As a society, we have finally begun to recognize the importance of taking care of one’s mental health. The United States has also finally begun to realize how effective medical marijuana can be for treating certain conditions. Marijuana usage is not limited to people with physical diseases and ailments. In fact, more and more marijuana patients across the country have access to their state’s medical marijuana program for mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. The year 2020 was a bad one for a lot of people, and much of this had to do with causes related to the pandemic.
There were rampant spikes in mental health problems across the entire nation – one study states that there was an estimated 35% increase in the number of adults in America experiencing symptoms of depression in the last couple years. How many people in the U.S. do you think suffer from depression? Well, even if you think that it’s a lot, the number might still surprise you. It is estimated that around 16.2 million adults in our country have one form of depression – needless to say, it’s a big deal. Today, I wanted to take some time to talk about how medical marijuana can be used to treat symptoms of depression, and why you should and could be using cannabis instead of other prescription drugs.
Now, I want to set the record straight before we get too far into this; the best form of treatment for depression is therapy with a licensed counselor or mental health professional. Most other forms of treatment are merely band aids to help cope with some of the worst symptoms that depression has to offer, but they will likely not solve all of your problems that are the root cause. Prescription medications are often coupled with therapy when treating depression. Antidepressants are helpful for patients in some circumstances, but they also have a pretty bad reputation.
Not only are they synthetically produced, but they also vary widely in the type of results patients will have. One patient may find a certain medication to be very effective, while another patient may have an increase in depressive symptoms. However, what about using medical marijuana for depression? After all, depression is one of the qualifying conditions for getting a medical marijuana card in a number of states across the country.
Can it be used to effectively treat depression? Well, we unfortunately do not have enough studies to determine exactly how effective it is, but we do know that it has the potential. Many studies have shown that marijuana, specifically strains with high CBD contents, can be very therapeutic for people experiencing depression and anxiety. After all, marijuana is a drug that can boost your mood and increase energy – both of which are normally hampered by symptoms of depression. In any case, it is important to keep in mind that there are risks when using marijuana.
The safest way to consume marijuana is to talk to your doctor or medical health professional before consuming it. After all, policies and laws surrounding medical marijuana usage are making it easier to find more information before actually trying weed. It’s best to discuss your health with an expert when trying out any medication, so why wouldn’t it be the same for marijuana? Some people can also become dependent on marijuana if they use it too much. When it comes to using cannabis to treat depression, I think that the best thing you can do is to find a strain that works for you and use it in moderation, on your own terms.