When you have a baby, it is meant to be one of the most joyous experiences of your life. But this is not always the case. For millions of women around the world, the month after the birth of their child are extremely bleak due to postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. After these women have, for decades, been prescribed often unsuccessful, conventional prescription drugs, it is starting to appeal medical cannabis could be a viable alternative to treat postpartum depression.
Much like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety (PPA) tends to involve physical symptoms, such as shifts in eating and sleeping, dizziness, hot flashes, rapid heartbeat, and nausea. For a majority of sufferers, these symptoms kick in sometime between birth and the baby’s first birthday, but in specific cases, they begin much earlier.
Postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety can be comorbid but the general separation is whether the majority of your symptoms are obsessive and overly cautious and nervous, as with anxiety, or emotional detached and lethargic, as with depression. The symptoms of the two diverge. Postpartum Anxiety Symptoms are
Postpartum Depression Symptoms:
You should reach out first and foremost to trained professionals. The cannabis plant–particularly the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD)–is well known for its antidepressant effects. New mothers are recommended to stay clear of any strain with high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD, however, has shown great potential as an antipsychotic, antidepressant, and anti-anxiety medication. CBD can do this all without the psychoactive “high” associated with THC. There are many novel studies on marijuana’s impact on depression and anxiety.