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Cannabis vs Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the UK. According to, depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide. Nearly 20% of the UK population, aged 16 and over, showed some evidence of anxiety or depression, according to the 2014 General Health Questionnaire.

Following on from our feature by Simpa Carter last week about consuming cannabis for depression, today we want to take a detailed look at the cannabis vs depression argument, incorporating some UK patient stories as well as more studies in this area.

The growing amount of people suffering from some form of depression is evident in the fact that, according to a report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), 61 million antidepressants were prescribed in the UK in 2015. That’s 31.6 million more than were prescribed in 2005, and up 3.9m, or 6.8%, on 2014.

The symptoms of depression can often be debilitating. The common mental disorder causes people to experience depressed mood, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, a loss of interest or pleasure, low energy, disturbed appetite or sleeping patterns and poor concentration.

If antidepressants worked, then why are prescription figures rising year after year? Surely there must be something which can better treat the symptoms of depression than pharmaceutical medications.

Cannabis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

cannabis and post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that can affect anyone at any time and can develop after a person is exposed to highly stressful and traumatic events.

In the majority of cases, the symptoms develop during the first month after a traumatic event. However, in a minority of cases, there may be a delay of months or even years before symptoms start to appear.

The length of time varies from case to case as to how long a person may have PTSD. In some cases, especially when not treated, PTSD can last a very long time, perhaps the remainder of one’s life.

Exploring the links between smoking and schizophrenia

Today, I want to tackle the argument that “Cannabis causes schizophrenia”. This argument is a fundamentally misleading and untrue assessment of the clinical data.

New study finds patients with legal access are choosing cannabis over opioids

A new study conducted in Canada has found that patients prefer cannabis over opioid medication to treat chronic pain and mental health issues. Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria conducted the study.

Billy Caldwell’s mum: “fight for legal medicinal cannabis oil in Northern Ireland has been won”

Belfast Live is reporting that Medical Cannabis patient Billy Caldwell’s mum is now able to treat him in Northern Ireland with full-spectrum cannabis oil produced locally.

Billy suffers with intractable epilepsy, a seizure disorder in which a patient’s seizures fail to come under control with traditional treatment.

A Rose By Any Other Name [Medical Cannabis Documentary]

A Rose By Any Other Name is a Medical Cannabis Documentary produced, directed and edited by Made by Manchester Productions.

There aren’t too many medical cannabis documentaries from the UK, when compared to the amount of marijuana content that is produced in the United States. This is because legal access for many Americans has resulted in much more of a relaxed culture when it comes to cannabis.

Dying for Weed BBC Documentary – ISMOKE Review

Dying For Weed

For the past 24 hours, I’ve been in deep thought after watching almost the entire BBC Drugs Map of Britain series. I was hooked after watching ‘Dying For Weed‘.

Dying for Weed follows Journalist Poppy Begum who explores the underground world of medicinal cannabis in the UK, meeting seriously ill people who use cannabis to treat themselves.

The film features Jeff Ditchfield who supplies medicinal cannabis oil, and other medical users, and contains a lot of information about cannabis, along with some harrowing scenes (one poor chap is using what looks like soap bar to medicate.)

Medicinal Cannabis Focus : Cannabis for Crohns Disease

cannabis for crohns disease

We’ve teamed up with Piff Advisor to run a series on ISMOKE about the many medicinal benefits of cannabis, and this week the focus is on Cannabis for Crohns Disease.

It’s great to tell people that cannabis is a Medicine, but sometimes it’s hard to back yourself up without having some proper evidence available to support the cause.

Cannabis and Dreaming – Do You Remember Your Dreams?

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I read this excellent article on Leafly today about cannabis and dreaming, and it got me thinking about my own experience with dreaming (or lack thereof) since I became a regular cannabis user 8 years ago.

Since Curing His Cancer with Cannabis Rick Simpson Has Helped over 5000

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After Healing His Own Cancer with Cannabis, Self-Taught Doctor Helped over 5000 Patients

“I always tell people – Cannabis will cure you, and you will see that at present, it is the best cure there is in the world!”

Rick Simpson, one of the world’s cannabis icons and activists for legalisation of marijuana, has healed more than 5000 people with cannabis oil – after he was diagnosed with the most severe skin cancer in 2002 and cured the dreaded disease using hemp oil.

Medical Cannabis for Asthma

Medicinal Cannabis is being used to treat a whole range of medical conditions, one of them being Medical Cannabis for asthma.

As counterintuitive as it sounds vaping or even smoking some strains of cannabis has been shown to help relieve asthma symptoms in patients. Whilst this information is nothing new, we wanted to share the beneficial effects of medical cannabis for asthma sufferers.

Whoopi Goldberg Launching Cannabis Products to Help Women Deal with Menstrual Pain

Comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg is the latest celebrity to endorse and invest in Medical Marijuana in the US.

Inspired by her own lifetime of difficult periods, Goldberg has teamed up with founder of Om Edibles, Maya Elisabeth, to create a line of Medical Marijuana products aimed at helping women treat menstrual pain.

Cannabis, Asperger’s Syndrome and Me – Breaking the taboo

Asperger’s Syndrome. As a seven year old, I had no idea what this meant. All I was told was this meant I was special. I thought differently and acted differently from the other kids. It made me unique. However being unique has a downside, I stuck out like a sore thumb. Being acutely aware of this, growing up I was reserved as a child, I barely spoke a word to anyone, I wouldn’t interact with the other kids in a normal way, and I singled myself out. It was almost like I was denying my true self. In retrospect, it was possibly the worst decisions of my life, it made me feel like I should go along with the crowd, like I needed approval from other people.

Cannabis is The Future

Here is a great Tedx talk called: “The Chaos of Cannabis”  by Jahan Peston Jamas. Jahan’s goal is to change the stereotypes of cannabis and give you a new perspective on the thousands of uses for the cannabis plant including housing, food, healthcare, medicine, textiles and more.

How Long After Smoking Does THC Stay In Your System?

Today we’d like to do our best to answer a question we get asked a lot – how long does Cannabis stay in your system?