​Research Finds Just One Drag Of Cannabis Can Alleviate Depression

Scientists have found that having just one drag of a cannabis joint can alleviate depression - with the study also claiming that two puffs can help ease anxiety, while 10 can help tackle stress.

But before you run off to roll up, bear in mind that the researchers did also warn against long-term cannabis use, which could eventually actually worsen symptoms of depression.

Still, though, the news that a little could prove beneficial is an interesting revelation, especially to anyone who suffers with depression, stress or anxiety.

The study was conducted by researchers at Washington State University, who used a Canadian app called Strainprint, which is designed to track medical cannabis use as well as the severity of symptoms.

Led by Dr Carrie Cuttler, the team found that signs of depression were slashed by half following medical cannabis use, while symptoms of anxiety and stress were cut by 58 percent.

"Acute cannabis intoxication temporarily alleviates perceived states of depression, anxiety and stress," the researchers wrote.

The team looked at data from 12,000 volunteers, who had all been asked to record any signs of stress, anxiety and depression.

They were also asked about the way in which they'd consumed cannabis, including the method and how many tokes they took.

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The study then explored the effects that cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) had - revealing that a single drag of a high-CBD, low-THC medical cannabis had the power to cut symptoms of depression.

Ten puffs of the same strain were also beneficial for combatting stress, and two tokes of any form of cannabis proved enough to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety.

Dr Cuttler added: "A lot of consumers seem to be under the false assumption that more THC is always better.

"Our study shows that CBD is also a very important ingredient in cannabis and may augment some of the positive effects of THC."

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However, Cuttler and her team also stressed that the repeated use of cannabis 'does not appear' to help with signs of stress, anxiety or depression.

The research joins recent findings from the University of Colorado, which suggested that people suffering from psoriasis and eczema may benefit from using cannabis-based treatments.

But even with that study, doctors were quick to warn that Doctors more tests need to be done before cannabis-based treatments can be put into wider use, so we're a long way off yet.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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