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Are you currently experiencing depression? If so, you’re not alone and are among 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 percent 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 percent of Americans to 12.7% for those 12 and older, twice as large for women than men, and 19.1% for those 60 and older. (2)
The great news, they say, is that “universal depression screenings” are occurring more routinely, and that this mood disorder is no longer in the closet: people are talking about it and treating it… with pharmaceutical drugs.
I am left to wonder why this depressive state has grown by leaps and bounds? To begin with, there is a lot that’s changed in the world since January 1, 2000. It’s enough to make anyone depressed. I probably missed something, below, but here are the examples I can 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 Middle East
Intense natural disasters: fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, flooding, blizzards and droughts
The Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011
The financial crisis of 2008
Overpriced real estate
Melbourne Beach Raccoon Removal
Earnings that don’t suit the cost-of-living
The divisive presidential election of 2016 and presidency of Donald Trump
Of course, this list doesn’t include challenging personal situations most 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 are the ubiquitous ‘go to” solution and coping mechanism for depression. Additionally, aside from the side effects, lots of people report difficulty in getting off antidepressants when they are ready to do so.
Depression has been linked to greater neuro-inflammation. It’s common knowledge now that inflammation is a precursor to many different disease processes.
Enter therapeutic cannabis.
(3) because of its chemical compounds, notably THC and CBD, actual healing, not just symptom masking, can occur to restore deficient areas of the brain and immune system. (4) It is nontoxic, cost-effective and has little to no side-effects whatsoever.
“… the team examined data from Strainprint, a mobile application cannabis users may use to monitor changes in symptoms after using different doses and cannabis chemotypes. Overall, self-reported symptoms of depression decreased by 50 percent.”
So why don’t more people try cannabis medicinally before heading down the pharma trail? I suggest that there are three main reasons:
The leftover stigma encouraged by the Reefer Madness film propaganda of 1936 and following 1937 Marahuana Tax Act
The taste to trust doctors and what they prescribe
A general lack of knowledge about therapeutic, not recreational, cannabis use
A buddy of mine used cannabis medicinally to help her recover from 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 the 21st century have radically changed the world from as we knew it disorienting at best and depressing at worst for those who know the difference. That said, I believe it is still absolutely possible to take flight out of melancholy and remain emotionally and mentally well through it all with the help of responsible, therapeutic cannabis use.
The world might not change in ways we favor but we can.
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