Cannabis can affect mood in a variety of ways. By alleviating pain, spasms, and insomnia, patients generally feel better because their mood improves as their suffering diminishes.
But what you may not realize is that cannabis can positively affect anxiety, mood swings, and depression in an even more direct way. THC and CBD both alleviate anxiety and THC has a mood elevating effect that relieves depression. CBD acts as a mood stabilizer and has been used to alleviate the moodiness associated with bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder.
Combined with proper nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, many patients are able to lower or eliminate their use of prescription antidepressants and benzodiazepines.
For patients whose previous or current medications have not been effective, cannabis can bring the relief they have long been seeking. In fact, many patients with anxiety can be effectively managed with the combination of cannabis and mind-body techniques like meditation, tai chi, and yoga.
However, it is important to note that patients with depression and mood disorders must be under the care of a mental health provider while cannabis is being used.