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Can Marijuana Be Used Instead of Antidepressants?

The legalization of marijuana has been a controversial topic all across the United States, especially within the past decade. Marijuana is popular for its natural healing and soothing abilities, especially for symptoms such as chronic pain or insomnia.

Many people believe that cannabis can help with sleeping issues, cancer, and MS but do not think it can help with any mental issues, like anxiety or depression. Depression in particular is very tough to manage, so people want to know if cannabis can help depressive symptoms.

The question of whether or not marijuana can help with depression does not have a clear cut answer. Basically, it depends on many different factors, which we will discuss in this blog.

Cannabis and Antidepressants

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in America. Many people with depression self medicate with cannabis because it has proven to help with some of their symptoms.

Antidepressants are very standard for treating anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. However, they can be very addictive and usually come with a whole host of unfavorable side effects.

Some of the most common side effects of antidepressants include:

  • Migraines

  • Nausea

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Appetite loss

  • Fatigue

Antidepressants can make depression patients feel extremely down and exhausted all the time. These side effects can really get in the way of a person’s day to day activities and disturb special times in their lives.

There are definitely risks to think about when you mix antidepressants and cannabis. The chemicals of both drugs can interact and cause problems in your body. It's best to pick one or the other, whichever one works best for you.

Many people with depression say that marijuana helps with their fatigue, sleeping schedule, appetite, and nausea. For others, it could exacerbate symptoms. Really, it just depends on the person, among other factors including:

  • Dose

  • Delivery method

  • Weight

  • Gender

  • When/how much/what you last ate

There is no right or wrong answer to the question of whether cannabis can help those experiencing depression. Everybody reacts to cannabis differently, and one size does not fit all, especially when it comes to dosage.

Although depression is not a qualifying condition in the State of Virginia, many people with qualifying conditions may also have depression. If you get your medical cannabis card, you can kill two birds with one stone!

The only way to really know if marijuana can help with your depression is to try it. You never know how your body will react, just make sure you start with a very small amount and don’t overdo it.

Try Medical Marijuana Today

Lucky for you, medical marijuana is already legal in Virginia! You can get your medical marijuana card today if you have a qualifying condition and see if cannabis helps with your depressive symptoms.

Recreational marijuana is legal in Virginia too, but it does not mean much since there are no recreational dispensaries to purchase products from.

There is no telling how long it will take for recreational dispensaries to open their doors, but we assume it will be at least a couple of years. So, if you would like to visit a dispensary until then, you will need your medical card!

In order to qualify for your medical marijuana card, you will need to have a condition that would make you eligible. If you aren’t sure if you would qualify, give us a call and we can answer any questions you may have about the process.

If you don’t already have yours, no worries. We can help! If you think you could benefit from medical marijuana, there is a good chance you would qualify for your medical card in the State of Virginia. With telemedicine, it is now easier than ever to get your medical card from the comfort of your own home!

In Virginia, any inhibiting condition could qualify you for your medical card. If you don’t already have it, we can help! Schedule an evaluation online today and we’ll make an appointment for you with one of our knowledgeable, compassionate doctors.


Doctors Who Care.

Relief You Can Trust.

At Virginia Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness

safely and conveniently through increased access to MMJ. Our focus on

education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by

providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (888) 633-5808, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out Virginia Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information.

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