"Soul D'Licious Infused" Episode #33 – Treating Depression with Cannabis & Dr. Ruth Fisher (Part 2)
Depression has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. In fact, nearly 20% of the adult population has been diagnosed with depression. Frequently, prescription drugs are touted as the solution to the problem. However, there are a number of issues and consequences associated with these drugs. First off, some of these prescription medications may take time to take effect. It could take days, weeks, or even months for someone suffering from depression to see a positive lift in mood. Additionally, depression medications can have both mild and severe side effects. Patients may experience agitation, anxiety, drowsiness, sedation, and insomnia. RX meds may even cause suicidal ideation.
With cannabis’s recent push into the medical spotlight, many people have attempted to use cannabis to treat their depression symptoms. Some have had great success. However, others have an adverse reaction when their thought patterns go haywire. Consequently, this can lead to feeling worse and result in increases in depression symptoms.
That’s why the University of New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Research Fund performed an experiment tracking cannabis flower’s application for treatment of depression. The results were definitely noteworthy. The researchers teamed up with an app called Releaf. Outcomes of 1,800 people who reported nearly 6,000 different sessions using cannabis. Shockingly, 98% of participants experienced lessened symptoms of depression using cannabis. Interestingly, results were not affected between the use of Indica and Sativa. The amount of THC seemed to be the correlating factor in symptom relief.
However, some cannabis users did report negative results as well. Depression can increase. Up to 20% of users experienced negative side effects. But, 64% felt happy, peaceful, optimistic, and relaxed. In other words, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. The findings suggest that, at least in the short term, the vast majority of users experience antidepressant effects.
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