Depression is a mental health disorder that can lead to sleep problems, mood swings, lack of concentration, etc. Medical studies and anecdotal evidence say that cannabis can help ease these symptoms effectively. To reduce the risks of overdose or other health issues, it’s important to learn how to use the herb right. In other words, you need to select the right products with optimal levels of THC and CBD.
Here are the top 6 cannabis strains for depression you can buy using your medical cannabis card.
1 Jack Herer
It’s a THC-dominant strain, which uplifts mood, and keeps you happy and motivated throughout the day. The strain is effective in fighting anxiety and depression. Jack Herer is perfect for morning-time use. You can use this strain to improve comfort and motivation on stressful days. Many users report boosting focus and refreshing mind after consuming this strain. It contains terpinolene, caryophyllene, and pinene—terpenes responsible for taste and aroma. It has different flavors—pine, earthy, and woody. If grown indoors, Jack Herer takes around 50-70 days to flower.
It contains balanced THC and CBD content, thus you can receive medicinal effects of both these cannabinoids. However, CBD in some cases helps in alleviating anxiety and other health issues associated with THC. The strain has limonene and beta-caryophyllene, which are known for delivering calming effects. When you consume this strain, your mood will get boosted and you are able to get off depression symptoms. The strain is also beneficial for reducing inflammation and seizures. Harlequin flavors are—sweet mango and earthy musk.
3 Granddaddy Purple
It was introduced by Ken Estes in 2003. Granddaddy Purple benefits are anxiety relief, pain management, depression, muscle spasms, and lack of appetite. This strain can help you boost concentration and relax your body. You can use it to calm your mind before going to bed.
Granddaddy Purple contains 20-27 percent THC while CBD levels are 1 percent. You can purchase various cannabis products with this strain, such as edibles, flowers, concentrates, etc. It provides massive yields, and the flowering time is 2 months. If you want to increase your grow limits to 99 plants, apply for a medical marijuana grower license.
4 Northern Lights
It’s popular for its spicy, sweet aromas. It contains high levels of THC, which can help relax the body and mind with ultimate intoxicating effects. The strain is helpful for patients with sleep problems. Northern Lights makes you feel like wrapped in a blanket and sleep comfortably. When using this strain, be careful with the dose to avoid risks such as hangover. One plant of Northern Lights can produce up to 100 mg of cannabis. The plants take 6-8 weeks to flower.
Cannatonic is a hybrid strain with low THC and high CBD levels. This strain can help you boost your mood, thus it can be used for treating depression and other psychological conditions. It provides uplifting and relaxing effects and is perfect for patients with muscle spasms, migraine, pain, etc. Cannatonic can help you relieve all your tensions and get a good night’s sleep. Primary terpenes present in this strain are myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene. You can use Cannatonic in the morning, day, or night. Smoke it, vape it, or ingest it.
6 Charlotte’s Web
Another great strain for depression with high levels of CBD. Individuals who are prone to THC-induced paranoia can use Charlotte’s Web to receive mood-boosting effects. It is packed with myrcene, caryophyllene, and pinene. If you haven’t used cannabis before, start slow and talk to a board-certified doctor for any medical concerns.
Marijuana is effective in fighting anxiety, depression, stress, and other mental illnesses by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. It’s important to note that marijuana use may cause certain side-effects, such as cannabis overdose. So, you should learn how to use the herb right by selecting the right strains and dosage. For beginners, we recommend using high-CBD strains, such as Charlotte’s Web. Start with a low dose and increase gradually.
See a doctor online to apply for a medical marijuana card in three simple steps-
- Fill a form online
- Talk to a licensed doctor through the HIPAA-compliant software
- Receive MMJ recs in PDF format via email