As a clinician, I have the honor to help others who are caught in the thicket of depression.
Symptoms of depression include foggy headedness, overwhelm, disorganized thoughts, sleeplessness or oversleeping, thoughts of guilt, worthlessness, lack of appetite, or eating despite not feeling hungry and so forth. I also help people alleviate anxiety. Anxiety surfaces as an agitation, worrisome behavior, inability to relax, etc. At times I have observed how marijuana can be used for the treatment of depression and anxiety very effectively.
Herbs are powerful, just as powerful as FDA approved and regulated medications. For example, the herb, Sam-E, can be awful for anxiety. Go into a vitamin store leave with a bottle of Sam-E and be rattled with anxiety for two weeks. In other words, do not take Sam-E if you have anxiety. It will amp up your anxiety to an uncomfortable level.
If you are bipolar do not take tryptophan, the thing you find in turkey. If you go to your local vitamin shop and buy a bottle of tryptophan, it will increase serotonin levels kicking a person with bipolar disorder into a manic episode only for that person to drop into a serious depression. I state this because some strains and dosages of marijuana have been said to exacerbate depression and anxiety, especially anxiety as the herb is classified as a mild hallucinogen.
I grew up in California, the other week I went to California where I visited a dear friend of mine who was treated with PTSD with marijuana, a very specific strain she takes through a vape.
Alongside celexa, this was the perfect recipe to make her well. A dear relative of mine also ingests marijuana medicinally due to serious parkinson’s and arthritis. He now takes a specific strain every night as an edible. He states it is better than ambien . It immediately makes him feel better and most importantly, it works.
When we are analyzing the treatment of depression and anxiety, the most important piece is to do what works and be very careful.
Apparently, there are specific strains that will heal depression or anxiety and specific strains that exacerbate depression and anxiety. Just like there are specific herbs that will help with depression and anxiety and specific herbs that hurt it.
I am not a doctor, this is strictly from observing the effect that marijuana has on people who suffer depression and anxiety. Speak with your doctor or psychiatrist before using marijuana.
According to this guide these are the strains that treat depression:
Best Strains for Depression
When treating depression with cannabis, it’s important to remember that high doses of THC seem to exacerbate depressive symptoms often causing paranoia and hyper-activity. Those wishing to treat their depression with cannabis should therefore seek out strains with low to moderate levels of THC, or at least have a CBD back-up to help tame a THC high in the event of discomfort. These strains are a great place to start.
- Blue Dream: This sweet Blueberry cross is among the most popular strains nation-wide thanks to its uplifting, cerebral high followed by a gentle body high. Blue Dream is recommended for depression because of its ability to melt away the blues and replace pain and stress with creativity and socialization.
- Sour Grape: Sour Grape is a 50/50 hybrid that combines pain relief and a calm mind without impeding productivity. Though initially acting as an indica by calming the body and relaxing the mind, its sativa qualities subtly come through by allowing clear thought and a pain-free body. It’s especially good for relieving symptoms of depression like stress, anxiety, nausea and a lack of appetite.
- AK Cherry Lime: This sativa-dominant hybrid provides a powerful cerebral high alongside a calming body high. AK Cherry Lime is a very potent strain with a high that lasts three hours or more depending on the tolerance of the user. By stimulating appetite while easing pain and discomfort, this sweet-and-spicy strain is great for relieving some of the most common causes and symptoms of depression.
- Lemon Skunk: This favorite is great for easing anxiety and promoting sociability. Though sativa-dominant, it can take a quick indica turn within the first hour or so making this strain ideal for low-key activities or evenings at home with a few close friends. Lemon Skunk is especially beneficial with appetite promotion, pain reduction and overall mind and body relaxation.
- Glass Slipper: This potent, sativa-dominant hybrid is not for the faint of heart! Glass Slipper comes on fast and sticks around for hours by promoting deep and a relaxed mind minus the anxiety caused by many other potent sativa strains. Though primarily a cerebral high, this Netherlands original can flatten-out users when doses are too high so be careful and only take the recommended dose of this one.