Updated NORML Report Highlights Marijuana's Role In Moderating Disease Progression; 'Emerging Clinical Applications' Booklet Reviews Nearly 200 Studies On The Therapeutic Use Of Cannabis
Clinical and preclinical research on the therapeutic use of cannabis indicates that cannabinoids may curb the progression of various life-threatening diseases – including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and brain cancer, according to an updated report published by the NORML Foundation.
NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano, who authored the report, said: "The conditions profiled in this report were chosen because patients frequently ask me about the use of cannabis to treat these disorders. Ideally, with this report in their hands, patients can now begin talking openly with their physicians about whether cannabis therapy is appropriate for them."
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Cannabis and Depression -
Jay R. Cavanaugh, Ph.D.
Depression is actually a variety of disorders that affect approximately 18 million Americans. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from some form of depression. Acuity, or seriousness, of depressive disorders ranges from mild to severe. Depression can be episodic, short lived or chronic. Depression is the leading cause of disability in America today costing the nation in excess of $47 billion dollars a year in lost productivity and health costs. Depression is a serious medical illness that can have numerous physical complications.
Depression may manifest as major depression, dysthymic disorder (a less severe form of major depression), or bipolar disorder (a type of depression that involves cycling between depressive and manic states). A host of factors are responsible for depression including:
Biological- a chemical imbalance of neurotransmitters and/or certain types of brain cell receptor sites is often seen in depression. Hormonal disorders including PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and PMDD (premenstrual dysthymic disorder) may influence or trigger depression. Depression may be linked to key biological events (i.e. post-partum depression or menopause).
Genetic- Twin studies indicate that depression is often found grouped in families. Scientists have not isolated a single "depression" gene but feel a relatively small grouping of genes are involved in depression.
Situational- Loss of a job, change in status, moving, divorce, and other major life stressors. Over use and chronic stimulation of the hypothalamic/pituitary/adrenal system (stress axis) has been implicated in depression.
Chronic Illness and Disability- Depression occurs in the large majority of patients with long- term disease and disability. A traumatic diagnosis (i.e. cancer) may trigger depression.
Personal Losses- The death of an immediate family member, close friend, or colleague.
Medications- Many commonly prescribed medications may have depression as a side effect. Certainly tranquillizing medications including the Benzodiazapams may cause or deepen depression.
Seasonal changes- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is sometimes seen where depressive episodes are related to winter or overcast weather.
Alcohol and other drug abuse- Rates of depression in substance abusers are three times higher than the normal population. While many substance abusers are self-medicating a depression, studies show that chronic substance abuse itself leads to brain changes and depression.
Some recent studies have linked depression to chronic use of cannabis (several times/day for several years). This idea remains controversial. A current Australian study reviewed thousands of such cannabis users and found normal rates of depression once other factors such as alcohol use, gender, illness, etc., were accounted for.
Depression and Cannabis. (Article) |
Depression diagnosis by American physicians doubled in the 1990s, from 11 million to more than 20.4 million cases, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2000, suicide was the 11th leading cause of death in the United States with more than 28,000 deaths resulting.  Antidepressants such as Prozac now account for 45% of all prescribed psychoactive drugs. More than 130 million prescriptions were written for anti-depressant drugs in 1998. Yet, as in the case of Prozac, the benefits reported by patients are only marginally better than the result reported by patients given placebo drugs, according to studies observed by the FDA. Psychiatrist Mikuriya cites dozens of historical and contemporary cases of the successful treatment of clinical depression with cannabis. The antidepressant effects of marijuana have been confirmed in many human research studies. Medically classified as a euphoriant, cannabis generally promotes nondepressive thoughts and feelings for most users. Some people may naturally gravitate toward the use of marijuana for the relief of personal depression. While chronic depression may lead to suicide, domestic violence, alcoholism, drug addiction, and other destructive behaviors, there are no similar health risks associated with the mild euphoria or marijuana intoxication.
"Cannabinoid receptors in the CNS have been implicated in the control of appetite, cognition, mood and drug dependence. Recent findings support the hypothesis that cannabinoid CB1 receptor blockade might be associated with antidepressant and anti-stress effects. A novel potential antidepressant drug class based on this mechanism is supported by the neuroanatomical localization of CB1 receptors and signal transduction pathways that are involved in emotional responses, together with the antidepressant-like neurochemical and behavioral effects induced by CB1 receptor antagonists. Selective CB1 receptor antagonists are in development for the treatment of obesity and tobacco smoking, and could be tested for antidepressant efficacy because recent results of clinical studies suggest that they would also treat comorbid symptoms of depression such as cognitive deficiencies, weight gain, impulsivity and dependence disorders. Thus, CB1 receptor antagonism might constitute an integrated pharmacotherapeutic approach that impacts the affective, cognitive, appetitive and motivational neuronal networks involved in mood disorders."
