Wednesday, May 22, 2024

States WIth The Biggest Chance For SAD And Can Weed Help

Seasonal Affective Disorder is in full bloom with short days and long dark evenings and nights…here is what you need to know.

 Season Affective Disorder (SAD) is a common winter ailment. Roughly 5% of adults in the U.S. experience SAD and it typically lasts about 40 percent of the year. More women than men are hit with this issue.  SAD has been linked to a biochemical imbalance in the brain prompted by shorter daylight hours and less sunlight in winter.  How do you know know if you have it, what to do and does where you live make a difference? Here are the states must likely to have SAD and can weed help?

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One of the most crucial steps in combating SAD is properly identifying its symptoms. Some of those symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Social withdrawal
  • Sleepiness and fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • And several others

Those who are suffering from any of these symptoms should refrain from self-diagnosis and seek professional assistance. 

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There are a number of ways to offset some of the sadness that comes with the changing of the seasons. or example. While there is more clinical research needed, is data suggesting that CBD could help to alleviate anxiety and support healthy sleep patterns. CBD has also been seen as instrumental in boosting dopamine levels.

Cannabis contains cannabinoids which can have a positive impact on mood, while potentially increasing serotonin levels. Marijuana is also a proven sleep aide.  Sleep can help your body rebalance and directly help moods.

Once you have been diagnosed, make a plan and you will see gradually improvement.  Travel to bright places can help.

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Based on a study, here is the data on chances of having SAD based on where you live.

State

Average ° F

Average rainfall in Inches

Total Hours of sunlight

Highest Chances of S.A.D Based on weather 0/90

Alaska

26.7

2.49

358

74.25

New York

48.1

3.76

414

68.14

Washington

48.5

3.46

437

66.97

Vermont

45.7

3.77

451

66.54

Michigan

47.3

3.08

474

62.90

New Hampshire

46.3

3.84

526

62.61

Maine

44.2

3.71

564

61.43

Connecticut

51.2

4.35

562

60.08

Wisconsin

45.7

2.84

498

59.91

Oregon

48.9

2.29

467

58.94

Massachusetts

50.3

4.11

587

56.63

New Jersey

54.8

3.76

576

56.00

Rhode Island

53.1

4.04

590

55.96

Pennsylvania

50.9

3.58

566

55.61

Ohio

52.9

2.95

499

54.68

Minnesota

43.5

2.25

527

54.66

Indiana

53.8

3.25

546

53.92

West Virginia

53.3

3.31

644

53.69

Illinois

53.8

3.15

565

52.59

Delaware

57.4

3.62

586

52.19

Tennessee

58.6

3.98

591

51.67

Kentucky

57

3.55

579

51.21

Maryland

56.1

3.58

586

51.08

Louisiana

67.4

4.56

643

51.07

Virginia

56.5

3.58

644

50.25

North Carolina

60.2

3.92

617

49.68

Missouri

56

3.7

610

49.61

Arkansas

61.4

4.33

616

49.16

Hawaii

71.8

5.23

546

49.08

Mississippi

64.2

4.13

642

48.94

Iowa

49.8

2.68

588

48.87

Alabama

63.7

4.07

622

48.67

Florida

72.7

4.24

659

47.72

North Dakota

42

1.29

560

47.37

South Carolina

63.4

3.7

669

45.38

South Dakota

46.4

1.36

627

43.47

Nebraska

49.5

1.6

610

43.07

Montana

43

1.08

576

42.85

Georgia

64.6

3.47

701

42.54

Kansas

55.4

2.19

642

40.41

Oklahoma

60.6

3.32

695

40.19

Texas

65.5

2.71

658

37.80

Idaho

44.8

1.48

661

35.60

Wyoming

42.5

0.97

679

33.70

California

60.9

1.47

727

31.74

Utah

49.1

1.12

700

30.58

Colorado

45.9

1.18

734

26.02

New Mexico

53.8

1.32

802

19.50

Nevada

50.2

0.76

851

19.36

Arizona

61.3

1.16

888

6.72

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