September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and there is no better time to talk about depression and its effects on the human mind. Over 40,000 people commit suicide each year, with many more people having failed suicide attempts. Depression is the leading cause of suicide, and it is important that everyone understands the symptoms and signs, and that you seek help if you need it.
One of the many treatments available for symptoms of depression is medical cannabis. Medical cannabis can treat symptoms of depression in a number of ways. Treating depression rather than ignoring it is the number one thing that you can do to prevent suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling, it is important to seek help.
Improve Mood Regulation
The body has its own endocannabinoid system that responds to the cannabinoids in marijuana. This endocannabinoid system is directly tied to mental health and mood regulation. Studies have found that using medical cannabis can help regulate mood, which can decrease symptoms of depression. More research is needed to determine the right amount and frequency of cannabis to treat depression.
Many people with depression experience insomnia. Sleep deprivation can further exacerbate symptoms of depression, and it will often make depression worse. Cannabis can help patients with depression get the appropriate amount of sleep so that their mind and body can heal effectively, decreasing symptoms of depression.
In addition to regulating mood, cannabis can actually give your mood a much needed boost. Even though the mood lifting effects of cannabis do not last indefinitely, cannabis can temporarily abate feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Sometimes this temporary reprieve is all you need to gain perspective and stop thoughts of suicide.
If you or someone you love suffers from depression, don’t wait for the warning signs to take action. Contact us today for more information or to get started with medical cannabis.