“There is scarce evidence to suggest that cannabinoids improve depressive disorders.”
Think weed might be just the thing to improve your mental health? You might want to think again.
As governments around the world begin to legislate for the medicinal use of cannabis, more and more people are looking towards the substance as a miracle cure for a range of ills.
CBD, an active chemical found in the plant, has especially been the subject of serious buzz in the world of wellness lately.
But new research has found that cannabinoids like CBD won’t do any good for people suffering with depression.
Despite what’s been suggested by some, the study says, there’s simply no solid proof that they can help.
“We analysed the available evidence,” the study authors wrote in medical journal The Lancet Psychiatry.
“There is scarce evidence to suggest that cannabinoids improve depressive disorders and symptoms, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Tourette syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, or psychosis.”
The researchers did find that “very low quality evidence” that the cannabinoid THC can improve anxiety symptoms in cases of chronic pain.
Further research is needed before medicinal cannabis is used to treat mental health issues, they concluded.