University Study Finds Marijuana May Combat Depression and Lead to Higher Self-Esteem

A comprehensive four-part study conducted at the University of Kentucky has found marijuana to be helpful in reducing the pain associated with social exclusion, and that it may cojilly-bean-medical-marijuana-weed-strain-thcf-jillybeanweedmbat against depression, and may lead to higher self-esteem.

“The current research provides the first evidence that marijuana also dampens the negative emotional consequences of social exclusion on negative emotional outcomes,” stated Timothy Deckman of the University of Kentucky in the study.

The four-part study, which included 7040 participants and three methodologies, began with a study using data from the National Comorbidity Study – it found that marijuana consumers who reported being lonely had higher levels of self-worth, as well as overall mental health, compared with non-marijuana users who reported being lonely.

The second study used data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, and found that those who use marijuana relatively frequently and experienced social pain were less likely to experience a serious episode of depression over the course of the past year.

The third study surveyed high school students, examining levels of depression, loneliness and lifetime marijuana consumption. The students were surveyed again two years later. Researchers found that marijuana use predicted lower levels of depression among students who were considered to be lonely.

The final study had participants play a computer game called Cyberball, which was reprogrammed to consistently ignore the participant, in order to evoke social exclusion. Researchers found that marijuana users had a smaller decrease in self-esteem after the game was finished.

You can find the study published online in Social Psychological and Personality Science by clicking here.

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    • Melanie on May 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm
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    Antidepressant pills just made me worse. I’m hoping for the day my state legalizes or goes medicinal

    • Chris McCabe on May 22, 2013 at 8:22 am
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    If it suits you; it doesn’t work for everyone, & has differing effects, depending whether Sativa or Indica.

    • Jesse Lyles on May 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm
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    For the medical support, i myself would move to a state, if close enough to Arkansas to the state, that has the medical maijuana in place for the use of. With arthtis from the 33 years of laying brick my body hurts all the time, and the government dope makes me sick most of the time. So i do suffer most days, and all day’s of the wet, cold and damp days of winters. To summit to the use of marijuana, then i would be breaking the Arkansas Laws of the State of in which i live. So to fight the pain i must live with on most days, then you may be seeing me in your state as a resident, if the state allows this new form of medicines. To try a new medicine would be worth the trip in so, then there would be happy days again for me as of a young man in my youth. Times have changed, and in so we all know that this is the best sollution for all for the many reason’s, that your study showed in this experment that you so kindly have done for the American people who suffer daily in their live’s. To be only given the choice of the government dope, then the many of us suffer needlessly daily in our live’s till the end, that we find death that rest at our door for the waiting to planted ourselfs in the dirts and soils, when in fact we alt to be planting the miracal drug and the gift from God, the marijuana plants of the best kind ! Thank-you for the time to read of my own suffering, as well as many others who i write for because of their own suffering as well !

    • Amanda on May 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm
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    I was wondering if they have ever done an extended study on the Side Effects of smoking Marijuana? I hear of all the Good things Marijuana has done for people. Never hear of the bad. I KNOW THE BAD. I am 32 smoking since I was 12 years old. Since November 1st (or so) 2010, I have smoked weed Everyday. Most times I walk around with the pipe in my hand. But I feel as though it is causing A Lot of Effects. Memory Loss is my big problem. I wonder if they could do a study on that.

      • sam on July 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm
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      YOU ARE VERY STUPID. I THINK THAT YOU HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN SMOKIN SINCE AGE 12. PROBABLY FOR 20 YEARS YOU HAVEN´T BEEN SMOKIN MARIJUANA BUT SOMETHING ELSE ( STREET MARIJUANA OR SOMETHING SIMILAR TO MARIJUANA BUT WITH CHEMICHAL, TOXICAL AND ADICTTIVE ELEMENTS ). HOW CAN YOU BE SURE ? YOU CAN’T. AND NOW YOU BLAME MARIJUANA FOR THE PROBLEMS THATH CAUSED YOU ANOTHER SUBSTANCE THAT YOU THOUGHT IT WAS MARIJUANA. THE ONLY WAY TO BE SURE THAT WHAT WE HAVE IS AUTHENTIC NATURAL MARIJUANA, IS TO GROW IT YOUR SELF ON YOUR OWN BACKYARD. BUT I BET YOU DIDN’T DO THAT. TYPICAL MISTAKE

        • Dana on August 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm
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        Hey learn to spell and not type in. CAPS.
        Especially if you ever want to be taken serious…
        @amanda it’s possible that you have memory loss due to aging..
        How ever my memory is kind of shot as well and I’m only 26 been smoking since 12 as well.
        But it’s mostly. Short term and things that don’t usually matter

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