So you've had a bad day; you’re irritable; you can’t think straight. The slightest comment makes you touchy, because you’re tired and all you can think is “I hope I get a good night's sleep tonight”.
Stress happens to the best of us - if it's not one thing its the other, right? Living in modern society can produce many stressful aggravators that can keep us lying awake at night or tearing our hair out during the day. Whether it’s that impeding work deadline, money troubles or strenuous family woes, stress is an emotion that affects us all.
The symptoms of stress can present themselves in varying degrees and severity, often causing a snowball effect. They can be overwhelming and ironically cause even more stress!
The Stress Factor
Stress is now one of the main mental health reasons we visit our doctors. With 77% of Americans experiencing stress-related symptoms regularly, this epidemic sees a growing amount of people developing dependencies on addictive anxiety medications, like Xanax and Valium.
We now know that stress doesn't only affect our mental health, but can also be attributed to the increase of other chronic illnesses, like cancer, heart disease, depression, and obesity.
Although stress can be a perfectly normal emotion, and in fact small amounts of stress can be good for us, for the most part, it’s safe to say that we don't enjoy being stressed out.
Our bodies use the hormone Cortisone as a warning when there’s impending danger, motivating us to get our skates on. However, when stress becomes the dominating emotion in our day to day lives, it’s time to find healthier, natural ways of managing our responses. I myself, along with many others in recent years, have realised the importance of wellbeing and self-care, seeking more natural ways of dealing with the pressures of modern life.
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Using CBD to Manage Stress Naturally
While scientific research into cannabinoids is fairly new as far a research goes, it’s fairly clear to say that the mounting evidence surrounding cannabinoids shows positive effects on stress management.
Cannabinol, commonly known as CBD, is derived from cannabis, which consists of many rich cannabinoid compounds. It’s from these compounds that cannabis gets its beneficial stress-busting effects. CBD is just one of several cannabinoids found naturally within the cannabis plant, however CBD has been proven to have a significant effect on reducing stress - or CBDe-stress, so to say.
CBD has a toning effect on the cannabinoid receptors in your brain, helping stimulate your endocannabinoid system (ECS) and promoting your body to generate more of its own cannabinoids. This invigorating effect encourages relaxation in the areas of your brain that work to regulate mood, process emotions, stress, and fear.
Don’t Stress about the High….. There isn’t One!
Unlike its popular sister THC, CBD doesn't have the psychoactive effects that can sometimes have a negative effect. Recent studies have found that cannabis with large doses of THC can have an adverse effect on stress, and in fact exacerbate feelings of fear and anxiety. This confusing factor can be attributed to some of the misconceptions surrounding the use of CBD for stress.
While high amounts of THC can sometimes cause anxiety and paranoia rather than elevating them, the effects of CBD are calming and anti-inflammatory, slowing down a fast heart rate, easing anxiety and aiding a restful nights sleep.
Taking CBD for stress can not only help in the short term, but also has longer term beneficial effects. A past study into the effects of CBD on anxiety found it helped reduce the symptoms of social anxiety. Participants also noticed changes, not only in the way they felt, but in the way they responded to their anxiety. It is thought that over time, the use of CBD can have positive result on strengthening our bodies endocannabinoid system (ECS), making future occurrences of stress less stressful.
Ways to Take CBD to Combat Stress
CBD is a great and natural way to help with your symptoms, like anxiety, heart palpitation and insomnia. There are many ways to take CBD and most can easily be introduced into your daily health routine. It can be found in the form of oils, extracts, crystals, rubbing balms, capsules, and many more.
I guess now you're eager to know: just how you can use CBD to alleviate stress naturally? Here are some tips:
- CBD crystals can be useful as instant relief for when things get a little hairy. Using a vape pen can deliver a fast-acting calming relief.
- CBD oil drops can be taken orally. A few drops under the tongue can also give fast-acting results.
- CBD capsules can be taken like any other supplement for slower release over time.
- CBD oils and crystals can be used in the kitchen, adding it to your morning smoothies or pancakes can be an easy way to take CBD daily.
While CBD may only treat the symptoms of stress, there are many other natural ways we can take responsibility for our stress management. Taking care of ourselves and incorporating CBD into our self-care routines can prove helpful quite quickly.
Research that is focused specifically on CBD hasn't found there to be any negative side effects to using it as a natural stress-reliever, unlike other anxiety medications that can sometimes be addictive or carry other adverse health risks.
Stress is a part of life that we often can’t avoid, however dealing with stress naturally can make all the difference. How we handle the treatment of our symptoms is sure to make for a much less stressful existence - so why not CBDe-stress yourself?