Published on: 04/3/19
Do you spend your days and nights worring about your exams? Have you ever thought of trying CBD for exam stress? Most of us are aware that stress and anxiety are natural components of modern living and being human. Yet, stress is more often than not something us modern day beings have to contend with on a daily or even minute-to-minute basis.
This couldn’t be more apparent than for those undertaking secondary and tertiary education. So, we thought we’d ask a university student to provide their personal experience dealing with:
- Exam stress
- Student depression
- Symptoms of stress anxiety and depression
- Psychosomatic symptoms of poor mental health
- How CBD may help relieve stress
- Could CBD help you focus
- Can CBD improve your general wellbeing
Stress and anxiety are natural components of our primal functions. It allows us to maintain healthy mental and emotional output. However the impact of stress—especially long term—can have strange and debilitating effects on our bodies.
Yet, this couldn’t be more relevant than for students. In the past 12 months alone, an incredible 82.3% of students said that they’ve been negatively impacted by stress.
CBD and Stress
So, in order to find out more, we spoke with Mathilde regarding her own mental health problems while studying. When Mathilde started a masters in Art History and Archeology, her mental health began to spiral.
“My health issues started maybe about a year and a half ago,” Mathilde told us. And like many others sliding into depression, she admits she wasn’t aware of what was wrong straight away. “I noticed I wasn't being as sociable as I used to be."
“I was neglecting my self-care, and started feeling like my needs weren't as important as everybody else's… Everything seemed dull and worthless.”
More often than not, it would seem that many students find the pressure of balancing school work, family life and social interactions incredibly debilitating. And Mathilde felt no different. She explains “it felt like something sucked all the energy out of me.”
And while we can try and blame some of Mathilde’s mental health problems on geographical climate and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – living in constant Glaswegian winter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – this just wasn’t an adequate diagnosis.
So, steadily, Mathilde’s efforts to socialize faltered and diminished. “I started to isolate myself and was rarely in contact with my friends and family.”
What was worse, she had developed psychosomatic symptoms that she said, “left marks on my body.” All the stress had given her bouts of eczema and hormonal acne, which only prompted her to pursue further isolation.
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Of course her closest friends and family had begun to pick up on this change in her. One friend, concerned by the changes she had perceived in Mathilde, spoke to her about ways she could boost her mental health.
Their conversation lead them to a natural medicine that Mathilde would never have thought to try. “My friend recommended CBD, and I started with the 3% raw one from Endoca.”
She told us that although surprised by the advice, she was fairly intrigued by the idea that CBD might be a legitimate option.
Not a big fan of pharmaceutical medications to begin with, Mathilde always advocates nature over manufactured products, “It wasn't hard for me to give it a try as I felt quite curious about it being a natural plant extract”.
However on trying the 3% CBD oil for a few weeks, she felt that it hadn’t given her the results she was after, so stopped using it.
There was a change of heart, though, when Mathilde began her masters. “Stress levels reached their maximum.”
However reluctant she had been to purchase another bottle after her first experience, her friend's insistence won out. “I decided I would give the 15% CBD oil a try, hoping the higher dose and heated process might give me the kick I needed.”
Well, it would seem that sometimes all you need is a slight change in order to make all the difference. “With only one drop a day, my stress levels dramatically decreased. My sense of guilt suddenly wasn't as strong as it used to be,” she recalls.
This vital change really couldn’t have come at a better time either. With exams right on top of her, these results were exactly what she’d hoped for. “I used the CBD during my exams and felt relaxed the whole time. It also helps me sleep, and gives me focus.”
Much like many others who have taken CBD, Mathilde’s eureka moment came when she realized that her symptoms had slowly disappeared; rather than from any potent feelings of euphoria.
“I just started feeling like I used to,” she conveyed, further instilling how important having a balanced body is for balanced mental health.
Now after some time, Mathilde tells us she doesn’t need to use her oil like she used to, although she admits “I do take it [CBD] every so often, when I feel like it is going to be a long day or if I have to face an event that could be stressful; it helps me put things into a more optimistic perspective.”
Mathilde has been able to address her mental health with the use of CBD, however, if you’re in need of help, contact your health care professional immediately, and seek the help you need.
Are you a student that has had to deal with exam mental health imbalances, anxiety and exam stress? Here at Endoca, we are lucky enough to have developed an open-minded and caring community of people who thrive off mutual stories of hope and inspiration. If you, like Mathilde, have had positive experiences using CBD, (especially for exam stress) don’t hesitate to send your experiences to email@example.com.
Plus, just by sending your story, you will be placed into our Community Story Competition, which gifts one of our community story participants $1000 worth of Endoca products. We look forward to hearing your experiences!
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).