The study, which included 728,691 people aged 12 years and older, found that self-reported use of the drug increased almost twice as much among people with depression as among those without depression, according to technology experts. She also found that the two groups perceived the drug differently.
“The perception of a high risk associated with regular cannabis use was significantly lower among depressed people in 2017 than among non-depressed people, and from 2005 to 2017. Risk perception has decreased more rapidly among depressed people,” says Renée Goodwin, author of the study and professor at Columbia University and The City University of New York.
“At the same time, the rate of increase in cannabis use has increased more rapidly among people suffering from depression,” Renée Goodwin also noted.
Higher Consumption over the last 30 days
Study participants who were depressed and did not perceive any risk associated with cannabis were much more likely to report using it in the past 30 days (38.6%) than those who perceived one (1.6%). It is interesting to note that almost one-third of people aged 18 to 25 with depression were particularly prone to cannabis use in the past 30 days (29.7%).
In 2017, at the end of the study period, 18.7% of the depressed group reported using cannabis in the last month, compared to only 8.7% who did not have this disease. The study found that 6.7% of depressed people used this drug daily compared to 2.7% of those who were not depressed.
According to researchers at the University of Buffalo, constant stress causes the human body to produce fewer regulatory chemicals in the brain, therefore, increasing the risk of depression.
Cannabinoids can complement endocannabinoid receptors, thus accelerating tissue recovery and growth. In theory, cannabis should balance and align the endocannabinoid system, which should relieve depressed people in several ways.
In addition to restoring healthy cellular homeostasis, cannabis also offers many other effects; it reduces mood and other symptoms of depression, such as loss of appetite, insomnia, and anxiety.
However, the relationship between cannabis and depression remains somewhat unclear. However, with each new study, scientists hope to get closer to solving the puzzle.