The Relationship Between Marijuana And Depression

1251 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
By: Tyler Thomas
The relationship between Cannabis sativa (marijuana) and depression has been a primary concern to research scientists. However, the actual relationship remains double-edged as different scholars have made conflicting conclusions regarding the relationship. A focus has been on the cannabinoids, a group of chemicals that confer the impacts of the plant on the users. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main active pharmacological constituent of marijuana and the point of interest for the researchers to discern the relationship between marijuana and depression in the users. In particular, studies try to find the impact of THC on the cannabinoid receptor (CB) 1. The receptor is located in the peripheral as well as the central nervous system. THC is an agonist of the CB1, which forms the point of influence of the marijuana on the nervous system.
The primary concern of researchers is to understand the impact of marijuana on occurrence on depression. Also, there should be an elaboration on how such an interaction increases or attenuates depression in the users. Understanding the relationship between marijuana and depression in users will be instrumental in diverse perspective. The use of marijuana may be promoted if anti- depressive impact is found. It may lead further research to explore the opportunity. Such may include pharmacological modifications to treat depressed patients. Otherwise, a negative relationship would lead to increased studies to be utilized in…
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