Cannabis vs Traditional Depression Medication

Cannabis vs Traditional Depression Medication

According to the American Psychology Association, the number of Americans treated with antidepressants has increased by 64% from 1999 to 2014. That means there are millions of Americans fighting depression and the side-effects of the medications that are supposed to alleviate depression. 

We are essentially trading one struggle for another. But what if we had less struggle all around?

People are now searching for alternatives to antidepressants. One antidepressant alternative gaining popularity is the use of cannabis. Here’s why. . .

Faster response time

When using cannabis, patients can begin to feel relief from their depression almost immediately. In contrast, antidepressants need to be taken for a week or two before they start feeling better.

Stopping, Starting and Withdrawal

Antidepressants are notorious for their withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, mood swings, dizziness, and more.

Cannabis has minimal symptoms when stopping or decreasing use. 

This means that when patients are able to effectively manage their depression, they may have an easier time stopping cannabis use or taking breaks.

Fewer Side Effects

The potential side effects of antidepressants run the gamut. Including weight gain, gastrointestinal problems, shakiness, excessive sweating, headaches and more. Cannabis comes with fewer side effects and can actually relieve the symptoms listed above.

The use of cannabis is opening doors to treating depression in a way that isn’t laden with life derailing side effects. It could be the path to feeling lighter and better all around.

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