The symptoms of postpartum depression are varied and include extreme sadness or emptiness, crying often, trouble with sleep (either an inability to fall asleep or sleeping too much), loss of interest in hobbies or activities, feelings of worthlessness, changes in weight (as the result of eating too much or too little), growing increasingly irritable or angry, feeling suicidal or as though life isn’t worth living, avoiding friends and family, excessively worrying about your child, finding yourself unable to care for your child, and feelings of exhaustion.
Conventional (Non Marijuana) Remedies for Postpartum Depression
This process involves talking about your experiences with a trained psychologist or psychiatrist. You use therapy to find better ways to cope with how you feel and learn how to respond to situations positively.
The most commonly prescribed antidepressants include Paxil, Zoloft, and Luvox but it is possible that some SSRIs will pass to your baby via breast milk which is obviously a problem if you’re breastfeeding. As a result, your baby could suffer from the following symptoms:
Loss of appetite
Interestingly enough, recent studies have shown that marijuana is actually responsible for facilitating the process of neurogenesis which is the process of growth of new brain cells. This growth occurs primarily in the hippocampus.
This part of the brain is also responsible for memory and emotions, which might explain why cannabis has been so successful in treating anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. So it’s not a surprise that cannabis as a treatment for depression is becoming increasingly common.
Using cannabis-derived compounds can stabilize the moods and ease depression, especially for mothers after delivery.
CBD, a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid, is an alternative to THC (or can be used in conjunction with THC). CBD is often used not only for depression but anxiety. It tends to work differently in the body than THC – where THC replaces the endocannabinoids the body naturally makes, CBD blocks the breakdown of anandamide and 2-AG and maximizes the body’s innate cannabinoids – this helps ease negative feelings.