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Cannabis for the Holidays, the 2021 Gift Guide

Cannabis, in the forms of CBD or THC may be just what you need for the holidays! ‘Tis the season.. For STRESS! Not only the season for stress, but also depression, social anxiety, travel anxiety, eating and drinking too much, etc., etc., etc. The holidays are absolutely fun, or at least have fun aspects, but negative stuff will always surface at some point. There’s no better time than now to prepare for holiday stress or even just adding onto the fun that is to be had at holiday events.

88% of Americans say that the holiday season is the most stressful time of the year. That makes sense. There is SO MUCH going on right now. You’re either hosting out of town visitors or you’re the one traveling to see a bunch of people you only see once or twice a year. You’re stressing over the perfect gift or worried that you have to look happy when you get another pair of socks. You’re visiting family that you don’t like or you might be sad from family that won’t be there. From financial stress, to different patterns (kids out of school, workplaces shut down), end-of-the-year deadlines, traveling, lowered immune systems, even the WEATHER and lack of sunshine is against us this time of year. 

Looking to CBD, Delta 8 THC, Delta 9 THC, Delta 10 THC, and other cannabinoid products during this time of year can help alleviate the aches and pains associated with the holiday season. Well, we are here to help! Whether you’re looking for a gift from one of your majorly stressed friends or shopping for your holiday survival toolkit, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you find the perfect product.

If you’re ready to buy for yourself for the New Year, read our CBD for the New Year and the New You blog here.

FOR THE STRESSED

From family drama to socializing to worrying about planning all sorts of holiday events, stress happens. Stress relief (and anxiety, to boot!) products are a godsend when it comes to any sort of holiday stress you can think of. Delta 8 gummies, cigarettes, CBD oil, or even a combination of CBD and Delta 8 may be just what you need. Remember that CBD creates that awesome, natural equilibrium in your body but without any “mental high”. Any of our THC products do create a mental high, so be aware of that and use according to your preference.

FOR THE TRAVELERS 

Even if you LOVE traveling, you might get stressed out or have the lovely body aches that come from sitting in a cramped position because Johnny LongLegs is sitting in front of you and pushing his seat back as far as he can. CBD topicals such as the Green Roads Muscle & Joint creams or the Medterra Pain Cream are fantastic to reduce inflammation with cooling or heating effects as well. Gummies in a Delta 8 (Kush Burst) or Delta 10 THC (by Delta Extrax) variety will definitely take the edge off.

FOR THE SELF CARE SOULS

These products are great for those that need to learn how to wind down. Not to be confused with sleep products, these products are meant to relax and calm the mind and body, not necessarily help you sleep. Why not add some CBD into your Multivitamins from CBDfx or try the Lazarus Naturals French Vanilla Mocha CBD Oil.

FOR THE SLEEPY HEADS

Everyone knows a sleepy head! Heck, YOU are probably a sleepy head. Sleep is super important, yes, even for adults. Try these products to help get better and more quality rest. Adding Melatonin to your CBD is a classic way to get that extra rest. The Medterra Good Night Capsules, Green Roads Sleepy Z’s, or CBDFx Melatonin gummies are work fantastic. The Lazarus Naturals Sleep Oil has CBG and CBN in addition to CBD, making that combination of cannabinoids perfectly suited for rest.

FOR THE LIGHT-LOOKERS

These products are best for people that love strolling around and looking at Christmas lights, going off on a nature hike, or just enjoy getting lost. Chronix Delta 9 Gummies or even a Hemp Living HHC dab can really make the holidays fun! Remember never to drive under the influence of any THC products. 

FOR THE DOERS

There are people that like to be active (somehow!) and with activity comes achy muscles and joints. Products that are topical can help focus on that area of where the sore muscle is located. Also, read our blog on CBD and Exercise for other product ideas for the active-type people. The cbdMD Freeze Roller has that biofreeze technology combined with super high concentrations of CBD. If you prefer instant relief, try the cbdMD Lidocaine + CBD spray.

FOR THE FUR FAM

Our pets are our babies (LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN BACK!). Cats and dogs are always considered part of the family, so why wouldn’t we treat them and take care of them? Heck, I take better care of my cats than I do of myself. Here are some products that will help with your pet’s health or anxiety. Honest Paws is one of our trusted brands that only produces CBD for pets. Organic, full-spectrum CBD for dogs and cats will make the holidays more enjoyable for all.

