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Using Cannabis for Depression
We’re often asked, “is cannabis a hallucinogen, stimulant, or depressant?”
The answer is not straight forward. Studies have shown that depending on the strain of marijuana and the person using it, cannabis can act as each. Every person has a unique body chemistry, sensitivities and emotional makeup, and the same strain can affect everyone differently. The same strain may even produce differing results at different times.
Having said that, some strains have properties that induce sleepiness, while other strains can make the user feel energized. There are few cases where the user hallucinates, but it can happen.
Despite the variations of possible responses, the use of cannabis as a treatment for depression is on the rise.
How Cannabis Alleviates Depression
Researchers are delving into the medicinal attributes of cannabis, and more information is becoming available on the specific illnesses which can be successfully treated with marijuana or derivatives of it, such as cannabis oil.
Using cannabis for bipolar depression has become more common. The most notable reason is because sufferers are faced with adverse side effects from many types of prescription medication.
Cannabis helps alleviate depression because many strains of cannabis give you feelings of happiness and euphoria. At the very least there are some that make you feel uplifted or sometimes giddy.
Is Cannabis Better than Anti-Depressants?
Using cannabis to treat depression can often be a better than using pharmaceutical anti-depressants because the side effects of cannabis are less harmful. For example, Zoloft can cause worse side effects than the symptoms you are trying to treat.
If you are currently using anti-depressants and you do decide to use cannabis, the usage of, strains and dosages should be discussed with your primary care physician.
Best Cannabis Strains for Depression
There are quite a few strains available and there seem to be more every year. It is very difficult to keep up with all of them, so this is where we help you out by listing the top five cannabis strains being used for depression:
- AK-47 is a hybrid used to treat depression, stress, and anxiety.
- Jilly Bean is an energizing hybrid that can treat depression.
- Lemon Haze is a potent variety that is uplifting and excellent for treating depression.
- Jack Herer creates uplifting feelings of happiness and creativity good for depression.
- Harlequin is great for enhancing focus and treating depression.
Cannabis is Going Mainstream
As more research and studies reveal the effectiveness of cannabis for treating a variety of conditions, more people will choose to use it to relieve chronic conditions rather than risk becoming addicted to pharmaceutical drugs and pain killers.
Be Sure to Ask Questions
You want to get the strain that will work the best for you and whatever condition you suffer. Our staff can answer your questions and steer you towards the right strain and consumption method. Be sure to ask how to use cannabis oil for depression because getting the wrong strain will not be as helpful for you. No matter the amount you use, you will gain some relief.
Shifting Public Opinion on Cannabis
In Canada and around the world, there is a seismic shift of opinion about cannabis and the people who use it. It has been a long haul to reach the point where the general public no longer sees cannabis as an “evil” or “gateway” drug due to decades of negative stereotypes. Now, new and continuing research is reporting on the profound medicinal benefits in cannabis.
History of Cannabis Use
Cannabis was being prescribed by some doctors in the early 80’s – even while it was illegal – as they and their patients realized the benefits of this amazing plant far outweighed the legal risks of using it. This despite the fact that nearly seventy years (from 1923 to 2001) of negative rhetoric and millions spent on propaganda had effectively silenced news of the true benefits of proper use.
The Legal Status of Marijuana
Cannabis Becomes Legal in Canada
In Canada, the groundswell of public opinion encouraged lawmakers to realize they could legalize marijuana without jeopardizing their careers; first for medical purposes in 2001, then for recreational use in late 2017.
Cannabis’ Legal Status in the United States
While about half the States in the U.S. have legalized medical use of marijuana and 13 States have legalized recreational use (as of July 2019)1, Canadians need to be aware they must not travel over the border into the U.S. with marijuana. States that have legalized either recreational or medical marijuana have done so in direct conflict with the federal government. The border is controlled at the Federal level, which still is classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that the government believes it to have no medical use and a high potential for abuse; as bad as heroin and worse than methamphetamine. Cultivating, distributing and possessing marijuana violates federal drug laws. Getting caught with marijuana in most of United States still lands you in jail.
Cannabis’ Legal Status Around the World
Recreational pot use is gaining acceptance around the globe, though there are still relatively few places where it is fully legal:
- Uruguay became the first country to fully legalize marijuana in 2013 and last year began allowing sales in local pharmacies.
- In Peru possession of marijuana isn’t punished if it’s for personal use.
- In Spain, citizens aren’t penalized for growing or consuming privately, though sales are technically illegal.
- In the Netherlands, it’s still technically illegal, but authorities turn a blind eye. Only citizens can buy marijuana, though Amsterdam’s infamous coffee shops are exempt from that rule.
The Drive to Legalize Cannabis
It may surprise you to know the overriding interest in legalization is not for recreational use, but rather for medical use. Top reasons cited for potential cannabis consumption included treatment of chronic pain, mental-health improvement, treatment of minor injuries, sleep aid and relaxation.