Treating Depression Using Cannabinoids

Depression can be short or long term and can have emotional, behavioural, and physical symptoms. There is a lot of guilt for those living with depression, but there is help to be found. The fact is about “1 in 10 Canadians will experience an episode of major depressive disorder…during their lifetime” (depressionhurts.ca).

 

There are four types of depression: Major Depressive Disorder, Seasonal Depression, Postpartum Depression, and Bereavement. With help, depression can be treated with various options available.

 

When looking at cannabis to help with depression it is important to try a few different varieties to find your best fit. Usually Sativa or Sativa dominant hybrids are ideal, as they will give an uplifted feeling and provide energy to get up and go. CBD can play an important role, and strains that have a higher ratio of CBD to THC can be useful. Every body will metabolize cannabinoids differently, and that is why it is important to experiment with a variety of strains to discover what is going to help you.

 

Terpenes are the aromatic oils found in the plant, and can play a role in helping with various issues. These oils vary based on the variety and can change with age, soil, weather, and even time of day. The best terpene for use with depression is limonene. Many Licensed Providers will provide a Terpography of their cannabis strains so that you can choose one that contains higher amounts of limonene. Limonene has a citrus smell, like lemons. If you are vaporizing, you should notice a slight citrus flavour. It is uplifting, and can help to improve moods.

 

Overall, marijuana can be a useful tool to support you in treating your depression. As always, start low and go slow!

 

Payan, Sara. “Alleviating Anxiety & Depression with Cannabis.” Cannabis Now, 17 July 2018, cannabisnow.com/alleviating-anxiety-cannabis/.

 

Rahn, Bailey. “The Best Cannabis Strains for Depression.” Leafly, 31 May 2018, www.leafly.com/news/strains-products/best-cannabis-strains-for-depression.

 

“What Is Depression?” DepressionHurts.ca – Causes of Depression, depressionhurts.ca/en/about/.

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