‘Tis the season for seasonal depression. The weather gets colder, the sky turns gray, and depending on where you live, the colder months can drag on and on. By some estimates, up to 20% of people in the United States suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. While there is not a known “silver bullet” that can save us from this type of depression, there are a number of strategies which can be used to benefit those who get a “bad case of the Monday’s” that lasts for a quarter of a year or more. Daily CBD use uniquely facilitates and promotes these strategies and fosters marked improvements in mental health.
The verdict is in, and there is no more debate: CBD and other cannabinoids do not impair your behavior at all, but have an extremely beneficial effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is widespread throughout the body. The ECS impacts a number of physical processes, and it has been shown in a number of clinical studies to have beneficial impacts for a remarkable variety of conditions. As Hippocrates said, “Let thy food be thy medicine.”
Pharmacological Benefits -- Clinical studies have demonstrated again and again that CBD has qualities which impact general health and disease-specific symptoms. Too often, illness is a double-edged sword, as pain or weakness or other debilitating symptoms can feed depression. The very fact of using a plant-based elixir that alleviates certain symptoms, with very tolerable side effects, can be significant enough to transform our attitudes about our ailments. We have seen this transformation in action, sometimes with profound and inspiring results.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation -- Pain can be one of the major causes of depression, and lower temperatures can certainly worsen pain. CBD has been shown in clinical studies to have spectacular anti-inflammatory benefits which can alleviate pain. Hemplucid has products which can be ingested orally or topically, so muscle pain can be relieved via multiple delivery methods. That would make anybody happy.
Addiction -- Addiction and seasonal depression have a cyclical relationship. All too often, self-medication is a huge temptation for depressed people. Alcohol, and to a lesser extent, hard drugs, are easy to acquire, and can give a temporary escape from negative emotions. But those who are depressed are unlikely to find simple answers at the bottom of a bottle, and they are going to stay depressed. CBD provides a possible avenue for addiction recovery. A recent study found that out of 2,400 CBD users who were polled, roughly 42% of them had stopped taking pharmaceuticals altogether. Furthermore, CBD has been shown to be extremely helpful for alcohol withdrawal, and what is called “seeking behavior” for those with powerful addictions. CBD’s status as a neuroprotectant means that it strengthens cells by completing the metabolic process. Thus, stable cells are less prone to the pangs of addiction that cause discomfort.
Sleep -- Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle that can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. The endocannabinoid system in your body fulfills a number of important functions, and because it spreads throughout the brain, the chest, the organs, and the limbs, it generates a widespread feeling of calm and peace which can promote relaxation and healthy sleep. The unique biochemical profile of CBD and other cannabinoids is perfectly tailored to our bodies, and easily metabolized. Adding CBD to your sleep routine can help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and feel vital and refreshed in the morning.
Appetite -- Appetite is an issue for those with depression. Loss of appetite is common, and so is “binge-eating”. CBD oils are rich in Omega-chain fats, like Omega-3 and Omega-6, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, and more. Additionally, CBD contains a number of amino acids which provide the energy for many basic metabolic processes. Dr. Allan Frankel, a renowned doctor of internal medicine in Los Angeles, suggested that CBD is will cut appetite in those who overeat and it will stimulate appetite in those who need to eat more, because it promotes cell homeostasis.