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How Does Medical Cannabis Work For Anxiety and Depression?
Human beings are faced with anxiety and depression due to a variety of reasons. To get caught in depression is indeed worst experience of life. There are a lot of treatment options available for treating depression and anxiety. However, recent research studies have shown that the use of cannabis for depression and anxiety is one of the best option to relieve anxiety.
What is Depression?
Depression is a sickness that includes the body, state of mind, and considerations. It is most dangerous psychological problem faced by human beings. Turning a depressed person into normal one is really difficult.
Depression can affect our sleep, hunger, cognitive ability, concentration, decision power and even our relationships. If depression is remained untreated for longer time then it may result in negative behavior including:
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Mood swings
There are a lot of ways for treating depression. But first, let me explain a few common reasons behind depression and effects of depression on our everyday life.
Major Reasons behind Depression and Anxiety
As I have discussed earlier that anxiety and depression are one of the worst situations faced by human beings in daily routine. Anxiety can affect your life badly. You may not be able to concentrate on your work. If you are depressed then your decision power is not that good as it was before. Many other health related issues are also related to depression and anxiety. I will discuss it in coming sections.
There are a variety of reasons for depression. Let me explain a few to you:
A lot of students get anxious in their studies due to a lot of factors. Almost every student face depression at some point during academic career. Quite often such anxiety level increases with educational level. A doctoral student face more challenges and difficulties when compared to a graduate or under-graduate student.
We all have relatives and personal relations like mother, father, wife and children. Although such relations are source of motivation and belonging for us. But at certain situations these relations also prove to be a source of depression and anxiety in our lives. Some common things in this regard are:
- Illness or death of close relation
- Lack of trust
- Miscellaneous factors
- Official Relationships
At work, we are faced with colleagues and boss. At certain times there is too much pressure of work or politics going on at office. This depression can be long-lasting. It can affect both our personal, inter-personal and official life. In such depression phase, you may lose patience. This loss of patience is more harmful.
Health and Psychological Issues
Disease are getting strong and strong day by day. Some of us feel depressed if they are diagnosed with some sort of disease or when their problem has grown chronic from acute. Disease not only make us weak health wise. Instead we can get severely depressed due to disease.
Negative psychological thinking cause stress and ultimately depression. You may develop negative thinking either due to environment around you or yourself. This can cause distress, anxiety and depression.
Finance is really necessary for you to live by. To live your life you need money. For earning money you either do a job or do some business stuff. With increase in the use of computers and fourth industrial revolution i.e. Artificial Intelligence, jobs are getting saturated. So getting job is becoming more and more difficult.
Now-a-days a person has to do a lot to get job. An unemployed person is faced with severe depression if his or her situation continues for a long time. This is because this situation give rise to negative thoughts. It may result in making you a criminal.
On the other hand, because of changing environment and circumstances of business community it is getting difficult to get business going smoothly. In fact you may have to face monetary loss in such events. This can put extreme pressure on our brain and thus cause depression.
Negative Outcomes of Depression
There are a lot of health hazards and adverse effects associated with depression. In addition to depression, these factors make our lives more difficult.
The first thing associated with depression or anxiety is Insomnia. In simple words we can say that lack of sleep or disturbance in sleeping patterns. Some people feel heavily increased sleep while others are faced with lack of sleep.
Lack of sleep can make you dull. You can start feeling that you are not fresh at all. Loss of energy, loss of decision power, efficiency and tiredness are also associated with insomnia. Other problems associated with insomnia are:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Fatigue and dizziness
- Lack of Concentration
- Disturbed decision power
Once you use marijuana you will start feeling more relaxed and composed. Moreover, your sleep patterns will be normalized.
Hunger and Digestion
Second problem that you will be faced with is Hunger and Weight. Again, there are two outcomes. While you`re depressed you either eat too much or you simply don`t eat at all. Look it in another way: When you are depressed actually your digestion is affected. That is why you either feel too much hungry or you feel no hunger at all.
If you are eating too much then this will result in increasing your weight. Otherwise you will start losing your weight. Trust me both these situations are not good at all.
Physical Side Effects
Apart from insomnia and weight problems, there are some other problems associated with depression.
These problems include:
- Muscle pain
- Increased blood pressure
- Elevated heart rate
- Chest pain
- Sexual dysfunction
Muscle pain itself is a big issue. This pain can severely change the way we walk, run, and perform other activities. We get afraid of pain. For relieving muscle pain, doctor will prescribe muscle relaxant and pain killers. Use of pain killers can affect our stomach adversely. According to latest trend and research, doctors now prescribe Marijuana for anxiety management.
Increased blood pressure and heart rate are really dangerous. Both these situations may lead to either heart attack or brain hemorrhage. Sexual dysfunction, again, leads to personal problems and thus increasing stress and depression.
Although depression itself is a psychological problem. But if it is untreated for a longer period of time, then it can give rise to other psychological problems as well. Some of these problems include:
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal thoughts
- Spending too much money on shopping or hotels
For managing your psychological problems doctors will advise you to take anti-depressants. Similarly, many of emotional problems are dealt with the help of tranquilizers. You can get addicted to these medicines. This addiction give rise to other problems like:
- Drug abuse
- Sexual abuse
Researchers have found that using Cannabis for anxiety is really effective in managing a lot of psychological and emotional problems associated with depression. In the coming section, I will be discussing benefits of using Cannabis for depression handling and management.
