We hold these truths to be self-evident: that the holidays can be fraught, that they are endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these are good food, fellowship, and plenty of CBD.
There’s no question that Thanksgiving can be a mixed bag. It’s a time of year defined by mouth-watering magazine covers boasting creamy mashed potatoes and lavish pies, as well as the reliable return of articles by professional hostage negotiators on how to talk to your conspiracy theorist uncle.
Between travel, limited daylight, overindulgences in sweets and alcohol, challenging family members, and shorter work weeks packed with just as much work, the holidays aren’t always the festive feel-good time we want them to be. And like any recipe, just one of these bad ingredients can be enough for the whole experience to leave a bad taste in your mouth.
The good news is that hemp is here to help.
Travel, logistics, family dynamics, grocery lists, memorizing multiple people’s dietary restrictions, a disrupted sleep cycle...this time of year gives us plenty of things to fret about. Our endocannabinoid system can use all the help it can get to keep our engine running smoothly through the rocky and unpredictable holiday terrain.
How can hemp help? Let us count the ways.
1. Travel trials and tribulations
Whether you’re setting off on a car trip or a flight, travel logistics represent their very own special form of holiday stress. Once you’ve double-checked your packing list, planned your departure time, accounted for traffic and security lines, and/or braced yourself for the number of times you’ll have to answer the question, “Are we there yet?,” your shoulders might already be hugging your ears. (And that’s before your aunt starts giving you unsolicited career advice.)
CBD to the rescue. A well-timed serving before leaving for the airport — or as you settle in for a few hundred miles on the interstate — can help slow those spinning worries about whether you remembered to pack your phone charger.
Planning on tossing some Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD softgels in your carry-on? The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) updated its policy to allow products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC (our Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract is THC-free). Just remember, individual agents may apply or not apply this policy as they see fit. And plan to leave it at home if you’ll be flying internationally.
2. Sleeeeeep, my pretty
The holidays make it tempting to throw our sleep schedule out the window. There are cookies to eat and conversations to be had! But staying faithful to a regular sleep schedule is one of the most important things we can do to stay healthy and balanced, no matter what time of year it is. There are a number of tried-and-true methods for ensuring you get the zzzzz’s you need to rest and repair: limit screen time before bed, try to avoid late-night snacking or imbibing that can disrupt your circadian rhythm, and create a bedtime ritual that helps signal to your body that it’s time to transition into sleep.
CBD makes a great addition to that ritual. Try adding some Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD drops to your evening cup of tea, or keep your Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD spray on your dresser along with some aromatherapy pillow spray for a sensory bedtime treat (just don’t get the two mixed up!).
3. Nutritious? Yes. Delicious? Definitely.
Thanksgiving is all about kitchen magic. Let’s face it, there’s little to be gained from replacing the classics. Mashed potatoes, dressing, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie...yes please. But even the most revered family favorite dish stands to benefit from a little gentle tweaking from year to year. Cooking is love and alchemy — a chance to play with creativity and flavor while nurturing those who are dearest to us.
Try sprinkling some Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts on your stuffing or casserole for an extra boost of plant-based protein and omegas. Or mix some Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD drops into a festive cocktail for an extra dose of mood-balancing relaxation. Our Fall Superfood Salad combining both hemp hearts and CBD drops makes a beautiful addition to any Thanksgiving table, and our Matcha Mango Super Smoothie with Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD Plant Protein Blend is the perfect breakfast for the morning after a night of indulgence.
4. Dial down the drama
It’s not exactly breaking news that tensions can run high during the holidays. Fuses can be short, and a little friction can easily ignite into flames of bickering and regrettable exchanges. We’re not suggesting that CBD is capable of defusing long-simmering family dramas, but it may be able to help support a more balanced mindset as you navigate the minefield.
Other practices that can help decrease the stress response and discourage fight-or-flight mode include meditation, breathwork, yoga, and very...long...walks in the great outdoors. You got this.
5. Spread goodwill from hemp with love
Hemp truly is here to help. Looking for a great host or hostess gift? Try Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract with CBD! Looking for a fun new recipe to contribute to the office holiday potluck? Try Manitoba Harvest’s Root Vegetable Salad with Pomegranate Hemp Dressing! Looking for something, anything, to change the topic of conversation from the latest political news? Regale your family with the long and fascinating history of humans, hemp, and CBD!
The holidays can be stressful, but we go through it all year after year because they also offer one of the most reliable and fruitful opportunities to slow down, connect, and savor the good things in life: food, family, friends, and tradition. From all of us at Manitoba Harvest, we wish you and yours a happy and healthy hemp-fueled Thanksgiving.
The information provided is for informational purposes only. None of the information provided here should be considered medical advice or treatment recommendations. Consult with your health care provider if you have questions about incorporating CBD into your wellness regimen.