UNDER $20

Money is such a major stressor during the holidays. So, if you are worried about going over budget or if you want to try more wallet-friendly products before you go for more potency or bigger batches, these are the products for you! Our under $20 section is the perfect place to shop. Don’t forget to take advantage of current discounts that we have available. You can find these discounts on our home page, by signing up for our weekly newsletter, or following our social media. 

CHOOSING YOUR PRODUCTS

Choosing the correct products for you and your situation is KEY! There are things to think about when you’re deciding what products you’re going to want to have with you. Here are some questions to ask yourself when picking your purchase. 

Where are you going? 

Maybe you’re heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house (Which is actually a Thanksgiving poem. Fun fact.). Maybe you’ll be home for Christmas. Or maybe you’ve got no place to go (Alright, I’m done). Keep in mind where you’ll be when you’ll be using your products and who will potentially be around. Maybe grandma isn’t cool with vaping in the house, so you should look at products that are less offensive. Check out our blog on what the best Delta 8 gummies are here.

What activities are happening?

Maybe you’ll be dancin’ and prancin’ in Jingle Bell Square or rockin’ around the Christmas tree (OK! I am stopping!). Whatever activities you are participating in (or aren’t), you want to make sure the experience you’ll have after use of the product will be conducive to the activity. Different strains will deliver different feelings and experiences. If you’ll be socializing or need to be energetic, a Sativa strain is probably best. If it’s time to wind down for the evening with hot chocolate and holiday movies, an Indica-dominant strain will work to start relaxing your body and mind. If you’re hopping from activity to activity, try a Hybrid strain. Know what you’ll be doing and prepare with your product or slew of products. For more tips on choosing your strain, read our Strain Blog.

When will you use it? 

This kind of goes back to where you’ll be a little. If you need to be discreet with your product depending on where you are or who is around or if you’re even able to slip away. Think about the discreet-ness of the products you want to use. Of course edibles are easiest to hide and have no smell, making them perfect for a discreet use. Another thought is time of day, looking again at the strain blog, be aware of what strains will knock you on your butt and what strains will energize you. You might not want to take something that will make you sleepy at 8am unless your plan is to sleep through family brunch. Another thing to think about is if drinking is happening, maybe you don’t want to mix certain products with drinking. A fun thing though, is that you can actually mix some products with alcohol, read our blog on how to do that here.

Are you traveling? 

Traveling is a pain in the ….well, you know. Just because you might be taking a flight to your destination doesn’t mean you can’t take Delta 8 products with you. Just be cautious about what you bring in your carry on and read our blog on the “Rules of Traveling with CBD and Delta 8”. Even more, think about how plane or train rides make you feel. If you get stressed from using public transportation, then look to products that will chill you out during your trip. If you get sore muscles from sitting for long periods of time during travelling, look at topical products for more focused pain relief.

What type of experience do you want to have? 

Not to beat a dead horse, but with activities, location, and time of use, you also want to keep in mind what type of experience you want to have. Especially when you are looking at products that contain THC or HHC, you want to know what products will make you feel certain ways. Everyone reacts differently to different products, so knowing in advance how different products make you feel is the smartest thing to do before heading off on your holiday adventures. 

faqs

Are Delta 8, Delta 9, Delta 10, HHC, and THC-O legal?

Yes; per the 2018 Farm Bill, these products are hemp-derived and contain less than 0.3% of Delta 9 THC.

What is the best product for me?

If you have questions about any of the products or have questions about which product is best for you, personally, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. You can contact us here.

Is there CBD for pets?

Yes, we have many options for pet products that are focused on cats and dogs. There are different products for wellness, mobility, and anxiety that are pet friendly.

ABOVE ALL, BE CAREFUL

I’m talking about where you’re storing your products when not in use. Wherever you go and whatever you’re doing, make sure others can’t get into your “Holiday Helpers”. Especially if you are around kids and pets, keeping these products out of reach and out of sight of those little nosey elves is important. Look at our helpful blog on how to store your gummies properly, here.

When you pick out your products or gift them, let us know what you think! If you still need help picking products, reach out to our team for any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, BRIE LOWREY

Brie Lowrey, resident Head of Customer Engagement here at The Green Dragon CBD, is a Kansas City Native now residing in St. Louis. She thrives on keeping up with social media trends, staying up-to-date on CBD news, and sending out office-wide dragon jokes. Connect with her on LinkedInInstagram, or read other posts by Brie.

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