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It’s hard to be depressed when you’re happy – at least, temporarily happy.
But depression is a clinical diagnosis and a difficult, long-term mental health issue. That means treating it takes a lot more than consuming something that will briefly make you feel happy.
In specific terms, firing up a bowl isn’t “the answer” when you’re depressed. Even strains known for their ability to provide a sense of euphoria and happiness are only briefly masking the symptoms of a serious health problem.
That doesn’t mean that cannabis can’t be an effective treatment for depression. Apparently, it can, according to a number of credible research studies done over the last 15 years.
What’s most important, though, is choosing the right strain of weed.
You don’t hear much talk about endocannabinoids in stoner circles, but they may be the key to unlocking the full potential of marijuana to treat depression.
Endocannabinoids are chemicals naturally produced in the brain, and they affect everything from our behavior and emotions to control our bodies. Scientists believe that stress can disrupt the brain’s ability to produce those crucial chemicals, and a deficit in endocannabinoids can potentially lead to depressive disorders.
As you’ve probably guessed, endocannabinoids are very similar in their makeup to cannabinoids like THC and CBD in pot, and they each bind to the same receptors. So, the thinking goes, smoking weed and ingesting those cannabinoids may help restore the endocannabinoid system to normal, thereby reducing or relieving depression symptoms.
That’s all theory at this point. But it’s backed up by the experience of users.
THC, CBD, Terpenes, and Depression
We’ve already mentioned studies on cannabis and depression. Several animal studies are particularly interesting because they each showed that THC may stimulate the body’s production of serotonin – the same mechanism used by SSRIs like Lexapro and Paxil to fight depression.
The studies reported a downside as well, though: high doses of THC in cannabis could actually worsen depression. That makes sense since other research studies have already shown that heavy use of cannabis can lead to depression or an increase in its severity. In addition, anecdotal evidence is pretty clear that THC can increase and worsen existing anxiety in some users, even leading to panic attacks.