Hemp is a member of the cannabis family that is grown for different reasons than flowering marijuana. While marijuana is known for its medicinal purposes, hemp is grown for a wide variety of applications that are mostly centered around industrial uses such as making rope, clothing, paper, biodiesel fuels, industrial lubricants, varnishes and various construction materials.
Relieving pain is medical marijuana’s most popular purpose; however, it is also a powerful ally for fighting more nuanced diseases and disorders like depression. Depression is a serious illness that affects millions. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that more than one in twenty Americans twelve years of age and older report moderate to severe depressive symptoms in the past two weeks. With a huge variety of strains available, many are well suited for treating and alleviating symptoms of depression. The key is finding the one that works best for you; Of course, everyone has their own preferences and a unique endocannabinoid system. While this list will be accurate for most, all of these strains will have a variety of effects on patients. As always, be aware of your disposition towards indica and sativa strains. Consult our guide if you are unsure or curious. Now, let’s take a look at the top five best strains to fight depression.
Vaping has been popular for many years. In fact, “vaping” was Oxford dictionary’s word of the year in 2014. The demand for cannabis vape pens has continued to increase due to the advantages vaping offers. The benefits are clear: the ease of use, the discretion of medicating without the typical cannabis smell and vaporizing is easier on your lungs than smoking. There are many options available, so it is important to know what to look for before going off and investing a large sum of money. Vape pens have two major categories: dry-herb vaporizers and concentrate vaporizers.
A dry-herb vaporizer uses the ability of cannabinoids like THC to be transformed into a water vapor at lower temperatures than needed to combust plant material. This means that no actual smoke is produced when you use a vaporizer as cannabinoids can turn from liquid to gas without igniting. Dry-herb pens are beneficial as you are vaporizing cannabis in its natural state; meaning, you get the original spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes that the plant produces naturally. This is one of the cleanest ways to inhale cannabis. The pen has a chamber that you pack with ground herb much like the bowl of a pipe. Depending on the pen, it will take several moments or a few minutes for the pen to reach the temperature needed to vaporize.
Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO, is a full extract cannabis oil meant to be taken orally or applied topically. RSO is a marijuana extract made utilizing a solvent to extract cannabinoids. The most common solvent used to produce RSO is grain alcohol, but some other solvents like ethanol or butane are sometimes used. Flower (bud) material is placed in a large container and alcohol is added. The entire mixture is stirred and crushed into the alcohol. After a time, the alcohol is drained from the remaining plant material. That mixture is then heated in a container, such as a rice cooker, so that the residual alcohol evaporates. The end product is a high potency oil often dark in color with a thick consistency. RSO can be siphoned into a syringe style applicator for dosing which offers the advantage of a long shelf life as oxidation does not easily occur.
Medical marijuana, or cannabis, has long been known for its sleep inducing effects. Not all cannabis is created equal and some cannabis, often referred to as sativa, can produce a more awakening, energizing experience. Cannabis plants that produce a more relaxed body high are often referred to as indica. These indica plants usually help relieve patients of physical pain as well as insomnia; however, the effects of a cannabis strain will vary among individuals. For more information about the difference between indica and sativa, read our blog article What’s The Difference Between Indica and Sativa.
It is important to try a variety of strains to figure out the best medicine for you. Using other people’s experiences and reviews will help channel your own treatment plan, but you won’t know what works for you until you try a variety. Because THC medication can result in intense psychoactivity, over medicating or using a high THC cannabis may impede your ability to sleep. If you are new to cannabis, be sure to start small and slowly increase the amount of medication overtime as needed.
We have gone through a long list of cannabis strains and have found the five we find most helpful in allowing us to get a full night’s rest. Starting with number five: