With the use of medicinal cannabis being approved in 29 states, thousands of Americans are finally receiving the treatment they need. Cannabis has been found to hold strong medicinal properties for everything from brain cancer to sleep disorders, however, there are few areas that have been as dramatically affected by recent laws than those suffering from mental health disorders. Among the many conditions that qualify for medicinal cannabis use, depression carries some of the highest potential in terms of a complete cure.
First, it’s important to take a closer look at depression and why it manifests within the body. Historically treated as a psychological problem, it is now commonly known in the medical field that depression often derives from a chemical or hormonal imbalance within the body. These chemicals throw off the functioning process within the body’s endocannabinoid system, decreasing the production of serotonin and resulting in depression.
While the majority of cannabis substances rapidly improves the overall mood of patients, it’s important to remember that different strains hold different chemical compositions. As a result some are more effective in producing serotonin, raising energy levels, and maintaining an overall positive mind set. Depression is also known to accompany harsh physical conditions such as cancer or HIV/AIDS, conditions in which cannabis is commonly used as a tool for symptom management, also assisting in reducing the chance of depression.
While the use of cannabis to combat depression is often debated, due to the rapid rise in depression diagnosis, the substance could potentially be credited with saving thousands of lives. Cannabis treatment for depression is often administered as edibles or through cannabis-based oils.
If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with depression and would like to seek out cannabis as a potential treatment option, we suggest beginning by reviewing your state’s list of qualifying conditions to see if you are eligible for a medicinal marijuana program.