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As marijuana grows more accessible for
patients suffering from depression and
anxiety, it is expected that marijuana might
have interactions with other drugs.
The cost of healthcare is on the rise, and as
the disease becomes stronger, our ability to
manage symptoms is becoming harder.
Conditions have a funny of affecting more
than just the person going through it but
rather everyone else in their immediate
People suffering from chronic diseases are
continually looking for treatments that move
beyond the traditional or mainstream.
Marijuana has been used in traditional
medicine for centuries, but due to its illicit
status in the States, its actual medicinal
values have not been explored thoroughly.
Since depression is a mood disorder, it
affects the way a person’s entire being
functions. Depression is known to come in
phases. It causes intense feelings of
hopelessness and sadness to the person in
the middle of the episode. Daily activities,
including social commitments, school, work,
appetite, and sleep, are all difficult to carry
Scientifically, there are three significant
parts of the brain involved in the middle of a
Major Depressive Disorder. The
hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, and
Scientists believe that it is cortisol levels in a
person’s brain that trigger the beginning of
a Major Depressive Disorder. Cortisol is
considered to be the brain’s built-in alarm
system. It is the primary stress hormone
produced by our bodies. A healthy brain can
regulate these levels, but a mind going
through a depressive episode has
continuously elevated levels of Cortisol.
Most cells in the body are cortisol receptors,
and due to the high level of this hormone,
the body can start to alter or shut down
bodily functions that get in its way. These
functions can be digestive, reproductive, or
even immune in nature.
What is Prozac?
Prozac is one of the most commonly
prescribed antidepressants on the market.
To the point that it is one of the top 15 most
widely consumed drugs in the United States
of America. It is used to treat major
depressive disorder, panic disorder, bulimia
nervosa, and obsessive-compulsive
Also called fluoxetine, Prozac belongs to a
class of drugs called selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). These drugs
function by increasing the levels of
serotonin in the brain.
Serotonin is called the ‘Feel good hormone”
and is responsible for carrying messages
between brain cells and regulate our
wellbeing, appetite, good mood, and also
the body clock.
Prozac blocks the absorption of the
neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin levels
if regulated, helps the brain cells transmit
messages. This is how the depressive
symptoms are restricted with the help of
Side Effects of Prozac
Prozac might be widely prescribed to treat
several issues related to the brain, but that
does not mean it does not have its flaws.
Antidepressants in both adults and children
have been seen to increase cases of suicidal
thoughts and behavior. Close monitoring of
patients needs to be carried out to ensure
that the patients remain safe.
Depression is a known side effect of
depression, but the chances according to
multiple studies, increase when
antidepressants enter the picture.
Caregivers and families have to be warned
about changes in behavior, agitation,
irritability, and any other psychiatric and
non-psychiatric indicators that may lead to
Other more common side effects include
drowsiness, nausea, anxiety, tiredness, loss
of appetite, sweating, and dizziness.
Though it is important to remember if the
doctor has prescribed this medicine, the
benefits just might be outweighing the harm
that those medicines would do to your
A doctor needs to be consulted immediately
if any of the below side effects turn up sever
mood swings, easy bruising, tremors,
significant weight loss, decreased sex drive,
and changes in sexual ability.
Cannabis is a Naturally occurring drug that
comes from the Indian hemp plant called
Cannabis sativa and indica.
Cannabis is classified as a depressant drug.
This does not mean that you become
depressed if you take it, but rather your
central nervous system slows down after
you receive it.
Cannabis has two primary cannabinoids,
cannabidiol (CBD) and
Both cannabinoids interact
with the endocannabinoid
system, just in different ways.
THC gives a euphoric feeling to the user and
is the reason behind the hallucinogenic
effects, whereas CBD is the opposite. CBD
binds with serotonin, the chemical
responsible for our wellbeing and happiness,
amongst other things.
Patients experiencing mental health
conditions – from chronic pain to PTSD and
depression- have been found to benefit from
the administration of medical cannabis.
Research for marijuana and depression is in
its preliminary stages. But even this research
has been promising.
In one study, the researchers found that
endocannabinoids found in cannabis may be
helpful in treating depression that results
from chronic stress. The study pointed out
that chronic stress reduced the production of
endocannabinoids. And this affects our
cognition, emotion, and behavior.
Further links are being found between
depression and the use of marijuana to
manage the symptoms. Using compounds
derived from cannabis could potentially help
stabilize moods and ease depression.
Prozac and Marijuana
This is a complicated question to answer as
multiple considerations need to be taken care
of before you decide to start double dosing.
A significant issue with mixing the two is the
emergence of a problem called hypomania. A
mild form of mania, it is characterized by
phases of elation and hyperactivity. If you
have any three of the below-mentioned
symptoms, you are experiencing hypomania.
Increased energy in the absence of sleep
Always up for risky but pleasurable
Inability to stay focused and a distracted
Inflated ego or grandiosity regarding oneself
Hypomanic episodes do not require
hospitalization. You can, on certain
occasions, see a complete reversal of a
person’s personality after hypomania. A
person might become more friendly or
outgoing after an episode.
In conclusion, it might not be deadly to mix
the two, but there are always risks
associated with having a cocktail of drugs,
irrespective of what supposed research says.
We would advise you to stick with one for
maximum benefit and your safety. Consult a
doctor before you go rogue on yourself.
Marijuana is not a miracle cure, but it can
help you live a happier, more fulfilling life.
Chat with us if you need assistance in getting
a medical marijuana recommendation.