As we navigate through the holiday season, it’s natural to feel a little stressed out. You may be nervous about finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, or maybe you just hate attending large parties where people tend to drink too much alcohol. While this is normal for most people during this time of year, if you start experiencing excessive stress that affects your ability to function normally then it’s time to take action! Fortunately, cannabis can potentially help with all kinds of stress-related symptoms.
It can potentially help with anxiety, depression and grief; and it can help you sleep better. And if you’re worried about having a bad time at family gatherings or office parties, consider using cannabis as an alternative to alcohol (which is often associated with the “unwinding” experience). In fact, some research has shown that using marijuana before social events can actually make them more enjoyable!
Here are some other ways in which cannabis may be able to save your sanity this season…
Help yourself cope with anxiety
Anxiety is a feeling of worry and fear that can become all-consuming. It’s common, with over 40 million people in the United States suffering from anxiety disorders. Anxiety can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, trauma, or chronic stress.
You may experience some symptoms of anxiety if you’ve recently had a major life change—or even if it’s just Christmas and Holiday season time!
Feeling anxious about an upcoming event? Indica strains can help calm the mind and body, with a full-body relaxation that is perfect for slowing things down when you’re feeling wound up.
Some even prefer to partake before heading into a stressful situation to see how it helps you relax and engage more fully in the moment without getting carried away in your thoughts. You might also enjoy trying an edible or capsule as well, which could take slightly longer to kick in than inhaling but will still provide long-lasting effects. Cannabis topicals are another great way to promote relaxation by alleviating muscle tension – try a topical along with one of these other methods for best results!
Cannabis topicals are another great way to promote relaxation by applying the cannabinoids directly to the skin. The cannabinoids in these products is absorbed through the skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps reduce pain, muscle tension, and inflammation.
Topicals are also a good option for people who don’t want to (or can’t) inhale cannabis smoke but still want relief from tension or pain.
When it comes to relieving muscle tension, there are two main ways to go about it. Topical applications such as balms and salves are a great way to get relief that’s easy to use and apply. You can literally rub them on your skin wherever you need them—the back of your neck, arms or legs—and feel the effects immediately. They also have a long shelf life so you can keep them around for whenever the need arises!
Handle Family Drama Better
If you’ve ever been around a family gathering, chances are good that you’ve seen or experienced some type of drama. Maybe it was one of your relatives blaming another for something that wasn’t their fault. Or perhaps someone got into an argument with their spouse that escalated from simple words to full-on shouting matches and nasty insults. This can be difficult to watch, especially if the people involved are close to you or even family members.
Cannabis has long been known as an effective stress reliever, which makes sense since stress often results from situations where we feel powerless—and nothing is more stressful than having someone else tell us how they think our problems should be handled! If cannabis helps ease tension when talking about politics with friends or finding solutions for work problems at home (or both!), imagine what it could do when facing off against hostile relatives!
Ah yes, the inevitable family drama that comes along with holiday gatherings.
When you’re in the middle of a family drama, it can be hard to get your mind off it. Here are some ways cannabis can help you relax and cope better:
- The first step is to understand what makes you feel anxious or stressed out. Maybe it’s social situations like spending time with people who don’t share your values or beliefs.
- Maybe it’s being around family members that make you feel judged or criticized. Or maybe it’s the feeling that everyone else seems so much happier than you are, no matter how good things may seem on the surface. This first step is important because knowing what makes us uncomfortable helps us avoid those situations when possible, if not avoid them altogether!
- Next up: Consider whether there is any way at all that this situation could be improved by using cannabis.
Cannabis Can Help Anxiety and Depression
First, cannabis can help you feel less anxious about social events. When you’re feeling stressed out about spending time with friends and family this holiday season, take a few puffs of your favorite strain before heading out the door. A study conducted by researchers from Washington State University found that smoking marijuana reduces stress in people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to its ability to ease PTSD symptoms like anxiety and depression, cannabis may also reduce the symptoms of social anxiety disorder (SAD).
Finally, even though cannabis is known as a relaxant drug that reduces anxiety, it might actually be beneficial for people with chronic stress or serious depression who want to feel relaxed at the holidays but not sedated. While some strains do contain high levels of THC which will could leave you feeling woozy after use (potent strains are recommended only for experienced smokers), there are plenty of CBD-heavy options available if this is what you’re looking for.
Grieving and Winter Blues
Grief. It can be a difficult thing to handle, especially during the holidays. If you’re having trouble coping with grief, cannabis may be able to help. Cannabis has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression while also helping you relax, which can help a lot when dealing with feelings of sorrow.
Winter blues are another issue that many people suffer from around this time of year—and if you don’t have enough sunlight exposure throughout the day, cannabis could be just what you need! The cannabinoids in marijuana work together as an endocannabinoid system modulator (ECS), which means that they affect your body’s internal systems by mimicking natural molecules found in it called “endocannabinoids”. These molecules affect mood and appetite control, energy levels throughout the day/night cycle (circadian rhythm), pain management responses within our bodies (nociception), stress responses from both physical or mental trauma…and even how well we sleep at night!
- Cannabis is a great sleep aid. It’s no secret that cannabis can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, but did you know it can also reduce restless leg syndrome? This may be due to the effects of cannabinoids on the endocannabinoid system, which plays an important role in regulating sleep and wakefulness.
- Cannabis can help with insomnia. Many people suffer from insomnia or other forms of sleep deprivation during the holidays because they’re caught up in work or family obligations, or simply feel overwhelmed by holiday stressors. Luckily, cannabis has been shown to improve both total sleep time as well as quality of rest for those who are struggling with bouts of insomnia or other types of sleep deprivation.
- Cannabis can help with sleep apnea (a common cause for chronic snoring). One study found that THC reduced breathing pauses associated with obstructive sleep apnea by 25%. Another study showed that CBD oil reduced oxygen desaturation during quiet wakefulness among patients diagnosed with OSA., so if you’ve ever had trouble sleeping due to snoring (or even just loud neighbors), cannabis could be your saving grace!
Spending Too Much Money
If you’re like most people, the holidays are a time to spend money on gifts and travel. But how can we still give our loved ones gifts when money is tight?
It helps to keep in mind that not every gift has to be purchased. Take the time to think about what items your family members might want or need, and then try making them yourself! This doesn’t always mean “crafting” — sometimes it’s as simple as buying fabric for someone who loves sewing, or getting a group together for a board game night instead of going all-out on decorations.
Use cannabis to manage holiday stress.
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing holiday stress, cannabis can help you cope with your family drama, sleep better and save money.
As a natural relaxant, cannabis can help you manage everyday life stresses during the holidays. It can also be used to help you cope with anxiety before social events or stressful situations which may arise during the season.
If your family is going through a rough patch or if there are tensions between siblings and extended family members during the holidays, using cannabis in small doses can help alleviate some of that stress and tension. Cannabis has been shown to have an anti-anxiety effect on people who use it regularly for therapeutic purposes such as treating PTSD symptoms or chronic pain management. In addition, research shows that CBD oil may reduce feelings of aggression by reducing adrenaline levels in people who have consumed too much alcohol after a night out drinking (or celebrating).
I hope this information has been helpful for you. The holidays can be a stressful time for many people, but with some careful planning and therapeutic cannabis use, it doesn’t have to be as bad. If you’re looking for even more ways to manage your holiday stress, check out our blog section and read up on some of the other benefits of cannabis!