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  • Bailey Porras

Can Marijuana Be Used Instead of Antidepressants

Medical marijuana is legal in the State of Ohio, and you can gain access to local dispensaries today by getting your medical card! Luckily, the process has never been easier than it is right now. You can get your medical card from home through telemedicine!

Marijuana is a natural alternative medicine with many benefits. Millions of Americans are making the switch from narcotics and opioids to cannabis for many reasons, especially due to its lack of harsh side effects.

There is no question that cannabis can help many people with a variety of conditions and symptoms. However, what about mental conditions such as anxiety, stress, and depression?

Depression is an extremely common condition that millions of Americans experience in their lives. Some of the most common symptoms of depression, according to Mayo Clinic, include:

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness

  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports

  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much

  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort

  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain

  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness

  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame

  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things

  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide

  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

Millions of Americans have also been prescribed antidepressants to combat some of these symptoms. However, antidepressants may come with undesirable side effects that may make patients’ lives more difficult.

So, can marijuana take the place of antidepressants for those with depression?

Marijuana and Depression

One thing we know for sure about marijuana is that it affects everybody differently. For one patient with depression, it may really help with symptoms. For others, it could exacerbate them.

The way your body reacts to cannabis depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Body fat percentage

  • How much/when you last ate

  • Delivery method of choice

  • How much THC you ingest

Marijuana is known to change the mood of the user, whether it be for the better or worse. It is also known for aiding with physical pain, sleeping problems, eating habits, anxiety, and weight loss, which are all common side effects of depression.

Whether it can be used in place of antidepressants depends on the person and their body. Regardless, you should always consult with a doctor before you switch medications.

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Ohio Today

Whether cannabis can help with depression is still up in the air. It really depends on the person and their symptoms. Depression is not a qualifying condition for a medical card in Ohio, but you may have another condition that would make you eligible.

Ohio continues to expand its medical marijuana program and make state residents’ lives easier by passing new progressive legislation. The addition of new qualifying conditions means that many more people will now be eligible for their medical card.

If you think you could benefit from medical cannabis, there is a good chance you qualify!

You need your medical card to access any of Ohio’s medical dispensaries. Not to worry, because it is now easier than ever to get your card with Ohio Marijuana Card!

In Ohio, there are many conditions that may make you eligible for medical marijuana, and we hope the program continues to expand by adding more conditions soon! If you have questions about whether you qualify, we can help with that too!

In order to visit a dispensary in the State of Ohio, you will need your medical marijuana card. With telemedicine, you can even get your card from the comfort of your own home!

If you don’t already have your card, we can help! You can even have your appointment from the comfort of your own home and get your recommendation on the same day!

Schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today to see if you qualify.


Doctors Who Care.

Relief You Can Trust.

Here at Ohio Marijuana Card, our goal is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at (866) 457-5559, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


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