Can Medical Marijuana Treat Depression

Can Medical Marijuana Treat Depression

By Owen Denning

Can Medical Marijuana Treat Depression

Using medical marijuana as a treatment for depression is still in its early stages. However, right now possible benefits include the restoration of ‘normal’ endocannabinoid function and mood stabilization. So far scientists have begun looking into medicinal marijuana as a treatment for depression caused by chronic stress. The University of Buffalo’s research Institute on Addictions has been focusing specially on brain chemicals called endocannabinoids. These are naturally produced chemical compounds. They also have a role in motor control, cognitions, emotions and behaviour, and have a chemical makeup similar to cannabis. However, scientists have only performed their studies on animals and not humans, however they believe that chronic stress may supress the brains production of endocannabinoids and introducing cannabis may help restore normal levels and functions.

 

 

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