How CBD relieves Stress and Anxiety.
It’s hard to escape stress.
Especially during a global pandemic and economic crisis.
We’re hyper-stressed at the moment and all this time at home means it’s more difficult than ever to escape our stress.
But the truth is that most of us have been stressed for years and there are many types of stress.
Stress is a natural, normal, mental and physical response to change.
It’s okay to feel stressed.
Trust us, we get it.
But when our stress is out of control and starts to have negative impacts on our health, that’s when it becomes a serious problem.
Luckily, there is a natural remedy that is already helping thousands of people around the world.
CBD oil that helps relieve anxiety and stress.
In this article we’re going to look at the evidence and benefits of CBD for anxiety.
The rise of CBD as a natural remedy for anxiety and stress.
Recent changes in legislation on the use of CBD has sparked a flurry of scientific interest and excitement on this miracle compound.
CBD’s use as a naturally-derived therapeutic supplement has driven a huge amount of scientific studies that have shown promising results.
It’s inevitable that the more research is done, the more ways CBD will be shown to benefit people from all walks of life.
A huge chunk of this new research has delved into CBD’s effects on the negative impact of stress and anxiety.
The good news is that using CBD for anxiety and stress seems to be beneficial in a multitude of ways. Before we get into all of that, let’s first get a better understanding of anxiety and stress.
What is Stress and what does it do to our bodies?
Stress is a natural part of life. We all experience it. We experience different types of stress and to varying degrees of severity. Some people have even taken anxiety tests.
Stress can be caused by external/lifestyle factors, internal imbalances, or a combination of both.
Besides for the mental difficulties that stress causes (that you’re probably all too familiar with) it actually has a serious impact on our physical state as well. The most common symptoms of stress are:
- Low energy
- Increased heart rate
- Chest pains
- Upset stomach
- Neck and back tension
- Sweaty palms or feet
Stress is a terrible experience, even though it has become the norm for some people.
Not only is it unpleasant in the moment but prolonged, chronic stress can lead to serious health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and a weakened immune system.
These diseases are the main reason your doctor tells you to avoid stress.
Unfortunately that isn’t always possible.
We are hardwired for stress – it’s what kept our ancestors from being eaten by prehistoric predators on the African plains.
Stress is the body’s natural reaction to a change in the external environment.
When under threat, the brain and body respond with physical, mental, and emotional strategies to keep you alive.
Stress causes a surge of adrenaline, leading to the ‘fight or flight’ response. Your muscles tense and your heart races as you ready yourself for action.
This stress response can be damaging in the long term. Especially when your fight or flight takes hold in traffic or business meetings, and not running from a sabretooth tiger.
Once the stressful situation or task is over, the body’s response should subside together with the emotional feelings of stress. But just just like any other system, things can go wrong. Overuse leads to wear and tear. Stress hormones and their effects build up in the body, leading to mental and physical disease.
CBD oil for anxiety and stress
Scientists and mental health professionals have conducted dozens of studies on CBD as a treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders. This research shows promising evidence towards the use of CBD for common stress and anxiety, as well as more serious issues such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), panic disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The majority of these studies suggest that CBD aids in soothing, and even potentially reversing, the effects of stress and anxiety.
Below we summarise some of the most interesting anecdotal stories and personal testimonials, as well as rigorously conducted scientific and experimental studies:
A study on blood flow to the brain showed that CBD was able to reduce the symptoms of social anxiety.
- In an experiment on stress responses, scientists placed rats into a snake cage and measured their reactions. They found that the rodents who had been given low doses of CBD responded more effectively by looking around the cage for a safe place to hide.
- A similar, stress-inducing experiment was conducted on human subjects. It involved a simulated public speaking task. And as we learned from Seinfeld, this is humanity’s biggest fear. The experiment featured subjects with and without social anxiety. Random members from both groups were given CBD before the task. All the members who took CBD showed a decrease in their stress response.
- There is also a case study on a child with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety-provoked sleep disorder. The study showed that CBD reduced the child’s anxiety and helped her to sleep.
- And another 2014 study suggests that CBD’s long-term anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects are due to the compound’s interactions with the 5-HT1A serotonin neuroreceptor.
That’s cool, but how does CBD actually help stress?
More and more research is being done everyday to unpack the complicated interactions of CBD and the human body.
But what is known is that CBD may counter anxiety by stimulating neurotransmitter systems and neural regeneration.
The knowledge of CBD’s ability to stimulate neurotransmitter systems centres on studies of serotonin. This is the ‘happy chemical’ of the brain – the neurotransmitter involved in wellbeing and happiness.
Feel good after hugging your gran? Serotonin.
Runners high? Serotonin.
Smiling after seeing a floppy-eared puppy on Instagram? Serotonin.
Using CBD oil for anxiety has a positive effect on serotonin receptors in the brain. Studies have shown that CBD produces antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects and may reduce depression related to stress.
CBD is also said to boost growth of new neurons and neural connections thus helping certain areas of the brain grow.
CBD is therefore seen as a tool to help counteract the damage that chronic stress causes on the brain.
Studies have also shown CBD’s success in neural regeneration in the hippocampus which is an area of the brain negatively affected by stress.
Using CBD as part of your anti-stress regime
How do you handle stress and pressure?
Have you ever considered using CBD oil for anxiety? Just be aware that CBD isn’t a miracle cure. In fact, its' beneficial properties are at their peak when used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.
If you have a couple drops now and then when you’re feeling stressed… more power to you.
But the people who see the best results are those who have incorporated CBD into their daily mental and physical health regime.
Natural remedies for anxiety and stress:
- Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
- Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Make time for hobbies and interests.
- Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
- Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional if you experience constantly high stress levels.
- Make changes to your lifestyle to reduce instances of stress and try to plan ahead to mitigate stressful situations.
- Use stress-relieving health supplements.
Before you go be all healthy and stress-free.
There is one thing you should watch out for when using CBD…
Make sure you get yours from a safe and trusted source.
Preferably one that has gone through extensive external verification and testing.
Whatever CBD product you use, make sure it is high-quality and free from toxins, pesticides, and trace amounts of THC.