4 Ways That Cannabis Can Help You Cope With Holiday Stress

A young woman struggling with holiday stress

A young woman struggling with holiday stress

While many see the holidays as the most wonderful time of the year, it is no wonder that it is also often viewed as the most stressful. After all, there is so much to be done! Between finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, coordinating schedules to spend time with your friends and family, as well as preparing favorite foods and treats to share, it’s no surprise that you might feel overwhelmed. That being said, it is okay to stop and take a deep breath every now and then or even seek a few methods to help you decompress. Our suggestion? Cannabis

If you’ve never considered using cannabis to help you relax and cope with the holiday stress, we have a few reasons why you should. Below, we have some great information you will want to check out as well as the details you need to know about getting your weed online delivery in Port Hueneme and Santa Ana!

 

1.) Handling Holiday Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can happen any time of year, though it does tend to be especially prevalent during the holiday season. If you find yourself dealing with a massive influx of anxious thoughts or you can feel your blood pressure skyrocketing from the stress, it’s important to slow down. In fact, it might be a good idea to work cannabis into your daily routine. This could include finding a strain you like to smoke at the end of the way to help you unwind. Or, if you prefer tinctures, find a CBD product that you like and can consume sublingually while on the go.

Cannabis is a popular option for coping with stress and anxiety year round. Many studies have found that it can help with short term side effects, such as curbing panic attacks or reducing anxious feelings. There are more studies that need to be done for the long term impact on anxiety and stress, but the cannabis research already has a great start. 

 

2.) Combat the Winter Blues

The concept of ‘winter blues’ isn’t just a myth. If you experience heightened feelings of depression during the colder months, you may actually have a condition called ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’, or ‘SAD’ for short. SAD is when a person experiences depression symptoms specifically during a set time of year, normally during the colder months when the days are shorter and the temperatures drop. Now that the time change has occurred, these feelings are susceptible to growing even worse.

For those that are experiencing SAD, even an extra dose of holiday cheer might fail to leave you in high spirits. If that is the case, don’t worry, because cannabis might be able to help. Be mindful that when using cannabis products, higher doses of THC tend to exacerbate these depressive feelings. Instead, try to opt for higher doses of CBD. As with any mental health condition, it is important to seek out therapy or schedule a visit with your physician if you feel as though there might be a deeper rooted issue or if your depressive symptoms worsen.

A happy group of friends celebrating the holidays together

3.) Improve Sleep Quality

It is hardly a secret that Americans struggle with getting enough sleep at night. For someone who has anxiety or has to deal with a lot of stress, negative thoughts can force you to stay awake at night, tossing and turning. When you do wake up, you likely aren’t well rested and this only serves to compound your stress and anxiety. If you are looking for a natural sleep aid to help you not only fall asleep but stay asleep longer, cannabis can certainly check those boxes.

Have you ever heard of CBN? CBN is what is created when THC ages and comes with a huge host of health benefits. Not only that, but it is non-toxic and makes for the perfect all natural sleep aid. Here at From The Earth, our weed online delivery in Port Hueneme and Santa Ana have a wide array of CBN products you can purchase. These even include a premier line from Papa & Barley that is geared towards improving your quality of sleep. 

 

4.) Coping with Holiday Grief

Losing a close loved one can be extremely difficult and these feelings of loss and grief tend to multiply around the holiday season. Know that what you are feeling is normal and it’s okay to be sad or not to have your heart wholly invested into the holidays this year. However, know that you don’t have to go through it alone. Find ways to help you manage these emotions, including talking to your loved ones, journaling, going on a walk, or even trying cannabis to help you calm down and recenter. Cannabis will never be a cure all for your grief, but finding a product to help you better regulate these tough emotions can go a long way.

 

Shop From The Earth

This year, don’t just simply let this season pass you by. The holidays only come once a year, and if you want to enjoy them, you should be able to! Stop by one of our great From The Earth locations and grab everything you need to help bolster your festive spirit. Or, if you are in a rush and know what you need, allow us to bring your favorites right to your front door with our weed online delivery in Port Hueneme or Santa Ana. With speedy delivery, we can take one less thing off your list so you can focus on the fun stuff! Already out and about doing your holiday shopping? Then opt for curbside pick up so we can get you back on the road. 

If you have any questions or need help finding the right products, you are always welcome to shop in store. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you and even provide recommendations. Cannabis education is at the core of our belief system here at From The Earth and we want to make sure you head into the holiday season with as little stress as possible.

