Cannabis for Depression Relief?


3 years ago

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Cannabis has long been argued to offer relief from a number of ailments and disease. One such ailment that marijuana users have long claimed cannabis helps is anxiety and depression. Though this “evidence” is merely anecdotal, the fact is cannabis has a long history of being used to treat disorders like depression and anxiety.

 
Dating back more than 400 years, cannabis was used in India for stress relief as well as a treatment for depression and anxiety. The practice spread throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The strains of marijuana with higher levels of CBD (Cannabidiol) proved to be effective in medicinal use. As the practice spread to America, there was also a call by users to get more of the “high” which came from the THC level. Thus, growers began to develop strains with higher levels of THC and lower levels of CBD.

 

Marijuana, hemp, cannabis, were used in the United States for both recreational and medicinal reasons for hundreds of years. It wasn’t until 1937 that marijuana was actually federally outlawed.

Since then, medicinal marijuana proponents have continued to assert the many benefits and studies in recent years seem to support the claims. In part, this may be why we are seeing a shift in laws across the nation for both medical and recreational marijuana.

One such study was conducted by scientists at Buffalo University.

“Scientists at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) are studying chronic stress and depression, with a focus on endocannabinoids, which are brain chemicals similar to substances in marijuana.

The findings raise the possibility that components of marijuana may be useful in reducing depression that results from chronic stress.

‘In the animal models we studied, we saw that chronic stress reduced the production of endocannabinoids, leading to depression-like behavior,’ says RIA senior research scientist Samir Haj-Dahmane, PhD.”

If you suffer from depression or anxiety, how do you determine what type of cannabis to ingest or strains to smoke? Allbud.com has an interesting post that answers just that question - "Ten Cannabis Strains for Defeating Depression." Check out their article and see if you can find these strains at your local dispensary.

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