Why New Mothers Want Cannabis for Postpartum Depression
For many women, it's better than taking antidepressants.
There’s a lot of promising talk among marijuana users that the miracle flower helps with anxiety and depression. And for new moms who are suffering from postpartum depression, cannabis is helping to relieve a lot of their symptoms. They don't have to get hooked on any antidepressants either.
We scoured the Internet for real confessions by women suffering from postpartum depression, and not-so-surprisingly, a lot of women say that weed helped. A lot.
"I had never thought of doing that before and, in fact, had judged other moms I knew for using it. But I was desperate, so I tried it. And he was right. It worked like nothing else had." - Celia Baher on Merry Jane.
"I am also a breast feeding mom. I have a 4 week old and a 13 month old. With my first child I had no problem with postpartum or unhappiness of any kind but this time around I'm really feeling it. Immediately I just wasn't as happy. Not so much crying but I'm dealing with some serious anxiety. I am weighing my options right now about even going to see a doctor because I know what solution they will offer. I do not want any form of anti-depressants floating around in my body let alone in my baby. Following my delivery, my husband bought me some mj to help ease the pain and I noticed it helped relax those knots and nerves. No tears at all. No pressure or stress. I just had a feeling of ease which is nice every so often. Unfortunately as the weeks progressed I began feel more unhappy and anxious. Recognizing, realizing and admitting that I am suffering from postpartum was the biggest hump. Using marijuana to work through this so I can be a productive functioning mother for my two lil ones is pretty much a no brainer. My husband agrees. If two tokes off a joint is what I need to get my day started right then that is what I will do." - Jonsey on Marijuana.com.
"It makes me a more patient mom."
"I had pretty severe PPD that later turned into Clinical. They gave me medication but I didn't like how it made me feel or the chemicals I was putting into my body. It also made me SUPER mean and irritable also. I went to smoking and I did a complete 180. Smoking honestly was a life saver and I felt so much better than using prescriptions." -sara.mac on What To Expect.
"The best thing to do, is find a good functioning strain and then go join a community class like yoga or something. The mmj will give you the mood lift then being active will get your endorphins going. Viola...nature's antidepressant. At least, that worked for me." - anonymous on Marijuana.com.
"Now I have a four-year-old and I still medicate. It makes me a more patient mom. Then a few days ago the Green Stick vaporizer came into my life with the CBD version. I highly recommend a strain of high CBD/Low THC. The Low THC thing is important because if you get High CBD/High THC you will get couch lock and just want to sleep." - Vapegirl on Marijuana.com.
"It allows me to be present with my children whereas in the past I would be consumed with thoughts of the millions of things on my to-do list."
"When I become overwhelmed, tired, or have a headache, my daughter gets nana time and I take a smoke break. My baby just started sleeping through the night but I still wake every 3hours. I started smoking before bed, I sleep all night and I wake up before baby at 6am and I feel great! If it helps without interfering with baby then I say give it a test run." - zurness on Marijuana.com.
“At the suggestion of my therapist/doctor I began using cannabis to relieve the symptoms of PPD/ptsd,” she explained. After using cannabis for several months, she says the drug is allowing her to look at a stressful situation in a calmer way. “It allows me to slow the reaction process slightly so that I may make a different decision,” she wrote. “It allows me to be present with my children whereas in the past I would be consumed with thoughts of the millions of things on my to-do list. Playing dolls and Legos, reading the same book dozens of times in one day is something I can now do with joy and mindfulness. After doing my research, I determined that this is something that helps me so immensely, that I would be irresponsible to bypass. This is not a decision that I take lightly and I look forward to the day we can study this in more detail and remove the stigma of both PPD and cannabis use.” - anonymous on Medical Marijuana 411
“It allows me to be present with my children whereas in the past I would be consumed with thoughts of the millions of things on my to-do list. Playing dolls and Legos, reading the same book dozens of times in one day is something I can now do with joy and mindfulness.”-an anonymous mother told KXAN
Being a mom is hard enough; it shouldn't be stressful to try plant medicines, too. Whether you're a cannabis connoisseur with high expectations or brand new to the herb life, there's truly something thoughtfully tailored for everyone on the spectrum to try. Of course, consult with your doc before pursuing any new postpartum regimen and start with low doses of whatever product you try.