Gloomy weather and election season got you down? Why not step away from the wine (which we all know is a depressant) and lift your spirits with some elevating cannabis instead?
The relationship between cannabis and depression has been controversial in recent years, with doctors debating whether it really helps or not. Self-medicating with marijuana may sound a little risky to some, but it's a much safer alternative to pharmaceuticals. Just remember, when treating depression with cannabis, you'll get the best results from a strain with higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC—responsible for most of marijuana's psychoactive effects, high levels of THC can significantly worsen symptoms of depression and mental illness. CBD, on the other hand, has no such effect on the brain; the non-psychoactive property in cannabis is instead known for its ability to boost mental positivity, heal, and relieve pain. When shopping for strains, keep a eye out for indica dominant strains, which are known for lower levels of THC and soothing effects.
Here are five cannabis strains that promise to bring you into the sunshine.
This sweet, tropical sativa hybrid is known for upping energy levels and excels at boosting a positive state of mind with a lasting effects.
A berry-flavored pure sativa, Strawberry Cough is believed to be one of the most soothing strains of cannabis, capable of calming depression and jumpstarting creativity. Get out of bed and accomplish something fun!
Born of Jack Herer and The Cleaner, this citrus-scented sativa-dominant hybrid, when consumed in small doses, will help you remember the things you love to do, clearing your mind and helping you focus on what's important.
OG Kush is an iconic, earthy hybrid well known for stimulating the appetite. If low spirits have you living on crackers, this Kush promises the munchies as well as the added benefit of soothing stress.
Known for being a smooth high, Grapefruit Kush seems almost tailor-made to target depression, lending a jolt of euphoria without the paranoia. GK will give you both the physical energy and mental clarity you need to tackle the day.