CBD and Stress
8 of 10 Americans are affected by stress.
To put this into perspective, that’s 79% of 327.16 million people. Chances are, you’re one of those people. Whether it be an unthankful boss or an angry mother in law, stress affects us all in different ways.
Chronic stress can affect more than just your mental stability, it causes symptoms from headaches and high blood pressure to chest pain and heart palpitations.
Stress is what your body does in response to a threatening situation. Anxiety is a reaction to that stress. Medical scientists speak of the “stress response” as an instinctive reaction to a real or perceived danger in the environment, especially one that appears suddenly. The response prepares you to either fight the threat or escape from it. Physical aspects include:
- Increased heart rate, to get blood to the muscles and vital organs
- Increased blood pressure because of the higher blood flow
- Dilation of the lungs and heavy breathing
- Loss of appetite
The stress response jump-starts your mental alertness as well, making you attuned to all signs of threat and any possible way to overcome or flee from it. Even after the danger passes, you will likely still feel this hyper-awareness of your surroundings. These changes are triggered by hormones of which the best-known are adrenaline and cortisol. Both are involved in several bodily functions – more than we need to get into here. But if your stress response gets triggered a lot, this can have profound long-term effects on your health.
How CBD Works To Relieve Stress
Being subjected to stress on a daily basis can threaten your social life, mental and physical health. CBD oil is a natural way to reduce the daily stress that is keeping you from living your best life.
Science suggests that CBD could help counterbalance the brain damage associated with chronic stress. Put simply, CBD is proven to stimulate the growth of new neurons in the brain suggesting that CBD can potentially treat brain damage.
Cannabis has a long history as a treatment for stress – beginning with ancient Indian ayurvedic medicine. All cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps regulate mood, memory, appetite, sleep, the immune system, and many other functions still being discovered. CBD does not have the negative qualities of THC, but it does interact with the ECS in ways that appear to reduce the stress response in both human and animal experiments. For instance, studies of people in public-speaking tests found that CBD lowered anxiety both during and after the event.
It’s no silver bullet, but there are many opportunities throughout your day to chip away at stress (& anxiety) with the help of CBD. CBD supports a more relaxed and tranquil state of mind when you’re dealing with stressful situations. It also helps foster a calm and balanced mood and encourages a more restfull sleep – which are all crucial to de-stressing!
Research studies have used doses from 15mg to as high as 600mg. Typical CBD supplements provide 20mg to 25mg. When taking CBD for inflammation, dosing can vary widely depending on the severity of the symptoms you are experiencing. One goal to consider is to use CBD to supplement or possibly replace pharmaceuticals you might be taking. CBD is an all-natural alternative that does not build up in your system and cannot be overdosed.
May we suggest trying one of our CUBED Hemp based CBD Tinctures. Available in 1200mg or 3600mg concentrations, mixed with our exclusive Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Italy or NYS-sourced sunflower seed oil. Our Graduated Sprayer makes it simple to dose properly.
It is important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any supplement program. Many prescribed medications cannot and should not be stopped all at once.
It has been suggested to start with a dose of 10mg to 15mg of CBD twice a day. After a few days, you may want to reduce prescribed (or over-the-counter) medications incrementally while increasing your CBD dosage the following day. Steps of 10mg are suggested to help monitor changes. Monitor your symptoms; be aware of how you feel. Don’t hurry the process. Wait 2 to 3 days between changes. This will allow you to determine the dosing that your body requires to meet your goals, while documenting how your medications interact.
Medical Disclaimer: The content of this post is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.