The current research is showing (though not yet proving) that people who use cannabis to help treat their depression have better success managing their symptoms when they use a 1:1 CBD:THC chemovar or a high-CBD and low-THC product instead of using a high-THC product with no CBD.
Research has shown that CBD works with the 5-HT1 serotonin receptors in our brain by mimicking serotonin and binding to the 5-HT1 receptor, creating anti-depressive effects. In contrast, THC's biphasic dosing response curve can cause paranoia and/or anxiety when THC is taken in high doses — but that doesn't mean you should avoid the THC all together. CBD's effects are actually enhanced when there's a little bit of THC present, so if you're looking for relief from symptoms of depression, try microdosing a high-CBD, low-THC product. Click here to download our instructions for microdosing!
In addition to looking for products with high levels of CBD, you can also seek out chemovars that are rich in the terpenes limonene, linalool, myrcene, beta-caryophyllene, and terpinolene — each of which are known to have anti-depressive properties. Ask your budtender to direct you toward flower options that have these terpenes!