Cannabis Is Not The Long-Term Answer For Depression Or Anxiety

Posted: Dec 19 2016, 4:41am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Cannabis is Not the Long-Term Answer for Depression or Anxiety
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  • Is Cannabis a Permanent Solution for Depression or Anxiety?

Cannabis is not a long term solution for patients with depression and anxiety.

Colorado State University did research on cannabis that is used in depression. The research team found that long term use of cannabis affects our emotions and nervous system. Lucy Troup who is assistant professor of psychology headed the research team.

The study was published in Peer J, and it was based on an analysis of 178 college going users of cannabis. The drug was made legal in 2014 in Colorado for recreational purpose.

Seven other states also permitted cannabis for recreation as well as for medical purpose. The researchers focused on Colorado, its laws that permitted cannabis and users who used the drug, stated Troup.

It was found that after chronic use of cannabis, depression patients became more depressed and same happened with anxiety patients who were more anxious than depressed.

The study showed that people with self-medication were not satisfied by cannabis, stated co-author Jacob Braunwalder, a recently graduated student researcher in Troup's lab.

The questionnaire named R-CUE (Recreational Cannabis Use Evaluation) was led by co-author Jeremy Andrzejewski. The questionnaire included questions, like if users smoked cannabis, or took strong drugs like hash oils and edibles.

The study involved biochemical and neurological reactions from tetrahydracannabinol products which are legally available in the markets. These products could go up to 80-90 % THC.

The researchers say that, we don’t claim that cannabis causes anxiety or depression, or it treats it. But, we want to see cannabis effects on the brain and nervous system. Especially, after legalization the drug has become more frequent.

It’s often said that cannabis cures anxiety, but the research does not fully claim it, said Andrzejewski,

The past study showed that cannabis affects mood, stated co-author Robert Torrence. He also said that cannabis help in reducing anxiety, but its long term use has opposite effect.

Special license is required to conduct a study on cannabis, because the recent study is done on individual users of cannabis who were self-medicated. The researchers want to concentrate on drugs, like hash oils and its effect on brain.

Troup said that we can’t demonize cannabis, but at the same time we cannot fully encourage it. We just want to study cannabis and its effects on brain, said Troups.

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