Ah, the holidays. What a busy, joyful time of year — a time of traditions and pressure, family and fighting, rich foods and bellyaches, gifting and maxed out credit cards. It’s no wonder that so many of us find the holiday season incredibly difficult. And this year truly takes the cake — nothing like a global pandemic to stress you out! Fortunately, while the reality of the coronavirus and the holiday season can’t be denied, there are ways to manage the stress they cause. Let’s take a look at the role of cannabis in managing holiday stress.
A low dose of cannabis before bed is a great place to start. The right combination of CBD and THC will help you sleep well, setting you up for a good day. Keep in mind that CBD in particular is a best bet for mitigating stress and anxiety. CBD can actually be a good alternative to anxiety medications because of the way in interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system and specific chemicals that regulate mood.
Still, the research is limited and there is anecdotal evidence that THC is more effective for calming anxiety in some people. On the other hand, cannabis users who are ingesting high doses of THC also tend to exhibit symptoms of anxiety — exactly the last thing you need when you’re trying to chill out. As always, the best approach is to be willing to experiment with both CBD and THC strains and products to see what works best.
Tension can wreak havoc on the body, so if head and body aches or indigestion are a struggle for you when you’re stressed, again, cannabis can help. A topical, like our KYND balm, is just the ticket for on-the-spot relief. Try it on aching shoulders, throbbing temples or that stiff neck. A little goes a long way, and a few minutes spent massaging in the goodness will really do wonders.
If stomach issues are the problem, remember that CBD can be a surprisingly effective digestive aid. We can recommend our KYND tinctures as a general cure-all for tummy troubles, body and headaches and a good way to knock down anxiety. Tinctures are favored for their rapid onset, and bonus — there’s no telltale odor tipping off your friends and family! Check out our CBD and CBD/THC options to get started, and don’t forget the KYND Balm, either. We’re all stocked up at The Dispensary and Mynt Cannabis, and there’s still time to grab what you need to make it through these unusual holidays.
From everyone here at KYND, we wish you and yours a very merry Christmas. Hang in there — 2021 is just ahead!