5 Ways CBD Can Help with Holiday Stress
Every year the holiday season seems to come careening into our daily routines as if out of nowhere. One day spooky ghosts and goblins are knocking at your door for tricks and treats and the next you’re arranging travel plans, shopping lists, and working out how dinner for 32 people will fit into your fridge. Although the holidays are a time for celebration and fun, it can also come packed with stress and the reminder that chronic pain doesn’t go on vacation.
For some, cannabis products with THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid) can be helpful, but it’s not for everyone. Thankfully, CBD is a safe, non-psychoactive, effective option for patients, and comes jam-packed with benefits you may not be aware of. During a stressful time – like Thanksgiving or Christmas – this natural healing cannabinoid can mean the difference between chaos and enjoying the holiday.
Here are 5 ways CBD can help with holiday stress:
1.Reduces Anxiety and Stress
Stress can be a helpful tool in “fight or flight” situations, but for most of us modern-day stressors (or an entire caravan of in-laws) can max out our adrenals. In a number of studies, CBD has shown to reduce anxiety and stress in both humans and animals. One study by the University of São Paulo found that CBD’s effects on activity in the limbic and paralimbic brain areas reduces subjective anxiety. CBD may also boost signaling through serotonin receptors, which helps to reduce anxiety and boost mood. Imagine the amazement of your family when you’re calm and collected pulling the burnt turkey out of the oven.
2. Weight loss
It’s no secret that most people tend to overeat during the holidays. Although CBD can’t keep you from reaching for your third *echem… fourth* cookie, it can help your body to convert fat and regulate insulin levels. In a study by H. J. Parray and J. W. Yun, their research demonstrated that CBD benefits weight loss by assisting the body with the conversion of white fat into weight-reducing brown fat, promoting noatherogenesisrmal insulin production and sugar metabolism. Which is a fancy way of saying that long-term CBD use can help to shrink that waistline – just don’t use it as an excuse to binge.
3. Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory
The endocannabinoid system (or ECS) plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood, and overall health. Cannabinoids are like missing puzzle pieces to this system – you may be able to tell by the matching names. One study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests “CBD… and its modified derivatives significantly suppress chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain without causing apparent analgesic tolerance in rodents.” With as many as 1.6 million Americans suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Diseases alone, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are in high demand – especially during the holiday season when our inflammatory response is high.
4. Pain Relief
As we all know, pain doesn’t take breaks for us to enjoy festivities, and with the rise in opioid deaths many people are looking for a safer option for pain management. Thankfully, one of the most noteworthy benefits of CBD is its analgesic effects. The Journal of Experimental Medicine published findings that CBD significantly reduces inflammation in mice and rats. It’s believed that CBD interacts with receptors in the brain and immune system to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
5. Controlling IBS Symptoms
We all know the holidays come with waves of cold and flu outbreaks, home-made dishes, and bountiful opportunities for germ-swapping. For those who have a weakened immune system or who have digestive problems, this can mean pain, bloating, inflammation, and irregular bowel movements. When CB1 receptors are activated by CBD, the body undergoes a process that allows for “gastroprotection, reduction of gastric and intestinal motility and reduction of intestinal secretion” according to Crescolabs .This can free an IBS-sufferer from the prison that is their condition. Whether you suffer from IBS or not, our digestive systems could use a little help around the holidays.
Whether you celebrate the holidays in grandiose style, travel to see family and friends, host your own celebration, or work hard and stay home alone, the holidays should be a time where you feel good from head to toe. As long as you’ve got some CBD to accompany your plans, you’re one step closer to a healthier, balanced, stress-free(ish) holiday.
Author: Bri Smith