If you’re suffering from depression, cannabis could be an excellent natural treatment to ease or even eliminate your mental strain. Depression can be caused by an imbalance in brain chemistry, and studies have shown a lack of serotonin can be to blame. Cannabis – specifically the compound THC – can help kick-start the production of this essential neurotransmitter, relieving depression.
There are two primary types of cannabis: sativa and indica. The former often acts as an energizing stimulant, while the latter is more relaxing, and is responsible for that “couch-lock” effect you may have heard about. Knowing this, it is unsurprising that sativa-dominant cannabis strains are the best choice for treating depression.
Once your options have been narrowed to sativa-dominant strains, you can still choose between THC and CBD. THC has been shown to increase serotonin production, but CBD can also act as an anti-depressant, though there is less research available explaining the science behind this.
However, in recent years, several studies dealing with cannabis and depression have been published, and they all point to the fact that it’s neither indica nor sativa that are good for depression, but rather their active compounds—THC and CBD.
If your periods of depression come on quickly and you are seeking immediate relief for your symptoms, smoke or vaporize your cannabis products in the form of the classic flower or “bud”. By ingesting the medication in this manner, the cannabinoids (THC and CBD) will enter your bloodstream instantaneously, and get to work right away.