In the modern-day, some of the best parts of Halloween include dressing up, eating candy, and generally enjoying a bit of an adrenaline rush from a good scare. But did you know that Halloween traditions have been around for over a thousand years?
In celebration of Halloween and Harvest season, this blog will go into a little bit of Halloween’s history and a few suggestions around how CBD may help with the after-effects of the Halloween holiday once the celebrations are through.
A Brief History of Samhain
Halloween’s roots come from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition, celebrated from October 31st to November 1st. The celebration’s timing came from the old Celtic calendar, which divided the year into a dark and light half, marked by two annual fire festivals. There were also other fire festivals between these, marking the solstices and equinoxes.
The Celts once lived in parts of what is now the UK, Ireland, and Scotland. The holiday later known as Halloween was called “Samhain” or “Summer’s end.” The festivities began after the harvest work for the day was through. Participants would light a fire using a wheel, representing the sun, that would spark flames through friction.
The celebration marked the harvest, as well as the beginning of the winter season. Thousands of years ago, a bountiful harvest was essential for survival, so it was also a symbolic celebration of life, death, and rebirth.
Furthermore, the Celts believed that during Samhain, the line between the worlds of the living and the dead was thin or blurred even to the point where the dead and living could more easily interact with each other.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Celts’ gods were believed to be made visible during this time and would play tricks on human beings. People often wore costumes made of animal skins to trick the spirits that should wish to harm them. Guising and mumming was also part of the celebrations, meaning people would go from door to door in costumes and recite verses in exchange for food.
Druids also believed that the presence of spirits at this time made fortune-telling and predictions easier, so this was also part of many a Celtic bonfire. In the middle ages, carved turnips, known as Jack-o’-lanterns, also became popular before the tradition switched to pumpkin carving.
When Christianity became more prevalent in previously pagan communities, the celebration continued with bonfires as before but was reframed as a day to celebrate the Catholic Church’s saints. In the 9th Century, Pope Gregory declared All Saints’ Day to be on November first, followed by All Souls Day on November second.
Samhain has gone through numerous changes and rebranding as the culture shifted and many years passed. Trick or treating was brought to the US by Scottish and Irish immigrants in the mid 19th century and, except for some over-the-top pranking during the Great Depression, has been well-loved in America ever since.
It’s interesting to look back and see how the tricks, costumes, and superstitions of ancient Samhain have carried through even into modern Halloween traditions. Today, Halloween brings as much joy as ever and is likely celebrated, even during the pandemic, with bonfires, horror movie marathons, and socially-distant gatherings.
CBD for Post-Halloween
You may find yourself staying up later this Halloween, taking long walks through your neighborhood, or merrily drinking with your loved ones. After the Halloween holiday, some of these fun pastimes can leave you feeling drained, with aches and pains from the exercise, or at the worst, with a hangover. You might be asking yourself how CBD can help with the discomfort.
Although CBD research is still ongoing, some studies, including this one, suggest that cannabinoids, such as CBD, are “a promising new therapeutic strategy for pain treatment.”
You might be wondering which products to try to help get you back to a feeling of wellness or homeostasis. Below we will go over a few recommendations of our Strength of Hope CBD products for the spooky season.
CBD Oil, CBD Mints, and CBD Balm
Strength of Hope Hemp CBD Oil is an excellent choice for those looking for some relief and relaxation after a busy holiday. It comes in three different strengths; 500 mg, 1000 mg, and 2500 mg CBD for your needs.
Our CBD tincture is simply taken by mouth or mixed into beverages such as pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider, or tea. It’s also sugar-free and THC-free and comes with a Vanilla/Stevia flavoring, making it perfect for those who are avoiding sugar after eating one too many treats on Halloween.
Strength of Hope Hemp CBD Mints is an incredibly convenient and straightforward way to dose cannabidiol (CBD), as they come in quantities of 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg CBD per mint. With an on-the-go tin, our CBD Mints are a cinch to take along for a holiday walk, to stash in the car for discreet dosing, or as stocking stuffers for adults later in the holiday season.
CBD mints are THC-free and come in two delicious flavors; cinnamon, and peppermint, making them a relaxing, tasty addition to your holiday treats.
Strength of Hope CBD can help you get back to Halloween with your kids.
Strength of Hope Hemp CBD Balm is a potent topical, delivering relief from muscle and joint soreness and tension. Our CBD Balm is blended with 100 mg, 250 mg, or 500 mg cannabidiol (CBD) and comes with various essential oils for a relaxing aromatherapy experience.
With the extra exercise associated with Halloween, you might rub some on before or after a walk to help mitigate soreness. CBD Balm is our longest lasting topical and, with proper application, can last up to six hours. As always, our CBD Balm is THC-free.
What CBD will you Choose?
Although we have listed a few options above, Strength of Hope has many other CBD topicals to choose from that might suit your needs.
We stand by our premium cannabidiol (CBD) oil, tinctures, and topicals, which is why we have every one of our products tested by a third-party for safety and potency. The results are available at the bottom of every product page on our website.
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