Dangers of Combining THC and Depression

Dangers of Combining THC and DepressionUsers and drug experts alike debate the addictive qualities of THC. Many people believe that THC (also known cannabis, marijuana or weed) is a safe substance to use because it is not physically addictive. This is partially true. Marijuana users do not exhibit the signs of addiction like people do when they abuse cocaine, heroin or prescription drugs. This is partially because many of the individuals who use marijuana only do so occasionally as a recreational drug. In addition to this, marijuana has few withdrawal symptoms.

On the other hand, in light of these effects (or lack thereof) Oxford pharmacology professor Dr. Leslie L. Iverson claims that marijuana is addictive. In his book The Science of Marijuana Iverson claims that it is not that the drug has no addictive properties, but that a much smaller percentage (varying between ten and thirty percent) of users become addicted in comparison to other “heavier” drugs. This means that it is addictive, but only for some of its users.

The Dangers of Marijuana Abuse and Depression

Despite this and other arguments, many users still hesitate to label THC as a dangerous drug because it causes relatively mild side effects. However, it can be dangerous when used in addition to other drugs or when the user has any mental health disorders, specifically depression. Although THC is not technically a depressant, it still has many of the same qualities as other popular depressants, such as alcohol and prescription pain relievers. This means it can cause considerable problems when abused.

Side Effects of Marijuana

Marijuana slows the central nervous system and causes the following effects:

  • Social withdrawal
  • Impaired judgment
  • Impaired thinking abilities
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Increased appetite

Many people who abuse HTC also suffer from depression. Whether the drug causes the condition or the users are trying to treat their symptoms with the drug is unknown. However, the side effects listed above are often also caused by depression as well, which most likely means that marijuana use deepens depression or possibly cause the user’s depression to spiral out of control. THC can also make anti-depressants less effective, making depression feel worse that only marijuana alleviates, albeit temporarily.

Help for THC User’s Suffering from Depression

If you suffer from the effects of depression and THC abuse call our toll-free helpline today. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to help you with whatever problems you are having. They can answer any questions that you have as well as help you decide what method of treatment is best for you. Take control of your life and call us now.