Studies On Medical Marijuana And Chronic Depression

December 11, 2020 All Natural

There are many studies, articles and data online and readily available to all as it relates to using THC prescribed by a marijuana doctor help with chronic depression. If you are one of many Americans dealing with this condition, you might have these and other questions about marijuana and its role as a possible treatment. Anxiety and Depression disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older every year.

Types of Depression

There are different types of depressive disorders, and while there are many similarities among them, each depressive disorder has its own unique set of symptoms. The most commonly diagnosed form of depression is Major Depressive Disorder. In 2017, around 17.3 million aged 18 years or older in the U.S. had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year, which represented 6.7 percent of all American adults. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States among people ages 15-44. View Data Here.


Speak to a healthcare professional before attempting to experiment with cannabis. As you will learn, using the wrong dosage or the wrong strain can worsen symptoms of depression which is why the advice of an expert medical cannabis physician is important.


At this moment in time there are very few human studies that focus on cannabis and depression. That being said, there is a significant amount of research on the role of the endocannabinoid system plays in regulating ones mood and treating depression symptoms.


What exactly is the endocannabinoid system?

In the human body, the endocannabinoid system is a system that helps cells maintain homeostasis. Homeostasis refers to each cell being in the right place, doing its job and doing its job well.


Researchers in other countries found that the endocannabinoid system helps regulate mood and symptoms of depression and other conditions such as Anxiety, PTSD, Bi Polar and ADHD. Receptors in the endocannabinoid system interact with cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). With a measured approach to dosage, THC and CBD can be used to regulate and balance the endocannabinoid system and improve mood function. Be careful when treating depression with marijuana as per a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that high THC doses could actually reduce serotonin and potentially worsen symptoms of depression.


Animal Studies?

While there are few human studies that focus on depression and CBD, there are numerous animal studies that show CBD as a promising treatment for depression. Another study published focused on the effect of CBD on mice. Researchers also tested the effects of CBD and mice who were forced to participate in a variety of tests.


In a study published in the Journal of Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology Biological Psychiatry scientifically ties CBD with improved serotonin levels in the brain. What does this mean you ask? CBD may have an anti-depressant type effects on individuals experiencing depression.


Researchers also found and have agreed that CBD/THC produces fast acting antidepressant like effects to help with mood and major depression disorders ( Amygdala core nuclei). Contact All Natural MD Florida today to get started on your medical marijuana card. All Natural MD Florida locations are all over the State of Florida to assist you with securing your cannabis card and physician recommendation quickly ands easily. We have offices for medical marijuana card approvals in LakelandOrlandoSarasotaBradentonLake MaryTampa and Brandon.