Depression is more than the “blues.” It can be manifested as lethargy, aggression, lack of motivation, overwhelming sadness or helplessness according to PotGuide.com. And depression’s impact reaches beyond the individual. People who are close to the depressed individual may also start adopting some of the same characteristics of depression due to their loved one’s mental illness. This makes depression a very contagious disease.
But luckily, there are a variety of strains of cannabis that can help you deal with depression. Depending on the symptom being treated, there is an ideal strain that you can use. Experts agree that the secret to finding these lies in the terpene profile of the cannabis plant.
Growing the best marijuana strains for depression
Whether you or a close friend or family is suffering from depression, you can grow cannabis strains that will work well for depression. There are marijuana seeds for sale that have potent mood elevating properties. These strains will naturally relieve stress, anxiety, and depression without the need to use drugs that will only have terrible side effects.
So without further ado, here are the top ten best marijuana strains to relieve depression.
Pennywise is a powerful medical strain with effects that are far different from its name. This was made by crossing a Harlequin and a Jack the Ripper strain. It got its name from the killer clown character in Stephen King’s thriller novel. Pennywise gives you mental clarity which is due to its parent Jack the Ripper. Because of its balanced effect and good mental clarity, you can use Pennywise without affecting mental function. Pennywise comes with an invigorating effect which makes it perfect for daytime use. You can use this strain to relieve headaches, muscle pains, migraines, and inflammation. This strain is also used for the relief of stress and depression as it can enhance mood and liven up your disposition.
- Jack Herer
Jack Herer is a sativa-dominant strain that is very popular because of its namesake Jack Herer, a marijuana activist and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes. This strain was made by combining a Haze hybrid with a Shiva Skunk and a Northern Lights #5 strain. Because of this strain’s rich genetic background, it has given rise to different variations of the strain. The different phenotypes have their own unique features plus unique effects. The effects of Jack Herer is blissful, clear-headed and creative.
This strain was made in the Netherlands in the 1990s where it was distributed by Dutch dispensaries and was branded as a medical strain. Jack Herer seeds will flower in just 50 to 70 days to flower as long as you grow this in a Mediterranean-like climate. Jack Herer will be able to help people who are stressed and depressed because of its mood-elevating effects. It can also be used to deal with pain and physical and mental fatigue because of its very potent analgesic effects. You can also use Jack Herer to deal with a poor appetite which is common in people undergoing medical treatments like chemotherapy.
One of the most popular high CBD strain is Harlequin. This is a sativa-dominant strain with an amazing therapeutic value. This is because of its high CBD at 5:2 CBD/THC ratio. This was made by the mixture of three potent strains such as Colombian Gold, Thai, and a Nepali indica strain. Harlequin is your passport to a clear-headed high which sativas are known for. This has a potent earthy musk and delicious ripe mango smell. You will be able to use Harlequin for its powerful analgesic effects. It will be able to deal with stress and depression because of its powerful mood elevating characteristics. Harlequin may be used to reduce mental and physical fatigue especially when you are too tired to move and work. This strain will make you feel relaxed and focused at all times. And with all these positive feelings, you will be able to work on a variety of activities and tasks without any kind of delay.
- Pineapple Express
Pineapple Express is a hybrid strain that combines potent parent strains Trainwreck and Hawaiian. Based on its name, you can already tell that this strain is going to smell heavenly. Pineapple Express has a taste of fresh apple and mango with a tinge of pineapple, cedar, and pine. This is a very potent, hard-hitting strain that will give you a long-lasting energetic buzz ideal for working during afternoons and tiresome mornings.
This has limonene, a terpene that will instantly take you to Happy Town. Pineapple Express has powerful mood elevating properties that will naturally deal with stress and depression. It can also work as a natural pain reliever. You can ease headaches, muscle pains, migraines, and chronic pain. You can also use Pineapple Express to end poor appetite and help with mental and physical fatigue.
This is a sativa-dominant strain that is prized for its therapeutic effects and euphoric high. XJ-13 is a cross of Jack Herer and a G13 Haze. You will experience a wonderful cerebral effect ideal for stimulating creativity as well as conversation. You can use this strain during the daytime and for social events as well. XJ-13 has potent mood-elevating effects which you can use to work with stress and depression. This strain has powerful natural analgesic effects which makes it a good way to end headaches, muscle pains, migraines, and chronic pains. This will also end fatigue and improve appetite common in people who are undergoing chemotherapy.
Cannatonic is not what you might think! It is an uplifting cannabis strain that is not as a sedative as its name would suggest. Cannatonic has a smaller CBD/THC split at 5:1 down to 1:1. It comes with a balanced cannabinoid profile that produces a number of amazing therapeutic effects. Cannatonic was made by combining a female MK Ultra and a G13 Haze male. It comes with a short-lived high that will relax and uplift your spirits. You will be able to use this strain to work with stress and depression as a result of its natural mood elevating effects. You can also use Cannatonic to deal with inflammation and pain.
- Laughing Buddha
Maybe Laughing Buddha could be the sativa strain you have been looking for. Laughing Buddha strain is an award-winning strain that was made by Barney’s Farm. This has the ability to put a smile on your face as it has a happy, upbeat and giggly effect on anyone who has consumed it. It’s one of the top medicinal strains at producing upbeat and happy vibes. Laughing Buddha was made by crossing a Thai and a Jamaican. This resulted in a strain with a sweet fruity smell and with hints of spice and pungent smoke. You will harvest large colas that need pruning and support. You can definitely use Laughing Buddha to fight depression and deal with stress. You can reduce pain and fatigue due to its tough analgesic effects.
- Sour Kush
Sour Kush is a Sour Diesel and OG mixture. It was made by DNA Genetics and is perfect as a daytime strain. You will be able to use OG Kush for its uplifting effects without suffering from an overwhelming high. Sour Kush is ideal for day-to-day consumption because you can definitely manage tasks and will be able to concentrate better with this strain. But a word of caution, it is extremely pungent so you need to store it in an air-tight container. Sour Kush can help with stress and depression; it can deal with pain and fatigue plus help people who are suffering from poor appetite.
- OG Kush
OG Kush debuted in 1995 after being transferred from Florida by Imperial Genetics. There are many OG Kush phenotypes which include Tahoe Kush, Tahoe OG, SFV OG, Diablo OG, and Ghost OG. This has remained popular for decades because of its strong effects and amazing potency. This is Indica dominant strain with a yield of about 50 or 60 grams each. It is can curb stress and depression. It comes with natural mood enhancing effects which makes it a good treatment for depression. OG Kush has natural analgesic effects that will be able to knock out the pain.
- Northern Lights
Northern Lights has possibly parented quite a large number of strains that we love and enjoy today. This is an indica strain, therefore, it has resinous yields, are quick flowering and is resilient to many kinds of diseases and pests. This was made from the mixture of an Afghani and Thai landrace. Shiva Skunk and the Super Silver Haze are just two of the most popular children of Northern Lights. This comes with a unique pungent, sweet and spicy aroma from its large and dense buds. Northern Lights comes with an intense high that will give you a comfortable relaxing effect that climaxes to a fantastic euphoria. Northern Lights can curb stress and depression. You will be able to use this for pain relief, insomnia and headaches.