Depression. It is an overwhelming feeling of sadness that persists over an extended period of time. With more research being done and individual testimonies, marijuana for depression is becoming more well known as a relief. For veterans that are depressed, medical marijuana is a viable respite for their spirit.
Depression knows no boundaries. Over a lifetime, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the risk of depression is around 17 percent. And veterans are no exception. In fact, the Veteran’s Administration National Registry for Depression reports that 11% of senior veterans (over 65 years old) have been diagnosed with a major depressive disorder.
If you are a veteran that is considering using marijuana for depression symptoms there is some very important information you need to know before embarking on this medicinal natural therapy.
Research on Medical Marijuana for Depression
Any type of cannabis research has been drawn-out in coming. Nevertheless, slowly but surely things are progressing. The University of Buffalo Institute on Addiction has published research on marijuana for depression. They have concluded that marijuana shows promise as a treatment for depression. The study is one of several that has taken a look at whether the drug is beneficial in dealing with depression and the symptoms that come with it and how cannabis can affect the brain
…neuroimagine studies should provide very interesting results to elucidate the role of the endocannabinoid system in the different phases of mood disorders.
Strains Matter when Treating Depression Symptoms
Back in the day, no one was too concerned or even knew, about different cannabis strains. The legalization of medical marijuana has brought more in depth studies of strains and developing those that work better for different ailments.
Before using marijuana for depression, it is best to know the cannabis strains and how different strains can help depression and other relatable conditions. Certain cannabis strains are better suited for treating depression. The cannabinoids and terpenes in medical marijuana strains can make a big difference!
What Strains of Marijuana are the best for Depression and Related Symptoms?
To put it bluntly, it is amazing how cannabis works. Some cannabis strains work best to improve your focus, some help battle fatigue, some improve moods, and others still can lessen anxiety. Those that when depressed lose their appetite may find that some strains more than others help increase their appetite.
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Depression touches many aspects of life. Some strains are known to help with poor sleep patterns and insomnia. Since everyone is different, it may even take a little bit of trial and error to locate the strain that works for your symptoms. That’s normal…so don’t give up if one strain doesn’t provide the desired relief.
Cannabis for Anxiety
Many veterans have difficulty transitioning from military to civilian life or have PTSD from their experiences while serving. Feelings of anxiety and difficulty coping often occur.
If you have feelings of anxiousness, you need to be very cautious when choosing a cannabis strain. If you choose a strain with very high THC content, it can actually aggravate or increase those feelings. Strains that are higher in CBD with low levels of THC may work best for reducing anxiety.
Some strains that are recommended for anxiety include:
- Sour Tsunami
As previously mentioned depression can cause lack of appetite and not getting the proper nourishment. Certain strains can boost your appetite and encourage you to eat more. These are three strains that can help make you hungry.
- Lemon Kush
- Orange Skunk
- Grandaddy Purple
Cannabis and Insomnia
Sometimes it is hard to sleep when you are depressed. Certain strains of cannabis can help clear your feelings of depression and allow you to get much needed sleep. Not only can it help you fall asleep but it can provide a more peaceful and deeper sleep.
Strains that work well as a sleep aid are:
- Tahoe OG Kush
- Vanilla Kush
- Blackberry Kush
Improving your Mood with Marijuana for Depression
For mood enhancement, there are several cannabis strains that work well. These strains are generally rich in limonene, a helpful terpene that helps you be in an improved mood. These strains generally have a noticeable citrus smell – indicating the strain is high in limonene. Check out these three strains for elevating your mood:
- Jack Herer
- Pineapple Express
Fighting Fatigue and Helping you to Focus
If depression is causing you to have trouble focusing on the tasks at hand or you are feeling too fatigued to function properly, there are certain strains of marijuana that can help. Strains that have a high amount of pinene, a terpene that can promote better focus, should work well. These strains most often have a noticeable pine scent. Some excellent cannabis strains in this category are:
- True OG
The Great Debate. Sativa versus Indica versus Hybrid Strains
Before taking the step to use medical marijuana for depression you need to understand the difference between Indica, Sativa, and strains that are hybrids. The wider leafed Indicas can cause you to be less energetic and even drowsy. They are great for helping you sleep. The Sativas (narrow leafed) flowers usually have a more energetic experience. This is more than likely the strain you would use during the daytime.
Hybrid strains (a combination of Indica and Sativa plants) provide the characteristics of both strains.
Be careful with some strains of Sativa. They can cause anxiety, especially if you use too much. If that is the case for you, try to stay with an Indica or hybrid.
Whatever your symptoms of depression are, there are probably cannabis strains that can help you. For more strains that might help you, consult with your medical marijuana dispensary professional.