Those winter blues: How to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder with cannabis

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If you have been feeling especially down during the cold and dark winter months, you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Every year, around 5 percent of U.S. citizens have symptoms related to this subtype of depression or bipolar disorder -- with a considerably higher number of women. These numbers might be higher in colder regions of the country.

Symptoms of SAD include feeling a general sense of hopelessness, anxiety, trouble sleeping or oversleeping, lethargy and a lack of interest in usual activities. These symptoms have been related to reduced sunlight and therefore lower levels of serotonin and melatonin - which regulate emotions and our circadian rhythms. Check out this website for more information.

We can all feel sad or down temporarily, and that is absolutely normal. The holidays are stressful for many of us and we can't all be constantly jolly. However, if the symptoms persist for weeks or months on end - they may require more attention. It is important not to dismiss these symptoms as silly or not worthy of attention, because they may be affecting your health, lifestyle and/or overall wellbeing.

If you are a medical marijuana card-holding patient in the state of Arizona, we have chosen a few cannabis strains that are particularly helpful when you're feeling down. Of course, we recognize that cannabis is not a cure-all, but may alleviate some of the symptoms and improve your quality of life. We recommend also using other remedies - such as counseling, phototherapy or aromatherapy - simultaneously. Some more options are offered here.

Durban Poison

This pure sativa strain, named for its origin in the South African port city Durban, has incredibly uplifting - even euphoric - effects. this strain is ideal for daytime use (it will keep you awake), and might even help you feel inspired and creative throughout a busy day. The 100 percent sativa strain is perfect for fending off feelings of sadness or hopelessness.


White Urkle 

A hybrid with Purple Urkle and The White parentage, White Urkle is a favorite among cannabis connoisseurs for its balanced effects. Its buds are usually dense and have a purple hue (thanks to its genetics), and with an earthy, pine-y aroma. Patients have described White Urkle's effects as calming and gently uplifting. This strain is appropriate for any time of day when needed.



Super Skunk

This heavy-hitting indica strain is known for its potent and beneficial effects. Patients who love indicas often rely on Super Skunk for its reliability - you can expect a sweet taste, smooth smoking and an extremely relaxing experience. After using this strain, worries and stress slip away, leaving a sleepy contentment behind.

HMH is here for you! If you are especially concerned about any symptoms you are experiencing, we would be more than happy to find a strain perfect for you at our dispensary.