The pandemic hit us all pretty hard.
Whether you were directly affected by COVID or just found yourself binge watching too much Netflix, it’s safe to say 2020 was a year to remember — and probably one you’d like to forget.
Now, as we emerge from quarantine, many people are reporting they still don’t feel quite right. They’re not depressed. And they’re not anxious. But they’re not alive either. They just feel “blah.”
They’re languishing. And CBD might help.
Are You “Languishing''?
Psychologists define languishing as low-grade, sub-clinical depression — and the Official Emotion of 2021. It’s a state of lost vitality, apathy and non-thriving which isn’t a show-stopping problem. It’s a vague stagnation that goes unnoticed, at least until a few months have slipped by. Or years.
Though languishing increases the risk of future mental health disorders, it isn’t a clinical syndrome. Rather, it’s a slow drain on life that comes at a hidden cost.
If you’re languishing, you still show up for work everyday, but you probably don’t perform your best. You miss the promotion.
If you’re languishing, you keep on “adulting” and coping with stress, but you have little motivation for personal growth. Instead, you download Tetris.
You’re functioning. But you're not alive. Sound familiar?
The most insidious part of languishing is that it usually goes unnoticed by the languisher. Those of us coping with post-pandemic languishing don’t realize that we’ve lost our edge, that life has lost a bit of its color. Yet, if we could step out from behind the malaise, we might be shocked to find out what we’re missing.
What Causes Languishing?
A multitude of things can put you in a slump, and there’s no clear cause of languishing. Moreover, there’s no clear cause of depression or anxiety either.
Biological indicators (like low neurotransmitter levels) can correlate with feeling down, but doctors rarely know why those biological conditions evolve. Unlike a broken bone, mental health conditions are indeterminate problems; there’s rarely a specific cause or a precise solution.
Stress influences mental health but so too does the food we eat and how (or if) we socialize. During the pandemic, some of our habits and tendencies took a turn for the worse and haven’t fully recovered. Now is the time to get back on track.
Adaptogens, CBD and Stress
Systemic health problems like languishing need systemic solutions like diet, exercise and — in the case of stress-related conditions — adaptogens, such as CBD and ginseng.
Adaptogens are natural herbs with holistic benefits. But their benefits are complex, not caused by a singular mechanism.
Essentially, researchers have demonstrated that adaptogens work, but they usually can’t pinpoint a specific reason why. By contrast, an antidepressant drug might target a particular receptor in the brain. Adaptogens, however, work on multiple, interdependent body systems.
As an adaptogen, CBD has benefits for a host of conditions which can’t be attributed to a single biological process. There’s research showing positive outcomes for anxiety, pain, inflammation, and immune conditions, among other problems.
Rather than working on one chemical receptor, CBD supports a regulatory pathway which all bodily systems use to communicate and coordinate. This regulatory pathway is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), and it has receptors spread throughout the body. That’s why — for systemic conditions like languishing — CBD may be just the thing to reestablish holistic balance.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The ECS is composed of special receptors and endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) that are very similar to CBD. That’s right — our bodies essentially make their own CBD. These CBD-like molecules play important roles in regulating stress, immune function, and sleep.
Without adequate endocannabinoids, the body may develop a clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD), leading to conditions such as migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia. CECD has effects on mental health too. A lack of endocannabinoids correlates with depression and attention deficit disorder.
What’s more, an endocannabinoid deficit increases chronic unpredictable stress (CUS). CUS is a measurement that researchers use to study stress in animals. When endocannabinoids are clinically low, animals have less ability to cope with stressful situations — and the same is true for humans.
CBD for Stress — and Languishing
Low-level stress — the type caused by too many pandemic Zoom meetings, vague fears of illness, etc. — contributes to feeling burnt out. And that long-term, low-level stress causes languishing.
Fortunately, CBD has been shown to help with similar, stress-related conditions such as anxiety, fear of public speaking and depression. When the endocannabinoid system has the CBD support it needs to function at its best, people can more easily reestablish their post-pandemic vitality.
The Best CBD for the Post-COVID Blues
We here at UPSY are proud to offer what we believe is the perfect CBD drink formulation for overcoming languishing. It’s pure CBD mixed with some stimulating ingredients for extra get-up-and-go.
We call it UPSY Rocket Fuel CBD Beverage Blend, and you can try it now in convenient go-anywhere packets. Each packet contains 20 mg of CBD isolate that’s nanoencapsulated for better absorption in the body. That helps support a healthy endocannabinoid system and your resilience to stress.
And you’ll also find a healthy kick of caffeine in UPSY Rocket Fuel. Good old caffeine is proven to increase mental focus and may prevent cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Rocket Fuel’s other ingredient — theanine — is an amino acid that occurs naturally in mushrooms and tea. Theanine helps transmit nerve impulses in the brain for better thinking. Users also report the relaxing effects of theanine and reduced stress.
Together, the ingredients of UPSY Rocket Fuel give you healthy energy and sustained focus to help pull you out of the post-COVID slump.
But how does UPSY Rocket Fuel taste? You’ll have to try its natural, lemon zestiness for yourself!
Order your UPSY Rocket Fuel today and discover your “new normal.”