Medical Marijuana for Depression
Medical marijuana can be a safe and effective way to help with depression.
Treating Depression with Medical Marijuana
Research has suggested that medical marijuana may help treat depression. Studies at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) have focused on endocannabinoids, naturally occurring compounds produced in the brain. These compounds are similar to compounds found in marijuana and THC. Endocannabinoids affect our cognition, emotions, and behavior.
Animal studies have shown that chronic stress reduces endocannabinoid production.
This reduction in endocannabinoids can then lead to depression. The use of cannabidiol or CBD, extracted from marijuana may help. It not only eases symptoms of depression, it does also so without triggering addiction.
At present, there are many promising studies on medical marijuana for depression.