How to Get Medical
Marijuana for Depression
Depression and Medical Cannabis
Major depressive disorder, commonly known as depression, is characterized by experiencing feelings of severe despair over an extended period of time. Nearly every aspect of one’s life can be affected, ranging from their daily emotions to their physical health, work life and relationships. Fortunately, recovery is possible for those experiencing depression. Those who seek help are commonly looking towards using medical marijuana to do so.
How Can Medical Marijuana Help Treat Depression?
In comparison with antidepressants, which may take weeks for patients to notice a difference, statistics show that at least one in three people with depression are unable to find relief through current antidepressant drugs. Medical marijuana consists of two separate compounds known as phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD), another major component of the plant. For patients with depression, CBD is non-psychoactive, while THC is responsible for marijuana’s psychological effects. Recreational marijuana usually contains more THC rather than CBD, which is a reason why it’s important for patients to select a strain of medical marijuana with more CBD – a safer option compared to THC, which can be the cause of anxiety or fear when consumed. An April 2016 study by Neuropharmacology suggests that CBD prompts antidepressants-like effects, but with instantaneous results, whereas another study demonstrated a good interaction between CBD and receptors in the human brain.
How Do I Get a Medical Marijuana Prescription For Depression?
If you would like to get assessed for medical marijuana for depression, you can choose to have a virtual or clinic appointment – whichever feels right for you. The fastest way to get a clinic appointment is to have a physician complete a Physician Referral Form. If a physician referral is not attainable, a Self-Referral Form is available. You can book a Virtual Care appointment immediately. Virtual appointments are conducted through a secure online video call and do not require any referral forms.