Depression is About to Get Harder — But You Can Fight It!

For many suffering from seasonal depression, this is the hardest time of the year. The good news is that there are plenty of cannabis options that can help you cope with the darkening days.

And as if December hasn’t been crazy enough in Canada. With the erratic weather, Mercury going into retrograde, the dispensaries fight in court, the last push for legalization and battling the winter blues. Depression is hard to fight all year round but topped with the season it doesn’t make it easy.

Sure there are ways to beat seasonal depression. Exercise, eat well, get sun, and do what makes you feel good. And while those are all great, it is unrealistic to the holiday season. However, cannabis is now being used as an alternative to help treat depression.

The study analyzed 12,000 anonymous Strainprint entries for depression, anxiety, and stress.  (Image via Getty)
The study analyzed 12,000 anonymous Strainprint entries for depression, anxiety, and stress. (Image via Getty)

Using Marijuana for Depression

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. It causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems that can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. Fortunately, it is also treatable.

Using marijuana to treat depression is tricky. It’s a drug that acts as both a stimulant and depressant. One’s experience will largely vary based on one’s choice of strain, consumption method, and dosage.

A lot of the science shows that using marijuana for depression can lead to dependence and triggers. Also, as of right now there is no perfect way to measure and test consumption of THC or CBD until the laws pass and regulations can be made. On the other hand, more and more are using it anyways for medicinal purposes. But now, patients seeing it as a way to help several medical symptoms including depression.

Strains To Try Out

Marijuana for depression
Effects and Attributes.

via Leafly

Super Silver Haze: Northern Lights x Haze x Skunk No. 1

This award-winning Sativa strain is a beautiful and sticky uplifting bud. Not only is Super Silver Haze a fantastic Sativa for depression and fatigue, it’s easy to find in most major markets. Citrus flavors lead the delivery of lightweight, blissful effects that give your mood and energy a long lasting high. Try it with a Juicy Jay paper and roll up a nice joint.

Content: THC: 8-24%, CBD: 0.04-14%

Chocolope: Chocolate Thai x Cannalope Haze

This hefty earthy strain is the “hand that helps you up out of bed” when the dark sky tricks you into chronic napping. For people who struggle with fatigue, this Sativa has become a medicine cabinet essential. Chocolope has a strong euphoric effect that helps in the mental shift for depression. Goes well with a Honey Bourbon or Black N’ Sweet Backwoods.

Content: THC: 18-21% , CBD: 0.02%-1%

Cinex: Cinderella 99 x Vortex

On the hard days, writing, art, and cooking can be a very therapeutic way to deal with depression.  Cinex wakes up your creativity, focus, and engagement, and can help you find the motivation to get through the day. With a sweet citrus mixed with an earthy skunk, it is perfect for stimulating creative energy. Try this Sativa in a bowl with some hash and see how it will also suppress pain.

CBD is also excellent for treating Depression

CBD is used to treat depression and anxiety.
Properties of the marijuana plant.

via Smoking With Style

High-CBD flowers, edibles, and capsules are available in many different ratios. Cannabidiol is about homeostasis rather than euphoria. CBD generally takes people to a base level where they can be functional and calm without the grogginess. With THC, micro-dosing is key — the goal is to find the optimal amount of balance and relief in the body. It’s important to note that large amounts of high-ratio CBD can act as a depressant.