Marijuana benefits individuals who suffer from health conditions that are accompanied by pain, appetite loss, insomnia, and fatigue. But marijuana benefits go beyond physical relief. Cannabis has a role in supporting emotional and mental well-being, too. Whether you’re using cannabis to treat clinical conditions like depression and anxiety or simply as an aid to get you through a rough patch in your life, getting high when you’re feeling low can actually be a wonderful way to treat yourself to a healing dose of optimism.
More of a Positive Outlook, Less Depression and Anxiety
There are many strains of cannabis out there that users have described as uplifting and appropriate choices for treating depression and anxiety. A solid option for combating both of these conditions is Blue Dream, a strain that elevates your mood with a calming, mellow high. Cannatonic, a hybrid high in CBD, is particularly suited as a treatment for anxiety as well as depression. The lower proportion of THC in this strain also makes it a good choice for individuals who aren’t looking to get high but still want to access the potent analgesic properties of THC.
Insomnia and Pain
Marijuana can deliver more than just a temporary dose of euphoria and optimism; it can address factors that underlie your depression and anxiety.
Don’t underestimate how important a good night of sleep is in supporting your ability to have a positive outlook on life. For one thing, insomnia is a significant factor in depression. The connection between depression and insomnia is so strong that treating your sleep dysfunction is actually an effective way to treat depression. A bong hit of an indica like Grandaddy Purple before bedtime ensures that you’ll be able to wind down and get some much-needed shuteye, with none of the side effects and interactions of prescription sleep aids and depression medications.
Pain is also closely tied to depression and anxiety. Pain patients, as a group, experience higher levels of anxiety and depression than the general public. Treating chronic symptoms of pain with long-term opioid use, while potentially effective, significantly increases an individual’s risk for a major depressive episode. Cannabis, on the other hand, is an effective way to reduce depression, anxiety, and pain, according to a study published last summer. Many medical cannabis patients even report improvements in quality of life after substituting or reducing their prescription drug use.
If stress is what’s keeping you down, the right strain of cannabis can be the perfect antidote. Taking a few hits of Laughing Buddha might initiate a healthy fit of giggles that allows you to take a step back from what’s troubling you, give you space to reset and approach your cares with a positive outlook.
Or, if your stress is rooted in having an endless laundry list of obligations, look to an energizing strain of sativa to crush your stress. Smoking a productive strain of cannabis like Green Crack will give you a functional high that helps you get things done. Sometimes all it takes is to check a few boxes off your to-do list to help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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