Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a kind of depression that shows up at the same time each year. Most people affected experience symptoms during fall or winter when the days are short and dark.
SAD affects 10 million Americans, and depression affects about 16 million. Everyone has times of lower energy or feeling down. Depression may require treatment if you feel low for days at a time and don’t feel like doing activities you usually enjoy. Depression is even more likely if your sleep patterns and appetite have changed or if you find yourself turning to alcohol, weed, or comfort food to feel better.
Symptoms of SAD or depression can include
Fatigue, or lower energy levels
Loss of interest and pleasure in activities formerly enjoyed
Difficulty sleeping or irregular sleep patterns
Irritability and anxiety
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or hopelessness
Retreating or hiding from people
Foggy thinking or trouble concentrating
Traditional Treatments for SAD and Depression
Symptoms of SAD usually disappear when the season changes. Professional treatments for depression are similar, whether related to SAD, PTSD, an illness, or a significant life event.
Most often recommended for seasonal depression, light therapy is a natural way to regulate brain chemicals. It mimics natural sunlight and helps the body release serotonin. For more information on light therapy, check out this beautifully written article.
Exercise and diet changes bring relief to many people and help them effectively manage their symptoms. Exercise releases dopamine and endorphins. A healthy diet can improve digestion and reduce inflammation.
CBD is a natural molecule designed to interact with the human endocannabinoid system to balance and regulate the brain, nervous system, and hormonal system. Unlike traditional antidepressants, CBD presents few to no side-effects.
In addition to CBD, hemp and cannabis plants have an extraordinary plant terpenes concentration – up to 200 in a single plant. At Jampha, each of our organic, full-spectrum CBD tinctures are enhanced with a carefully selected entourage of terpenes.
Plant terpenes have been part of traditional medicine for centuries in their whole plant form. For example, ginger, turmeric, camphor oil, garlic, ginseng, and valerian root all contain the same potent terpenes found in the hemp plant and used in our Jampha SETI (synergy-enhanced terpene infusions) tinctures.
Six Plant Terpenes Research Shows Help Fight Depression
Depression makes life hard. Each day can be a battle to get basic things done. The sense of disconnection and lethargy can damage our work, relationships, and health.
It can take time and effort to lift yourself out of depression. It may need to be addressed from multiple angles, and it’s worth using every tool available. One handy resource in your toolbox to balance and stabilize your mood, CBD fortified with plant terpenes is an advanced version of medicine that has already worked for centuries.