Can Cannabis Help With Depression?
WE ARE NOT SUGGESTING YOU USE CANNABIS AS MEDICINE TO TREAT DEPRESSION. STUDIES ARE STILL BEING CONDUCTED AND CANNABIS IS STILL NOT RECOGNIZED AS AN OFFICIAL DRUG TO COMBAT DEPRESSION.
There are many different stages of depression, and below are the percentages of people in the U.S affected by it according to Health Line.
Major Depression Disorder - 6.7% Americans had at least one episode in a year.
Persistent Depressive Disorder - affects 1.5% U.S adults in a year.
Bipolar Disorder - affects 2.8% U.S adults in a year.
Seasonal Depression - affects 5% of Americans in a year.
Postpartum Depression - about 80% of mothers experience postpartum depression. An average of 10% -15% of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth within 3 months.
Psychotic Depression - at least 6.7% of U.S adults experience psychotic depression.
According to Our World In Data over 3.4% of people in the world are diagnosed with depression. Which is roughly 264 million people who are depressed. But these are only people whom's symptoms have been documented. There could be plenty of other people who have not been properly diagnosed.
Can Cannabis, Or THC Help With Depression?
Sadly, depression affects at least 340 million people in the world. Some common symptoms of depression are: lack of interest, muscle pain, fatigue, suicidal thoughts, trouble concentrating, persistent sadness, and much more.
So, how can cannabis help with these symptoms? There is still not enough research that supports the claim that marijuana helps treat people with depression. But, there are some cases where marijuana has helped people with chronic pain, which is also associated with depression, and helped them to relax. Which could possibly help people with depression get a better nights rest. According to Forbes, marijuana has helped some people with cancer, substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, dementia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic pain.
The cannabis industry is still very new, so it will be a while until conclusive research is made about the benefits of marijuana and cannabis.
If you suffer from depression you should still reach out to someone. Below are health care lines.
Sprout Health Group - 866-278-6311
CVS Pharmacy - 1-855-417-2486
American Addictions Center (Mental Health) - 1-866306-7442