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Don’t Let Stress and Anxiety Put a Damper on Your Holidays

The turkeys and pumpkins can finally take a sigh of relief because they are safe from being carved and eaten for another year.

The end of November is the official start of the holiday season.  And while the turkeys and pumpkins can relax, the rest of us are about to begin one of the most stressful times of the year.

December is a festive month loaded with days off work and school, family gatherings, cocktail parties, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years’, presents, and STRESS!

The holidays bring a myriad of stressors –  It’s preparing your house for your in-laws and family coming into town, it’s getting your shopping done and wrapping everything, it’s the unavoidable, obligatory conversations you have with distant relatives and friends, and then it’s thinking about January’s credit card bill.

So, unless you’re a kid, turkey, or pumpkin, you need another tool to parry the attack of holiday stressors.

New scientific data says that daily cannabidiol consumption may be your stress shield.  Get ready to nerd out…

The human brain creates a neurotransmitter called N-arachidonoylethanolamide, or Anandamide (AEA). The word anandamide is derived from the Sanskrit word, “Ananda”, with means joy or bliss.  Anandamide’s founder, Raphael Mechoulam, named it after ‘ananda’ because its core functions is making us feel happy.  AEA modulates the immune system, appetite, mood, and pain perception, which collectively, leads to feelings of well-being and happiness.  Although the effects of AEA are powerfully positive, the compound itself is quite delicate and degrades quite easily.

The enzyme that breaks AEA down is called fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH).  The link between anandamide levels, FAAH, and happiness are so strong that scientists began researching this in a effort to develop new medications to combat depression and anxiety.  These medications all work on the premise of lowering FAAH levels to maintain higher levels of AEA.  In piglet, mouse, and human models, studies show that increasing AEA levels by lowering FAAH, leads to higher levels of happiness and lower levels of anxiety and depression.

Here’s how cannabidiol can defend against holiday anxiety…

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has proven to increase anandamide levels by inhibiting its degradation by FAAH.  This study was published in the highly respected science journal, Nature (click this link to read).

Science is saying that by consuming cannabidiol on a regular basis may keep higher levels of anandamide in your system, resulting in lower levels of anxiety and depression.  The study suggests that cannabidiol is safe, non-toxic, and has fewer side effects when compared to other stress fighting supplements.

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Halcyon Essentials develops and manufactures a full line of accurately dosed products featuring cannabidiol derived from hemp.  Our products are legal in all 50 states.  So, whether you need to take the edge of for yourself or want to give someone a unique gift, Halcyon Essentials has something for you.

While we’re on the topic of anandamide, stress, and the holidays, here’s more delicious food for thought.  Chocolate contains small amounts of anandamide.  When you start feeling anxiety from holiday stress, reach for some Halcyon Essentials products and some chocolate instead of alcohol or Xanax.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Click here to read a study on The National Institute of Health’s website about cannabidiol and anxiety.