Scope of Depression in the United States
It’s common for people to have ups and downs in life – let’s face it, life is challenging and there are many demands placed on the average human being that make it difficult to function at times. It’s common to feel sad, grief, isolation and emotional discomfort, but persistent and chronic feelings could be signs of depression.
Depression affects over 16 million Americans or about 6.9% of the country’s population, and 5% of the world’s entire population. Depression is a leading cause of disability, forcing people to take time off of work, and become disengaged with the people and things that usually bring joy to one’s life.
There are a few common symptoms of depression, including irritability, anxiety, issues with managing anger, insomnia, and fatigue, sleeping too much, difficulty concentrating, and for many, thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
Depression doesn’t have one central cause, but it is liked to lifestyle, drug or alcohol abuse, hormones, chronic illness, childhood or adulthood trauma or abuse, chronic disease, and low self-esteem. Depression is often linked to other mental health issues like postpartum depression, PTSD, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and anxiety.
This mental health issue can manifest in depressive episodes or can be chronic, referred to as a persistent depressive disorder if the symptoms of depression last longer than two years. 20% of people with depression develop more serious and sometimes severe psychotic symptoms that could pose danger to themselves or others.
For many people with depression, it can also complicate many aspects of life. It can lead to relationship problems, difficulty with work, inability to hold commitments, tendencies to isolate, eating disorders, and the risk of harm to others, self, or attempted suicide.
Depression is common in the United States, and millions are desperately searching for help to find a better life away from the shackles of depression.
Common Routes of Treatment
The sad part about depression is that not everyone gets help. Many suffer alone or in silence, afraid of the stigma of seeking help for something they can’t control.
When people do seek help for depression, there are usually a few common routes that medical professionals will suggest, including therapy or counseling and medications.
Medications for depressions are tricky. They often take quite a while to take effect, and for many, it takes a few tries of different medications or doses to find something that treats the symptoms of depression. Unfortunately for many, medications produce unpleasant side effects, including increased appetite and weight loss, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, loss of sexual desire or difficulty performing sexually, or the feeling of being “flat” and unable to experience joy.
As a result of the disappointing side effects of prescription medications to treat depression, people aren’t finding that this route is “worth it”, and are being robbed of quality of life while trying to find the quality of life. This is why thousands are turning to medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of depression.
How Medical Marijuana is Used for Depression
In the medical marijuana community, it’s generally accepted that cannabis’ strength in mental health is in CBD (cannabidiol) rather than the psychoactive (“high”) effects of THC. Non-psychoactive CBD-rich cannabis strains are showing great promise in the treatment of the symptoms of depression.
With depression, the key lies within the endocannabinoid system, which is full of cannabinoid receptors, including serotonin receptors. Medical marijuana is able to increase the effectiveness of the serotonin receptors in the brain, just like pharmaceuticals are trying to do.
CBD is also proving to have promise in the brain’s ability to repair and regenerate neurons in the hippocampus. With the regeneration of neurons, the brain is healing itself, which the study of depression has revealed to be important.
Are You Ready to Explore Relief from Depression with Medical Marijuana?
MyCannX is dedicated to being your resource and your connector towards exploring medical cannabis for depression. It starts with a discussion with a qualified doctor who is familiar with how medical marijuana and CBD can affect symptoms of depression.
Let us be your guide and help us advocate for more understanding of medical marijuana and its promise to improve the lives of those struggling with depression and its often ineffective big pharma treatments. Connect with MyCannX to get your cannabis card and begin your journey towards finding out how CBD can increase your serotonin and help regenerate the parts of your brain necessary for healing and relief from depression.