Using cannabis to pass what remains of this dark winter away

Published Feb 22, 2021 01:00 p.m. ET
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The clock is ticking that seasonal drum that seems to beat so slowly during the winter. For most of us, this winter, particularly with COVID-19 infiltrating the world, we’ve been stuck deep in hibernation mode. However, it is typical at this time of year for us to feel depressed or what is referred to as S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The marijuana plant can help us see the light at the end of the long tunnel, and those dark winter days come to pass.

If you are diagnosed with S.A.D., it might be hard for you to stabilize this syndrome's effects. The marijuana plant, particularly the Sativa strains, can help you navigate those days with a more positive attitude. Cannabinoids within the marijuana plant have been proven to help diminish the depressing side effects of S.A.D. Perhaps the same marijuana plant can help all cannabis users who are feeling the dark winter blues remain more positively green.

Dosing is important

In 2017 a study conducted by McGill University looked at how effective the marijuana plant is as an anti-depressant. The testing included the Forced Swim Test, a measurement of depression that is often used in animals.

Results indicated that low doses of THC increased serotonin. However, dosing was important as increasing THC levels seemed to reverse the effects. CBD is an effective remedy for anxiety, reacting in the paralimbic and limbic areas of the brain. This action caused a lowering of anxiety in participants in the study.

The best cannabis strains for the colder months

Let's go shopping for the best weed strains to help blow those winter blues away.

Northern Lights

Afghani Indica and Thai Sativa combined is the heritage of this 90% Indica and 10% Sativa bud. The heavily laden buds loaded up with THC will not disappoint you. An infectious playful mood will soon have you forgetting how many more days of winter are ahead.

Blue Hawaiian

This hybrid is beautiful to the eye, and the sparkling trichomes will shine through any long, dismal winter day. Blueberry and Hawaiian Sativa are the proud parents of this strain. Look forward to the balanced high that will keep you chatting away to pass those dreary days.

Green Crack Punch

This bud gets its DNA from the potent Indica Purple Punch and the Sativa-dominant Green Crack, one of the most potent Sativa strains. The energizing high will have you forgetting about those heavy dreary cold winter days by delivering an energetic and uplifting effect at the start of your evening. This fantastic strain will slowly get you ready for a nice lazy feeling to end the night, relieving you of any muscle aches and pains.

Ammensia Mac Ganja (AMG)

How better to help those long dreary winter days that are left pass by than with AMG. This marijuana strain is perfect for anyone needing a pick-me-up without delivering a burdening heaviness. The delicious spicey profile bud will provide a whopping 22% THC level. If the winter season has got you down, close your eyes while enjoying this bud and while you transport yourself to the Dutch coffee shops where this is a wildly popular strain choice.

Final words

Cannabis is a friend that you don't want to be without, especially during this extended time of hibernation. Using weed in different forms will help you to see the winter season pass with a brighter smile on your face. Edibles can be a perfect way to turn that frown upside down and into a smile. A delicious, infused gummy could help you look forward to the day when again the beach is the place to be.

Could cannabis help to keep you warm this winter


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