New Study Suggests Cannabis Helps Fight Depression

It only seems logical that cannabis has what it takes to be a salvation’s wing for those people suffering from depression.

Anyone who has ever slumped into a depressive state after running out of weed fully understands the happiness that comes once that all-important high supply is replenished back to acceptable levels.

But all jokes aside, depression is a serious mental condition that pulls approximately 16 million Americans down into the grey gutters of doom every year. The situation is far worse for the female persuasion than it is for males, according to the latest federal data, which could be due, at least in part, to their daily dealings with their hairier, less attractive counterpart.

Did we say no more jokes? Okay… starting now.

Although the scientific community has not been able to uncover any definitive evidence that cannabis is beneficial in the treatment of various types of depression, some studies have shown that microdosing marijuana may help alleviate tumultuous bouts of this common mental affliction.

In fact, researchers from Washington State University (WSU) recently published a piece in the latest Journal of Affective Disorders that shows how a single hit of high CBD medical marijuana (low in THC) can reduce symptoms of depression. This exploration into medical marijuana vs. depression is “unique,” in relation to previous studies, researchers said, because “we looked at actual inhaled cannabis by medical marijuana patients who were using it in the comfort of their own homes as opposed to a laboratory.”

Up to this point, most of the studies involving cannabis and depression have involved THC pills, and have not taken into account strains with higher levels of the non-intoxicating compound cannabidiol (CBD). The role of CBD is a crucial factor, researchers said.


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