How to Calm Your Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) With Weed Alternatives
Looking to tap the herbal anecdotes to alleviate S.A.D, but perhaps something less psychoactive or sedative as cannabis? Maybe weed is not readily available, or you’re simply looking to take a tolerance break. Whatever your reasoning may be for clicking onto this article, we hear you, and we respect you. There are plenty of other relaxing herbs if you’re looking for that ritualistic session. Whether you want to mix these herbs with a pinch of weed or smoke them as is, we’re here to present the most calming herbs to you that will help you fight off the effects of seasonal affective disorder.
‘Tis the season for short days and long nights. As if the sun doesn’t already set too damn soon during the winter days, daylight savings time throws many of our rhythms off balance. So here we are, cold, dark, and lacking in vitamin D, a perfect storm for those with seasonal affective disorder.
The most commonly known relaxation herb is lavender. It’s in every diffuser, bath bomb, and essential oil nowadays, but did you know you can also smoke them? Research shows lavender can improve your sleep and concentration, and was historically used to treat anxiety and depression. Grind it up and roll it up into your next joint for an aromatic smoke session.
Blue Lotus is commonly used as a sleep aid and anxiety reliever. This water lily originating from Egypt contains apomorphine, a nonselective dopamine receptor. Not only is it a calming herb, but it’s known to cause a euphoric feeling in higher doses, and is a famous aphrodisiac herb.
Chamomile is known for its calming and restful properties. Not only is it a powerful herb against mental stressors, but it helps calm down upset stomachs as well, hence why it’s a favorite amongst tea lovers. You can find chamomile in our beloved self centered adaptogenic tea blend!
Lemon balm has been prescribed as a natural and mild sedative over the years. While adequate research is still minimal, a study in 2004 found that participants reported feeling a sense of calmness after taking lemon balm.
The passion flower can bring you to a calming state. When paired with cannabis, it helps level out the psychoactive aspect of weed, for those who find a full THC joint too strong. The plant was traditionally used to fight anxiety and promote good rest.