I posed a question to one of my professors and it basically got laughed at by him (and the class); not out of incorrectness (because there isn't much research on it yet), but more so out of ignorance of the subject. We were talking about chemical treatments for depression and anxiety, and the main one being SSRI's. For those who don't know, that is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhbitor. In other words, it helps to keep the Serotonin in the brain, which in turn should help treat depression. This helps because some people are deficient in Serotonin, one of the main neurotransmitters linked to mood, so having more of it would increase mood (to an extent). Why do some people not respond to SSRI's? Well Serotonin isn't the only neurotransmitter linked to mood. Your cannabinoids (CBD) in your endocannibinoid system help regulate your mood, along with many other bodily/mental processes. My question to the professor was "just as there are deficiencies in serotonin, melatonin, dopamine, etc, is it possible to have a deficiency in CBD's, which could be why SSRI's don't always work for patience with depression". Obviously my teacher made a joke like "oh so you would have to smoke weed all the time," and then basically laughed and went on to discuss some trivial facts about the endocannibinoid system which didn't relate to my question at all. I didn't even mention marijuana, I was more concerned about the subject of taking Selective Cannabinoid Reuptake Inhibitors, just as one would take for serotonin, to alleviate the deficiency of a neurotransmitter.

It's quite frustrating that even professors let their ignorance of the drug get in the way of medical studies. I was specifically discussing a neurotransmitter and he links it to the drug. Well you know what's funny?, I did my own research. I researched cannabinoid deficiency. You know what's even funnier, Mr. Professor, it most certainly is real. It's called Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency, CEDC. And you know what makes me a comedian, Mr. Professor, the fact that Neuroscience Researchers genetically engineered rats to be deficient in CBD, and guess what happened? They had higher levels of depression and anxiety, just as I suggested to you. But wait...they gave the rats a Cannabinoid Reuptake Inhibitor (not sure if they called it this exactly), and....well, wait for it...it fixed the anxiety and the depression and brought it down to normal levels.

I will be very very excited to see this medication hit the market one day, as it will save countless of people in helping them regulate their mood (and countless other regulatory issues) and possibly be used to help with marijuana addiction (and could explain why so many people are drawn to it)

I will, however, give my teacher credit for knowing that the Endocannabinoid System is indeed a real part of the brain. Congratulations. You passed basic underground biology.