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By: Kirsten Hansen

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year, millions of people face mental illness. Raising awareness during the month of May helps reduce the stigma around mental illness and behavioral health issues.

Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Many people have found cannabis to have a positive effect on their mental health. Both THC (psychoactive) and CBD (not psychoactive) have been used for a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Cannabis can also affect many other things within a person’s body that oftentimes have to do with mental health issues, such as trouble sleeping, stress management, and pain relief. These claims have minimal medical research, so using cannabis is not for everyone. However, there are many people that highly recommend cannabis use for a multitude of mental health problems. Here are some different product recommendations.

 

ANXIETY

Anxiety is different for everyone, and symptoms are constantly changing. The right dosage for you is going to be found through trial and error. Many people can experience anxiety when they are too high, so we recommend a strain that has a lower percentage of THC. Many people also say that an indica strain is better for anxiety, while sativa can be anxiety-inducing. 

 

Product Recs:

Star Tonic by Fluresh

THC 6.19% CBD 9.97%

Strawberry Lemonade Gummies by Wana

1:1 THC/CBD

 

STRESS MANAGEMENT

Stress is a normal reaction to many things. Our nervous system often struggles distinguishing between physical and emotional threats, which can make our stress response even greater. Similar to using cannabis for anxiety, we recommend that less is more. Stick to a lower percentage of THC or use CBD. Using small amounts over longer periods of time will have a greater effect.

 

Product Recs:

Chill Out Drink Enhancer by Fluresh

  • 1:1 THC/CBD

Equanimity Disposable by Sugarhouse

  • 1:1 THC/CBD

 

DEPRESSION

There are many different kinds of depression and many different causes. There is not a cure-all, but finding the products that work best for you can help. Cannabis is faster-working than antidepressants. It offers users a peace of mind and could potentially enhance mood and provide energy. CBD also could speed the breakdown of certain drugs (like antidepressants), so be careful consuming cannabis while on other prescriptions and ask your doctor.

 

Product Recs:

CBD Tincture by American Fiber

  • 990mg CBD

Transdermal Pen by Mary’s Medicinals

  • Indica 200mg

 

SLEEP

Sleep is essential for maintaining our mental and physical health. Sadly, many people struggle with getting enough sleep. Poor sleep is often associated with mental disorders, sometimes a symptom and sometimes a cause. THC can be sleep inducing, so we recommend a product with a decent amount of THC. Indica could be better in this case because it is known to be more relaxing. Sleep can also be impaired by regular use of marijuana, so be careful when taking long-term.

 

Product Recs:

Alaskan Purple by Valor Craft

  • 19.73% Hybrid

Haymaker Meyer Lemon Gummies by Kushy Punch

  • 100mg THC/50mg per Gummy

 

CONCLUSION

Mental health is something we take very seriously at Compassionate Care by Design. We love our employees and our customers, and it’s important for us to create an environment where everyone feels safe. One of the main reasons CCBD opened was because the owner wanted to help people. Read more about that here.

All of these claims are based on our own research and are not medical claims. Please talk to a medical professional before using any of these products. Everyone reacts differently to the consumption of cannabis and different cannabidiols, so make sure to use all the information at your disposal.

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