5 Best Strains For Treating Depression

THC and CBD have both been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression. While these two compounds may not be able to cure depression, they can treat it by relieving sadness, worry, or stress, and replacing them with an uplifting sense of euphoria.

Laboratory studies on treating depression with marijuana are still in their early stages, however, what we do know is that cannabis products can help us sleep better, temporarily improve our mood, and cultivate a general sense of positive well-being. Not all strains are created equal, and some will be much more effective in treating the symptoms of depression than others.

Generally, the strains that are most successful are those that are Sativas, Sativa-dominant hybrids, and strains that are high in CBD. Here are 5 different strains that are well known for their ability to treat the symptoms of depression:

1. Harlequin

Harlequin is a 75/25 Sativa-dominant strain that is known for its high CBD content. This strain typically has a 5:2 CBD:THC concentration, making it a suitable treatment not only for depression, but also for anxiety. It’s low THC content makes it ideal for dosing during the daytime, as the psychoactive high that Harlequin produces is weak, and will not interfere with your ability to function during the day.

2. Jack Herer

This strain is a strong Sativa that is named after marijuana activist and author Jack Herer. Jack produces a euphoric, bubbly, happy high that increases personal creativity, energy and focus. This strain is particularly effective for mental disorders such as depression, stress, headaches or migraines, ADHD, and PTSD.

3. Trainwreck

Trainwreck is a Sativa-dominant hybrid known for its high THC percentage. The high produced by this strain is usually described as euphoric, happy and relaxed. It also produces an uplifting sense of energy and alertness. It is accompanied by a mellow body high that is capable of relieving physical pain, but does not ‘couch-lock’ or otherwise demotivate you. This strain is very effective in treating depression and is often praised for its ability to make users smile and laugh. 

4. Strawberry Cough

This delicious Sativa gives off an intoxicating sweet and fruity scent. Similarly to Trainwreck, this strain is known for its cerebral effects. It produces an uplifting, euphoric and happy head high that is synonymous with strong Sativas like this one. The strength of the euphoric head high combined with the mild and mellow body high that accompanies it makes this strain not only effective in the treatment of depression, but also in the treatment of anxiety and other stress related disorders.

5. OG Kush

OG Kush is a 55/45 Sativa dominant hybrid. It is arguably the best recognized strain of marijuana in North America. OG is so beloved because of the delightful mix of effects that it produces, and because of its typically high THC content. The uplifting head high it produces is accompanied by a feeling of complete physical relaxation. Because this strain is so well-rounded, it is useful for treating a variety of psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia, as well as physical conditions such as pain and nausea.