Tis the season y’all , the season for depression. All around the world people are slowly leaving gifts and lights behind and trudging on into deep winter. This means shorter days, less sunlight, and for many, a severe lack of vitamin D. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that has heightened symptoms during the winter months. SAD is a kind of major depressive disorder that is caused by the reduction of sunlight, the lack of available food, and difficulties in surviving the cold weather. Those who suffer from SAD will find that during winter our internal clock is disrupted in such a way that can make some of us feel depressed.
Depression is a common and serious condition, but it can be treated with (drum roll please)…CANNABIS! Yes, cannabis can be a valuable tool for those battling with depression, especially in the winter months. It can help our brain produce dopamine, serotonin, and anandamide; all of which are out of balance during bouts of depression. Inhaling or ingesting cannabis or cannabis products can help our brain to naturally produce these compounds. Some studies on rats also showed that endocannabinoids can greatly reduce stress, which positively affects those dealing with SAD. While cannabis is can be very benefical, it is important that we use a strain that has a cannabinoid ratio ideal for treating symptoms of depression.
The reason that treating SAD with cannabis is so precarious is because certain types of flowers can work both as a depressant and a stimulant. Because of this, the right cannabis medicine for one person’s depression could be slightly different from another. When searching for a cannabis strain that will help with the serious mood disorder ask a professional for something that incites the desired effects.
Look for a cannabis strain that creates:
These effects are often found in plants that are referred to as ‘Sativas’. However, this nomenclature of ‘Indica’ and ‘Sativa’ is outdated, as some can be uplifting and focused while others are somewhat psychedelic and whimsical. It is also possible for sativa strains to provoke anxious feelings. More research has emerged that shows the different effects we feel are actually based on the terpene content in the buds.
Limonene and beta-caryophyllene are the terps commonly used in relieving depression. To find a cultivar that has a lot of either of these, buy cannabis flowers that have been tested for terpene content. Since this isn’t readily available in all markets, limonene can be spotted by its fresh, lemon scent. Jack Herer, XJ-13, Super Lemon Haze, and Durban Poison varietals tend to test with recognizable quantities of Limonene. Beta-caryophyllene presents itself as a pungent black peppered smell. Bubba Kush, OG Kush, and Skywalker all tend to test with robust amounts of this uplifting terpene. Flowers with large quantities of these terpenes should prove valuable for helping treat symptoms of SAD.