The holiday season is a time for celebration! But for a lot of people these days, the extreme expectations of what they “should” be doing over the festive period can also be a major source of stress:
For a start, there are a huge number of extra social situations to handle. There are also different activities and events to plan and take part in. There are more family interactions than normal. Gifts to buy. Shopping to do…
All in all, for many people, the holiday season is ground zero when it comes to the biggest stressors and anxiety causes of the whole year.
But luckily, there’s been a solution which has been growing in popularity over recent years:
Taking full-spectrum CBD oil in any one of a number of different formats (these days, it comes in handy pills, easy-to-use CBD vape cartridges and even sweet candies as well as other methods) has become many people’s go-to solution when holiday stress comes a-calling…
Why are the holidays bad for your stress and anxiety?
Of course, the worst things you can do for your levels of stress and anxiety are to let your eating habits stray away from healthy and regular, not get enough sleep, not get enough exercise and probably drink alcohol too…
Unfortunately, these are all things which the holiday season is very well known for!
For many people, this means that some kind of stress relief system needs to be put in place:
And for increasing numbers of people, this means using a CBD cartridge in their vape pen or ordering some gummies in time for the holidays. In fact, approximately 70% of people use CBD because they have anxiety.
It’s one of those areas where CBD makes sense. Because when the endocannabinoids which your body produces itself get out of balance, the cannabinoids found in cannabis – most especially CBD – can help.
How CBD helps with holiday stress
If you haven’t used it before, it’s important to remember one thing upfront:
CBD does not have any psychoactive effect. This means it won’t get you “high” or cause you problems when you’re trying to do normal things during the course of your busy holiday season days.
CBD, technically called cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid. A cannabinoid is simply a type of chemical found in all kinds of plants and animals. There are many different types, including:
- Your own body creates endocannabinoids. These interact with your endocannabinoid system to produce or regulate various body functions. These include things like your sleep cycle, mood, your appetite, the immune response, your nervous system and hormone production.
- Plants produce phytocannabinoids. This is the class which CBD falls into. They also help regulate certain body functions in the same way as endocannabinoids when ingested.
In the case of CBD, it’s believed they activate serotonin receptors. Most people think of serotonin as the “happiness and well-being” chemical – and it certainly plays a major role here – a very important role as far as the happiness and well-being of your holiday are concerned!
But it would be wrong not to mention the fact that serotonin also plays a role in a huge number of other biological processes, including memory, learning, mental function and as a reward in addition to mood.
What can using CBD help with?
CBD is known to be involved in pain perception and to work as an anti-inflammatory.
It also seems to reduce the fight or flight response in many people. This results in a general calming, confidence-boosting effect which can create just the kind of “emotional armor” you might be looking for this holiday season.
This isn’t just hearsay evidence either. Numerous studies have been and are being done to determine the potential medical benefits of CBD. Some of these show that CBD can be useful against both anxiety and depression, though further work needs to be done.
But, if you suffer from any of the following conditions, figuring out how to use CBD oil in your vape pen or choosing another delivery system might be worth trying this year:
- General anxiety disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Panic attacks or panic disorder
- OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
How to find full-spectrum CBD oil for sale
This isn’t to say that you can grab anything which says “CBD” on it and expect to notice any kind of effect.
You should always carefully check:
- What your chosen manufacturer knows and says about CBD in general.
- What’s contained in this specific product in particular.
- All information regarding where the plants were grown and the product manufactured.
Real, high-quality CBD vape pen cartridges and so on should clearly state the quantities and strengths of active ingredients they contain.
Full-spectrum CBD is created from the hemp plant. This means the ingredients inside the oil are naturals cannabinoids which come from the plant itself.
Other types may contain synthetic or isolated cannabinoids. These can have an effect. But they’re never going to be as effective as a combination of all of the beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes and other phytonutrients working together.
By having a combination of ingredients from the same plant, you’ll increase your chances of benefiting from something called the “entourage effect”. This is the term given to the way several different compounds from the same plant will have a greater effect together rather than individually.
One important note for beating your holiday blues
Travel is almost a given for many people over the holiday season. Remember though:
Hemp is federally legal. High-quality full-spectrum CBD oil should thus contain no illegal THC. But many police forces are keen to check that this is the case for themselves!
If you don’t want to find yourself with a little added stress and anxiety this year, it’s doubly important that you check the label to confirm exactly what’s in your new CBD vape oil cartridge.
Proper manufacturers will clearly label their products as not containing THC as well as the strength of CBD you’ll find inside or a Certificate of Analysis to show the same.
Which way of taking CBD is right for me?
You can get your new daily dose of CBD oil in all kinds of ways:
- Gummies and other edibles
- CBD oil in a vape cartridge
- CBD pills, tablets and capsules
- Tinctures in various flavors (which you can place a couple of drops of under your tongue, bake into edibles or drop into your eggnog)
Add a little excitement and enjoyment to this festive season (as well as making sure you’re prepared for your CBD-protected holiday) by experimenting with the way which works best for you.