Cannabis can help with depression through a number of cannabinoids and terpenes that work together through the Entourage Effect. One of the main ways cannabis combats depression is due to the positive effect CBD has on the production of serotonin by acting on the 5HT1A receptors in the brain. This effect is amplified by terpenes such as limonene and caryophyllene. 

THC, on its own, acts on the CB1/CB2 receptors, creating a buffer against depression due to its psychoactive effect (in low to medium doses). Together, THC and CBD can alleviate the major symptoms of depression like; insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite and chronic pain.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO more than 300 million people across the world experience depression. If you’re experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, chronic stress and or a lack of appetite and sleep, there is a distinct possibility that you could be one of those millions who is currently fighting depression.

But have you considered the possibility that medical marijuana could actually be used to treat depression?

The common symptoms of depression include continuous low mood or sadness, feeling hopeless and helpless, having low self-esteem and or feelings of anxiety.

While pharmaceutical drugs remain the most common treatments for depression, many more people are now considering several alternatives like medical cannabis. 

Indeed, in recent years, a growing body of scientific research has come to light, indicating strongly that medical marijuana has serious potential in helping to reduce the symptoms related to depression.

Research Highlights the Efficacy of Cannabis as a Treatment for Depression

The fascinating world of cannabis health continues to arouse the curiosity of scientists around the globe. As such, it was only natural for them to study the potential effects and medical benefits that medical cannabis could have when used as a treatment for the depression crisis that seems to be engulfing so much of our planet.

In September of 2019, a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, suggested that inhaling cannabis can significantly reduce short-term levels of depression. Of those taking part in the analysis, 89.3% experienced a significant reduction in feelings of depression. 

The analysis also revealed that cannabis was effective in reducing anxiety (over the short-term) and stress. Another study conducted in 2014 was carried out to understand the effects of CBD, one of the dominant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. The analysis revealed that CBD interacted with the serotonin receptors in our brain, which, in turn, helped to lower anxiety and depression levels. 

As the level of research on cannabis increases, It is now thought that it could potentially help with depression relief through a number of cannabinoids and terpenes contained within the plant that synergise through the Entourage Effect. 

The Best Marijuana Strains for Depression 

There are many strains that may help in curbing depression symptoms due to the chemical balance of cannabinoids and cannabis terpenes displayed in the cannabis plant. 

With research and user testimony indicating that medical marijuana has the potential to treat depression, many people have started using different marijuana strains as an alternative treatment for the condition. For beginners, it can be a bit daunting trying to understand the differences between indica strains, sativa strains and CBD strains. 

Indeed, understanding the type of cannabis strains best suited to your needs is vital when using medical marijuana so, to help you on your way, we have compiled a list of some of the best strains for treating depression.

Pineapple Express

An increasingly popular choice and one of the best strains for treating depression is the world-famous hybrid Pineapple Express. This wonderfully uplifting strain boasts the combination of effectiveness and flavour or its parents, Trainwreck and Hawaiian.

The heavy-hitting combination of Trainwreck and Hawaiian produces a wonderful Sativa dominant hybrid with a THC ratio somewhere between 17-20% with low CBD readings of less than 1%.

With a terpene profile that contains caryophyllene, limonene and myrcene, this hugely popular cannabis cup winner can help to energize the body, and improve productivity, making it an excellent strain to treat depression.

Blue Dream

A Sativa dominant hybrid, with high levels of THC, Blue Dream is thought to be one of the best strains for relaxing both mind and body which also makes it one of the best cannabis strains for depression. 

With a high THC ratio (approaching 20%) Blue Dream is one of the more potent strains and thought to be particularly effective in the treatment of stress and depression. Blue Dream ́s terpene profile shows high levels of limonene, pinene, and myrcene that may help to control mood disorders.

A cross of Blueberry with Haze, Blue Dream is a sativa strain that achieves full-body relaxation with some subtle cerebral stimulation. With a sweet berry aroma similar to that of its Blueberry parent, Blue Dream can help to treat depression without any heavy sedative effects. As such, Blue Dream is a popular daytime medicine for those looking for a little depression relief. 

Sour Diesel

Commonly known as Sour D, this fantastic hybrid strain has the potential to aid several stress disorders, including physical pain, and, depression and anxiety.

Another sativa strain, this time a  Sativa dominant hybrid that is said to have descended from Chemdog 91 and Super Skunk, Sour Diesel is rich in terpenes caryophyllene, myrcene, and limonene that lend itself to this strains peppery, citrus-like aroma and taste. This fast-acting behemoth can produce energising cerebral effects that have made Sour Diesel a legendary strain amongst cannabis enthusiasts and medical patients looking to treat mood disorders.

With a high THC ratio between 16 and 20%,  Sour Diesel has the potential to lift your mood and energy levels, making it a great cannabis strain that could provide a strong antidepressant effect for those suffering from depression. 

Jack Herer

A descendant of Shiva Skunk and Northern Lights #5. Jack Herer is a wildly popular hybrid strain that is famed for its uplifting qualities and antidepressant effect that is said to induce both happiness and creativity.

This type of strain, a Sativa dominant hybrid, is favoured by many for their stress-relieving effects as well as their balanced blend of sativa and indica effects.

Jack Herer’s THC ratio usually sits around 15 to 20%, with its dominant terpenes terpinolene, limonene and pinene thought to be particularly useful in boosting mood and focus. With a rich, piney, woody aroma, Jack Herer is a smooth yet potent strain and amongst seasoned marijuana users, remains one of the best strains for treating depression and reducing anxiety. 

Other strains worthy of a mention include OG Kush Seeds, Super Silver Haze Seeds and any of the classic Cookies strains which can all prove to be potentially effective in reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Indeed, the potential benefits of cannabis on the mind and body seem to be endless so If you ́re one of the millions suffering from depression and you’re interested in growing your own cannabis to help treat depression, please visit our growing community for more information on our huge selection of award-winning and popular strains for depression relief.

We have a vast range of seeds including sativa and indica strains, CBD strains, CBD oils and much more to choose from including popular strains like Mango Kush, Girl Scout Cookies and Northern lights.

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    Northern Lights #5 x Haze

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    This sativa-dominant hybrid combines the best of both Haze and Northern Lights 5#. Opposites seem to attract, as this marriage created a brilliant strain, which will remain in the hall of fame for years to come.

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    Brought to you by Sensi Seeds, Mother’s Finest is a classic sativa-dominant hybrid that offers impressive yields and high resin production. 

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    This Amsterdam born strain is famous for its strong, cerebral effects. With a very high THC content averaging over 20%, this potent, sativa-leaning hybrid is best suited to experienced cannaisseurs.

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    “Easy on beginners” is the best way to describe California Orange Bud, both in cultivation and effect. This classic award-winning strain will brighten up your day like the Californian mid-summer sun.

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    As a crossbreed of Cali Orange Bud and an Afghani Indica, this California Indica hybrid brings some weight to the ever popular OB phenotype. The unique mix also brings about some interesting grow characteristics.

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    Casey Jones, the legendary strain named after a legendary American folk hero. Famed for its uplifting sativa traits, it is the perfect day-time strain.

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    Fruit Spirit is a balanced 60% sativa hybrid full of explosive fruity flavours and is one of the easiest strains to grow. She is a distinct phenotype of the legendary White Widow from Amsterdam, so if you want a blast from the past that’s also perfect for beginner growers, Fruit Spirit is the ideal choice. For all those who love smooth, fruity blueberry and red cherry flavours, be prepared to be inspired by Fruit Spirit.

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