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Depression and marijuana use have often been associated with one another. Being a serious mood disorder, depression is displayed by extended periods of extreme sadness, lethargy, and feelings of hopelessness.
Marijuana is the product of the psychotropic plant, cannabis, that can be inhaled or ingested, causing feelings of warm happiness and euphoria. It is common for depression and marijuana to be associated due to several factors.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), to be diagnosed with depression, one must experience depression’s symptoms for a minimum of two weeks. These symptoms can vary, as there are several forms of depression.
Symptoms of depression can vary depending on the form of depression one is diagnosed with. According to the NIMH, common depression symptoms include:
Marijuana use affects the brain by inducing a euphoric effect and is the most commonly used drug after tobacco and alcohol. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that a large number of teens and young adults use marijuana to feel these effects. The legalization of marijuana in many states has also prompted an increase in use and prevalence in people’s willingness to self-medicate for physical and mental ailments.
The short-term effects of marijuana include:
The long-term effects of marijuana include:
A common myth about marijuana is that it is not an addictive drug. This is not the case. Anyone can become addicted to marijuana and, despite the misconception, marijuana addiction is quite common. Thankfully, marijuana withdrawal symptoms are milder than those of harder drugs, such as methamphetamine or opiates. Withdrawal symptoms include irritability, constant cravings for marijuana, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, and anxiety. If you think that you may be addicted to marijuana, you should seek treatment.
A National Academies Press report shows that there is a slight risk of developing depression if a person is a long-term marijuana user. Heavy cannabis use is associated with developing depressive symptoms that can lead to a full-on form of depression. This does not mean that depression and marijuana use are not mutually exclusive, but it does mean that the change in the brain associated with marijuana use can trigger depressive symptoms.
Alternatively, if a person uses marijuana to self-medicate for depression, there is an increased risk that they may develop heavy use or addiction to marijuana. As displayed by the symptoms of depression and symptoms of marijuana use above, they do seem to counteract each other, giving a person the perception that marijuana helps depression. This is not the case, and medication for depression should be prescribed and administered by a doctor in order to avoid marijuana addiction.
There is a risk of developing depression due to heavy marijuana use. There is also a risk of addiction if a person uses marijuana to self-medicate depressive symptoms. Depression can feel awful and scary–especially for those who face suicidal thoughts. Your mental health is important and you should talk to your doctor if you’re feeling any symptoms of depression or marijuana addiction. For more help, come to RECO Intensive. At RECO Intensive, we understand the seriousness of depression and marijuana dependency. We want to help you feel better and be free of addiction. Our professional staff and experienced alumni can help you identify your symptoms, assess your moods, and create a treatment plan that is catered specifically to you. At RECO Intensive, we specialize in depression treatment, as well as marijuana treatment. We know that many who come to us need help with both. Call RECO Intensive today at (561) 464-6533. Let’s get back to a brighter future.
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