Marijuana May Help Mitigate Depression & Suicidality
Cannabis, popularly known as Marijuana may be helping Canadians cope with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. In an analysis of health survey data collected by Statistics Canada from more than 24,000 Canadians, researchers from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and University of British Columbia (UBC) found that people who have PTSD but do not medicate with cannabis are far more likely to suffer from severe depression and have suicidal thoughts than those who reported cannabis use over the past year.

The study, published recently in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, is the first to document the relationships between PTSD, cannabis use, and severe mental health outcomes in a sample representative of the population.

Lead author Stephanie Lake, a research assistant at the BCCSU and PhD candidate at UBC's school of population and public health, said in an interview "We know that with limited treatment options for PTSD, many patients have taken to medicating with cannabis to alleviate their symptoms, However, this is the first time that results from a nationally representative survey have shown the potential benefits of treating the disorder with cannabis."

The researchers found that PTSD was significantly associated with a recent major depressive episode and suicidal ideation among people who don't use cannabis. Specifically, cannabis non-users with PTSD were about seven times more likely to have experienced a recent major depressive episode and 4.7 times more likely to have thoughts of suicide compared to cannabis non-users without PTSD, the researchers found.

Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uobc-cch110519.php
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