Is Cannabis a Natural Remedy for Depression?
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One in five of us. That’s how many Canadians will experience a mental health issue like depression this year. It could be you, a family member, a friend, a coworker… Mental health issues do not discriminate.
They do, however, tend to escalate when left untreated. And so, we need help. The sooner we admit something is wrong, the sooner we can begin our healing process.
So let’s talk about that. We all know there are many methods of treating depression. Some people have found incredible support from seeing a mental health professional, while others praise prescription pharmaceuticals for giving them their lives back. Still, others argue the side effects of antidepressants are not worth the mediocre increase in mood. Everyone, and every case of depression, is different.
So could cannabis be a viable alternative option for people seeking natural relief? For many people, absolutely. In fact, a dysregulated endocannabinoid system is seen in cases of clinical depression. We can restore balance and increase our moods with cannabis.
Where’s the proof?
Well, in places with medical cannabis programs, therapeutic use has been associated with a 5% decrease in total suicide rates. It’s not a loose connection, either. Cannabis use actively increases serotonin in the brain. This improves our moods, sleep habits, and appetites, enabling us to feel better and practice important self care routines.
What kind of cannabis can help?
Whether you choose sativa, indica, or a beautiful blend of both, all cannabis contains natural chemicals that can help us heal from depressive states. Both THC and CBD have been shown to have antidepressant-like properties. The exact strain, ratio, and dose that is best for you will depend heavily on your symptoms.
Popular cannabis strains for depression:
- Jack Herer
- Pineapple Express
- Grandaddy Purple
- Lemon Kush
Reach out, speak out
If you’re feeling depressed, or are worried about someone who may be suffering from depression, the best thing you can do is start talking. Gather your support network. Reach out to mental health professionals. Seek advice from cannabis connoisseurs. Start low and go slow. Know that any treatment plan requires adjustments from time to time and just because one strain of cannabis may not help, it doesn’t mean you or your loved ones won’t find relief with another. Keep exploring the powerful potentials of this flower.