Updated on June 11, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Treatment is key for patients with major depression. Often those with the disorder feel like it’s something they have to manage on their own, or they’re afraid of people viewing them differently. For this reason, they keep their depressive feelings hidden. Unfortunately, without treatment, depression symptoms can worsen and lead to serious health risks or even thoughts of suicide.
Luckily, depression is becoming less stigmatized than it once was. We understand now that it is a serious mental health issue that can be treated. There are several categories of symptoms that affect every part of a patient’s life, including cognitive symptoms, behavioral changes, whole body symptoms and sleep disturbances. One aspect of depression that may be difficult to manage is the effects it has on a patient’s mood.
With the discovery of the intrinsic role the endocannabinoid system plays in mood modulation, cannabinoid therapy may be the key to treating depression. If you’re in a state with an expansive selection of medical marijuana treatments, you may be wondering which strains work best.
Although not an outward symptom, one aspect of depression that severely impacts patients’ lives is how it changes and alters mood. In fact, the disorder is characterized by persistent feelings of melancholy that can affect daily activities. There are many ways depression can influence mood, including:
Changes in a patient’s mood are one of the symptoms mental health professionals look for before they diagnose a patient with depression.
Cannabis has a variety of effects, depending on which strain you choose. There are three major types of strains: indica, sativa and hybrid. Indicas are known for their soothing side effects, while sativas are often used to provide a boost of energy. Hybrids have a combination of effects and take aspects of both types of strains.
If you’re looking to improve your mood, here are five strains known to help fight the effects of depression:
If you feel medical marijuana would be an effective treatment for your depression and would like to learn more about its mood-elevating effects, be sure to make an appointment with a marijuana doctor in your state. They can assess your condition to see if you qualify for treatments and help you come up with a treatment plan. They may even have their own strain recommendations.