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The Rise of Depression and the Cannabis Response

Are you experiencing depression? If so, you are not alone and are among the millions of Americans plagued by this mood disorder. A recently available article shared new statistical details about how depression in the U.S. is on the rise.

Apparently edible marijuana 2021 of depression increased 33% between years 2011 and 2014. (1) Previously, The National Center for Health Statistics reported that antidepressant use jumped 65% in 15 years between 1999 and 2014: from 7.7% of Americans to 12.7% for all those 12 and older, twice as high for women than men, and 19.1% for all those 60 and older. (2)

The good news, they say, is that "universal depression screenings" are happening more routinely, and that mood disorder is no longer in the closet: folks are talking about it and treating it... with pharmaceutical drugs.

I am left to wonder why this depressive state is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds? For one thing, there's a whole lot that has changed on the planet since January 1, 2000. It's enough to make anyone depressed. I probably missed something, below, but listed below are the examples I could recall:

September 11, 2001
The Patriot Act
Ongoing terrorist attacks both domestic and international
Mass murders at schools
Increasing opioid addiction and deaths
Multiple wars in the centre East
Intense natural disasters: fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, flooding, blizzards and droughts
The Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011
The economic crisis of 2008
Overpriced real estate
Earnings that don't match the cost-of-living
Increased homelessness
The divisive presidential election of 2016 and presidency of Donald Trump
Of course, this list will not include challenging personal situations the majority of us experience from time to time.
Pharmaceutical companies are the big winners.

Though most of the antidepressant-package inserts warn of one or another side-effect, pharmaceutical antidepressants will be the ubiquitous 'go to" solution and coping mechanism for depression. Additionally, besides the side effects, lots of people report difficulty in getting off antidepressants when they are ready to do so.

Depression has been linked to increased neuro-inflammation. It's quite common knowledge now that inflammation is a precursor to numerous different disease processes.

Enter therapeutic cannabis.

Cannabis may reduce inflammation and holds great promise in studies about depression. (3) Because of its chemical substances, especially THC and CBD, actual healing, not only symptom masking, can occur to revive deficient parts of the mind and immune system. (4) It is non-toxic, cost-effective and contains little to no side-effects whatsoever.

"... the team analyzed data from Strainprint, a mobile application cannabis users may use to track changes in symptoms after using different doses and cannabis chemotypes. Overall, self-reported symptoms of depression decreased by 50 percent." (5)

So why don't more folks try cannabis medicinally before heading down the pharma trail? I would recommend there are three significant 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 of therapeutic, not recreational, cannabis use
A friend of mine used cannabis medicinally to help her get over depression after nothing else worked. She said that it gave her back her life, which inspired her to share her experience with others.
As far as I can tell the multiple devastating events of this 21st century have radically changed the planet from as we once knew it: disorienting at best and depressing at worst for those who know the difference. Having said that, I believe it really is still absolutely

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