Learn how CBD and THC in medical cannabis can help treat depression by lowering stress levels, easing anxiety, and stabilizing mood.
Many of us have experienced depression at one time or another — perhaps after a break-up, the death of a loved one, or another major life event. But when feelings of sadness don’t pass, it may indicate some form of clinical depression.
Combating Depression Naturally
Depression is caused by an imbalance or depletion of chemicals in the brain — specifically, serotonin and dopamine. Symptoms include sadness, anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, or even binge eating.
These symptoms can be so unpleasant that those suffering from depression become desperate to find a quick fix. This often results in a prescription for an antidepressant drug. Today, more than 37 million Americans take some type of antidepressant. Unfortunately, patients cycle through several medications without relief.
Cannabis medicine offers a natural, and potentially more effective, option for treating depression. Cannabinoids, specifically CBD and THC, work with your body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Mood Elevation & Cannabis Medicine
Rather than forcing a message to the brain as prescription medications do, cannabis can modify brain receptors to stabilize depleted levels of serotonin and dopamine. When this balance is restored, cannabis patients may experience a reduction in symptoms. Because cannabis is also a neuroprotectant, it may stimulate brain cell growth and prevent cell damage.
Both CBD and THC have therapeutic effects on depression. CBD may help with long-term stabilization of serotonin and dopamine, while THC works with the pleasure centers of the brain to increase a sense of well-being and can provide energy and increased focus.
Your Doctor & You
If you are suffering from depression, it’s important to speak with a medical professional. And if you’re looking for an alternative to prescription medications, which often include unpleasant side effects, it’s important to discuss the benefits cannabis medicine may provide in your treatment.
With the guidance and knowledge of a doctor, many patients find cannabis to be an extremely effective alternative to antidepressants for treating depression.
If you’re interested in getting your medical marijuana card, NETA is here to help you.