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 holiday stress, 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.
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 (like a caravan of in-laws) can max out our adrenals. In a number of studies, CBD has been 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 reduce subjective anxiety. CBD can also boost signaling through serotonin receptors, which helps reduce holiday stress and anxiety, as well as boost your mood. Imagine the amazement of your family when you’re calm and collected pulling the burnt turkey out of the oven.
Choosing CBD For Acute Holiday Stress and Anxiety
For dealing with holiday stress, it’s a good idea to have a strong CBD product with a dose that’s easy to adjust. It’s also important to use a CBD product that absorbs into the blood quickly — particularly if you’re dealing with anxiety attacks or other acute stress symptoms that come on quickly.
The quickest route to absorb CBD is through inhalation — for example, using a vaporizer pen. Inhaled CBD can take effect within 10 minutes. Inhaled CBD also has high bioavailability, meaning that more of it actually enters your bloodstream than with other methods. The downside is that each puff only contains about 1-2 mg of CBD, so it may take a fair bit of puffing to deal with an anxiety attack — something that you may not feel comfortable doing with family around. Additionally, dosing is not as precise as with other methods.
For many people, tinctures may be a better solution. You can adjust the dose precisely, and take as much as you need quickly and discreetly. Additionally, when absorbed sublingually (under the tongue) it has quick absorption and high bioavailability — you should feel the effects within 20 minutes.
These are a great tincture for dealing with anxiety. The product is powerful, affordable and made without harmful chemicals or solvents. It’s also well-standardized, making it easy to take the right amount once you know your dose.
Lavender is another excellent tool for stress. The vaporizer provides high-quality CBD extract with lavender essential oil, for a soothing puff of tranquility throughout the holiday season. Select is also known for its high-quality hardware, so your vape pen shouldn’t fail or leak when you need it most.
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 *ahem… fourth* cookie, it can help your body 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.
While research is ongoing, there’s evidence that some of the terpenes in cannabis may help control appetite. One promising ingredient is Tetrahydrocannabivarin, more commonly referred to as THCV. THCV works in the body’s endocannabinoid system, reducing the feeling of reward you get from eating. High THCV strains are less likely to cause the “munchies.” THCV also helps suppress appetite more generally and may be particularly useful for diabetics. CBD itself appears to help reduce appetite, although its mechanism is not completely understood.
However, the most powerful effect of CBD on appetite is its ability to reduce factors that contribute to unhealthy eating, rather than its direct effect on the appetite. CBD can help ease anxiety, lower insulin resistance and ease a range of digestive complaints.
Choosing a CBD Product for Healthy Eating
It would be great if you could buy a product combining CBD and THCV, to help you avoid that holiday overindulgence. Unfortunately, depending on your state, you can’t. The legal status of THCV is somewhat murky, but as a psychoactive compound closely related to the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis (THC), it’s generally assumed to be limited by the same rules as THC.
If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, you may want to try a strain that’s high in THCV. Durban Poison is a classic high THCV strain, known for its uplifting effects and a clear-headed high that’s perfect for the holiday season. It’s also available as Select Durban Poison Elite cartridges, made from the same strain, but with the convenience of a vaporizer pen.
Alternately, you may benefit from a full-spectrum CBD product, combining CBD with the full range of terpenes to help control cravings and blood sugar. Pebble Full Spectrum Hemp CBD Softgels are a great choice for controlling diet and digestive health over the holidays. The pills contain highly concentrated full-spectrum CBD oil, with peppermint and ginger to increase bioavailability — two herbs that are also well-known for their ability to soothe stomach upset and aid digestion.
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 Diseasesalone, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are in high demand – especially during the holiday season when our inflammatory response is high.
This appears to result in part from the ability of cannabinoids to regulate the immune system. Inflammation is a normal and even necessary part of how your body fights injuries and infections, and protects you from further damage — it’s why wounds get swollen and hot to the touch, and sore joints get stiff. But excessive and chronic inflammation can damage the body, causing or contributing to a wide range of serious health conditions, from arthritis to inflammatory bowel diseases.
CBD and other cannabinoids can decrease immune response throughout the body, while also decreasing the pain associated with chronic inflammation. This can be a big help for people who suffer from inflammatory diseases, relieving discomfort and lessening disability so you can focus on enjoying spending time with your loved ones.
CBD Products for Inflammation
The type of CBD product you should use depends on the type of inflammation. If you’re dealing with a minor injury, such as a sore shoulder or an achy back, you may want to try a topical CBD treatment, such as Mary’s Jane All-Natural Pain Relief Roll-On, This strong treatment is easy to apply for local pain, from joint aches to headaches — just roll it on where it hurts.
Inflammatory diseases are more complex and may require a combination of diet and lifestyle changes, medication and supplements to treat effectively. While CBD can help reduce inflammation, it’s important to talk to your doctor before adding it to your regimen.
For chronic inflammation, you’ll get the best result from regularly taking CBD internally. Elixinol Extra-Strength CBD Capsules are a great choice, offering a high dose of CBD (45 mg per capsule) in a broad spectrum extract, enabling you to benefit from other anti-inflammatory cannabinoids. They’re also 100% organic, and extracted without harmful chemicals or solvents, and tested by third-party labs to ensure consistency and quality.
4. Pain Relief
As we all know, pain doesn’t take breaks for us to enjoy festivities. 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 the immune system to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
CBD for Pain Relief
Pain is often associated with inflammation, which means many CBD products that are good for inflammation are equally effective for pain. For localized pain, a topical product can be very helpful. Elixinol Extra Strength CBD Hemp Balm is great for sore shoulders and backs, whether they come from exercise or rushing around to get the house ready for the holidays.
Taking CBD internally can also help with many forms of pain, including nerve pain, headaches and migraines, and inflammatory pain. Try a high-quality CBD tincture such as Wander CBD Oil, or any of the other CBD oils and capsules we’ve mentioned in this article.
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.
CBD Products to Alleviate IBS
One of our favorite products for treating IBS symptoms is Select CBD Peppermint Tincture. This product combines high-quality CBD extract with a number of other ingredients traditionally used to relieve IBS. These include essential oils of peppermint, ashwagandha, and Rhodiola. As a tincture, it’s fast-acting and easy to moderate your dose to treat flare-ups.
Whether you celebrate the holidays alone, with family, traveling, or partying, 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.
Original Author: Bri Smith