Medical Marijuana For Depression
Chances are, you or someone you know is suffering from depression. In fact, one in four Canadians have sought professional help for their depression. Everyone can experience it differently – it can last days, weeks, or years, and can occur once in your lifetime, or multiple times following disorders, illnesses, trauma or loss. Psychotherapy is a great option in terms of professional help, but turning to antidepressants to help ease symptoms may not be as great of an option as you hoped.
What Is Depression?
Depression is considered a mood disorder and it affects how you think, feel, or behave. When we’re depressed, the serotonin level in our bodies is low. Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter and will relay messages from one area of our brain to another, so it largely affects our mind and body like our mood, appetite, memory, sex drive, pain, etc. When one experiences depression, serotonin isn’t reaching the proper areas and new brain cells are being suppressed.
Depression doesn’t just mean you feel sad. Along with sadness comes hopelessness, frustration, loss of interest (sex, hobbies, eating, socializing), loss of energy, feelings of unworthiness, aches and pains, and suicidal thoughts.
What Can Cause Depression?
There are many factors associated with depression, particularly high levels of stress, trauma, loss, environment, substance abuse, or medical conditions.
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Antidepressants Have Common, Recurring Side Effects
Every person is affected differently, but common side effects can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Low libido (sex drive) or erectile dysfunction
- Weight gain
- Less energy
- Blurred vision
- And more
If antidepressants just simply aren’t working for you, it’s time to try something else.
How Medical Marijuana Is Different
Medical marijuana is a natural solution to calming the mind and body. Once in your body, it will start reacting with the receptors in your brain and boost your serotonin levels back up. So instead of causing poor side effects like increased anxiety or fatigue, it will boost your mood, decrease your feelings of anxiety and stress, improve your sleep pattern, and overall improve your way of thinking without getting high.
Don’t Mix Marijuana & Antidepressants
Combining both is not recommended as cannabis and certain antidepressant ingredients like imipramine and dothiepin. It can increase your heart rate and blood pressure or even cause confusion, hallucinations, or mania.
When you seek treatment for depression, know you’re not alone. One in four people in Canada are going through the same struggles and many will not find their symptoms lessen with antidepressants. Psychotherapy and medical marijuana can not only help boost your mood, it can also help relieve pain associated with depression, improve your poor sleeping patterns, and positively improve mood swings and anxiety.
Our medical marijuana products are only the best quality for our patients and are simply pure and natural. Even better, they’re strictly for ingesting and not smoking. Each person’s dosage will vary and we are more than happy to answer any of your questions regarding dosage, our products, and how medical marijuana can improve your lifestyle.