As a mental health disorder affecting hundreds of millions of people, seeking answers for the cause and curability of depression is important. With cannabis products becoming more commonplace in the medicinal limelight, discussion surrounding the depression and cannabis link is a hot topic.
It is important to note that there is no one miracle treatment for depression. Antidepressants and/or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and often lifestyle changes can all play a part. But because not every system works for every person, alternative treatments continue to be sought out.
Scientific investigation into our brains experiencing depression has led researchers to look closer at our endocannabinoid system. The relevance is between depression and pain, and the coexistence of the two is more than a coincidence. The interesting breakthrough regarding the human endocannabinoid system? Cannabinoids produced by cannabis sativa be exactly what the doctor ordered.
The human endocannabinoid system is responsible “psycho-physical harmony” within our bodies. This is kept in check by receptors (spread throughout the body) and activators (endocannabinoids). When things are operating as they should, regulating activators are sent towards receptors to keep all the functions of the body working soundly.
When it comes to depression, we see a break in the chain. Constant stress can lead to problems producing these regulating chemicals. If there are not enough of them being sent towards the receptors, things start to fall out of sync. When this happens, feelings of depression can be the outcome.
But here is the upshot: Cannabinoids (found in the cannabis plant) have the ability to supplement our natural endocannabinoid processes. This in theory would fix the problem.
So why do we sometimes hear about cannabis causing depression? The general opinion from those who study the link between the two seems to be that low, intentional doses can work to relieve and cure symptoms of depression, while high doses may aggravate or cause it.
With cannabis being a relatively new sphere of research, the best bet for those suffering from depression is likely trial and error. Consider discussing all of this with your canna-friendly doctor and start investigating the right strain for you!