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Can CBD Help Relieve Stress?

By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Published July 26, 2019

Are you stressed or anxious?

Stress is common. Really common. All said, around 40 million Americans suffer from some sort of anxiety [1]. That’s a big number, and could very well include you. Even more concerning is the possibility that chronic stress may have irreversible impacts on the brain [2], permanently altering its chemistry. It can also lead to behavioral changes like smoking, drinking excessively, eating too much or too little, and loss of sleep – all of which negatively impact your quality of life.

Now I’m stressed about stress

I get it. You try not to be stressed, but this just leads you to be stressed about your stress. I’ve felt this more times than I would like to admit. So what are the ways out of this? Well, most solutions are going to take some sort of investment, whether that be time, money, or sacrificing something in your life that causes you stress.

What are my options?

Medications versus Alternatives

While some find relief in expensive prescription drugs, others, like me, experience side effects that diminish quality of life.

Embracing Balance

At Green Wellness, we advocate for a balanced approach to well-being. Rather than relying solely on medication, proactive stress reduction is key.

Micro-Yoga: A Mindful Practice

Micro-yoga offers a natural, accessible way to reduce stress. Unlike traditional yoga, this practice occurs internally, helping center the mind and provide perspective.

CBD and Stress Management

CBD, when integrated with other relaxation techniques, can significantly contribute to stress management. Let’s explore how CBD complements strategies for achieving calmness and balance.

So what does CBD do for you?

Relief for Headaches

Topical CBD oil applied to the temples can alleviate stress-induced headaches, providing relief to focus on tasks without hindrance.

Promoting Restful Sleep

MedTerra Sleep Tight gummies offer a natural solution for achieving restful sleep, aiding in facing the challenges of the next day refreshed.

Stabilizing Mood with CBD

Daily CBD supplementation can help stabilize mood, reducing stress and anxiety to make daily challenges more manageable.

Quick Stress Relief with CBD Boosters

MedCBDX gum or mints act as rapid stress relievers, offering quick relief in moments of heightened stress. These products work swiftly, providing immediate relief compared to traditional CBD regimens.

Don’t just take my word for it

Beyond the testimonials of people who successfully treat their anxiety with CBD oil (like me!), there is also a growing body of scientific evidence that CBD works. Most research has been done in rodents. A recent review discusses 32 different rodent studies that tested CBD’s effects on anxiety — and only one of those whiskered little fellas didn’t see useful results [3].  There’s certainly a lot more research that needs to happen on the whisker-less variety, but it’s a start.

It’s not just the vague term “anxiety” that CBD can help with. One of the researched ways that CBD helps is through regulating serotonin in the brain. Most people associate serotonin with happiness. However, the role of this neurotransmitter is actually very complex, and its effects depend on where it is and what it binds to. (Contrary to popular belief, more serotonin is not necessarily better — dysfunction can stem from low or high levels of serotonin, as well as from malfunctions with their receptors.) Serotonin has at least 14 different receptors, but CBD specifically binds to5-HT1A which is thought to have the strongest role in anxiety disorders. The anti-anxiety drug Buspirone also binds to this particular receptor, which explains the anti-anxiety effects of CBD on rats exposed to stressful situations [4].

Don’t sweat it!

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve already taken the first step to manage your stress. That’s a good thing! There are lots of additional tools out there to help you on this path.  Perhaps start off with that “micro-yoga,”  or even a more traditional yoga, then look at some CBD products that have good reviews (chances are that other people are using CBD for similar reasons); maybe even ask your friends about how they manage their stress, and if they don’t, tell them to read this blog for ideas! As always, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to send us an email or message us on social media; we’re always willing to help and share our stories.

Resources

[1] NIH- Anxiety Disorder

[2] Science Direct- Understanding the protective and damaging effects of stress and stress mediators

[3] NIH- Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

[4] FORIA- Stress vs Anxiety

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