As many as 322 million people worldwide live with depression and for some, the holiday season can spark deeper suffering. Television, film, and social media’s holiday depiction of heart-felt gatherings, material abundance, and merry-making can trigger loneliness and isolation for those with who have experienced loss, grief, personal trauma, and severe depression. Shorter days and the fall time change also exacerbates depression for the six percent of the US population afflicted with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Depression symptoms can increase when you add the time needed for shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts, decorating, and baking on top of the daily upkeep of family and household. Stress and anxiety is heightened when expectations fall short. If you want to take back your holiday, there are ways to holistically fend off the blues and provide an extra arsenal of relief.
Getting Holiday Healthy
If the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past, there are ways to prepare and prevent sliding into depression. Try acknowledging your feelings and expectations; reach out to friends or families to prevent isolation and feelings of loneliness; be realistic about your time and social boundaries; be extra kind and understanding to yourself; plan your weekly schedule ahead; learn to say no; and seek professional help when you need it.
For many, alcoholic beverages are a favorite social lubricant at holiday get-togethers, office parties, and family gatherings. Yet, having a drink can also induce depression. Instead of pouring a glass of wine or a finger of Scotch before the in-laws arrive for the week, or before mingling at the company holiday party, consider the benefits of CBD oil. CBD oil can help improve depressive symptoms and quality of life.
A growing body of evidence unequivocally demonstrates that deficits in endocannabinoid signalling may result in depressive and anxiogenic behavioral responses, while pharmacological augmentation of endocannabinoid signalling can produce both antidepressive and anxiolytic behavioral responses. CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets. 2009 Dec;8(6):451-8.
How CBD Works
Our bodies’ endocannabinoid system is present everywhere in the body: the heart, liver, pancreas, skin, and the reproductive tract. The endocannabinoid system is composed of a complex, biological network of cell receptors. The cell receptors oversee bodily functions such as emotion, pain, sensation, appetite, digestion, and sleep. Our bodies thrive when our endocannabinoid system operates at its optimum capacity to facilitate a condition called homeostasis.
Homeostasis can be achieved when we introduce our bodies to CBD (Cannabidiol) oil, which is derived from hemp, a sub-species of the Cannabis sativa plant. Cannabinoids provide support to weakened cells and enhance the healthy ones. Hemp is non-psychoactive and doesn’t make you high. Some hemp strains can produce high levels of CBD and low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the component that induces the psychoactive-classic-marijuana- “high.” Read more about the endocannabinoid system.
A recent study shows how the endocannabinoid and serotonergic systems, which influence depression, are aligned with cannabinoid receptors found on serotonin neurons and the corresponding inhibitory receptors. Increasing the body’s endocannabinoid levels can result in antidepressant/anxiolytic-like activity.
Whether you have a propensity for feeling more melancholy around the holiday; want to boost your endocannabinoid system; or seek extra support with your present depression management program, Upstate Elevator Supply Co has CBD oil products to provide fast, discreet, and healthy relief during this holiday.
Upstate’s 200mg Full Spectrum CBD Cartridges in two terpene-rich flavors: Calm and Focus, provide the most rapid method of relief. Vaporized CBD is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream when inhaled. CBD cartridges, paired with our sleek Upstate vape pen, is easily stashed in the smallest evening bag or men’s jacket pocket.
Upstate’s new 100mg CBD Oral Mist Spray works similar to a breath freshener spray, with elevating effects. It’s easy to use as 1-2-3, simply point and spray a couple of times under the tongue. The Oral Mist Spray comes in three festive flavors: Sweet Pink Grapefruit, Spearmint & Eucalyptus, and Earl Grey with Honey and Bergamot.
Reclaim your holiday spirit and make it your own with Upstate Elevator Supply Company!