About Depression

Reading statistics about mental health conditions, like depression and anxiety in the U.S. can be well, depressing. 1 in 5 adults has a mental health condition, depression in youth is increasing, and there’s a serious mental health workforce shortage to help treat them.

 

According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 16.1 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2015. Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama had the least access to mental health care, and interestingly the highest rates of imprisonment.

 

Depression is common and normal, but when depression lasts chronically or is severe to the point of suicidal thoughts, it becomes a dangerous condition that too often goes unnoticed. Studies show that suicide in children age 10 to 14 doubled in the years from 2007 to 2014. From 2008 to 2015, the number of children ages 5 to 17 being admitted to hospitals for suicidal ideation more than doubled.

 

What Causes Depression

Depression is more than sadness. It is a clinical condition

While there is a consensus among the scientific community that depression is a brain disorder, exact causes are still debatable. Depression is often cast as a chemical imbalance in the brain, surely phrased by a Big Pharma writer.

 

Actually, research suggests that depression is caused by faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetics, stress, medications, and medical conditions. Not one, but several factors combine to cause depression, and because of this, two individuals may both show the same symptoms, but the underlying issue and correct treatment may be completely different. Physicians have even classified various types of depression associated with winter, postpartum, stress, and more.

 

Normal Treatments for Depression

In the early 1950’s scientists discovered [MAOIs] and began using [tricyclic antidepressants] to treat various mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. [TCAs] however, can cause heart attacks and seizures.

 

Since the late 1980’s, doctors have been prescribing [SSRIs] such as Prozac, Zoloft, or Paxil for various types of depression, often in combination with [opioids] or [benzodiazepines]. Studies show that youths taking antidepressants report psychological side effects including hyperactivity, irritability, hostile and aggressive behavior, and self-harm. SSRIs also cause headaches, gastric distress, hyper insomnia, and nausea.

 

SSRIs and other types of anti-anxiety medications lose they're [efficacy] after a short period leaving only the harmful side effects, like 2 in 100 people having a suicidal related event. The FDA warns that SSRIs, in children, cause severe risk of suicide and depression. Other medications for depression, such as [SNRIs] can be related to anorexia, sexual problems, and even liver failure.

 

How Medical Marijuana Can Help Depression

Marijuana is cited as being used to treat depression as far back as 400 years ago in India. Modern science is only recently coming to agree. Recent findings show that chronic stress reduces the production of Endocannabinoids.

 

Cannabinoids are key factors in the modulation of motor control, cognition, behavior, and many other functions. Phytocannabinoids found in cannabis bind with receptors within the nervous helping to reduce inflammation and manage pain.

 

A cannabis patient survey of 100 adults in Hawaii shows the most serious acute side effects reported of cannabis inhalation are a cough and dry mouth, only being reported in 6% of patients. Patients also reported an average 64% relief of pain, and half of them reported relief from anxiety, stress, and insomnia.

 

Incredible research from 2014, out of Brazil, are indicative of cannabis’ antidepressant and anxiolytic properties. Their findings clearly warrant further investigation into the properties of cannabis and cannabinoid medicines. The Brazilian study into [CBD] suggests that it may be its affinity for binding to the [5-HT1A] neuro-receptor that makes it effective for treating depression and anxiety. Terpenes like [caryophyllene] also work within the [endocannabinoid system], helping to modulate a variety of bodily functions. Marijuana will affect each person differently. Consult with a physician and medical marijuana professional about using cannabis, and find linked below a list of High-CBD strains reported to alleviate depression and anxiety in others.

 

·   [[Animal Cookies]]

·   [[Casey jones]]

·   [[Grapefruit]]

·   [[24K Gold]]

·   [[707 Headband]]

·   [[9 Pound Hammer]]

·   [[Abusive OG]]

·   [[Acapulco Gold]]

·   [[ACDC]]

·   [[Ace of Spades]]

·   [[Afghan Kush]]

·   [[Afghani ]]

·   [[Afgoo]]

·   [[Afgooey]]

·   [[Afwreck]]

·   [[Agent Orange]]

·   [[Alaskan Ice]]

·   [[Albert Walker]]

·   [[Alien OG]]

·   [[Allen Wrench]]

 

Sources:

https://www.samhsa.gov/samhsa-data-outcomes-quality/major-data-collections/reports-detailed-tables-2015-NSDUH

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/state-mental-health-america

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/30/youth-suicide-rates-rising-school-and-internet-may-blame/356539001/

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/what-causes-depression

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4791100/#b11-ccap25_p0004

Webb. 2014 Hawaii Journal of Medicine & Public Health

Schier de Mello AR (2014) CNS Neurologic Disorders Drug Targets. Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects cannabidiol: a chemical compound of cannabis sativa