How to Deal with Depression and Anxiety?
This is very common question. The answer is not simple. Because there is no one step formula to treat depression. As each person has different severity level and cause of depression. So, treatment option for each will be different. Following are some common ways to deal with depression:
- Set life goals and work to achieve them
- Change routine of your life
- Exercise and involve in some sort of sports
- Eat healthy and digestive food
- Try to get enough sleep
- Overcome negative thoughts by thinking positive
- Visit some psychiatrist
- Go out on some tour
These are common treatment options for dealing with depression. A lot of these solutions require concentration and self-belief. These two are main things that a depressed person lacks. Modern researches have researched on cannabis and marijuana for anxiety and depression management. Researchers have found remarkable outcomes of using these for stress management.
What is Cannabis?
Cannabis is basically a plant. It contains about hundreds of natural compounds known as cannabinoids. Among these compounds there is a compound termed as Cannabidiol or CBD. CBD has gained attention of medical researchers in recent years in treating different health conditions.
Besides finding a lot of health benefits of using CBD, researchers investigated the effect of cannabis for treating depression. After experimentation, researchers inferred that usage of cannabis for anxiety and depression treatment looks promising.
Cannabis for Depression and Anxiety – How Marijuana treats depression?
Although there are a lot of treatment options for handling depression and anxiety (as discussed earlier). However, a lot people are not able to change life patterns. So the only option left for doctors is the use of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety and tranquilizers. Use of these medications have adverse effects. Some common side effects of these medicines are:
- Mood swings
- Digestive problems
CBD has indicated guarantee in exploratory investigations as a treatment for both depression and anxiety. Moreover, it might cause less negative effects in human beings. Let me explain how cannabis and marijuana assists in treating depression.
A person`s emotions and happiness feelings are governed by Serotonin. Serotonin chemical is released by nerve cells. It can be found throughout the body including digestive system, blood and entire muscle structure.
Serotonin has affects our motor skills, body and emotions. It is considered as built-in mode stabilizer. Apart from stabilizing mood it can help in digestion and sleep as well. Following are some main functions of serotonin:
- Mode stabilization
- Depression reduction
- Anxiety regulation
- Controlling bowel movements
- Sleep control
- Clotting of blood
- Bone health
In 2014, researchers found that marijuana and cannabis has positive interaction with serotonin. These can stimulate serotonin receptors to make you feel relaxed. Cannabis can signal brain receptors to release serotonin and help in regulating serotonin levels. Serotonin level maintenance is key in treating depression.
Anti-Depressant & Anti-Anxiety
In 2014, a research was conducted on animals. Results of this research showed that cannabis can act as anti-depressant and anti-anxiety compound. Not only it can act as this, it can also stimulate anti-stress activities. Moreover, it was also found that it is good for both short-term and long-term usage.
In 2018, researchers found the fast action mechanism of cannabis for depression management. Researchers found that it is fast in handling depression. Although people use marijuana as a drug. But you can use medical marijuana for depression handling. Researches proved that medical marijuana is really effective in treating anxiety says many groups in the field of medical cannabis..
Marijuana directly acts with brain receptors so it helps in stimulating relaxation process. Yet it is not addictive in nature. Experimental results showed that as compared to other anti-depressants, cannabis is not addictive at all.
Doctors often recommend use of opioids in treating anxiety. Patient can use it regularly. But problem comes when a patient tries to leave it. Its addiction can cause craving. On the other hand, if you use cannabis for anxiety treatment and discontinue it then you will not feel any sort of craving for it says one in your area..
Panic Attack Management
Severe depression can cause panic attacks in patients. In 2017, research results indicated that cannabis and marijuana are very effective in treating panic attacks and disorder. Research conducted on multiple patients with a history of panic attacks showed considerable drop in panic attack frequency.
Social Anxiety Management
There are quite a large number of people who feel social anxiety while dealing with people, delivering lecture, speaking in front a large audience and many other social encounters. 300mg to 600mg dose of CBD is enough for them to treat such kind of anxiety. Hence, you can also use treat social anxiety with cannabis.
But thanks to marijuana, you don`t need to worry at all. Marijuana not only treats depression, in fact it is extremely effective in treating nausea and vomiting. So apart from using marijuana for treating depression, you can use it to fix your gut too.
Brain Chemical Management
Brain releases multiple chemicals for a variety of purpose. Endocannabinoids chemicals are really useful for our motor function, emotions and behavior. These chemicals are naturally produced by brain. But in case of depression, brain suppresses chemical production. Hence, our emotions and behavior changes.
Cannabis also contains quite similar chemicals. So, if we are able to use it then it will surly improve our motor functions, stabilize our emotions and behavior too. Bringing cannabis into the framework may help reestablish ordinary levels and capacity. This can surly ease out symptoms of depression.
Depression is really a challenging activity to cope with and it should not be left untreated. Apart from behavioral and medical treatment options depression, researchers have found it extremely effective to use marijuana for depression handling. Although, use of cannabis for anxiety management is experimented on animals so far. Yet future prospects are bright that it will be declared as an effective treatment for managing stress.
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