Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Despite the availability of various treatments, a significant proportion of individuals with depression continue to experience symptoms that interfere with their daily lives.
A new study published in the journal Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics has found that the daily consumption of cannabis products may be associated with sustained improvements in depressive symptoms.
This observational trial recruited 129 participants who were already enrolled in the UK Medical Cannabis Registry and had been granted a doctor’s authorization to consume cannabis. The participants consumed either cannabis extracts, THC-dominant flowers, or a combination of both for a period of six months.
The results of the trial suggest that cannabis products may be associated with sustained improvements in depressive symptoms, as well as improvements in anxiety symptoms, health-related quality of life, and sleep quality after 1, 3, and 6 months of treatment. It’s important to note that the study is observational and that it was conducted on a small sample of participants.
While some participants reported adverse events from cannabis products, almost all side effects were classified as either “mild or moderate.” The study authors concluded by suggesting that future studies should focus on controlled observational studies or pilot trials in order to determine the potential of cannabis-based medicinal products as a treatment for depression. This research, although observational, opens a new window in the field of depression treatment and calls for further research to validate the findings.
This study offers new hope for individuals struggling with depression and highlights the potential of cannabis-based medicinal products as a treatment option. It is important to note that personal anecdotal evidence is not a scientifically proven fact and that everyone’s body reacts differently to cannabis.
It’s always important to consult a medical professional before trying any kind of treatment, especially if you’re dealing with a condition like depression.
Dan is the co-founder of Entourage Mag. He loves music, kimchi & cannabis.