National Mental Health Month: How Cannabis Can Help with Anxiety and Stress

A young woman smoking cannabis outdoors

A young woman smoking cannabis outdoors

Did you know that 40 million Americans struggle with anxiety each and every year? That accounts for almost 20% of the entire population of the United States. This is a very steep number and a harrowing statistic, all things considered. May is National Mental Health Awareness month which means it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression

We have all felt a little anxious from time to time, such as right before giving a big presentation at school or work, or prior to an important job interview. These feelings are normal. However, for many people, this sense of anxiety can be constant, following them around from day to day tasks. Anxiety can be persistent, even impacting one’s ability to function even when faced with typical activities such as grocery shopping or going out to dinner with friends.

If this sounds like you, there is actually an all-natural solution that could help: cannabis. Our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme has compiled some helpful information to give you some more insight on just how cannabis can ease the symptoms of anxiety and stress, helping you to live a more care-free and happier life. Keep reading to learn more!

 

Growing Legalization and Popularity


Over the past ten or so years, the legalization of cannabis and cannabis products has made some serious headway. While it isn’t quite legalized on a federal level yet, a wide array of states have approved cannabis for medical use. (Some for even recreational use, too!) 

A huge factor in this growing popularity as well as legality is due to many people using cannabis as an alternative aid for many health issues. Seizures, appetite disorders, joint pain, headaches, and yes, even mental health issues like anxiety and stress are just a few of the ailments that are on the list. 

It also helps that smoking isn’t the only way to enjoy cannabis anymore, either. Some people say that smoking is uncomfortable or even painful for them, and that’s okay! Great products like edibles, gummies, tinctures, lotions, creams, bath bombs and more are all available on the market today, helping people to partake in cannabis in a way the suits them best. At our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme, you will find hundreds of great brands and products to choose from. 

 

Looking at the Research


If there is one thing we want you to know, it’s this: it’s okay to seek help for your anxiety. There is no shame in that at all! Whether it be through therapy, working out, traditional medication, or using cannabis products, or any combination of the mentioned, there is no right or wrong answer. As long as it works for you, that is what matters.

If you’ve never considered cannabis, however, we do want to provide you with some helpful information first! While many claim that it helps them handle their anxious feelings better, it’s important to take a look at the research. In one study, researchers were able to conclude that inhaling cannabis actually helped for the short term, having a positive impact on participants’ anxiety, depression, and stress levels. 

According to their findings, the study found that the combination of low THC and high CBD were best for stress, while on the other hand, high THC and low CBD were more effective on anxiety and depression. It is vital to note, however, that the study didn’t find any conclusive evidence that smoking cannabis helped with these issues in the long term. 

As with many areas of cannabis research, studies are still ongoing. Thanks to the rising popularity and headway made in widespread legalization, hopefully soon more evidence of cannabis’ medicinal capabilities will be found. 

A woman holds up a piece of CBD candy

The Best Cannabis Products for You


If you want to start trying cannabis as a means to help manage your stress and anxiety, come on down to our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme! If you happen to live in a state where a medical card is necessary to use cannabis products, schedule an appointment with your doctor. For many states, stress, anxiety, and depression are all common reasons to qualify for a card.

The first time you step into a cannabis dispensary might feel a little overwhelming. There are a lot of products to choose from and it might even come across as a bit intimidating. However, you have no reason to worry! Our helpful staff is there to act as a guide and answer any questions that you may have. Though if you want to feel more prepared before you step in the door, there are a few questions you can ask yourself beforehand.

 

What kind of relief do you want?

Prior to making a purchase, you will need to answer this question. When smoking or vaping cannabis, relief is usually fast-acting and the impact usually comes on almost instantly. If you are wanting a delayed relief, then that is when choosing edibles or tinctures would be the better fit. This is also a great option if you are wanting to be better prepared for something like a stressful social engagement, as it has none of the cannabis smell and all of the relief.

 

What is your cannabis sensitivity like?

If you have a high sensitivity to cannabis, or have never tried cannabis before, make sure to opt for products with a lower THC content. This will make sure you get the best experience possible and avoid any unwanted side effects. Content can vary from product to product, so be sure to read the labels. 

 

Do you have any questions?

If there is something you want to know, don’t hesitate to ask! There is no such thing as a stupid question, especially where your mental health is concerned. When talking to one of our budtenders, feel free to have questions prepared in advance or ask them as they come up in conversation. We want to help you feel as comfortable as possible around cannabis products while getting you the relief that you deserve!

