Holly Jolly, Joy to the World, Tis’ the Season, Merry and Bright, Let your Heart be Light, Sparkle and Shine, Comfort and Joy, it’s difficult to approach the holidays without hearing these common song lyrics or phrases of merriment, but for many, the holidays come with additional doses of stress and anxiety.

In fact, it’s more common than you might think. Nearly a quarter of Americans reported feelings of “extreme stress” between November and January, according to a poll by the American Psychological Association. The holidays often bring added social and financial demands but luckily Cannabidiol or CBD could be extremely helpful to combat feelings of anxiety and stress. CBD is a natural remedy that has been shown to be helpful with a myriad of conditions including depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth. Here are just a few ways CBD could help.

Natural remedy

Depression and anxiety are typically treated with pharmaceutical drugs that potentially could have negative side-effects and serious risks associated with them, such as agitation, insomnia, headaches, weight gain, nausea, dizziness, suicidal thoughts, allergic reactions and more. Promising outcomes from studies have indicated that CBD is a natural remedy that could potentially help with both anxiety and depression without those potentially harmful side effects.

Why it works

The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own in the brain & on Immune cells which is called the Endocannabinoid System. The receptors in the brain, referred to as CB1, control coordination and movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, appetite, memories and other functions. The CB2 receptors regulate the immune system which relates to autoimmune diseases, stroke and a number of other neurodegenerative diseases and is also found in the spleen, liver, heart, kidneys, bones and more. These receptors are what enable the body to respond to CBD in a way that could benefit a number of ailments.

How CBD Combats Anxiety

Because cannabidiol has more than 65 targets throughout the body, it is hard for researchers to pinpoint the sources of its many different therapeutic properties. Studies currently suggest that CBD counters anxiety by stimulating neurotransmitter systems and neural regeneration.

Serotonin:

CBD specifically binds to 5-HT1A which is thought to have the strongest role in anxiety disorders.

Endocannabinoids:

Did you know that your body naturally produces cannabinoids? These are used throughout your body and brain. When you are dealing with stress and anxiety this system can become dysregulated. CBD may help restore the balance in your endocannabinoid system.

Neural regeneration:

Stress and anxiety can damage your neurons and even shrink your brain. A scary thought if you deal with chronic stress, but especially if your stress if compounded during the holidays. The good news is, certain parts of your brain are still capable of regeneration and CBD has been shown to help boost this process!

During the holiday season, it’s normal for stress and anxiety to be on the rise due to a number of factors, but knowing CBD could help lessen the stress is helpful. As always, speak with your trusted medical professional before choosing a CBD supplement that will work for you. There are a variety of products that could provide CBD health benefits for managing stress. From CBD oils, CBD creams, CBD Edibles to CBD pet products, there is something for everyone depending on their issue and what method they are most comfortable with.

CBD Health of Florida has two CBD stores located in Pinellas County. We understand that figuring out how best to use CBD for yourself can be complicated. We are here to help. Please contact us with any questions you may have, and our friendly, professional, and knowledgeable staff will assist you. CBD Health of Florida carries over 100+ quality CBD products in stock all manufactured in the United States with third party testing for COA’s (Certificate of Authentication). Please stop in with questions, call us directly (727) 258-4220 or our Clearwater Location (727) 221-7050 email or explore our website.