The holiday season is full of family feasts, sparkling lights, and cheer- but it can also be a major source of stress. From organizing travel to buying presents and dealing with family drama, the holidays can quickly throw us off our daily routines and feel overwhelming. Plus, mental illness, chronic pain, and fatigue don’t go on vacation just because the holidays come around. Luckily, there are many holistic ways to manage anxiety and stress as we put up decorations and plan parties.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring cannabinoid from the hemp plant that, unlike THC, doesn’t cause any feelings of intoxication or “high” typically associated with cannabis. While more research is needed, early studies show promising results for the anxiety and stress-relieving benefits of CBD.
Below are some ways CBD can help soothe holiday anxiety and help you manage the stress of this busy season.
How CBD Can Help With Holiday Anxiety
While our “fight or flight” stress response helped keep human ancestors alive in ancient times, modern-day stressors (such as a never-ending to-do list or judgmental in-laws) can put some serious strain on our adrenal glands. CBD has been shown in several studies to lower stress and anxiety in both animals and humans. According to a University of Sao Paulo study, CBD can work within the brain’s limbic and paralimbic areas to reduce subjective anxiety. CBD also may boost serotonin receptor signaling, which helps to lower holiday anxiety and stress while boosting your mood. Doctors recommend using a CBD product that absorbs into the blood quickly, especially if you’re faced with sudden anxiety attacks or acute stress symptoms. Try Radix House CBD honey, cookies, or gumdrops (in the prescribed or recommended dosage) for a sweet, stress-relieving treat.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a crucial regulator of our mood, physiology, and overall health. The U.S. National Library of Medicine published a study suggesting that “CBD… and its modified derivatives significantly suppress chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain without causing apparent analgesic tolerance in rodents.” CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties come in handy during the holiday season when we’re thrown off our normal routines and eating and drinking more than normal. Cannabinoids like CBD can lower immune response throughout the body (in a good way) and reduce pain caused by chronic inflammation to relieve discomfort so you can enjoy your time with friends and family.
With many office parties, tempting treats, and family meals, it’s fairly common to overindulge during the holidays. While CBD can’t stop you from reaching for that second *ahem… fifth* serving of dessert, it may be able to assist your body in regulating insulin levels and converting fat. Studies show that long-term use of CBD can help to shrink the waistline by making the body more efficient at converting white fat into weight-reducing brown fat and promoting sugar metabolism and insulin production.
CBD’s biggest impact on appetite, however, is probably how it helps reduce or control factors that often lead to unhealthy eating. Since CBD can lower anxiety, insulin resistance, and heal digestive inflammation, it can help you be in a calmer state of mind, leading to healthier food decisions.
Alleviates IBS Symptoms
The holiday season coincides with cold and flu season, rich dishes, and lots of chances for germs to invade. If you suffer from digestive issues or a weakened immune system, this can mean bloating, pain, inflammation, and other bowel problems. CBD activates CB1 receptors to help the body undergo “gastroprotection, reduction of gastric and intestinal motility and reduction of the intestinal secretion,” as a study by Crescolabs notes. Thanks to this process, IBS-sufferers may find some relief. Even if you don’t have IBS, many of us struggle with digestive issues during the holiday seasons due to the onslaught of (delicious) rich foods.
Unfortunately, pain doesn’t take a vacation when you do. Many people are seeking a safer, more holistic option for pain management outside of strong prescription opioids. According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, CBD lowers inflammation significantly in rats and mice. CBD may interact with brain receptors and your immune system to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Depending on your unique situation, your doctor may recommend CBD as a way to treat pain.
Relieve Holiday Anxiety With Radix CBD
The holiday season can be both celebratory and stressful. Although further studies need to be done, early research shows promising results for the stress and anxiety-relieving effects of CBD. Radix House Coffee offers a high-quality selection of CBD products to help ease your holiday anxiety.Order online or pick up from a Radix location in South or East Austin today!
Looking for high-quality CBD products? Order online or pick up from Radix House today!