Let’s face it: the holiday season is synonymous with stress. Whether you’re furiously cleaning the house to prepare for a family visit, fending off an uncle’s interrogation about why you’re vegan, or being bumped around by holiday shoppers in crowded stores, ‘tis the season for high anxiety. Have no fear; CBD (short for Cannabidiol) oil is here. Reported to help treat everything from seizures to social anxiety, this magical ingredient—derived from either the hemp plant or the marijuana plant (but with no THC)—offers the calm that you crave. We’ve collected seven must-have vegan CBD products to keep you feeling groovy all season long.
1. Holy Cacao Hemp Butter
This jar of raw, organic, chocolaty, gooey vegan goodness may be everything you need to get you through the holiday season—whether you add it to a smoothie, or eat it straight out of the container. The rich, sweet taste of Holy Cacao Hemp Butter alone should be enough to soothe you after a long day with your family, but if it doesn’t, there’s 7mg of CBD in each serving. Though the benefits of CBD may not be entirely known, many swear by the effects that they have experienced, including the successful treatment of epilepsy, arthritis, and chronic pain.
2. Sträva Craft Coffee
It’s time to rethink the meaning of “caffeinated.” With Sträva CBD-infused coffees, the more you sip, the more mellow you’ll invite. The whole-bean coffee is available in several varieties: Focus, Restore, Elevate, and Escape. Serve this up to your family on Christmas morning and perhaps your in-laws will be too jolly to criticize your cooking.
3. Charlotte’s Web Hemp Infused Cream
Just like us, our skin can get irritated around the holidays, too. Cold weather can take a toll on us, emotionally and physically. Charlotte’s Web is a popular brand of CBD products and offer a hemp-infused topical cream that gives a healthy dose of shea butter and 300mg of hemp extract per ounce to soothe skin during this stressful season. Toss it in your bag and give your hands a moisture high while you’re out shopping for gifts.
4. Premium Jane CBD Gummy Bears
Remember that great Velvet Underground song, “Sweet Jane”? Well, now you have a reason to sing it, because these sweet gelatin-free Premium Jane CBD Gummy Bears will keep you feeling upbeat through the stresses of shopping, socializing, cooking, and chatting with family over the holidays. The maker suggests the sweets’ benefits include combatting stress, fatigue, and mild discomfort―which we all know are common side effects of the Christmas season!
5. Lulu’s CBD Chocolate
Lulu’s CBD Chocolate does double-duty this holiday season: curing our cravings and offering the calming effects of Cannabidiol. There’s a reason this sweet treat was deemed one of the top 14 CBD products of 2018 by New York Magazine. The all-vegan raw chocolates are available in two different sizes and can be bought online or in select shops.
6. Milk Makeup Kush Mascara
If you didn’t already think that CBD was magic, this mascara will turn you into a believer. The rich, creamy, luscious CBD oil-containing Kush Mascara from all-vegan Milk Makeup will grant you bold and beautiful lashes for all of your end of year gatherings, from Christmas cocktail parties to New Year’s bashes. CBD beauty products are hot, so go ahead and hop on the bandwagon.
7. Homemade Betty Organic Hemp CBD Balm
Are your muscles sore from hauling around holiday gifts? Is your skin irritated from the blast of cold everytime you go out? Is the back of your neck tightening when you think about hosting Christmas at your house? If so, this is the balm for you. Spread it on those stressed muscles and aggravated patches of skin, and let the coconut oil, shea butter, hemp seed oil, and CBD soothe you throughout the holidays.
8. Carolina Hemp Company Lavender Galaxy CBD Bath Bomb
For the ultimate coming together of all-things relaxing, try a hot bath with one of the Carolina Hemp Company’s Lavender Galaxy CBD Bath Bombs tossed in. Lavender essential oils are known to help reduce stress and support sleep. Combined in this bath bomb with known destresser CBD, you can now soak your way to serenity.
9. Lazarus Naturals CBD Coconut Oil
Coconut oil comes in handy whether you’re cooking up dinner or concocting your own cosmetics. Now you can use this CBD-infused coconut oil in place of the traditional ingredient in your holiday cooking and DIY cosmetics gift-giving. Why not stir up some homemade coconut oil-based body scrubs that will keep you and gift recipients feeling groovy during the holidays.
10. CBD Superfood x Mandala Chocolates Alchemy Bar
Did someone say chocolate? Don’t mind if we do. As if we needed more reasons to eat chocolate, this bar is nutrient-rich and contains CBD. Give yourself one as a stocking stuffer from “Santa” and have yourself a serene little Christmas.
Maya Gottfried is the author of the books Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal and Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary.