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The Rise of Depression and the Cannabis Response

Are you experiencing depression? If so, you are not alone and so are among the millions of Americans suffering from this mood disorder. A recently available article shared new statistical information regarding how depression in the U.S. is increasing.

Apparently the diagnosis of depression increased 33% between years 2011 and 2014. (1) Previously, The National Center for Health Statistics reported that antidepressant use jumped 65% in 15 years between 1999 and 2014: from 7.7% of Americans to 12.7% for all those 12 and older, doubly high for women than men, and 19.1% for those 60 and older. (2)

The good news, they state, is that “universal depression screenings” are happening more routinely, and that this mood disorder is no longer in the closet: people are discussing it and treating it… with pharmaceutical drugs.

I am left to wonder why this depressive state is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds? For one thing, there’s a whole lot which has changed on the globe since January 1, 2000. It’s enough to make anyone depressed. I probably missed something, below, but listed below are the examples I could recall:

September 11, 2001
The Patriot Act
Ongoing terrorist attacks both domestic and international
Mass murders at schools
Increasing opioid addiction and deaths
Multiple wars in the Middle East
Intense natural disasters: fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, flooding, blizzards and droughts
The Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011
The overall economy of 2008
Overpriced real estate
Earnings that don’t match the cost-of-living
Increased homelessness
The divisive presidential election of 2016 and presidency of Donald Trump
Of course, this list will not include challenging personal situations most people experience every once in awhile.
Pharmaceutical companies will be the big winners.

perris cannabis dispensary Though the majority of the antidepressant-package inserts warn of one or another side-effect, pharmaceutical antidepressants will be the ubiquitous ‘go to” solution and coping mechanism for depression. Additionally, besides the side effects, lots of people report difficulty in moving away from antidepressants when they are ready to do so.

Depression has been linked to increased neuro-inflammation. It’s quite common knowledge now that inflammation is really a precursor to numerous different disease processes.

Enter therapeutic cannabis.

Cannabis is known to reduce inflammation and holds great promise in studies about depression. (3) Because of its chemical substances, especially THC and CBD, actual healing, not just symptom masking, can occur to revive deficient parts of the brain and immune system. (4) It really is non-toxic, cost-effective and contains little to no side-effects whatsoever.

“… the team analyzed data from Strainprint, a mobile application cannabis users can use to track changes in symptoms after using different doses and cannabis chemotypes. Overall, self-reported outward indications of depression decreased by 50 percent.” (5)

So why don’t more people try cannabis medicinally before heading down the pharma trail? I suggest there are three main reasons:

The leftover stigma promoted by the Reefer Madness movie propaganda of 1936 and subsequent 1937 Marahuana Tax Act
The preference to trust doctors and what they prescribe
A general lack of knowledge about therapeutic, not recreational, cannabis use
A friend of mine used cannabis medicinally to greatly help her recover from depression after nothing else worked. She said that it gave her back her life, which inspired her to share her experience with others.
As far as I could tell the multiple devastating events of this 21st century have radically changed the world from once we once knew it: disorienting at best and depressing at worst for those who know the difference. Having said that, I believe it is still absolutely possible to take flight from depression and remain emotionally and mentally well through everything with the assistance of responsible, therapeutic cannabis use.

The world may not change in ways we prefer but we can.

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(1) Olivia Goldhill, Depression diagnosis is up 33% in america, and that’s a good thing. May 14, 2018

(2) Laura A. Pratt, Ph.D., Debra J. Brody, M.P.H., and Qiuping Gu, M.D., Ph.D.. Antidepressant Use Among Persons Aged 12 and Over: United States, 2011-2014. August 15, 2017

(3) A. K. Walker, A. Kavelaars, C. J. Heijnen, and R. Dantzer, Neuroinflammation and Comorbidity of Pain and Depression. January 2014

(4) de Mello Schier AR, de Oliveira Ribeiro NP, Coutinho DS, Machado S, Arias-Carri�n O, Crippa JA, Zuardi AW, Nardi AE, Silva AC, Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like ramifications of cannabidiol: a chemical compound of Cannabis sativa. 2014

(5) Cuttler C, et al., Cannabis use temporarily eases outward indications of depression, anxiety, stress. April 24, 2018

Susan is really a 2018 graduate of the Holistic Cannabis Academy with over 45 years of personal involvement in the spectrum of wellness modalities. Her mission today is to intervene in the noise of modern life and help people identify and remove stressors that trigger their dis-ease while providing strategies towards a living connection with inner calmness, contentment and inspiration.

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