Medical Marijuana and Depression

Depression is a serious illness and people with this condition often have long-term feelings of low self-esteem and sadness. Suicidal thoughts are possible and make ordinary tasks like cooking, cleaning, going to work and personal hygiene extremely difficult.
For centuries, medical marijuana has been used to treat depression. Surveys from patients show that cannabis is used by many people in treating depression and shows great results. A lot of studies also show that patients with depression report less symptoms by using cannabis. Low cannabis doses increase serotonin levels in the brain which helps improving the mood of a person.
With appropriate medical marijuana use, many patients are able to eliminate or reduce the use of opiates, Ritalin, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, anti-depressants and other pain pills. A considerable number of patients report significant stabilization and improvement in their bipolar disorder. Although some mental health professionals are worried about the impact of cannabis on manic states, most bipolar patients who try cannabis discover that they find great improvement in their overall mood. Patients using marijuana to ‘relax’ could be treating the anxiousness which is sometimes associated with depression. Moreover, medical marijuana aids insomnia which is sometimes present in depression and helps increase the appetite. Although cannabis could not yet be considered a primary treatment for major depression, it could improve mood as long as it is used under the supervision of a physician along with therapy and SSRI’s.

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