Treatment for depression has come a long way from methods like psychotherapy or prescriptions. When it comes to finding solutions, the options are unfortunately very limited. The condition can stem from a variety of risk factors – biological, psychological, or social, however the major cause of the disorder remains unknown. In recent years, patients have turned to medical marijuana as a way to treat depression, and its use is increasingly gaining validity demonstrated through its consistent success rates in many cases.
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 asphytocannabinoidtetrahydrocannabinol (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 studydemonstrated a good interaction between CBD and receptors in the human brain.
How do I get a medical marijuana prescription for Depression?
For a step in the right direction, speak to your doctor about your history with depression and request a referral to Canadian Cannabis Clinic. If a referral is not possible, contact us for further information. After receiving your medical history and treatment from your doctor, we will contact you to schedule an appointment for a doctor’s examination and consultation. If medical marijuana is suitable to treat your symptoms, a prescription will be filled and our on-site counselor will advise you on cannabis use and assist you with any related inquiries. Regular appointments and follow-ups are arranged to track your progress, and cannabis will be prescribed as needed – most often every three months.
What is Depression?
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.