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Spring 2004 |
Which Conditions are Treatable With Cannabis.
The historic medical marijuana initiative passed by California voters in 1996 authorizes physicians to approve the use of cannabis “in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.”
Californians’s implicit understanding that cannabis is a remarkably versatile medicine has been confirmed in recent years by researchers throughout the world. GW Pharmaceuticals, the British company that is developing cannabis-plant extracts to be marketed by Bayer, identifies the following conditions as likely targets for its products ...
The use of cannabis by people with mental illness has historically been associated with claims of both benefits and harms (1, 2). In its recent review, the Institute of Medicine (3) observed (p. 106), ‘people with schizophrenia or with a family history of schizophrenia are likely to be at greater risk for adverse psychiatric effects from the use of cannabinoids,’ and ‘there is little evidence that marijuana alone produces a psychosis that persists after the period of intoxication.’
In modern times, the suggestion that recreational cannabis use may be a risk factor for schizophrenia was first raised by Andreasson and collegeagues (4). Many of the other studies exploring this apparent association consist of retrospective analyses often relying on unreliable measures such as self-report, and are unable to distinguish association from causation. (5)(6)(7)(8).
Exploring the association between cannabis use and depression
Degenhardt L, Hall W, Lynskey M. -
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre,
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Addiction. 2003 Nov;98(11):1493-504
AIM: To examine the evidence on the association between cannabis and depression and evaluate competing explanations of the association. METHODS: A search of Medline, Psychinfo and EMBASE databases was conducted. All references in which the terms 'cannabis', 'marijuana' or 'cannabinoid', and in which the words 'depression/depressive disorder/depressed', 'mood', 'mood disorder' or 'dysthymia' were collected. Only research studies were reviewed. Case reports are not discussed.
... CONCLUSIONS: Heavy cannabis use and depression are associated and evidence from longitudinal studies suggests that heavy cannabis use may increase depressive symptoms among some users. It is still too early, however, to rule out the hypothesis that the association is due to common social, family and contextual factors that increase risks of both heavy cannabis use and depression.
Is It a Bad Idea to Use Marijuana to Relieve Depression?
By Nancy Schimelpfening, About.com -
Updated: August 24, 2006
Question: Is It a Bad Idea to Use Marijuana to Relieve Depression?
Answer: There is much debate as to whether marijuana might actually help depression. Participants in a 1997 pilot study1 reported that one of the reasons they continued to smoke marijuana was that they felt it relieved their symptoms of depression and anxiety. Another study2 found that marijuana did not seem to exacerbate depression, but rather was another symptom of the condition. Although there is preliminary evidence that marijuana may have antidepressant properties, many argue there are also some important drawbacks to it's usage. There is a well-known phenomenon called "amotivational syndrome" in which chronic cannabis users become apathetic, socially withdrawn, and perform at a level of everyday functioning well below their capacity prior to their marijuana use.
The Bottom of the Mind: Depression
by Kay Lee (Article) | I've agreed to lay my pain to paper only because my miracle medicine is still illegal.
Before 1992, a handful of doctors proved beyond a shadow of a doubt in a court of law that Cannabis was vital to their patient's medical care. The people representing NIDA and Health and Human Services still to this day provide the shrinking list of living patients with an ongoing monthly supply through their approved pharmacy. The rest of us lose our property, go to prison, and are labled 'criminal' for the rest of our lives.
It's important that you understand that, despite what the United States Drug Czar would have you believe, marijuana reform is not 'cheech and chong', but a dead serious effort to tell the truth: Marijuana can be used as medicine to drastically raise a sick person's quality of life. The plant does not take lives, and in some cases it can actually save a life: I know... because it saved mine.
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Marijuana is one of the most beneficial and therapeutically active substances known to man.
Medical Cannabis refers to the use of the drug cannabis as a physician-recommended herbal therapy, most notably as an antiemetic.
Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for approximately 4,000 years. Writings from ancient India confirm that its psychoactive properties were recognized, and doctors used it for a variety of illnesses and ailments. These included a whole host of gastrointestinal disorders, insomnia, headaches and as a pain reliever frequently used in childbirth.
In the 1970s, a synthetic version of THC, the primary active ingredient in cannabis, was synthesized to make the drug Marinol.
Due to the prohibition of marijuana however; it's use as a medicine is restricted. However, recent Canadian government legislation have made it more available to patients. Patients are now able to apply for personal possession and even a limited cultivation license.
Few herbs offer a wide variety of therapeutic applications like these:
Anxiety, Depression or Obsession - Even though mild anxiety is a common side effect in some users, cannabis can elevate your mood and expand the mind.
