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This isn't a post about eggs. But, much like cannabis and its effects on mental health, the debate about eggs and heart health has gone on for years. Do eggs raise the level of serum cholesterol in the blood? Are egg whites a better high-protein option or does omitting the yolk rob us of the nutritional powerhouse that eggs can offer?

See what I mean? In this series of posts, I'll be exploring a few of the questions we're asking about cannabis and what you might expect in trying weed versus good ole side effect-ridden pharmaceuticals. This post is not meant to give medical advice.Anyone seriously considering using cannabis to treat any mental health concerns should check in with their doctor.But The Green Solution prioritizes education and accessibility, so it's important to at least get this on your mind to help you embark on a journey if marijuana's mental health benefits intrigue you at all. This is another post in one of many existing and forthcoming, covering cannabis and mental wellness. First up is among the most common of mental and emotional afflictions among us...

A Few Kinds of Depression

Let's start small then build into the more intense psychological conditions. We know depression is a serious condition. So, when I say "let's start small," I don't mean the significance is small, I mean we should start with a condition known for its victims often trying to downplay its common symptoms and effects. Think: "Well, I haven't acted on my suicidal thoughts so I'm managing well."

Depression often feels like everyone's baggage in this day and age.Many people are either suffering or affected by someone suffering from it.And that's even more relatable when you consider how many different forms of depression there are -- includingseasonal depression(a Denver, CO favorite because of the wide contrast in daily sunlight hours across the seasons), Postpartum Depression (when the "Baby Blues" last much longer than the expected two weeks), and bipolar disorder, when people experience deep lows before sudden onset manic highs.

Seasonal Depression

The shorter days and vastly reduced sunlight are infamous for bringing on seasonal affective disorder (SAD...I know). Sufferers of this intermittent emotional imbalance cite sleeplessness, nervousness, energy deficits, and prolonged sadness. When a Pumpkin Spiced Latte isn't enough,one studystates that a little THC TLC may help. Especially when combined with CBD, THC may be able to ease symptoms of this condition, especially by helping regulate sleep cycles ofteneffected by SAD, which can exacerbate its symptoms.

Marijuana and Postpartum Depression (PPD)

I don't want to speak on behalf of women, or mothers for that matter, so I'll be brief and stick to a few pieces of factual evidence and refer to some anecdotes fromthisGood HousekeepingArticlethat takes the perspectives of three different mothers who suffered from PPD.

As far as side effects are concerned, Prozac, often the first choice among mainstream psychiatrists, puts new moms at risk of insomnia, migraines, nausea, dry mouth, shaking hands, hives, restlessness, inability to sit still, even chills or fever,among others.

Probably the biggest reported marijuana side-effect comparable to Prozac is thedry mouth. Then, of course, there's the risk of getting a panic attack if you don't consume carefully or responsibly. But, being in Colorado, there's no shortage of TGS associates who definitely won't give you psychiatric advice, but will give you tips on how to experience cannabis patiently, gradually, and in a way that helps you appreciate this beautiful season of life.

Bipolar Disorder

Pop culture's favorite mental health condition to depict, even if(embarrassingly) inaccurateat times! For this one, you should consider some interesting factors. The first is that genetics are a huge factor in depression symptoms and, coupled withmarijuana,couldincrease the risk of psychosis. Consider talking to your doctor to test for this gene and seek advice if you're in a state where recreational or medical cannabis use is legal.

If you're currently in treatment for any Bipolar Disorder symptoms, ask your doctor if marijuana could improve your mood, contribute to a more balanced emotional spectrum, and/or help soothe manic states or uplift you during your low points. Dive deeper into "Medical cannabis and mental health: A guided systematic review" for some anecdotal studies and surveys. And please: don't go thinking just because you know about strains and terpenes that you know how to treat yourself. Especially for individuals aged 18 to 32,thisJAMA Psychiatry Reviewfound that cannabis use to treat emotional disorders could bring on or worsen suicidal thoughts. That's nothing to turn your nose at. Seriously.


What do we know? Weed can help or harm you, based on a variety of factors, including your type of affliction, your genetics, other medications you take, and what your existing relationship with cannabis is. See what I mean about the eggs thing? Great for you in some ways, potentially detrimental in others.

So, what do you do with this information? Step one is talking to your doctor. Step two, if you're an existing consumer, don't make any drastic increases to your consumption habits without consulting your doctor. Step three, go listen to other people's testimonies (better known as anecdotal evidence).

If you're ready to start experimenting, check out our vast selection, choose your preferredlocation, then reserve your picks online and we'll let you know when your order's ready.But remember, retail associates at TGS are not qualified to give any medical advice or anecdotal evidence. The Green Solution does not advocate the use of cannabis to treat any medical condition(s). Also, no medical claims are intended to be made in this blog post.

Quick Fact

Curing Cannabis Plants- This very gradual drying process involves moderate humidity and mild temperatures, preserving the dimensionality of cannabis plants and the consumption experience. The better and more gradual the curing process, the more sophisticated a grower's yields become, including preserved aromas, flavors, and potency.