Why Weed? A Cure For Depression

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Bad news for the SSRI manufacturers?

Cannabis: GOOD for mental health? Breakthrough study claims it could be used to help treat depression

Abstract: The endocannabinoid system and emotional processing: a pharmacological fMRI study with ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol

See Also: Cannabis for depression and bipolar disorder

  • Smoking marijuana alters our response to negative images or emotions
  • People with THC in bloodstream, the active ingredient of cannabis, were less accurate at matching fearful expressions than ones that were happy
  • Study argues that marijuana may now be touted as a cure for depression

 

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7 thoughts on “Why Weed? A Cure For Depression

  1. As with any substance, moderation is key. Pot has, at least, 10X the tar of cigarettes. If you’ve ever seen someone die young from emphysema, it’s not pretty. You can avoid the tar by eating it but there still exists the feminizing effects on men… heavy chested men with pointy nipples. I can’t help but think it also feminizes the male brain. Women have no use for a feminized man. I suppose it’s all relative. If it keeps you from sticking a pistol in your mouth then by all means… smoke that doobie.

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    • Heavy chested men with pointly nipples…………are you still drinking the governments kool aid? Show me one, exclude the fat slobs that do nothing but smoke and get fatter. All fat men have man boobs.

      10X the tar ? Thats more kool aid. Try reversing that stat.

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    • No one has ever seen anyone die young of emphysema caused by marijuana smoke.

      Your stats about tar are incorrect. Please list your source.

      I do agree that eating or vaporizing is the cleanest/healthiest way to medicate.

      If people truly understood the significance and importance to health this medicine has, with our body specifically made with receptors for the cannabanoids with an intention that the body should USE the substances (found no where else), this world would change so radically it would make your head spin.

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  2. Peer reviewed papers listing the deleterious effects of pot are ubiquitous. Here’s a fact-sheet from the U of W (top of the list from Google) listing 3X the tar and 5X the carbonmonoxide, due to the way it’s tooted. The last peer-review paper I read said greater than 10X the tar. Give me enough time and I’ll find it.

    It’s not healthy to smoke ANYTHING. You have to go to the Artic to find someone without emphysemia because we’re all breathing the same fucked-up polluted air. Smoking ANYTHING will contribute to the emphysemia you already have. That’s just the way things works.

    We all do stuff that’s bad for us. So what? And, I agree there are many things much worse than pot. Whisky is the absolute worst. But let’s not all live in delusion about pot being a health food. Smoking pot is not without risk.

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    • I don’t think that this study really supports your theory as much as you intended for it to.

      If tar and such cause all these problems (including cancers), why do cigarettes cause cancer and cannabis does not?

      Yes, very heavy smoking usgae can cause “some” lung issues, but certainly nothing as bad as cigarettes:

      A 2011 systematic review of the research concluded that long-term marijuana smoking is associated with an increased risk of some respiratory problems, including an increase in cough, sputum production, airway inflammation, and wheeze – similar to that of tobacco smoking (Howden & Naughton, 2011). However, no consistent association has been found between marijuana smoking and measures of airway dysfunction. Occasional and low cumulative marijuana use has not been associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function (Pletcher et al., 2012); the effects of heavier use are less clear. – See more at: http://adai.uw.edu/marijuana/factsheets/respiratoryeffects.htm#sthash.EgwTAKTl.dpuf

      Drinking whiskey, in moderation, isn’t bad for anyone. Nor are many things that most people do on occasion.

      You may want to check this website and discussed study out:

      Pulmonary complications associated with the regular smoking of cannabis are “relatively small” and far lower than those associated with tobacco smoking, according to a recent review published in the June edition of the scientific journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

      The paper – authored by Donald P. Tashkin, MD, emeritus professor of medicine and medical director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles – is “the most comprehensive and authoritative review of the subject ever published,” according to an accompanying commentary. Donald Tashkin conducted US-government sponsored studies of marijuana and lung function for over 30 years.

      His review finds that although smoking cannabis may be associated with symptoms of chronic bronchitis, studies do not substantiate claims that it is positively associated with the development of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, or bullous lung disease.

      “[H]abitual use of marijuana alone does not appear to lead to significant abnormalities in lung function,” Tashkin writes. “[F]indings from a limited number of well-designed epidemiological studies do not suggest an increased risk of either lung or upper airway cancer from light or moderate use. … Overall, the risks of pulmonary complications of regular use of marijuana appear to be relatively small and far lower than those of tobacco smoking.”

      Writing in an accompanying commentary, McGill University’s Dr. Mark Ware concludes: “Cannabis smoking is not equivalent to tobacco smoking in terms of respiratory risk. … [C]annabis smoking does not seem to increase risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or airway cancers. In fact, there is even a suggestion that at low doses cannabis may be protective for both conditions. … This conclusion will affect the way health professionals interact with patients, parents with teenagers, and policy makers with their constituents. … Efforts to develop cleaner cannabinoid delivery systems can and should continue, but at least for now, [those] who smoke small amounts of cannabis for medical or recreational purposes can breathe a little bit easier.”

      Full text of the study, “Effects of marijuana smoking on the lung,” appears in Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
      – See more at: http://blog.norml.org/2013/07/09/study-marijuana-smoking-not-associated-with-airway-cancers-copd-emphysema-or-other-tobacco-related-plumonary-complications/#sthash.nyhtEe7r.dpuf

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