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How Medical Marijuana Can Help Depression

What is depression?

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, depression is a mood disorder that is also called “clinical depression” or “depressive disorder.” Depression affects all aspects of life for those diagnosed.

Some common symptoms of depression can include:

  • Continual sadness, anxiety or “empty” feelings

  • Feelings of:

  • Hopelessness

  • Pessimism

  • Guilt

  • Worthlessness

  • Helplessness

  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Disordered sleeping

  • Insomnia or oversleeping

  • Weight or appetite changes

  • Restlessness or irritability

  • Suicidal thoughts, ideations or attempts

  • Pains like headaches, stomachaches, cramps without a physical reason

There are a few types of depression which can show up differently in women, men, children, teens and postpartum women as well.

What causes depression?

There is no one cause of depression, and depression looks very different on everyone. Research points to there being a variety of reasons one could be diagnosed with depression. It could be a mix of environment and genetic factors to loss, stress or even a serious illness.

How is depression treated?

Depression is typically treated by working with a psychologist, psychiatrist or therapist as there is a mix of medication and psychotherapy involved in treatment.

How can medical marijuana help depression?

There is historical evidence that people have been using cannabis to treat depression since as early as the 1600s. Records show Indian doctors prescribing cannabis as well as an English clergy-person on the other side of the world.

Since cannabis works through the endocannabinoid system, it creates a more enduring effect throughout the body. Unlike antidepressants, cannabis has little to no side effects.

Medical marijuana is always strain-dependent, meaning that the specific strain you use to treat your condition matters. Look for the strains that promote energy, relieve anxiety and insomnia and also induce appetite.

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