Does Cannabis Help With Your Depression Or Make It Worse?

It Looks Like A Little Bit Of Both, But More Research Is Needed.

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In a study performed by scientists at Washington State University, they sought to answer whether or not cannabis can help alleviate symptoms of depression, as well as anxiety and stress. What they found was that adults “reported a reduction in depressive symptoms with just a single puff of medical marijuana that was high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).” It seems that the ratio of CBD to THC is important and that a higher level of CBD was crucial in improving and alleviating symptoms of depression.

However, the study also found that chronic use may lead to worsening depression. Long-term use was not found to help with long-term symptoms of depression either.

What it all comes down to are individual differences and monitoring use and symptoms. Everyone reacts to cannabis differently, so knowing your body and how you react is important. Watching how much you use will also be crucial in managing your mental illness.

There are a number of good strains for combatting depression, which you can learn about on WikiLeaf’s Strain Database. Below are a few options that are known for alleviating symptoms of depression:

Apple Jack

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Apple Jack is a hybrid blend that is perfect for those who struggle with mood disorders such as depression. The THC in Apple Jack isn’t particularly high. However, it is a perfect balance between sativa and indica. Apple Jack has been reported to help with ADHD and bipolar disorder as well. You will feel happy but relaxed. However, it should be noted that the CBD levels of this strain are almost too low to measure, so it is not recommended for anyone who uses CBD for treatment.

Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster is an indica-dominant strain. This strain is a blend of two famous strains. Cookie Monster is a cross between the popular Girl Scout Cookies and OG Kush.

This strain provides long-lasting and therapeutic relaxation. Cookie Monster’s THC content has been measured at between 14 percent and 23 percent. Cookie Monster is great for depression, as well as stress and anxiety. The reason for this is because its mental stimulation isn’t likely to turn into paranoia, which makes this a great option for those who are prone to panic or have a low THC tolerance.

Jack The Ripper

Jack The Ripper is a Sativa leaning hybrid. This strain has a sweet lemon flavor and is a good overall medication. Despite the name, Jack The Ripper is quite healing. The strain can help with most chronic aches and pains and muscle spasms. It also has cerebral effects that can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. Furthermore, patients also use this strain for migraines, nausea, glaucoma, inflammation, and anorexia.

Lemon Kush

Lemon Kush is a 50% hybrid strain. The high from this strain happens slowly. When it does kick in, you will experience an enhanced sense of focus. Lemon Kush is an evenly balanced strain and provides a bit of a body buzz. This mellows out the cerebral effects and therefore reduces the chance of cannabis-induced anxiety and paranoia. The most common usage of Lemon Kush is for depression, followed by pain, insomnia, loss of appetite and nausea.

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Mimosa

Mimosa is a Sativa strain, 70 percent leaning. This strain is great for reducing symptoms of depression. If you struggle with fatigue, this will also help as it provides a great boost of energy. Issues with pain, nausea, and appetite loss are also fixed with Mimosa. The best time of use for this strain during the day. If you use at night, it will keep you awake!

Zkittlez

Zkittlez is another good strain for combatting depression. This is a Sativa, 60 percent leaning. This strain has mental properties that can help with focus for those who struggle with ADHD. The body high brought on by this strain can also help with depression, as well as stress and anxiety. Additional physical benefits include the alleviation of chronic pain and minor irritation.

Skittle can also help increase appetite which is incredibly helpful to those who struggle with appetite because of treatments like chemotherapy.

Of course, it should be mentioned that paranoia is possible with this strain so patients who are susceptible to panic or have low THC tolerance should start slow and proceed with caution.

Skywalker

This is a Hybrid blend, recommended for evening use. Skywalker has a THC count of up to 15 percent. Skywalker is excellent for relaxation. It also uplifts users and making them feel happy. This strain is great for alleviating depression. As well, Skywalker induces appetite and helps with nausea. Skywalker is also great for handling anxiety and helping with issues of insomnia. An unfortunate side effect is cotton mouth, but Skywalker also leads to sleep, sedation, euphoria, and relaxation.

Depression is a serious mental illness and is not to be taken lightly. If you struggle with depression, know you are not alone. Talk to your doctor about the best treatment plans for you. Medication, therapy, exercise, and diet all play a role in the alleviation of depression symptoms. Do not keep symptoms to yourself. Ask for help. There is hope. It gets better.

This article is purely informational and in no way does it represent medical advice. Please consult your doctor before adjusting any prescribed treatments and adding cannabis to your regiment.

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