Stress, Anxiety, & CBD: What This Plant Can Do For You Baby!
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five adults is currently affected by reported stress-related anxiety disorders, with that number drastically rising over the course of the past year.
What Causes Stress and Anxiety?
Stress and Anxiety can be debilitating. When we are confronted with a stressful situation, the body releases a series of hormones and chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline to give us the energy and the UMPH to handle whatever is happening.
However, when we are continuously met with stressful situations and traumatic events, the release of these hormones can produce long-term effects that result in conditions like Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
You don’t need a diagnosis to feel the long-term effects of stress and anxiety. Chronic stress and exposure to stress hormones can result in a series of side effects that can be detrimental to the body and consequently our ability to deal with day-to-day life. (1)
Side effects from chronic stress can include:
- Anxiety or depression
- Poor sleep
And can contribute to the following:
- Weight gain
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Increased blood pressure
- Low sex drive and dysfunction
- and more.
How Can CBD Help Lower Stress and Anxiety?
There is a movement around cannabis and CBD happening right now. As we continue to move away from prohibition, more people, doctors, and researchers are being turned on to the potential stress and anxiety-relieving benefits of this seemingly magical plant.
Everyone has an endocannabinoid system in their body. The purpose of this system, in short, is to facilitate homeostasis in the body.
“The ECS is believed to help modulate a wide range of physiological processes, including pain sensation, body temperature, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproduction.” (3)
In this system, neurotransmitters called “endocannabinoids” communicate and regulate homeostasis. CBD also interacts with this system. While stress can prompt the body to engage in the “fight or flight” state, the ECS can actually step in to slow the roll of the release of stress chemicals.
Can CBD support Homeostasis?
CBD is fuel for the Endocannabinoid System and helps this system’s ability to help moderate other systems that play a role in stress response. By feeding your ECS, you can potentially increase your ability to deal with stress and anxiety. This can potentially increase your ability to calmly engage in situations that might otherwise stress you out. The ECS has the potential to take unnecessary stress and anxiety away by pumping the brakes on stress responses. (4)
There is currently a lot of research being done to support these ideas. the anecdotal stories of thousands experiencing success using this plant to manage stress and anxiety, is promising. Check out this excerpt from a study called “Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders“:
Overall, existing preclinical evidence strongly supports the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders. CBD exhibits a broad range of actions, relevant to multiple symptom domains, including anxiolytic, panicolytic, and anticompulsive actions, as well as a decrease in autonomic arousal, a decrease in conditioned fear expression, enhancement of fear extinction, reconsolidation blockade, and prevention of the long-term anxiogenic effects of stress. (5)
What Product is Right For Me?
While we can’t diagnose or prescribe, we do have a few favorites (and fam faves!) for getting through daily and chronic stresses of life.
Day Time Faves for Stress and Anxiety
Evening Time Faves for Unwinding
- Cherry Uno & Cherry Mom are OG Indica (Chill) hemp strains, who are known for taking the edge off when you need it.
- Cherry Uno Prerolls
- Cherry Mom Diffuser Kit
Day & Night for general stress and anxiety reduction
Our Greenhouse Tincture is our strongest blend of our ladies. It’s a no-nonsense, straight to the point. Taken sublingually, it enters the bloodstream directly and starts working magic in 30 minutes.
The best way to use CBD for chronic issues is to use it every day so your body can build up its ECS.
If you have questions regarding the various methods of taking CBD, reach out to our Customer Service Angels at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to support you on this journey!!!
Citations and Additional Reading:
- National Institute of Mental Health,
- “Beware High Levels of Cortisol, the Stress Hormone” Premier Health
- Cherney ,Kristeen. “12 Effects of Anxiety on the Body” Healthline
- Scherer, Liz, “Can CBD Really Help Relieve Anxiety?” Every Day Health.
- Blessing, Steenkamp, Manzanares,& Marmar “Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders” NCBI