Marijuana could soon be prescribed to treat depression 166



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In 2011 it was revealed that Australians are the second highest anti-depressant users in the world, with 89 in every 1,000 people taking a form of the medication. For a long time, typical anti-depressants have been the prescribed answer for those suffering from depression, but what if there was an alternative?

The University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions has conducted a study into the use of marijuana on depression. They have found that depending on the nature of the depression, marijuana can be an effective treatment.

Depression that is associated with chronic stress means that there are less endocannabinoids being produced by the brain – a hormone that is associated with motor control, cognition, emotions and behaviour. What the researchers identified was that Endocannabinoids are similar to the chemicals found in marijuana and it’s active ingredient delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC.

Because of this, it is likely that marijuana could be an effective treatment for depression caused by long-term stress. It’s a shocking revelation as for many years studies have linked marijuana use to depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses like schizophrenia.

The lead researcher, Dr Samir Haj-Dahmane has said that chronic stress is a leading cause of depression, highlighting just how important this discovery could be. They have not yet begun trials using different forms of marijuana and different types of the drug but this is a work in progress.

The most interesting thing out of all of this is the big question: would we take marijuana for our depression if our doctor suggested it?

Today I want to hear your thoughts – how open are you to taking marijuana if in fact it was proven to help? Would you take it if your doctor prescribed it to you?

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  1. Anything that can help lift the veil for suffers of depression should be trailed

    6 REPLY
    • Bit strange, TCP has, for many years, been associated with the development of depression, I think I’ll wait and see what happens in the next few years.

    • I don’t suffer from depression Fred but my sister did and it is a terrible illness and you are right it has been linked to depression that is why I think it should be trialed under a controlled study

    • all the evidence so far is anecdotal, proper scientific testing will take time, but it will remove the bs factor.

    • I was on anti depressants for years and I was worse taking pills, gave up on synthetic meds years ago. Have been smoking pot a while now and my depression is under control and I can function better.

    • Cheryl Masling Good on you Cheryl! I know a few people like you and they are dealing with depression a lot easier with Cannabis than prescription drugs that can have terrible side effects.

    • At least with cannabis you don’t lose your appetite,you sleep better and you can sit and rationalise what has to be done without having anxiety and panic attacks.

  2. Yes so long as its in its natural state &hasent been mixed with chemicals &turned into a pill

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