How Does Medical Marijuana Help
What is Depression?
Depression is much more than simple unhappiness. Clinical depression, sometimes called major depression, is a complex mood disorder caused by various factors, including genetic predisposition, personality, stress, and brain chemistry.
Depression is not something that people can “get over” by their own effort. The main symptom of depression is a sad, despairing mood that can last for more than two weeks.
Can Medical Marijuana help treat Depression?
There is evidence that marijuana works for some psychiatric disorders. Principally depression and bipolar disorder.
Lester Grinspoon, emeritus professor of psychiatry at the Harvard School of Medicine says that "I think cannabis has a lot of potential in the treatment of mental illness".
Medical Cannabis has been used for centuries to treat depression. Researchers have found that low doses of cannabis increased serotonin levels in the brain, which helps to improve mood.
Introducing cannabis into the system may help restore normal levels and function. This may ease symptoms of depression.