Marijuana And Depression
Depression, a mood disorder characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest, particular strains of cannabis have shown great efficacy in helping sufferers alleviate their symptoms. In cases of severe clinical depression, a lack of activity and productivity may plague patients. In extreme cases, sufferers may have thoughts of suicide or self-harm. The correct variety of cannabis can decrease or even eliminate these manifestations of a disease that affects millions upon millions of people.
Treating Depression With Cannabis
Cannabis has been used for centuries to treat depression. Those who consume high-CBD varieties of marijuana occasionally or even daily have lower levels of depressive symptoms than those who have never tried marijuana. Chronic stress reduces the production of endocannabinoids, which in turn led to depressive symptoms. Chronic stress is one of the major causes of depression. Using compounds derived from cannabis to restore normal endocannabinoid function helps stabilize moods and ease depression. Taken in low doses, high-CBD varieties of marijuana is a powerful antidepressant. But note, Every individual is different, and the matter is made even more complex due to the wide variety of marijuana strains available, each one affecting individuals uniquely. Depression treatments must be tailored to fit each person, one depressed patient might benefit from cannabis, while another might find their anxiety is heightened from the drug.
The two biggest things currently understood regarding the treatment of depression with cannabis are 1) sativa strains work better than indica and 2) low quantities are believed to be more effective than chronic use of large amounts throughout the day.
Best Strains For Depression
For depression, it is typically sativa strains that are recommended. The following list of strains are best:
Green Crack: A southern California sativa in the process of being renamed Green Dragon.
Sour Diesel: A sativa-dom version of ChemDawg that is noted for high THC content.
Amnesia Haze: An 80% sativa that is very energetic.
Lamb’s Bread: A Jamaican sativa, this was one of Bob Marley’s favorites.
AK-47: Fruity and sweet in odor and flavor, this strain is known for its potency.
Jack Herer: Sativa dom developed in the Netherlands that combines Haze, Northern Lights #5, and Skunk #1.
Trainwreck: A mythic sativa from Arcata that’s big in Northern California. No one knows what’s in it, other than that it is mostly sativa by its morphology, growth patterns, and energetic, euphoric high. Use it to clean your house.