CAN MEDICAL CANNABIS HELP WITH DEPRESSION?
Depression is a mental health disease that can affect anyone and will need to be treated with therapy and medication if it starts negatively affecting daily life activities, health and wellbeing of a person for a prolonged period of time. Medical cannabis can help depression patients by elevating mood and energy levels.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health illness yearly. Depression, a common type of mental health illness, is a normal reaction to life’s struggles. People feel sadness, grief or loneliness during difficult times like loss of a loved one or a bad week at work. If these feelings don’t go away on their own, last for a long period of time, become overwhelming, and start affecting the normal daily activities, then it’s best to ask for medical help. Untreated depression can cause physical symptoms and in severe cases can lead to suicide*.
Symptoms of depression may include:
- A hopeless outlook on life, feelings of worthlessness
- Loss of interest in withdrawal from things you love
- Feeling fatigue, low energy levels
- Loss of appetite
- Suicidal thoughts*
* If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call Crisis Services Canada toll free 1-833-456-4566, available 24/7
There are many causes and types of depression, ranging from family genes, post-partum depression, seasonal affective disorder, bipolar disorder, and dysthymia. Like any other illness, depression needs proper diagnosis and treatment.
How can medical cannabis help with depression?
Cannabis is known to have calming effects on people because it works on the natural chemicals found in the brain that regulate the mood. Using medical cannabis as part of a treatment for depression can help patients by improving their quality of life. If you are suffering from depression and want to know if medical cannabis is the right choice for your symptoms, talk to a healthcare practitioner in a face-to-face video call, where you can ask all your cannabis questions and be sure you’re getting proper medical advice to help you feel your best.