November 17, 2020 04:00 pm ETEstimated Read Time: 4 Minutes
Giving birth is a very emotional time. The most common emotions associated with giving birth to your own child are obviously excitement, happiness, and maybe even anxiety but many women even experience depression. This type of depression is known as postpartum depression and is often referred to as the “baby blues”. We know that cannabis can help with the symptoms associated with depression, but does the same hold true for postpartum depression? Let’s find out!
What is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is a common condition experienced by women who have just given birth. Like standard depression, it includes mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping and the condition typically presents within two-three days after delivery and can last weeks. However, there is a noteworthy difference between postpartum depression and the baby blues. Postpartum depression is more severe and longer-lasting. Symptoms of postpartum depression can range from mild to severe and lasts for weeks to months while the “baby blues” only last a few days to a few weeks.
When postpartum depression moves beyond being “baby blues”, the new mom may experience additional symptoms that are significantly more severe. If symptoms continue to get worse or have not diminished after two weeks, it would be wise to consider reaching out to a medical professional.
More Severe Symptoms Include:
Thoughts of suicide, self-harm, or harming others
Feeling unworthy or shameful
Withdrawing from family and friends
Postpartum depression may be defined as a condition that’s exclusive to women who have just given birth that manifests because of the dramatic fluctuation of hormones, but new fathers can experience it as well. Fathers at risk include those who are young, have a history of depression, or are struggling with issues such as the relationship with mum and finances.
Apply For Your Medical Marijuana Card Today
Veriheal has satisfied hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide
Get approved or your money back
Appointments available on-demand
Customer support available 24/7
A study published in the US National Library of Medicine found that 15% of mothers experience postpartum depression but that the numbers are likely to be higher since so many women don’t report their experiences. This condition can be quite traumatic for mothers as they struggle to connect and bond with their baby, which is why finding an EFFECTIVE treatment is imperatively necessary.
How Does Cannabis Help?
Cannabis works with the body’s endocannabinoid system (the ECS), which is responsible for maintaining processes that aid in maintaining homeostasis, such as reducing inflammation. Dr. Haj-Dahmane investigated cannabis for depression and explained that “using compounds derived from cannabis -marijuana- to restore normal endocannabinoid function could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression”.
New mothers are also prone to insufficient levels of an endocannabinoid known as anandamide. This endocannabinoid is responsible for regulating appetite and mood. Since the cannabinoid THC shares an identical chemical structure to anandamide, it can interact with the body in the same manner which the anandamide does. In other words, cannabis containing THC can assist in the regulation of food and replenishing of anandamide levels necessary to ward off mood swings. This 2018 study published in Molecular Neurobiology also found that the cannabidiol (CBD) cannabinoid induces “rapid and sustained antidepressant-like effects”.
Have you ever become so involved with an activity that you forget about about everything else? Did this leave you feeling like you were completely present or “in the zone”? In positive psychology, such experiences characterize a state known as “flow.” Flow is a cognitive state where a person is completely immersed in an activity,…
Navigating the laws on traveling with medical marijuana (MMJ) is incredibly confusing with the current global stance on cannabis. In the U.S., some states are okay with you bringing your medicine with you as long as you can prove your patient status, while other states are staunchly against it altogether, leaving MMJ patients in a…
Cannabis edibles are a preferred method of consuming cannabis by both retail consumers and medical cannabis patients alike. But just how long do they last? Let’s explore the shelf life of edibles, how to store them, and what to do if they go bad. What Are Edibles? Common Types of Edibles How Long Do Edibles…
People have been smoking joints for a long time. The first rolling papers surfaced around the early 1500s in Alcoy, Spain. These weren’t like the rolling papers we know today though. To start, these papers were intended for tobacco, not cannabis. They were made of hemp along with other textiles and lacked an adhesive gum…
Just in time for the holidays, the Jet Lag strain brings a smoking experience completely different than what the name suggests. Jet Lag is an energizing sativa that settles into a creative, silly high. And for an anxious flower-lover like me, this strain was the first step in my journey to finding the perfect cannabis…
The statements made regarding cannabis products on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cannabis is not an FDA-approved substance and is still illegal under federal law. The information provided on this website is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be considered as a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. We strongly recommend that you consult with a physician or other qualified healthcare provider before using any cannabis products. The use of any information provided on this website is solely at your own risk.