USING CANNABIS TO HELP SEASONAL DEPRESSION
Feeling the winter blues? Winter months can bring feelings of fatigue, depression, hopelessness and social withdrawal to many individuals. The good news is that there are many cannabis strains to help those affected cope with their symptoms.
WHAT IS SEASONAL DEPRESSION?
Seasonal depression or Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year. According to Mayo Clinic, SAD often starts in the fall and may continue into the winter months.
WHY DO WE GET SEASONAL DEPRESSION?
Although the specific cause of SAD remains unknown, there are some factors that contribute to its onset such as:
- The biological clock (circadian rhythm) - the reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may cause winter-onset SAD. This decrease in sunlight may disrupt the body's internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.
- Serotonin levels - a drop in serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood, might play a role in SAD. Reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin that may trigger depression.
- Melatonin levels - the change in season can disrupt the balance of the body's level of melatonin, which plays a role in sleep patterns and mood.
HOW CAN CANNABIS HELP?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the 60-plus naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis plants. It has been widely known in the past couple years for its ability to reduce stress and alleviate depression. It does not cure depression. However, studies show that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system which helps to regulate essential human functions such as sleep, appetite, mood, pain and pleasure.
Products such as Green Revolution's Fast Tabs: Happiest Self (CBD/THC), Doozies gummies (CBD/THC) and Joysticks Elevate (hybrid strains) and Fly (sativa strains) promote an energy buzz and can help those with SAD get out of bed on gloomy days. Having energy can help motivate patient to move around and exercise, which has also been shown to boost serotonin levels.
If you are dealing with SAD or simply are looking to uplift your mood during these dreary winter months, try leaning towards alternative healing options like cannabis.
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