Stress is something we all experience from time to time. When something does not happen as you predicted or your plans change on the fly, our body’s reaction is to become stressed. This happens in a physical, mental, and emotional response, and it manifests in each of us differently. Simple stress is an inflammatory response to something unexpected. Our body is equipped with a built-in system that helps us respond to stress. It’s called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and it is responsible for managing and regulating stress.
This is an exciting time for CBD enthusiasts who have long claimed that CBD can help with stress and anxiety. As more and more research is conducted about the effects of CBD on the brain, it seems like everything is pointing to one answer – CBD might just be the best way to treat stress and anxiety.
CBD has been shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of the following stress and anxiety related conditions.
- Generalized anxiety
- Negative self-talk
- Panic disorder
- Public speaking
- Social anxiety disorder
The Endocannabinoid System & Stress
The ECS plays a significant role in the human body’s ability to maintain balance, or homeostasis. This suggests to researchers that supplementation with CBD can help with a variety of body and mood conditions, including sleep regulation, appetite and mood. That is amazing news for anyone who suffers from stress and anxiety. Since the ECS is already built-in to our bodies, all we have to do is find a way to up the levels of cannabinoids to help achieve homeostasis. Enter CBD.
CBD is cannabidiol, a central cannabinoid found in canna and industrialized hemp. CBD does not have psychoactive effects that found in THC, so it is not possible to achieve a feeling of “getting high” when taking CBD. Over the last ten years, thanks in part to wider acceptance and legalization of canna, CBD has grown in popularity as a way to manage and mitigate stress and anxiety.
The exact way that CBD works within our brains is not completely understood. It’s thought to work in tandem with a brain receptor called CB1. A receptor is a tiny protein that’s attached to your cells, which receives signals from your body. The receptors help your cells respond appropriately. Researchers suspect that CBD helps to alter the serotonin signals in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps release dopamine and provides you with a feeling of being content and happy. It’s a key player in your mental health and one of the major indicators of depression.
Some research indicates that the effects of CBD on the brain receptors can help encourage or discourage the level of anxiousness you feel in any given situation. Scientists suspect that CBD is working in the same way as those big-name pharma-drugs that doctors are so quick to perspective.
This can all get heady if you’re not a science nerd, so think about it like this.
- You experience stress in your life.
- This causes inflammation – physical or mental.
- Your body tries to course-correct by altering CB1 receptors to produce more serotonin.
- If you have the serotonin available, your stress levels out.
- If you’re low on serotonin (and most of us are) then there’s nothing to send out.
- Your body enters a heightened state of stress.
Now, if you had something like CBD available to take when you experience stress, you’re supplementing the naturally occurring serotonin in your brain with extra. This means you have more to send out, resulting in a better feeling overall.
Science for the win
It’s hard for science to accurately gauge mental health related conditions because they require you to self-report. That means there’s no easy way to measure if you’re improving except through what you say. Because of this, many mainstream doctors will diagnose and treat stress and anxiety in the exact same way for each person.
Of course, this sounds ridiculous, since each person has different types and levels of stress. There can’t be one blanket treatment for everyone. There’s emerging research, which shows that among people with self-reported anxiety, CBD significantly lowers their levels of stress and anxiety. Using CBD to treat anxiety is nothing new; it’s generally the second-most common reason that a person becomes interested in CBD to start.
There’s a caveat here that’s important to remember. While it might seem like a good idea to purchase our highest potency tincture or each, a bunch of gummies all at once, it’s far wiser to start slow. Try the lowest dose of whatever product interests you and see how you feel. Overdoing it with the CBD potency isn’t going to provide you extra benefits.
What to look for in a product
Each person is going to respond to CBD in a slightly different way, so the effectiveness of products can be challenging to identify. Generally, tinctures have the highest bioavailability of all CBD products, so it might be the easiest to measure and evaluate. That’s because a tincture is placed directly under your tongue and can be absorbed almost immediately.
There are no dosing guidelines for CBD and your particular level of anxiety along with your overall wellness will be an indicating factor in how much to take. Starting with a lower strength dose is ideal so you can carefully determine if the amount is effective. We take great pride in offering a variety of CBD products ranging from salves to lip balms and everything in between.
Most importantly, remaining committed to a CBD regimen over the course of a few weeks is essential. It’s taken some time for your ECS to get unbalanced, so it’s going to take some dedicated and concentrated effort on your part to get it back in line. Be patient with yourself and know that each time you’re enjoying one of our products; you’re taking a step toward living your best life.
Carefully vetting your supplier is also important when beginning to experiment with the usefulness of CBD. Understanding the growing, processing, and production of your CBD can help you determine if it’s high quality, which will then help you determine the correct dosing. We are committed to remaining transparent in our supply process. If you ever have a question about any of our products, don’t hesitate to reach out.
The future of CBD and anxiety treatment is going to require more research and dedicated efforts on the part of the scientific community. In helping the body process, serotonin and alter mood states, it’s possible that CBD can become the premier anxiety treatment and could eventually displace SSRIs and other pharmaceuticals.
The outlook for widespread use of CBD is unclear now, but with its growing popularity, this doesn’t seem likely to be vague for long. Long-term studies are definitely required to help assess the risk factors involved in using CBD for an extended period. CBD could be an effective supplement for those suffering from anxiety, and especially for those who don’t want to take pharmaceutical medications.
We specialize in proving you with the purest CBD available on the market. You never have to wonder about the quality of our products. That’s because we source all-organic CBD from non-GMO farms. As you seek out your best life, let us join you on the path. We’re sure you’ll find something from our wide family of products that will lead you toward a balanced, healthy lifestyle.