According to Neuroscientists from the University of Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions, depression is another medical issue that can be treated with marijuana. In recent studies on rats, it is found that endocannabinoids are naturally produced, but under chronic stress these levels heavily drop. Endocannabinoids control many things such as cognition, emotion and behavior and when lacking can lead to depression. When marijuana is introduced to the body, these endocannabinoids levels are restored to a safe level, thus fighting many symptoms of depression.
"Using compounds derived from cannabis -- marijuana -- to restore normal endocannabinoid function could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression," lead researcher Dr. Samir Haj-Dahmane said in a university press release.