The Rise of Depression and the Cannabis Response

Are you experiencing melancholy? In that case, you aren’t alone and are among the many hundreds of thousands of Individuals affected by this temper dysfunction. A current article shared new statistical particulars about how melancholy within the U.S. is on the rise.

Apparently the prognosis of melancholy elevated 33% between years 2011 and 2014. (1) Beforehand, The Nationwide Middle for Well being Statistics reported that antidepressant use jumped 65% in 15 years between 1999 and 2014: from 7.7% of Individuals to 12.7% for these 12 and older, twice as excessive for girls than males, and 19.1% for these 60 and older. (2)

The excellent news, they are saying, is that “common melancholy screenings” are occurring extra routinely, and that this temper dysfunction is not within the closet: individuals are speaking about it and treating it… with pharmaceutical medication.

I’m left to surprise why this depressive state has grown by leaps and bounds? For one factor, there’s an entire lot that has modified on the earth since January 1, 2000. It is sufficient to make anybody depressed. I most likely missed one thing, beneath, however listed here are the examples I can recall:


  • September 11, 2001
  • The Patriot Act
  • Ongoing terrorist assaults each home and worldwide
  • Mass murders at colleges
  • Growing opioid habit and deaths
  • A number of wars within the Center East
  • Intense pure disasters: fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, flooding, blizzards and droughts
  • The Fukushima nuclear catastrophe of 2011
  • The financial disaster of 2008
  • Overpriced actual property
  • Earnings that do not match the cost-of-living
  • Elevated homelessness
  • The divisive presidential election of 2016 and presidency of Donald Trump

In fact, this record doesn’t embody difficult private conditions most of us expertise occasionally. 

Pharmaceutical firms are the large winners.

Although a lot of the antidepressant-package inserts warn of 1 or one other side-effect, pharmaceutical antidepressants are the ever present ‘go to” answer and coping mechanism for melancholy. Moreover, apart from the unwanted side effects, many individuals report issue in getting off antidepressants when they’re prepared to take action.

Melancholy has been linked to elevated neuro-inflammation. It’s common information now that irritation is a precursor to many various illness processes.

Enter therapeutic hashish.

Hashish is thought to cut back irritation and holds nice promise in research about melancholy. (3) As a consequence of its chemical compounds, particularly THC and CBD, precise therapeutic, not simply symptom masking, can happen to revive poor elements of the mind and immune system. (4) It’s non-toxic, cost-effective and has little to no side-effects in any way.

“… the workforce analyzed information from Strainprint, a cell utility hashish customers can use to trace modifications in signs after utilizing totally different doses and hashish chemotypes. General, self-reported signs of melancholy decreased by 50 %.” (5)

So why do not extra folks attempt hashish medicinally earlier than heading down the pharma path? I counsel there are three predominant causes:


  • The leftover stigma promoted by the Reefer Insanity film propaganda of 1936 and subsequent 1937 Marahuana Tax Act
  • The desire to belief medical doctors and what they prescribe
  • A common lack of awareness about therapeutic, not leisure, hashish use

A pal of mine used THC LEAN hashish medicinally to assist her recuperate from melancholy after nothing else labored. She mentioned that it gave her again her life, which impressed her to share her expertise with others. 

So far as I can inform the a number of devastating occasions of this twenty first century have radically modified the world from as we as soon as knew it: disorienting at finest and miserable at worst for many who know the distinction. That mentioned, I consider it’s nonetheless completely potential to take flight from melancholy and stay emotionally and mentally nicely by all of it with the help of accountable, therapeutic hashish use.

The world might not change in methods we choose however we will.


(1) Olivia Goldhill, Melancholy prognosis is up 33% within the US, and that is a very good factor. Might 14, 2018

(2) Laura A. Pratt, Ph.D., Debra J. Brody, M.P.H., and Qiuping Gu, M.D., Ph.D.. Antidepressant Use Amongst Individuals Aged 12 and Over: United States, 2011-2014. August 15, 2017

(3) A. Okay. Walker, A. Kavelaars, C. J. Heijnen, and R. Dantzer, Neuroinflammation and Comorbidity of Ache and Melancholy. January 2014

(4) de Mello Schier AR, de Oliveira Ribeiro NP, Coutinho DS, Machado S, Arias-Carrión O, Crippa JA, Zuardi AW, Nardi AE, Silva AC, Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like results of cannabidiol: a chemical compound of Hashish sativa. 2014

(5) Cuttler C, et al., Hashish use briefly eases signs of melancholy, nervousness, stress. April 24, 2018

Susan is a 2018 graduate of the Holistic Hashish Academy with over 45 years of private involvement within the spectrum of wellness modalities. Her mission at this time is to intervene within the noise of recent life and assist folks establish and take away stressors that set off their dis-ease whereas offering methods in direction of a residing expertise of internal calmness, contentment and inspiration.

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