What is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent sense of sadness and loss of interest in usual activities. It is one of the most common mental health conditions and affects how people feel, think and behave. Everyone experiences different symptoms and symptoms can vary in severity, from mild to suicidal. Depression can lead to a variety of emotional and physical issues and affects the person’s day-to-day functioning and quality of life. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

How is it commonly treated?

Approaches to treating Depression are based on several factors, including the type, the severity of the symptoms and whether it is a first or recurrent episode. Often a combination of treatments is used, including lifestyle changes (reducing substance use, improving sleep, exercise), psychological treatments (therapies such as taking CBT or mindfulness practice) and medical treatments. It can take several weeks for treatments to take effect and sometimes Depression may require long-term treatment.

Factsheet: Medical Cannabis and Depression

Depression factsheet

Depression and Medical Cannabis


The effectiveness of medical cannabis as a treatment for Depression has only been assessed in patients with other primary conditions, such as chronic pain, but has shown positive results. However, as there are no trials or studies based on medical cannabis as a treatment for Depression as a primary condition, the evidence on the role of cannabinoids for the improvement of mood disorders is limited and in urgent need of well-designed, large clinical trials.

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