The holidays are upon us and from now until the end of the year, we’ll be knee-deep in family gatherings, holiday meals and gift-giving…and the crowded airports, crazy overspending and major stress that accompany it all. Between dropping temperatures and heightened expectations, this time of year can be pretty intense for people – which is why instead of stocking up on eggnog, having some cannabis handy might be helpful. Two years ago, it was reported that cannabis sales experienced a noticeable uptick before Christmas. While some of those purchases may have been for gifts, any cannassuer knows that weed can help address the number of issues that seem to get amplified during the most wonderful time of the year.
Need some help getting through the season unscathed? Check out these tips for using cannabis to help you stay healthy this holiday season.
1. Standing in line on Black Friday? Take some CBD with you
Before you leave at 3am to wait in line for that 84-inch TV doorbuster deal, consider having a dose of CBD with your coffee. CBD has taken the world by storm thanks to its anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory and other properties without the added psychoactive effects. There’s a wealth of CBD products available on the market – from disposable vapes to tinctures to infused honey – making it easy to find the right consumption method for whatever the holidays throw your way. Whether you’re dealing with pain or inflammation while waiting to take Santa photos, or could use some focus and endurance while strolling down every aisle of your favorite big box store, a dose of CBD just might do the trick.
These CBD gummies from PLUS Products are flavored with Pineapple & Coconut.
2. Microdose that Holiday stress away
Let’s face it: the holidays aren’t fun for everyone. Heavy spending, travelling during the busiest time of the year, and navigating complex family dynamics can take their toll, especially for people already struggling with depression or anxiety. That’s why we love microdosing – it’s a discrete way to receive constant relief from whatever is ailing us. There are no joints to roll or bowls to pack; simply pop a postule or sublingual strip and usually within 15-30 minutes, the effects kick in. And the best part is that the doses are so small that instead of euphoria dominating the situation, there’s usually just enough of a buzz to take the edge off.
Kin Slips sublingual strips start as low as just 5mg THC.
3. The right weed strain can help suppress your appetite
During the last few months of the year is an endless parade of calories, and after we’ve eaten all the Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies and Christmas roasts, our waistbands will have had enough. For anyone trying their best not to overeat this holiday season, believe it or not there are actually cannabis strains that can help with appetite suppression. Despite weed’s reputation for bringing on the munchies, one of the properties of the lesser-known cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabivarin, or THCV, is that it can reduce one’s appetite. We’re still learning about THCV but we do know that it’s psychoactive and tends to deliver a clear-headed high, usually occurs in small amounts in cannabis plants, and is most commonly associated with sativa-dominant strains like Durban Poison and Blue Dream.
4. Take cannabis to get some rest between holiday parties
Stressful situations throughout the year can throw a monkey wrench into sleep patterns anytime, and when the holidays come for many of us, so does the insomnia and restlessness. From hosting out of town visitors to the pressures of party preparation, getting ample rest can be difficult during the holidays. More people are looking to cannabis to help with sleep disorders like insomnia, plus weed’s ability to relieve pain and anxiety also helps make falling and staying asleep much easier. Still, it’s important to remember that too much THC can actually inhibit sleep, and you might need to make some additional changes – like adjusting your routine or putting family in a hotel – in order to really get your rest on.
5. Boost your immune system by juicing raw cannabis
It’s easy to forget with all the fuss about legalization, but at the end of the day cannabis is a plant, plain and simple. More specifically it’s an herb, and as with every other type of herbs, fruits and vegetables, there are tons of benefits from eating cannabis raw. If you skip the decarboxylation and opt instead to juice freshly-picked raw cannabis, you not only receive some of the same nutrients found in other leafy greens – like calcium and fiber – but you’re also benefitting from all of the other cannabinoids like CBDA and THCA, which tend to go up in smoke when lighting up dried flower. Juicing raw cannabis can help ease inflammation and better regulate your body’s immune functions (just in time for cold and flu season) without getting the user high, so consider adding a little weed to your green smoothie this holiday.
6. If you’re trying to drink less alcohol, weed could help
Results from a ten-year study released earlier this year revealed that alcohol sales experienced a 15% decrease in parts of the country where cannabis has been legalized. While not exactly conclusive, it speaks to the possibility that people are starting to pass on the wine and beer in favor for weed, and it makes sense when you think about it. Both alcohol and cannabis have the ability to bring on a buzz and some impairment, but unlike alcohol, cannabis can help relieve chronic pain and a slew of other ailments. Cannabis can act as a sleep aid while alcohol tends to inhibit sleep plus the THC and CBD in cannabis can help ease depression unlike heavy drinking, which can bring it on. So if you’re watching your intake of alcohol this holiday season, try reaching for a vape instead.
Naturally when it comes to weed, what works for us may not work for you. Always be sure to consult with your physician if you’re new to cannabis and could use some guidance on what to try. Also, before you board the plane to hit the road to visit the family for the holidays, remember: cannabis is still federally illegal, so crossing state lines with it or driving while high is a definite no-no.
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