Medical marijuana has shown to alleviate the symptoms associated with postpartum depression. Marijuana has shown to treat anxiety, appetite problems, depression, fatigue, lack of focus and more. Unfortunately, there’s still a stigma surrounding postpartum depression and medical marijuana.
When regular treatment of common medications like Xanax and Wellbutrin don’t work for them, some women are finding relief in medical marijuana. These frequently-prescribed medications come with side effects like insomnia and loss of focus, both of which can be helped with medical marijuana. If you’re looking for an alternative form of treatment for your mood swings, anxiety, and irritability, consider medical marijuana.
How Medical Marijuana Helps With Postpartum Depression
Unfortunately, anywhere from 11% to 20% of women experience postpartum depression. That number is doubled and tripled if there are pre-existing mood disorders. Some women find that certain strains may prove better than others for treating the symptoms of postpartum depression.
The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) compounds in medical marijuana are the active properties that can give you that feeling of euphoria and pain relief. In low doses, THC can stave off the overwhelming feelings of sadness and substitute them with feelings of elation.
CBD works differently in that it doesn’t have any of the psychoactive components in THC that give you that feeling of being “high.” What it lacks in psycho reactivity, it more than makes up for with anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties.
The way it works is that both CBD and THC interact with our endocannabinoid system, known to regulate virtually every aspect of our bodies. CBD and THC act as naturally-produced endocannabinoids to make our body feel better.
Medical Marijuana and Breastfeeding
Women who do choose to use medical marijuana or vegan edibles to treat their postpartum depression must be aware that both THC and CBD can be transferred to the child when breastfeeding. The effects on the developing mind of the child remain inconclusive which makes it hard to weigh the consequences and risks.
It’s a Personal Choice
While the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) currently holds no stance on the use of medical marijuana, many women have found relief with medical marijuana to treat many symptoms of their postpartum depression. Ultimately, women have to weigh the pros and cons between suffering with postpartum depression and treating it with an alternative treatment.
If smoking marijuana or consuming edibles does not bode well with you, there are topical THC forms of medical marijuana. Many women follow a high CBD and low THC mix to experience the maximum therapeutic effects without feeling too “high.”
When the excessive demands of rearing a child, feeling fatigued, and losing sleep feel like too much, marijuana can be your saving grace. Medical marijuana can increase your appetite, make you less irritable, feel less anxious, and prevent you from not being comfortable in your skin, giving you a freedom you haven’t experienced in a while.