Depression is just one mental health issue that is coming into the spotlight as a result of COVID-19 and lengthy pandemic lockdowns. There are numerous treatments available for depression, one of which being medical cannabis. The right strains of weed can help you combat depression and keep the blues at bay, either alone or in conjunction with traditional mental health treatment.
Here are the top 10 cannabis strains for depression.
1. Mr. Clean
Mr. Clean is a marijuana strain that is named for its ability to “scrub out bad moods.” It crosses The Cube with Lime Skunk that creates a strong aroma of lemony-cleaner. It offers a euphoric but clear-headed buzz that makes for a great morning smoke, especially with a cup of tea or coffee.
2. Strawberry Cough
Strawberry Cough is a long-treasured weed strain with unknown origins but is prized for its ability to make even the most seasoned toker cough get off. Its dominant terpene is myrcene, which packs a heavy punch against depression while leaving the consumer energized and smiling.
3. Pineapple Express
Generally, any weed strains that are fruity or lemony are going to be an excellent choice to combat depression. Pineapple Express crosses Hawaiian with Trainwreck and it became a household moniker after the movie of the same name was released in 2008. It’s a mid-level THC producer that gives users a boost without feeling too racy or buzzy.
4. Blue Dream
Blue Dream is one of the most well-known marijuana strains for anxiety, but it’s also useful for depression and for cannabis users that struggle with both. It produces a strong, euphoric body high that relaxes without heavy sedation, making it ideal for both day and nighttime use.
5. Sour Diesel
Sour Diesel, also called Sour D or just Sour, is a Sativa-leaning hybrid that creates powerful mental stimulation guaranteed to get anyone out of bed and going for the day. It’s energizing yet dreamy, making you feel euphoric yet ready to tackle what you’ve been putting off. Sour Diesel is dominant in caryophyllene and is a cross between the popular weed strains Super Skunk and Chemdawg. Naturally, it has a grassy flavour that can have a harsh aftertaste, but it certainly gets the job done.
6. Green Crack
Green Crack earns its name as being one of the most uplifting and buzzy pot strains around. It has a fruity, mango-like flavour and aroma and does an excellent job of combating fatigue and negative feelings that come with depression. Its top reported effects are feeling happy and euphoric, making it perfect for a morning smoke to get you through the entire day.
7. Lemon Haze
This weed strain is dominant in myrcene and promises an energizing high right out of the gate with your first puff. The cross between Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk produces a weed strain that tastes and smells nearly identical to the fresh, bitter peel of a lemon. It tastes like it smells, creating an uplifting experience reminiscent of summer sunshine.
8. Girl Scout Cookies
Girl Scout Cookies, or GSC, is a cannabis strain that has been rising in popularity for its powerful effects on combating depression and filtering out negative thoughts and moods. This indica-dominant strain crosses Durban Poison with OG Kush to create a euphoric body high that can be difficult to find. Because it is an indica-dominant cannabis strain, in larger doses it can induce sleepiness and may not be a good choice for individuals who suffer from fatigue.
9. Super Silver Haze
Super Silver Haze, bred by Green House Seeds, is a triple cross of Haze, Skunk, and Northern Lights that packs a punch against depression. Its long-lasting high is both energetic and relaxing, stimulating creativity and preventing couch lock while lifting you out of worry and racing negative thoughts. As a powerful sativa, use it with caution if you also struggle with anxiety.
10. Maui Wowie
Maui Wowie is an old favorite that automatically evokes feelings of relaxing on the beach with a pina colada in hand just upon hearing its name. This marijuana strain is a cross between the delicious Hawaiian strain and another unknown plant, and is prized for its tropical aroma and flavors and its ability to nearly instantly transport you out of a bad mood.
Using the right weed strains to combat depression can help you get through bad days and have more good days. Whether you struggle with occasional short bouts of depression or you have clinical depression that doesn’t seem to let up for weeks or even months on end, cannabis may be able to help you. Always discuss treatment regimens with your doctor and never stop or start taking the medication without first getting the go-ahead from a professional medical practitioner.