What is Depression?
Depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistent negative thoughts and feelings. Those who have depression oftentimes feel alone, irritable, inadequate, and out of place. If they are not treated, patients with depression can develop suicidal thoughts and tendencies.
How can marijuana help?
Most people are unaware that the human body naturally creates endocannabinoids that help regulate mood and stress levels. Patients who are suffering from depression oftentimes have an underactive endocannabinoid system, making them more susceptible to depressive tendencies. Even though the body naturally produces endocannabinoids on its own, phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids naturally found in cannabis) can be used as a supplement to restore the endocannabinoid system to healthy levels. The main phytocannabinoid that helps treat depression is THC. When THC activates the CB1 receptor (the main cannabinoid receptor in the brain), it produces sensations of euphoria, and it can help patients overcome their depressive thoughts. Studies performed on rats found that low dosages on synthetic THC helped treat depression. Other published studies also help confirm that THC can be used to improve mood in patients suffering from a number of ailments. Patients looking for a more controlled euphoria will want a strain containing CBD to help regulate the effects of THC.