a chemical makeup similar to that of cannabis. Scientists at the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) have discovered that chronic stress can suppress the brain’s production of the chemical which seems to can lead to depression like behavior patterns.
Using cannabis to ease symptoms of depression would include introducing the drug into the system. This would help to restore normal levels and functions. A study done in 2009 found that activating the CB1 receptor in the brain can have antidepressant effects in animals. THC is also known to activate CB1 receptors, suggesting that it can also have antidepressant effects. Marijuana can also help to decrease the risk of depression by increasing serotonin in the brain.
The idea that marijuana could be used for curing depression is still on the drawing board. Many studies found that heavy cannabis use can increase the risk of depression, but the results were highly mixed. High levels of marijuana use can lead to worse suicidal thoughts in people that have a history of depression.
While some studies show that marijuana could be used as antidepressants, there is also a risk of abusing the drug which can cause negative effects on the mind and body. Scientists are still researching the positive and negative impacts of marijuana but until there is a breakthrough on weed being able to efficiently cure depression it is best to proceed with caution.