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Cannabis And Depression Research July 21, 2005 - scoop.co.nz
Adults who use cannabis report suffering from less-severe incidents and/or symptoms of depression than non-users, according to survey data published last month in the journal Addictive Behaviors.
Researchers at the University of Southern California analyzed survey results from 4,400 adults who had completed The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale (a numerical, self-report scale designed to assess symptoms of depression in the general population).
Authors compared "depression scores" among those who consumed cannabis daily, once a week or less, or never in their lives.
"Despite comparable ranges of scores on all depression subscales, those who used once per week or less had less depressed mood, more positive affect, and fewer somatic (physical) complaints than non-users," the authors wrote.
"Daily users [also] reported less depressed mood and more positive affect than non-users. ... These data suggest that adults apparently do not increase their risk for depression by using marijuana," researchers concluded.
I once suffered from depression and I was prescribed anti-depressants. Those drugs did absolutely nothing good for me except for making my life a haze. I quit using them and started taking one hit off of a small one hitter pipe twice a day. I never got "high", but my depression vanished. After about 3 weeks I quit smoking all together and the depression has never returned. Marijuana was a much better anti-depressant than anything any doctor gave me. The marijuana was actually suggested by a doctor off the record and now that is my primary doctor. He pretty much saved my ass.
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