A study by the University of Southern California found that daily cannabis users reported mood enhancement and more positive attitude than non-users. This can be a big help if you are coping with a life changing medical diagnosis.
Here’s 6 things to know about how cannabis improves mood:
Cannabis loads us up on endocannabinoids
A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that chronic stress reduces the amount of endocannabinoids. Since chronic stress is one of the biggest causes of depression, using cannabis to restore normal endocannabinoid function can help enhance mood.
Low doses of THC spur serotonin production
A synthetic form of THC was found to increase activity in the neurons that produce serotonin, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Serotonin is a chemical in our bodies that’s linked to mood regulation, and a lack of serotonin is thought to lead to depression.
Cannabis improves mood
Dr. Jeremy Spiegel noticed that once one of his depressed patients began using cannabis daily, her mood and motivation improved drastically. She still dealt with the same problems she always had, but she was much better equipped with a positive outlook.
Sativa and terpene-rich strains are the most effective
High-CBD sativas, like Cannatonic, can provide energy and focus without unpleasant side effects like anxiety. According to Leafly, strains like Pineapple Express that are high in the terpene limonene are used for mood elevation.
Cannabis can be more successful in treating depression than antidepressants
The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that antidepressants are no more effective in treating mild to moderate depression than placebos.
Cannabis doesn’t improve all mental health conditions
In fact, cannabis can make certain conditions like schizophrenia much worse. Find out if your psychiatrist is open to medical cannabis and talk to him or her about your use.
Don’t stop taking your antidepressants without talking to your doctor first, and seek immediate help if you have suicidal thoughts or actions.