Unveiling the Pot Power:
How Cannabis is Shaping Mental Health

In recent years, the conversation surrounding cannabis has evolved dramatically. Once viewed solely through the lens of recreational use, cannabis is now gaining recognition for its potential impact on the body and mind. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s delve further into how cannabis is shaping mental health! 

1. Managing Anxiety and Stress: Studies have shown that certain compounds in cannabis, such as CBD (cannabidiol), may help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and stress. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a crucial role in regulating stress responses. Concentrates and flower are great options for anxiety and stress. Anything fast-acting through inhalation is great for immediate relief when needed. Vapes are the most popular for daytime use being discrete yet impactful. Our live resin carts are perfect for a full spectrum relief as well as our in-house strain Ursula. This powerful Indica strain is perfect for full-body relaxation and treating anxiety. 

For further information on how cannabis can specifically treat anxiety, take a look at our blog post “From Roots to Relaxation”.

2. Easing Depression: While research is ongoing, some studies suggest that cannabis may offer benefits for individuals struggling with depression. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound in cannabis, may help regulate mood and emotions, although the effects can vary from person to person. Our in-house strain Orange Ice Pop is an amazing cross of Sour Tangie x Peach Crescendo which is a potent Sativa but great for treating symptoms of depression because of its ability to elevate. Same with Apricot Scone, another powerful Sativa full of giggly mood boosting effects. 

3. Aiding PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a challenging condition to treat, but emerging evidence suggests that cannabis could be a potential therapeutic option. CBD and THC, in combination, have shown promising results in reducing the severity of PTSD symptoms, such as intrusive thoughts and flashbacks. In fact, in 2021 a case study funded by the Federal Government conducted on cannabis and veterans showed that “Over the course of a year…cannabis users reported a greater decrease in the severity of their PTSD symptoms. They also were more than 2.5 times as likely to no longer meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD as those who did not use cannabis.” (Link to the article below) How incredible! Not only has cannabis been able to decrease symptoms but overtime lessens the severity of the diagnoses. Try our 1:1 options for the best of both worlds! Our Wake Tincture is great for daytime PTSD relief, with the added benefits of CBG by helping reduce anxiety and protecting brain cells. 

4. Sleep Support: Adequate sleep is essential for mental health, yet many individuals struggle with insomnia and other sleep disorders. Cannabis, especially strains with higher Caryophyllene or Myrcene content, have been reported to promote relaxation and improve sleep quality in some users. Full-body Indica’s, for example, our in-house Midnight Oil or a fan favorite Wedding Pie, are great options for sleep support. 

Abby’s Corner Tip: Try mixing your favorite indica strain with herbs like Passion Flower, Lavender, and Skullcap to boost sedative properties and relaxation. 

In conclusion, cannabis is continuing to emerge as a multifaceted tool in the realm of mental health. Like any treatment, the effects of cannabis on mental health can vary based on individual factors such as genetics, metabolism, and underlying health conditions. It’s essential for individuals considering cannabis use to have accurate information and trusted sources to help explore personalized treatment. With the benefits being seen widespread it’s important to take time to focus on your mental health to be the best you that you can be! – Link to Veterans Article