I have suffered from depression and my entire life. Sence being depressed was the only state of mind I knew, I had no way of knowing that anything was wrong, it was just the way I was. My mother however knew something was wrong and took me to see many doctors and psycitrists and I was placed on many differant medications thruout my childhood. When I was around 13 I got fed up with all of it and refused to take any medication. About two years later I figgured out on my own that I suffered from depression after hearing about it and it's symtems. After about a year of tring to deal with it on my own I finaly requested that I go see my doctor to ask for a medication specificly for depression. I was put on Prozac which helped me vary much but I still suffered from depression, just not to the degree that I had before.
When I was 17 I started experamenting with Marijuana. I enjoyed the high vary much but I also noticed that the day after I used Marijuana I felt a great deal better then I normaly did. Later on I started using Marijuana on a daily basis and gradualy started to feel better, even when I wasn't high. It continued and I started feeling better then I ever had before. Then my supply was cut off because I had a falling out with the friend that was supplying me. I imeadatly started to feel worse. For that breif time in my life I was truely happy.
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'Cannabis' acts as antidepressant (Article) |
Mental health experts warn against cannabis use.
A chemical found in cannabis can act like an antidepressant, researchers have found.
A team from Canada's University of Saskatchewan suggest the compound causes nerve cells to regenerate.
The Journal of Clinical Investigation study showed rats given a cannabinoid were less anxious and less depressed.
But UK experts warned other conflicting research had linked cannabis, and other cannabinoids, to an increased risk of depression and anxiety.
This is a very big leap of faith
Professor Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry
They suggested this could be because different cannabinoids acting at different levels have contradictory effects.
Cannabis and Stress Anxiety (Article) |
In recent IDMU surveys, relaxation and stress relief were overwhelmingly the most commonly perceived benefits of cannabis use. However, the Department of Health identifies panic attacks and anxiety as effects of acute cannabis intoxication, particularly among naive users, in justifying the refusal of the UK Government to permit the prescribing of cannabis.
Recent advances in fundamental cannabinoid research have been interpreted as indicating a common modality of action of cannabis and opiate drugs, in that naloxone (an opiate antagonist) blocks cannabinoid-induced dopamine release in the limbic system (a primitive brain structure associated with control of emotion and mood) [i] and the a cannabinoid antagonist administered to rats, pretreated with a powerful synthetic cannabinoid agonist, can precipitate corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) which is held to be the mechanism responsible for mediating the psychological aspects of drug withdrawal symptoms, and leading to anxiety-type behaviours [ii] .
Marijuana might cause new cell growth in the brain
- 13 October 2005, by Kurt Kleiner (Article) |
A synthetic chemical similar to the active ingredient in marijuana makes new cells grow in rat brains. What is more, in rats this cell growth appears to be linked with reducing anxiety and depression. The results suggest that marijuana, or its derivatives, could actually be good for the brain.
In mammals, new nerve cells are constantly being produced in a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is associated with learning, memory, anxiety and depression. Other recreational drugs, such as alcohol, nicotine and cocaine, have been shown to suppress this new growth. Xia Zhang of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, and colleagues decided to see what effects a synthetic cannabinoid called HU210 had on rats' brains.
Link Between Cannabis Abuse And Depression Needs Further Investigation;
A DGReview of :"Cannabis Abuse as a Risk Factor for Depressive Symptoms" -
American Journal of Psychiatry
By Anne MacLennan
More research is needed to identify characteristics of cannabis users that account for their higher risk of depression.
This study in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, sought to estimate the degree to which cannabis abuse is a risk factor for depressive symptoms rather than an effort to self-medicate depression.
Participants were 1,920 people from the 1980 Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area (ECA) study who were reassessed between 1994 and 1996 as part of a follow-up study.
Researchers focused their analysis on two cohorts: 849 people who reported no depressive symptoms at baseline and another 1,837 people with no diagnosis of cannabis abuse at baseline.
Symptoms of depression, cannabis abuse and other psychiatric disorders were assessed via the Diagnostic Interview Schedule.
Among people with no baseline depressive symptoms, those with a baseline diagnosis of cannabis abuse were four times more likely than those with no baseline cannabis abuse to have depressive symptoms at the follow-up assessment.
This remained the case after researchers took into account such factors as age, gender, antisocial symptoms and other baseline covariates.
In particular, these subjects were more likely to have experienced suicidal ideation and anhedonia during the follow-up period.
Among those participants who had no diagnosis of cannabis abuse at baseline, baseline depressive symptoms did not significantly predict cannabis abuse at the follow-up assessment.
Further research is needed to identify characteristics of individuals who abuse cannabis that account for their higher risk of depression to estimate the degree of impairment resulting from their depression, these authors conclude.
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