Preventing The Winter Blues
The leaves are changing, morning coffee has become a life or death decision and the morning air has your bed feeling like a safe haven. The thought of smashing your alarm clock and going back to sleep has never sounded better. Yes, the winter months have arrived and are in full effect. This could mean one of two things; you are ecstatic for the snow to start falling and are fully prepared for Christmas songs to become the background music to your everyday life, or the sheer thought of this time of the year drags you deep into the winter blues.
What exactly are the winter blues? Well, if you have them you’re probably already four seasons into the latest Netflix special that came out a few days ago. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression, is generally a recurring mood disorder that happens in the fall or winter months, but it can affect some in spring or early summer.
A few symptoms include; lack of energy, fatigue, increased desire to be alone, weight gain, trouble concentrating and a greater need for sleep. Some scientists have concluded this disorder may be linked to a shortage of serotonin, a neurotransmitter organically made in the brain, due to the shortened daylight hours during winter months (lack of sunlight).
The benefits of this chemical messenger are how it regulates mood, nausea, sleep, emotions and even sexual function. Luckily for you, cannabis can be a cure for seasonal depression, and we’ve put together a guide to help you discover the many ways it can help.
How Cannabis Can Help Seasonal Depression
Now that cannabis has become legal across Canada, everyone has the opportunity to test the many benefits it has on the winter blues. Getting back to serotonin levels, cannabis is known to adjust these levels in a positive way. For instance, CBD and THC are two cannabinoids that play a unique role in our bodies endocannabinoid system. They both allow neurotransmitters to bind with cannabinoids, allowing for symptoms of winter blues to be prevented by reducing feelings of depression.
Cannabis has been helping patients prevent depression for longer than you might think. Robert Burton, author of The Anatomy of Melancholy, recommended its use in his book in 1621. Up to this point, cannabis has been largely pushed under the rug by the vast majority of doctors, due to legal liabilities. Luckily, times are changing with more and more countries loosening their legal grip on medical and recreational cannabis. With that in mind, let’s get back to how cannabis can help you get back to your daily routine and out of the rut this winter has put you in.
Finding the Perfect Balance
Before we discuss the different strains that can help prevent seasonal affective disorder, it is important to know that cannabis affects everyone differently. It is not a one-size-fits-all medication. One strain may be beneficial for increasing mood/energy for one person, but it may not be as beneficial for someone else in search of the same effects. In order to help find which strains are the best option for you, a weed journal may be beneficial to keep track of how you feel and the benefits you experience. Below are a few recommendations that may help eliminate the side effects of seasonal affective disorder. All strains can be purchased online at Terra cannabis, Canada’s #1 cannabis delivery service. The difference between a sativa and an indica strain can be found here.
Start your morning off right with this legendary West Coast sativa-dominant hybrid. Balancing full-body relaxation with gentle cerebral invigoration, Blue Dream will leave you on cloud nine with happy, euphoric, relaxed feelings that will help eliminate those dreaded mornings. Medical benefits include; stress, depression, pain, insomnia and lack of appetite.
God Bud, Shishkaberry and Blueberry is a rare combination like no other, creating Blue Nuken. This strain offers the best of both Sativa and Indica by providing an undeniably strong high with feelings of relaxation, happiness, and euphoria. It’s sweet earthy aroma of fresh herbs and grass is enough to bring a smile to your face. Although strong, Blue Nuken allows you to stay functional enough to power through the day.
This sativa dominant strain is the perfect match to fight seasonal affective disorder symptoms. It is an 80% sativa cross between East Coast Sour Diesel and Tangie, which brings together the classic Sour Diesel aroma with an elevation buzz and strong citrus overtones. Its effects make you feel happy, uplifted, energetic, euphoric and relaxed. On the medical side, this strain helps with stress, depression, and fatigue. If you are someone that needs help with emotion and energy levels, Sour Tangie is the ideal strain for you.
Many of us need a little extra kick start to our day during winter months. Larry OG is the perfect balance of a potent yet easy body buzz that will allow you to reduce stress/depression without being glued to the couch. Its effects are happy and euphoric but not overwhelming, allowing you to go throughout your day without the burden of the winter blues holding you back. This strain is an indica cross between OG Kush and SFV OG with lemon, pine and citrus flavours.
Stay Active, Stay Positive
“You just can’t live in that negative way, make way for the positive day,” a quote from Bob Marley. Everyone has experienced the annoying downfalls to winter blues in one way or another, the important thing to remember is cannabis can be used to prevent these downfalls. Don’t let the winter months prevent you from doing the things you love and enjoy, fight back and get your medication delivered today!