Can CBD help with holiday depression?
The holidays are often associated with “Christmas spirit” as people buzz with anticipation of gifts, time off of work, plans with family, and decorating. However, not all people experience this kind of joy over the holidays. Different from S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) that creates depression as a result of shorter days and reduced sunlight exposure, there is a depression specific to the holidays. It may be caused by several factors including increased stress over financial stability, the dread of mingling with dysfunctional family members, or aversion towards the hyper-commercialization of the season. 38% of people in a survey claimed to experience higher levels of stress during the holidays as a result of all of these things. This may cause them to detach and just go through the motions while they wait for January to come.
While all of these factors certainly lend themselves to the development of depression, it is important to note that this particular phenomenon is categorized as situational depression. This is temporary and usually eases up at the start of the new year, and much different than clinical depression which requires medical intervention.
Stress, anxiety and depression during the holidays often leave people with social anxiety, lack of enjoyment of seasonal festivities, trouble sleeping or focusing, loneliness, and general apathy. CBD is a well known combatant of stress, anxiety, and depression, so it makes sense that it helps particularly during the “holiday blues”. CBD is still a relatively new product and as a result, research is still actively being done. But research spanning several years indicates that it may boost your natural endocannabinoid systems that fight ailments like the holiday blues. Long term affects of CBD and specific affects on holiday depression research still needs to be made, but there is an established causal relationship between the use of CBD and improvement of mental illnesses.
If you’re feeling a little of the holiday blues, come in and ease your mind with one of our high quality CBD products. Our staff is highly knowledgeable of CBD and our products so if you have a question, just give us a call at (605) 719-5141!