Depression & Medical Marijuana
"When the world is ready to fall, on your little shoulders, when you're feeling lonely and small, you need somebody there to hold you. So never be ashamed, you're only lonely." ? J.D. Souther
Feeling depressed once a while is normal. A case of the blues has inspired many a beautiful song. While many artists benefit from the creativity that manic / depressive swings can bring, in most cases deep depression is truly tragic and non-productive.
Bouncing back from losing is a major part of life. Depressing events - like a streak of bad luck, a loss of face and self-esteem are opportunities to grow and should be character building. Clinical Depression, however is quite different. When intense feelings of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness just won't let up - over long periods - therapy has to be considered. Thankfully there is hope. New and old Marijuana based medicines offer profound relief to many without the horrendous side effects of today's prescription drugs.
- "Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined." Samuel Goldwyn
Symptoms of Clinical Depression
- Fatigue / low energy
- Constant feelings of inadequacy or guilt
- Poor concentration and indecision
- Restless, sleeping issues - too much, too little, toss and turn
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
- Suicidal thoughts
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Bad moods, negative attitude, whine and complain
For some people, shaking depression is about as easy as climbing Mount Everest - with a 100 pound backpack - wearing sandals.
- “I feel like a defective model, like I came off the assembly line flat-out fucked and my parents should have taken me back for repairs before the warranty ran out.” Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation
Clinical depression can be caused by real or imagined events - often accompanied by biochemical imbalance. Biochemical imbalances are tough to treat because the entire genome, lifestyle and psychological profile are intertwined to create basic impulses which govern disposition and behavior in almost everyone. In clinical conditions, sufferers often lose their perspective on life and rationalize their aberrant behavior as justified or even enlightened. Such is the peculiar nature and horror of mental illness.
Chemicals, prescription and recreational drugs, alcohol, lifestyle and chronic stress are all leading contributing factors.
Neuroscientists have found that chemicals - called endocannabinoids - in the brain and body generate feelings, work similarly to molecules found in Marijuana. In countless studies worldwide, the main components of Medical Marijuana - THC and CBD - have been found to safely and effectively alleviate depression and stress.
- “That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.” Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation
Medical Cannabis has side effects too. A fraction of patients experience temporary psychosis, resembling schizophrenia if smoke too much pot that is high in THC. For these sensitive individuals, Cannabis strains and extracts low in THC (psychoactive) and high in CBD provide effective relief - without a high - without psychosis.
DOCTORS TESTIMONIALS - Depression & MMJ
"Low doses had a potent antidepressant effect, but when we increased the dose, the serotonin in the rats' brains actually dropped." Dr. Campos AC
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