CBD and Winter Blues (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

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What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depressive disorder that follows a seasonal pattern. Environmental changes that come in the wake of autumn and winters can deeply affect some people, especially those with a history of depression.

Disturbance of the innate circadian rhythm (the biological clock that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and energy level) and hormonal changes (serotonin and melatonin) which occur in the body as a result of environmental changes during the fall season can trigger SAD symptoms including

  • Depressed mood for most part of the day
  • Loss of interest in pleasure activities
  • Low energy
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight changes
  • Restlessness
  • Decreased concentration and attention
  • Feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Social withdrawal

How CBD Can Help With Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid compound extracted from Cannabis sativa plant. Its chemical composition is almost the same as that of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-another phytocannabinoid obtained from the same plant. The difference lies herein: THC can get you stoned while CBD cannot.

Humans have an innate endocannabinoid system which consists of natural endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the brain while CB2 receptors are located more peripherally. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system by imitating the actions of endocannabinoids, thereby influencing a number of bodily processes.

If you are looking for a natural remedy to alleviate your SAD symptoms, CBD is your answer. It is known to have extraordinary anxiolytic and metabolism-boosting potential. There are a number of ways CBD helps overcome the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

It Reduces Anxiety

CBD affects the brain circuitry via the endocannabinoid receptors located in certain brain areas, particularly the limbic system which is the primary brain area which houses mood and emotion-related brain structures.

Within the limbic system, CBD prolongs the action of serotonin, the happy neurotransmitter. High serotonin levels have a positive impact in reducing stress. The net effect is significant decrease in anxiety and a relaxed state of mind. CBD is, therefore, an ideal alternative therapy for people with seasonal affective disorder.

It Normalizes Sleep Pattern

CBD helps improve the disrupted sleep in people with seasonal affective disorder through an intricate system. Light falling on the eye during the day is transmitted to the pineal gland, the primary structure responsible for controlling your body’s circadian rhythm. The pineal gland produces serotonin and activates the hypothalamus, which is the sleep-wake center.

The basic pattern observed is that the level of melatonin is low during the daylight hours, and increase to a peak during the dark. During the cloudy, grey winter days, low sunlight exposure tricks the pineal gland and the process of melatonin production goes haywire.

CBD helps regulate the melatonin levels and in turn, regulates the sleep-wake cycle so that a person with seasonal affective disorder gets normal healthy amount of sleep at night time. Healthy sleep not only has a positive impact on the overall mood but also on the energy levels, which keeps the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder at bay.

Make sure you use a high quality CBD product

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