As we slog through the the last half of winter, you may find that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) seems to be your new normal. Science tells us that this is because the days are shorter, therefore providing less sunlight, in turn making your body produce less serotonin which can affect your sleeping patterns, cause feelings of lethargy, depression, lack of concentration, hopelessness, reduced libido and irritability. SAD is not uncommon during the winter months, the effects of which can be lessened with...YOU GUESSED IT....CBD!!!
How does it work?!
In our previous blog post about CBD and Depression, we touched on how CBD has a recallibratory effect on endocannabinoid system (ECS) function and can act as a direct partial stimulator of serotonin production. In a study by Zanelati et al on CBD’s antidepressant effects on mice in 2010, the results were surprising. Zanelati and company found that mice which were given CBD exhibited results identical to those given antidepressants, following a series of standard behavioral tests. This follows the trend that one of the benefits of CBD is a balancing effect on neurotransmission as a whole, along with the ability to correct many disorders and dysfunctions which arise from faulty ECS activity. To be clear, CBD cannot cure depression. Rather, studies indicate that CBD interacts with the ECS to help regulate essential human functions including, but not limited to, sleep, appetite, mood, pain and pleasure.
What does this mean for you!?
In basic non-science language, this means that CBD can assist in helping your body generate the serotonin you may be missing during these cold, dark, winter months. Of course it is always recommended that you consult your doctor before proceeding with a CBD regimen, but the science is promising when it comes to CBD helping with SAD.