Are you currently experiencing depression? If so, you’re not alone and are one of the millions of Americans plagued by this mood disorder. A recent article shared new statistical facts about how depression in the U.S. is on the upswing.
Apparently the diagnosis of depression increased 33% between years 2011 and 2014. (1) Previously, The National Center for Health Statistics reported that antidepressant usage jumped 65% in 15 years between 1999 and 2014: from 7.7% of Americans to 12.7% for people 12 and older, twice as large for women than men, and 19.1% for those 60 and older. (2)
The good news, they say, is that “universal depression screenings” are happening more frequently, and that this mood disorder is no longer in the cupboard: people are talking about it and treating it… with pharmaceutical medications.
I am left to wonder why this depressive state has grown by leaps and bounds? For one thing, there’s a lot that has changed in the world since January 1, 2000. It’s enough to make anyone sad. I probably missed something, under, but here are the examples I can remember:
Pharmaceutical companies are the big winners.
Though most of the antidepressant-package inserts warn of one or another side-effect, pharmaceutical antidepressants are the ubiquitous ‘go to” solution and coping mechanism for depression. Additionally, besides the side effects, many individuals report difficulty in getting off antidepressants when they are prepared to do so.
Depression has been linked to increased neuro-inflammation. It’s common knowledge now that inflammation is a precursor to many 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 compounds, notably THC and CBD, actual healing, not just symptom masking, can occur to restore deficient parts of the brain and immune system. (4) It’s non-toxic, cost-effective and has little to no side-effects whatsoever.
“… the group examined data from Strainprint, a mobile program cannabis users can use to track changes in symptoms after using different doses and cannabis chemotypes. Overall, self-reported signs of depression decreased by 50 percent.”
So why don’t more folks try cannabis medicinally before going down the pharma trail? I suggest that 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 understanding about therapeutic, Indialantic Raccoon Removal, not recreational, cannabis use
A buddy of mine used cannabis medicinally to help her recover from depression after nothing else worked.
So far as I can tell the multiple devastating events of the 21st century have radically changed the world from as we knew it : disorienting at best and gloomy at worst for people who understand the difference. That said, I believe it is still completely possible to take flight from depression and remain emotionally and mentally well through it all with the help of responsible, therapeutic cannabis use.
The world may not change in ways we favor but we can.