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How to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

You can use natural treatments like CBD oil to help combat symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder from getting in the way of you enjoying your life.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is most commonly known as “winter depression”, where people feel depressed in the winter but then feel better as summer approaches.

However, SAD can actually happen at any time of the year.

For uni students, if they’re away from the routine of university with their friends scattered all over the UK, they might find themselves being more impacted by SAD in the summer, with their mood returning to normal once autumn starts and the normality of university returns.

Symptoms of SAD

According to the NHS website, if any of the following signs apply to you, you might be suffering from SAD.

  • A low mood that doesn’t go away
  • Being irritable
  • Craving carbs and gaining weight
  • Oversleeping
  • Finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • Feeling lethargic and sleeping during the day
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt and despair

With summer winding down, those who are prone to SAD may start falling back into a depression, whilst students who suffer from SAD in the summer still have a few weeks until uni comes back.

Either way, if you relate to any of the symptoms above or have suffered from SAD in the past, CBD oil is an emerging and successful treatment for temporary depression.

CBD oil: debunked myths

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Due to the fact that CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant, there is a lot of stigma and misconceptions surrounding its effect, legality and potential adverse effects.

However, although CBD oil comes from the same plant as the drug marijuana, that doesn’t make it a recreational drug.

What makes marijuana a class C drug is the presence of the chemical compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is a psychoactive element that causes the feeling of ‘highness’ that is associated with cannabis as a drug and is what makes it illegal.

CBD oil, on the other hand, is extracted cannabidiol as opposed to THC—a completely different chemical compound extracted from that same cannabis plant.

CBD oil on average contains only 0.2% of THC—an amount too little to cause any impact or to be considered toxic. Subsequently, CBD oil is a legal substance in the UK.

CBD oil as a mental health treatment

With countless studies showing a positive correlation between CBD oil and the treatment of depression, it is the perfect method to treat a condition like SAD because it doesn’t have to be taken long-term like anti-depressant medications: making it a good treatment option for temporary bouts of depression.

It is an organic, vegan and completely natural treatment that doesn’t require a prescription or a trip to the doctors.

CBD Oil 10% 5000mg/50ml

CBD Armour offers a 10% CBD oil food supplement in various sizes, from 1000mg/10ml to 10000mg/100ml. This gives you the flexibility to try it out a bit first to see if it’s right for you.

Price: from £30 Excl. Youth Discount

CBDistillery Gummies 30mg

If you’re new to CBD oil and don’t feel confident in mixing and measuring the oil into your food, these gummies come in a jar of 30 and contain 30mg each.

These gummies also contain 0% THC, so you can put your mind at ease about potentially coming into contact with THC and focus on looking after yourself.

Price: £37.49 Excl. Youth Discount

If you are affected by the issues raised in this blog post, help is available. If you need urgent help, please contact Samaritans on 116 123.

Youth Discount is for all students, apprentices and 16–26 year olds!

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