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Cannabis vs. Cold: How Your Favourite Herb Can Help Battle Winter Blues



Winter blues? More like winter blahs, are we right?

As Canadians, we know all too well the impact the short days, grey skies, and constant cold can have on our mental health.


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a very real thing that affects many of us each year.


But fear not, my fellow cannabis users, because we have a secret weapon in our arsenal that could help battle those winter blues: cannabis.


In this blog post, we'll be diving into how cannabis can help with SAD or general winter blues.


We'll also be sharing some suggestions for our community of Queens & Kings to help keep our heads above water until spring arrives.


While there may be some cannabis-related tips and tricks, we mostly want to focus on helping and caring for one another during these difficult times.


So, grab your favourite strain and let's get started!



What is SAD and how does it impact us?


First things first, let's talk about SAD.


Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that affects some people during the winter months.


Symptoms include fatigue, loss of interest in activities, social withdrawal, oversleeping, and weight gain.


The lack of sunlight during winter is thought to disrupt the body's natural rhythms and decrease the production of serotonin (the happy hormone) in the brain.


For those of us who already struggle with depression or anxiety, winter can be even more challenging.


It's important to acknowledge the impact the season can have on our mental health and take steps to prioritize self-care during these months.



How can cannabis help?


Now, let's talk about how cannabis can help.


While research on the subject is limited, anecdotal evidence suggests that cannabis can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with SAD and winter blues.


THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis) has been shown to increase dopamine levels in the brain, which can boost mood and decrease feelings of stress and anxiety.


CBD (the non-psychoactive component of cannabis) has also been shown to have mood-boosting and stress-reducing properties.


Some cannabis strains are known to be particularly helpful for treating depression and anxiety, such as Harlequin, Cannatonic, and Jack Herer.


It's important to note that cannabis should never be used as a substitute for professional help or therapy.


However, incorporating cannabis into a self-care routine (alongside other healthy habits) may help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with SAD and winter blues.



Other suggestions for battling winter blues


While cannabis may be helpful for some of us, it's important to recognize that it's not a one-size-fits-all solution.


Here are some other suggestions for helping battle winter blues:



Get outside


Even on those grey, overcast days, getting outside and getting some fresh air can be incredibly helpful.


Sun exposure (even if it's just a little bit) can help boost mood and increase vitamin D levels in the body.



Practice mindfulness


Winter can be a great time to prioritize self-care and focus on mental health.


Try incorporating mindfulness practices, such as meditation or yoga, into your routine.



Stay connected


It can be tempting to isolate ourselves during the winter months, but staying connected with loved ones can be incredibly important for our mental health.


Schedule virtual hangouts with friends or family, or try joining a virtual support group.



Prioritize sleep


Sleep plays a crucial role in our physical and mental health, so it's important to prioritize good sleep hygiene during the winter months.


Try sticking to a consistent sleep schedule, avoiding screens before bed, and creating a cozy sleep environment.



Treat yourself


Winter can be a tough time, so don't be afraid to treat yourself to things that bring you joy and comfort.


Whether it's a cozy blanket, a new book, or a delicious meal, prioritizing small acts of self-care can go a long way in boosting mood and combating winter blues.



Winter can be a challenging time, but with the right tools and support, we can make it through.


Whether it's cannabis, mindfulness, or just a cozy blanket, finding ways to prioritize self-care and mental health can make all the difference.


Remember, it's okay to not be okay, and there's no shame in reaching out for help when needed.


So, let's come together as a community of Queens & Kings and support one another through the cold and dark winter months.

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