Best Together: CBD and THC for Stress and Mood Disorders

February 12, 2020

by Susan Boskey

When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it. ~Socrates

Who doesn't want to transform stress, anxiety and depression into a felt-sense of well-being? Science has proven, and documented, how cannabis used medicinally offers a welcomed solution. Non-psychoactive cannabidiol, (CBD), one of over 100 known cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, has become wildly popular and well-known for its powerful effect of calming anxiety. As a plant molecule CBD protects and regulates the brain's neurotransmitter function while binding to the brain's serotonin receptors, among others.

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Despite the fact that medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and DC, complete information about the benefits of other cannabinoids besides CBD for mental/emotional well-being trails behind legality and logic. CBD alone is wonderful, while when adding some THC - amazingly therapeutic. Why don't we hear more about this?

Antidepressants, Benzos or Cannabis?


To the north of the U.S., Canada has federally legalized cannabis. To the south, Mexico is about to do the same. Yet here in the U.S. it is still a Schedule 1 'drug' of the same category as heroin, cited as having no medicinal value. All the while millions of U.S. North Americans regularly enjoy the expanded, spacious relief that smoking cannabis offers.

However, many of these very same people will think nothing of popping an antidepressant or benzo without realizing how a measured dose of non-toxic cannabis could provide both relief and a new dimension of recovery. Not only can someone experience feeling much better within themselves, but they can also gain genuine enthusiasm for life going forward. Medicinal use is a short learning curve, especially when dosing with a cannabis tincture that can be easily measured. Relief is on the way.

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Healing the fears underlying stress and anxiety and the sadness of depression requires personal resolve. With that resolve, the medicinal use of cannabis helps someone to become introspective, providing the chance to glimpse new, empowering insights. In turn, new insights can help reverse hopelessness and lead to increased inner peace and practical action steps. Getting to the cause of the bad feelings opens the door to seeing new possibilities where none before existed.

Science Agrees: Add Some THC to Your Medicine


  • A 2018 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders in 2019 asserts that 'cannabis (inclusive of THC) significantly reduced ratings of depression, anxiety, and stress' per its 11,953 tracked and analyzed sessions (3,151 for depression, 5,085 for anxiety, and 3,717 for stress). This amounted to a 50% reduction in depression and a 58% reduction in anxiety and stress. [1]

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One might assume that with this number of subjects in the above study, and the overwhelmingly positive outcome, that people would be falling all over themselves to get these same encouraging results. Yet the 80+ years of U.S. federal prohibition on 'getting high' continues to psychologically hold many hostage. Decades of government propaganda and bad press have led people to resist even glancing at the science behind why and how THC, used medicinally, also helps restore physical, mental and emotional health.

We derive many advantages by doing our own research and thinking for ourselves regarding the use of cannabis. When used medicinally for stress, anxiety and depression, we naturally expand our ability to think outside-the-box, unravel places where we have gotten stuck and find a deeper, true self. Paying attention to and reconnecting with our inner being leads to increased calm, a new perspective on life and better relationships with both our loved ones and those with whom we disagree.

About the author

Susan Boskey is a Certified Cannabis Educator and Practitioner. She is a graduate of the Holistic Cannabis Academy and has over 45 years of personal and professional involvement with wellness modalities. Her mission today is to intervene in the noise of modern life to help people transform stress, anxiety and depression into a welcomed, felt-sense of well-being. Visit her website: LifestyleWellnessRx.com   Her online course, The CannaWisdom Process™ ~well-being in a troubled world, offers step-by-step self-care instructions about how to safely use medicinal cannabis to recover from mood disorders and gain a new perspective on life without the use of pharmaceuticals. Visit: The CannaWisdom Process™