Cannabis and Black History Month: Taking a Closer Look at the Roots of Cannabis

A logo for Black History Month

A logo for Black History Month

February is Black History Month, meaning that is the perfect time to examine how cannabis and Black Americans are tied to one another. Black Americans have helped shape the landscape of cannabis in the United States, though unfortunately, this does include a storied history of racism and injustice. Here at our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme, we want to take a moment to look at the history of cannabis, and acknowledge just how Black Americans have helped to legalize and destigmatize cannabis usage as a whole. 

 

A Brief Background on Cannabis

While the origins of harvesting cannabis date back to as early as 500 B.C. in Central Asia, it eventually made its way through South Asia, then to India, and onto the Arab nations. This is the reason that some of the terms for cannabis are actually Sanskrit words, including ‘ganja’. 

From there, thanks to the vast trading system, cannabis made its way to various parts of Africa some time during the 13th century. During the 1800s, the British used indentured servants from India and took them to the Caribbean to work on the sugar and rubber plantations located there on the islands. Some of these servants brought cannabis with them.

What resulted was a blending of Indian and Jamaican cultures with cannabis being introduced to the Black, Jamaican field workers. It was in 1833 when Britain declared that slavery was illegal, effectively outlawing it and freeing the Indian slaves that were on the islands. These individuals left the plantations and moved into various parts of Jamaica and Barbados, settling in and making lives, which in turn, made cannabis increase in popularity as it became introduced to more people.

So how did cannabis wind up in the United States? Sailors, immigrants, and trade merchants from the Caribbean brought cannabis with them to the ports. From there, Black and Brown communities began partaking in cannabis recreationally. However, the United States was hardly a stranger to cannabis in the first place, as many Black Americans during that time period had grandparents who worked on hemp plantations. 

To this day, Jamaica and cannabis are still thought of together quite frequently, especially when looking at pop culture icon Bob Marley as well as other famous island musicians. 

 

The War on Drugs

Under Richard Nixon’s presidency, the United States was subjected to a campaign best known as the ‘War on Drugs’. While this campaign, which began in 1971, is often seen as the culprit behind the criminalization of cannabis, the issues truly began with Henry J. Anslinger. In 1930, the end of prohibition, there was the formation of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and with it, the first commissioner, Anslinger.

At the time Anslinger was brought into office, heroin and cocaine were already outlawed, leading to only one viable option to criminalize: cannabis. Despite the fact that prior to his term, he had gone on record to state the idea of cannabis making people ‘mad’ or violent was absurd, he still kept after criminalizing cannabis. This led to him attacking jazz music and cannabis, both of which were rooted in Black culture.

Jump ahead to the 1970s when Nixon was in office. Thanks to his administration, there is a huge disparity between how Black people and people of color get treated and persecuted when faced with drug charges compared to those who are white. These effects are still felt to this very day. In fact, according to a study conducted by UCLA, Black people are nearly four times as likely to get arrested for a cannabis-related crime than compared to white people. 

The presidency of Ronald Reagan also played a role in this storied history as well and included his Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. Not only did this further criminalize cannabis, but it also created something called mandatory sentencing laws. This meant that even for a petty, non-violent crime, such as marijuana possession, the person convicted would have to spend a minimum of five years in prison – a punishment that hardly fit the crime. Because of this, private prisons filled up with mostly Black men, and has cost the United States taxpayers a whopping $2.5 trillion.

 

A Brighter Future

While cannabis and the treatment of Black Americans have come a long way in recent years, there is still so much ground to make up. The legalization of cannabis has brought some amazing changes, including actually decreasing crime rates. In fact, violent crime in California has fallen by 15%. That means a lot to us personally, especially here at our cannabis dispensary in Port Hueneme, CA. 

It is high time to right the wrongs and injustices carried out by the war on drugs, and no, we aren’t just referring to Nixon’s campaign. Those efforts were clearly rooted in racism and meant as a way to monetize the maltreatment of Black Americans. To begin with, anyone who is currently serving a sentence due to a non-violent, drug-related crime should be freed and have their records expunged. To still be serving time for something that is no longer illegal, and never should have been in the first place, is the antithesis of justice. 

Not only that, but reparations should be made to Black and Brown communities all across America for the injustices that have been served. Social and equity programs need to be implemented to help those who were wrongfully prosecuted recover and reintegrate. Education remains at the forefront of change, though, and will make us hopeful for the future. By funding the education of cannabis for the new generation, we will help to unlearn the falsehoods enacted over the last four hundred years. 

Until the current cannabis industry sees these types of changes, we will not be able to truly move forward. So this February, not only think about the Black Americans who have suffered due to wanting to freely enjoy cannabis, but do what you can to be a part of the change. Vote, advocate, donate: when we all come together, then we will truly pave the way for a brighter future. 

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