Health Condition

Let's Talk About Mental Health.

Statistics & Data

Mental Health By The Numbers

Canadians experience a mental illness in any given year.

of those suffering anxiety disorders receive treatment, despite them being highly treatable.

seniors have some symptoms of depression.

is the age when the brain is fully developed.

Level of Evidence: Science-Based

Apothecare has ranked Mental Health on the highest level of the evidence pyramid. There is a significant amount of clinical literature evaluating cannabis in the treatment of certain mental health conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, PTSD.

Cannabis and Mental Health

Mental health and wellness are some of the most common reasons people use cannabis products. Mental health is complex; everyone’s experience with cannabis in this area is different. For one person, using cannabis may mean managing their anxiety and depression but for another, it may be a way to enjoy a movie with friends.

There is a lot of research supporting cannabis to help in medical conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Typically, antidepressant medications are used in these conditions, but some individuals may not tolerate them or find them ineffective. In these instances, cannabis may be a good alternative.

Here are some interesting researched-based findings:
  • The effects of cannabis used for anxiety and depression can be felt almost immediately after starting its use.  This is significantly faster than antidepressants which can take up to 4 to 6 weeks to notice any improvements in mood.
  • A single dose of cannabidiol (CBD) given to mice resulted in antidepressant effects lasting 7 days after administration. This means cannabis may have long-lasting antidepressant effects even after it’s stopped.
There is a lot of new exciting research happening in the mental health space. New studies are looking at how cannabis may help in opioid addiction and withdrawal. Make sure to connect with a knowledgeable pharmacist for a personalized mental health assessment!

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Is cannabis right for you?

Cannabis use may not be appropriate for you if have one or more of the following:
  • A history or family history of psychosis in the family
  • Currently taking a blood thinner such as Warfarin
  • Reduced liver function
  • History of addiction
  • A complex medication regimen (cannabis can interfere with the metabolism of several classes of medications)
  • Sedating medications such as benzodiazepines (such as lorazepam) and/or opioids (such as Percocet)
Make sure to talk to a knowledgeable healthcare professional to make sure cannabis is safe for you!

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What cannabis product can I use for mental health?

Cannabis products come in a variety of different formulations such as oils, capsules, creams, dried flower, and concentrates. With an extensive number of products available on the market, it can be quite confusing to select a product that may work for you. Our pharmacists are trained to assess which cannabis products can be safe and effective for you. Reach out to a Pharmacist today for a consultation!

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