Cannabinoids for Mood and Balance. How does CBD decrease daily stressors?
How CBD Can Help Reduce Your Stress Levels
In today’s busy world, stress is as much a part of our daily routine as going to work or walking the dog. We all deal with stress in some form, whether it’s related to work, parenting, finances, or other factors. Stress can manifest itself in many different ways, both physically and psychologically, and if left untreated or ignored, can lead to more serious health consequences like high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. It’s no wonder why more and more of us are turning to natural remedies like CBD to manage our stress and anxiety levels.
Why So Much Stress?
According to the American Psychological Association, the most common causes of stress are related to work, money, the economy, and job security. When you’re busy at work for most of your waking hours, it can be challenging to make time for yourself and prioritize things like self-care, which are essential to stress (and life) management. So what can you do when your stress levels are at an all-time high, but you can’t eliminate the cause because you depend on it to make a living?
CBD for Stress Management
CBD is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and unique ability to mimic receptors in your endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for managing bodily processes related to pain, inflammation, appetite, sleep, memory, and mood. As you probably know, when you’re struggling to stay pain-free or get a good night of sleep, it’s going to build on the stress and irritability you’re already feeling from daily life.
The endocannabinoid system’s job is to help the body reach and maintain homeostasis, which means everything is balanced and working harmoniously. It’s the ultimate form of internal “zen”, so naturally it’s also essential for reducing stress levels. Managing your endocannabinoid system and its possible deficiencies is essential in maintaining good health. Can CBD actually help with this?
What Science Says About CBD, Stress, and Anxiety
Although the research on CBD and stress is still in its early stages, there are several small studies that demonstrate its strong potential in combating stress and the anxiety it causes.
In 2010, one of the first studies on CBD and anxiety found that participants who consumed CBD reported “significantly decreased social anxiety” compared to those who took a placebo. It not only changed how they felt, but also how their brain responded to feelings of anxiety. Another study on social anxiety from 2011, which emphasized anxiety and public speaking, found that taking CBD before the event “significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in their speech performance.” And in 2014, an animal study found that CBD had both anti-anxiety and anti-depressive effects on their subjects.
One of the biggest studies on CBD and mood disorders happened in 2015, when a group of researchers evaluated nearly every study ever done on the effects of cannabis. They concluded that the research unequivocally supported CBD’s potential for treating symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
How to Manage Stress With CBD
There are several different ways to consume CBD. You can drop a few milligrams of a tincture under your tongue for fast absorption into the bloodstream, you can treat yourself to a couple CBD chews before bed, and you can even rub it on your skin to target your aches and pains right at the source.
When it comes to stress and anxiety, our customers have raved about the effects of Highline Wellness CBD Chews on their mood. We have both a vegan and non-vegan version, and when you take a couple of these, you experience both fast absorption into the bloodstream via blood vessels in your mouth, as well as gastrointestinal absorption which has a longer-lasting, wider reaching effect.
We recommend taking 1-3 chews daily before bed, just in case the CBD makes you drowsy. For the most powerful CBD effects, make it part of your daily routine so the cannabinoids have a chance to build up in your system. The non-psychoactive, cumulative effects will replenish any endocannabinoid deficiencies and increase your chances of reaching homeostasis. Once you’re used to how CBD makes you feel, you can even keep a bottle at your desk for on-the-go stress management.
Have you tried CBD for stress or anxiety? We’d love to hear how it’s worked for you!