Depression is a serious mental disorder that affects over 350 million people worldwide. It is typically defined as going through at least two weeks of “low mood” which remains constant through most situations. These types of mood disorders are typically accompanied by varying feelings of low self-esteem and/or self-worth, low energy, loss of interest in normally pleasant activities, and sometimes mysterious aches and pains that do not have a clear physical cause. Luckily, there are a number of different cannabis strains available that can be used in order to treat depression and its symptoms. In order to help out those enthusiasts that may be struggling with depression and related issues, we’ve put together a list of some of the best cannabis strains for fighting these types of mood disorders. Bear in mind that more research needs to be conducted on marijuana to understand all the ways it affects depression both negatively and positively.
The Harlequin is a high CBD content, sativa-dominant strain with minimal psychoactive effects that provides a very mellow high that’s great to stay focused without making your thoughts race. While most cannabis strains that produce euphoria are typically high in THC content, the Harlequin has a 1 to1 ratio between CBD and THC so it will help improve your mood as well as relieving any of the physical symptoms that are often associated with depression such as aches and pains.
The world famous Jack Herer is a particularly potent sativa dominant strain that is perfect for those seeking mental stimulation without losing out on focus. Despite its higher than usual THC content, it is still a good choice for enthusiasts that are suffering from depression while providing you with all of the usual benefits of a sativa strain. It also has a higher than usual concentration of the terpene known as limonene which has shown to be very effective for helping improve a person’s mood.
One of the most popular strains around, Northern Lights is a full indica strain that helps slow both your body and mind, helping to at least temporarily get rid of intrusive thoughts and compulsions. Its fans report feeling relaxed, euphoric, happy, and uplifted and it is one of the best cannabis strains for treating insomnia which often accompanies many forms of depression.
Named after everyone’s favorite dancing clown, Pennywise is a cross of the CBD-rich Harlequin and Jack the Ripper. The smoke has a prominent piney taste and despite being an indica, it provides a mentally clear high. Due to its high CBD content it is an effective form of treatment for depression and is known to give a mellow high to help you get through even the worst of days.
The inspiration behind the 2008 stoner comedy, the Pineapple Express strain is a sativa-dominant hybrid that provides a lasting energetic buzz. Not only does this bud taste like pineapple, it has a hint of pine and cedar and often smells like mango. Like the Jack Herer strain, Pineapple Express also contains a high amount of the terpene limonene so the high is usually very uplifting and can quickly improve your mood.
Have you tried any of these depression fighting strains before? Are there any that you would add to the list?