Have you been experiencing depression? If so, you are one of many and are one of the an incredible number of Americans plagued by this mood disorder. A recent article shared new statistical information about how depression in the U.S. is on the rise.
Apparently the diagnosis 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 those 12 and older, doubly high for girls than men, and 19.1% for 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 further in the closet: people are referring to it and treating it… with pharmaceutical drugs.
I’m left to wonder why this depressive state has grown by leaps and bounds? For one thing, there’s a whole lot that’s changed in the world since January 1, 2000. It’s enough to create anyone depressed where to buy cbd tincture. I probably missed something, below, but here will be 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 economic crisis of 2008
Earnings that don’t match the cost-of-living
The divisive presidential election of 2016 and presidency of Donald Trump
Needless to say, this list doesn’t include challenging personal situations most of us experience from time and energy to time.
Pharmaceutical companies will be the big winners.
Though the majority of the antidepressant-package inserts warn of one or another side-effect, pharmaceutical antidepressants will be the ubiquitous’visit” solution and coping mechanism for depression. Additionally, besides the side effects, lots of people report difficulty in getting off antidepressants when they’re ready to do so.
Depression has been associated with increased neuro-inflammation. It’s common knowledge given that inflammation is a precursor to numerous different disease processes.
Enter therapeutic cannabis.
Cannabis is famous to cut back inflammation and holds great promise in studies about depression. (3) Because of its chemical compounds, especially THC and CBD, actual healing, not only symptom masking, can occur to replace deficient elements of the brain and immune system. (4) It’s non-toxic, cost-effective and has little to no side-effects whatsoever.
“… the team analyzed data from Strainprint, a mobile application cannabis users can use to track changes in symptoms after using different doses and cannabis chemotypes. Overall, self-reported outward indications of depression decreased by 50 percent.” (5)
So why don’t more people try cannabis medicinally before heading down the pharma trail? I would recommend you can find three major causes:
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 insufficient knowledge about therapeutic, not recreational, cannabis use
A friend of mine used cannabis medicinally to help her cure depression after nothing else worked. She said so it gave her back her life, which inspired her to fairly share her experience with others.
So far as I can tell the multiple devastating events of this 21st century have radically changed the entire world from even as we once knew it: disorienting at best and depressing at worst for many who know the difference. Having said that, I still find it still absolutely possible to take flight from depression and remain emotionally and mentally well through it all with the assistance of responsible, therapeutic cannabis use.