I've gone through a whole series of drugs for treating my depression, including Effexor and Wellbutrin but all that they ever did for me was make me more depressed and gain lots of weight (which greatly added to my chronic depression).
Since I also have chronic pain, my psychiatrist suggested having the doctor treating my pain prescribe Marinol instead of the opioids that I was taking. Marinol (which is pure THC) has lessened my depression while also treating my chronic pain [Migraines, Osteo-arthritis, and herniated discs (L2 thru L5)]. I find that I'm less depressed when I take Marinol instead of Morphine or Oxycontin for pain.
My concern is that the psychiatric community is not taking advantage of the FDA's re-scheduling of Marinol from being a Schedule II Rx drug to a Schedule III Rx Drug. The purpose of re-scheduling Marinol to a Class III drug was to encourage the use of Marinol as a legal form of medical marijuana for "off-label" use.
So far, the only type of Medical doctors that prescribe Marinol for off-label use are the same doctors who treat patients with chronic pain. I cannot see why the Psychiatric community has turned a blind eye to the tremendous potential of Marinol for treating depression.
Every time that I go to my psychiatrist, I see that the big Pharmaceutical sales people pushing samples of Wellbutrin, Effexor, and the rest of these drugs BUT Big Pharmaceutical companies are overlooking the marketing of something (such as Marinol) which has a bright future already for treating chronic pain patients.
If anyone knows of any current studies into using a Marinol (or any other prescribed THC) meds for treating depression, please let me know.
Thanks in advance (for any helpful information re: this topic).
Published On: March 13, 2008