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Study: Marijuana Effective In Treating Depression

depression marijuanaDepression is a tough thing. There are more than 350 million people worldwide that suffer from depression. One of the saddest things to me about depression is the lack of effective medications that a person can take. Doctors almost always prescribe pharmaceuticals for depression, many of which have harmful side effects. Whenever you see a commercial on TV for a depression medication, the list of potential side effects is usually longer than the segment of the commercial dedicated to how well it works. I have seen many pharmaceutical commercials list ‘thoughts of suicide’ as one of the main potential side effects.

A study was recently released which found that marijuana can be an effective treatment for depression. Marijuana of course doesn’t cause the side effects that pharmaceuticals do. Per the Huffington Post:

Neuroscientists from the University of Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions found that endocannabinoids — chemical compounds in the brain that activate the same receptors as THC, an active compound in marijuana — may be helpful in treating depression that results from chronic stress.

In studies on rats, the researchers found that chronic stress reduced the production of endocannabinoids, which affect our cognition, emotion and behavior, and have been linked to reduced feelings of pain and anxiety, increases in appetite and overall feelings of well-being. The body naturally produces these compounds, which are similar to the chemicals in cannabis. Reduction of endocannabinoid production may be one reason that chronic stress is a major risk factor in the development of depression.

If you suffer from depression, or know of someone that does, make sure to give a strong consideration to using marijuana. No one should have to battle depression with harmful pharmaceuticals if they don’t want to. Depression is bad enough, adding a long list of side effects to deal with obviously makes everything worse.

  • Cyndysub

    Duh.

  • MrPC

    Also, running out of marijuana can cause depression.

    • Jean Anne Lewis

      Been there, done that, doesn’t happen to often. ;-)

  • Jean Anne Lewis

    I know it’s helped my depression. :-)

  • 2buds4me

    I’ll confirm as an awesome form of treatment for clinical depression. No more pills. Works for S.A.D. as well. Takes me from “what’s the use” to “let’s getter done!” in no time.

    Happy – Hungry – Sleepy. No these are not dwarfs, simply the 3 main side effects of Cannabis consumption.

  • JIMMYLIMO

    I know some very depressed RATS that will be glad to hear about this study ! Exactly WHEN do the human trials start ?

    • Dave Period

      Interestingly enough, this is one of the first health trials which was started on humans first. Then they decided to see how it could help rats.

  • Uncle Arthur

    Marijuana prohibitionists cause depression.

  • he’s

    If i piss on harry anglishers grave will it cure my depression

  • Martin Turner

    So now Pot has became a mainstream delivery service online and public advertisement since legalization in 2012 CO.

  • This is a very informative post for depression treatment. Really i agree with your point many peoples are suffering from depression and those are not found effective treatment for this illness. I very like your this article.

  • Ike

    I have suffered from crippling depression ever since I was a young child. The first time I tried to kill myself I was only 8 years old and had no idea what marijuana was so my depression didn’t come from using cannabis, it was genetic. After I turned 18 and had tried many different medications that had no effect I decided to try smoking marijuana. I found that it took very little to change my outlook on life entirely. I didn’t get lazy or sit around getting stoned all day but instead when I woke up in the morning I would take only a little bit. That little bit was enough to make me feel positive and more motivated then I ever felt before. Not in a intoxicated way but in a way that made me feel content like a normal person. I became better about taking care of myself and my environment. I started taking showers every day instead of once a week. I brushed my teeth twice a day. I enjoyed the activities of cleaning my house when before I felt there was no point and even felt proud of how well I maintained everything. I even started leaving the house to go on walks and bike rides. All things that I was to depressed to care about before I began using cannabis. I went from a gross slob devoid of any energy or motivation, laying around in my own filth using video games and TV to escape reality every moment I spent awake, to an energetic, positive and generally happy human being. I even started making friends when before I didn’t want to be around anyone else. I know that marijuana can have a negative effect for some people but it can be a life saver for others. It’s like any other medication. One person may take Prozac or Zoloft and feel better but another may take the same medicine and become far worse. It’s all about finding the right medication and dosage for each individual. With less risk and side effects then most pharmaceutical drugs, I think it’s only fair to let those who feel cannabis works to treat their depression have that option available. People shouldn’t have to live with extreme depression because the medicine they need is viewed as morally reprehensible by other people in their communities. They also shouldn’t be forced to go through a criminal that may have an unsafe product or be in an unsafe place to get the thing they need to live life free of depression. Some people legitimately benefit from the use of cannabis and aren’t bad people just looking to get high. If addiction is a concern then I must also point out how much OxyContin and other pain pills doctors hand out to people who are likely abusing them every day. I know not everyone taking those drugs is misusing them but it’s far more likely to happen with those medicines than marijuana. Plus they can cause far more harm to someone’s health. We shouldn’t be treated like drug addicts for wanting a better life. Cannabis should be an option and be made available in a safe controlled environment.

  • Val

    This survey was a preliminary survey – much more research is needed to justify the position you’ve taken by saying, “A study was recently released which found that marijuana CAN be an effective treatment for depression.” Even the scientists were quick to say this is early!