LIGHT DEPRIVATION CAN CAUSE DEPRESSION
Did you remember to change back your clocks last night from daylight saving time (DST). Now, watch for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is real! Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that occurs at the same time each year, usually in the winter. SAD can affect your mood, sleep and energy level.
The amount of winter daylight you receive changes the farther you are from the equator and makes SAD a more common occurrence. The signs and symptoms of SAD are the same as those of major depression.
The longer nights and shorter days of winter can disrupt your internal clock, leaving you feeling groggy, disoriented and sleepy at inappropriate times. The reduced sunlight of winter can lower your body ‘s production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood. A deficit of this central neurotransmitter can affect your sleep, appetite, memory and sexual desire.
Now, let’s talk about the Endocannabinoid system (ECS). We know that this system is a homeostatic regulatory neural transmission system to help regulate many functions in our body at the nerve synaptic interface. Serotonin as a neurotransmitter can help our mood and the other factors outlined above and the mechanism for a number of anti-depressive drugs. What we know now is that the Endocannabinoid system can be affected by exogenous sources of natural botanical cannabinoids.
The Cannabinoids CBD-A and CBD have an affinity for serotonin receptors. CBD- A has a much higher concentration of receptor sites than CBD and also works outside of the ECS system. So, when you combine CBD-A and CBD in the same formulation, you now have two system pathways working toward one goal, to increase serotonin expression and treat both anxiety and depression.
VitaminCBD™2Path, at http://www.dailyvitaminCBD.com, was developed for this purpose of fighting anxiety and depression. This is all being done in a safe botanical manner without the side-effects common to many pharmacological drugs.
So, have you had your daily dose of wellness today? VitaminCBDTM has a number of ways you can get your daily dose and spring ahead of our clocks falling back and avoid SAD.
Eric I. Mitchell, MD, FACPE
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