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Medical Cannabis And Postpartum Anxiety – 3 Facts

Medical Cannabis And Postpartum Anxiety

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.

Postpartum Anxiety

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 vc. Postpartum Anxiety

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

  • Racing thoughts. Inability to quiet your mind. Cannot settle down or relax.
  • Have intrusive thoughts.
  • Have no appetite.
  • Insomnia (cannot sleep).

Postpartum Depression Symptoms:

  • Excessive crying
  • Major difficulties ‘connecting’ with your baby
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Sleeping too much or an inability to sleep
  • Reduced interest and joy in things you used to like
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • An inability to think clearly or make decisions
  • An innate sense of worthlessness
  • A feeling that you’re not a fit mother
  • Thoughts of death/suicide
  • Severe mood swings
  • Thoughts of self-harm or hurting the baby

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.

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