Depression, Anxiety, and Medical Cannabis
The holidays can be a difficult time for those living with depression and anxiety. While these are not stand-alone qualifying conditions in Maine, they accompany many serious illnesses. Join us for an in-depth conversation with special guest, Dr. Carey Clark, about how medical cannabis can aid with stress, anxiety, and depression.
LIVE on January 28th | Online | 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Depression, Anxiety, and Medical Cannabis Text
- Delivery Methods and Dosing: Making the most of your medicine Depression, Anxiety, and Medical Cannabis Presenters: Becky DeKeuster, M.Ed, Director of Education Carey Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT Producer: Ben Gelassen, Marketing Associate
- Depression & Anxiety: It’s a Cycle Stress Anxiety Depression Pain Changes in mobility Medical appointments Finances/work performance Self-care Caring for family Sleep disruptions Sexual changes Fear Anger & frustrationWorry/panic attacks/insomnia Obsessive thoughts/feeling “stuck” Hopelessness Apathy Procrastination Fatigue Changes in appetite Difficulty sleeping
- Depression: A Silent Companion Silent = we don’t talk about it Silent = not on the list of qualifying conditions Silent = side effect of many ailments on the qualifying conditions list
- Neurochemistry in Action Blood pressure up Obsessive thoughts Apathy Fatigue Lots of “cross-talk” and reinforcement
- Cannabis Can Help: Scientific Support Chronic stress reduces production of endocannabinoids in animal models, leading to depression-like behavior. “Using compounds derived from cannabis—marijuana—to restore normal endocannabinoid function could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression.” Dr. Samir Haj-Dahmane, lead researcher, University of Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions (Feb. 4, 2015) Source: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2015/02/004.html
- Delivery Methods and Dosing: Making the most of your medicine But… Doesn’t cannabis make depression and anxiety worse, not better?
- The Role of THC THC blocks GABA protein, increasing dopamine levels Source: http://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/i/i_03/i_03_m/i_03_m_par/i_03_m_par_cannabis.html Result: increased enjoyment, motivation, memory and attentiveness
- The Role of THC THC also mimics the effect of our bodies’ natural endocannabinoid, anandamide “Ananda” is Sanskrit for “bliss” Both molecules were discovered by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam Photo sources: Erowid.org (top); www.jpost.com (bottom)
- Finding the Right Strain MOB Blue Dream Chocolope Anecdotal evidence only. Each user will have a unique reaction.
- Potential Side Effects Cannabis Benzodiazepenes SSRIs Image source: www.inspiremalibu.com Image source: www.yourspine.com
- Delivery Methods and Dosing: Making the most of your medicineMany people self- medicate for depression and anxiety with alcohol. Why is cannabis a better choice?
- Cannabis v. Alcohol Not lethal Protects cells & neurons Antidepressant Anti-nausea, anti-emetic Potentially lethal Damages cells & neurons Depressant May cause nausea/vomiting No proven physical addiction Physically addictive
- Start Low. Go Slow. Use less than recommended starting dose (5-10 mg) Stay focused on effects Do 15-minute check ins when trying a new strain/delivery method Keep a cannabis journal
- Care for Your Whole Self Meditate • Exercise • Affirm your Self • Drink a glass of water • Call a friend • Observe a natural object closely • Color • Journal for 5 minutes • Get a haircut • Exercise • Affirm your Self • Drink water • Call a friend • Complete one small task • Take a deep breath • Take a nap • Get offline • Stretch
- Recognize When You Need Help Using cannabis to avoid social situations Escapism: Using cannabis as a way to avoid self-reflection Overindulging/overdosing regularly
- Delivery Methods and Dosing: Making the most of your medicine Thank you for your time and attention! What are your remaining questions & concerns?
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