August 16, 2018 | DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
By, Lauraine Kanders, ANP, ACNP-BC
if you’ve been suffering from lack of interest in activities that you once craved, and are going through bouts of sadness that you can’t seem to shake off, then you are probably suffering from depression. The gloominess of depression affects over 350 million people around the globe. In fact, depression and anxiety are two of the most prevalent medical conditions currently. Depression is not just regarded as mood disorder anymore either, and is better defined as a mental disability that pulls sufferers into the pits of darkness.
As medical practitioners try to soothe the sufferings of people with depression through the help of medical options available, researchers have started in-depth research on the use of Medical Marijuana for reducing the impact of depression on the human brain.
Research in this regard is at a nascent stage, and while evidence regarding the use of MMJ for depression is starting to flow in, regulators across numerous states in USA feel that it is too early to approve depression and anxiety as conditions that qualify for medical marijuana use.
Similarly, the health department of New York State also feels the same way, and they have not yet qualified the provision of MMJ for people going through anxiety and depression.
WHAT RESEARCH PROVES
The inactivity of a majority of the States across the country, to recognize depression and anxiety as conditions that warrant the use of MMJ, does not, however, take away impetus from the fact that initial results from research are in favor of the magical herb’s use.
Research conducted by Colorado State University and Buffalo Research Institute have found that MMJ can indeed help those suffering from the conditions of anxiety and depression. Tests carried out on people who had gone through war trauma or abuse, resulted in significant improvements in mental depression and anxiety levels.
There are some strains of MMJ that are may be helpful for patients with anxiety and depression. We do not make any claims that this works nor do we endorse products. Indica strains, which contain lower amounts of THC and higher amounts of CBD, are so to be exceptional for treating pain caused by inflammation and quelling anxiety within the body.
While higher THC strains can exacerbate anxiety, marijuana with low range THC and high range CBD May be useful to calm the nerves. It may also been used for treating children with certain types of disorders related to seizures as others have found.
While there are 8 states in the USA with full marijuana legalization, New York State has a list of conditions that qualify for MMJ use. Although there is no doubt over the use of MMJ for countering depression and anxiety, patients suffering from the conditions cannot benefit from MMJ in NY state, as of yet.
However, the state does cover conditions that usually cause depression inside your body. Conditions including severe pain and cancer, which often lead towards depression and anxiety, are covered by the state of NY. This means that if your depression/anxiety is amplified by these conditions, then you can easily get your MMJ certificate from a registered practitioner.