This exploration of cannabis and its potential impacts on anxiety and depression is tailored for the cannabis curious among us. If you’ve heard about the potential benefits of certain cannabis strains for people suffering with anxiety and depression and are looking for a quick primer, this blog is for you!
Exploring Cannabis and Mental Health: Cannabis Compounds and the Endocannabinoid System
At the heart of our introduction are two key cannabis compounds: THC and CBD. They interact with something called the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. Picture the endocannabinoid system as a vast network that plays a crucial role in balancing our mood and stress levels. It's like CBD gently nudges our systems, potentially helping us feel more at ease.
Cannabinoids and Mood Regulation
Beyond THC and CBD, there are other minor cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant that can play an important role in how different strains interact with your body and make you feel. CBN and CBC, for example, have been known to provide relief for people with certain mood disorders.
While THC is known for its mood-elevating effects, it can sometimes increase anxiety for some. In contrast, CBD is known for its potential to promote relaxation without the psychoactive effects. CBC is also a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that activates receptors in the brain tied to energy and mood elevation. Known to amplify the effects of THC, it binds with two cannabinoid receptors linked to how we experience pain, making it more effective for some than CBD for relieving pain, anxiety and inflammation. CBN is a mildly psychoactive cannabinoid that can act as a gentle sedative, making it a popular cannabinoid for sleep. When combined with THC, it has also been known to support relaxation, pain relief and inflammation. Together, these cannabinoids represent a spectrum of potential for improved mood and emotional well-being. Read more in this recent study published by Psychiatry Research.
The Individual Experience
Remember, the effects of cannabis are highly personal, influenced by a variety of factors including individual physiology, the specific strain or composition of cannabis used and personal health history. What works wonders for one person might not have the same effect on another.
Budtenders can be a great resource in the dispensary to help you find products that might work best for you. If you’re trying something the first time, it is important to start with a low dose, until you know how the product interacts with your body.
Conclusion: A World of Potential
The relationship between cannabis, anxiety and depression is an evolving story that is full of potential. As we wrap up this introductory journey into cannabis and mental health, there is so much more to learn about this world of biochemical interactions capable of influencing mood and emotional well-being. Follow our blog and sign up occasional ‘news you can use’ to stay up-to-date on the evolving science.
A Final Note
This guide is for informational purposes and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of a healthcare provider for any health concerns or treatment decisions.