Plenty of anecdotal evidence exists to suggest cannabis alleviates symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression. In addition, scientists working under serious limitations due marijuana’s federally illegal status, have hinted at links between cannabis and mental health ailments. A 2015 rat study found the plant “could potentially help” offset the symptoms of stress-induced depression. Other animal studies also demonstrated that CBD could in part relieve America’s depression problem.
But one Washington State study utilized a data-centric approach using human test subjects to reveal marijuana’s efficacy in treating depression, anxiety, and stress found in everyday life. Published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the study concluded that “[c]annabis reduces perceived symptoms of negative affect in the short-term, but continued use may exacerbate baseline symptoms of depression over time.”