How CBD Can Relieve Stress & Anxiety
At some point, everyone has experienced stress. At work, at family events, when something goes wrong or doesn’t go according to plan – we’re all familiar with the sensation of stress. Your heart races, your chest may feel tight, and your thoughts speed up to try to help you out of the predicament you’ve found yourself in. When stressed, it can be difficult to concentrate, to take deep breaths, and feel at ease.
Medications that treat stress symptoms can often dull your senses and make you feel like you’re in a fog. But as stress becomes recurring and escalates into anxiety, it may seem as if heavy pharmaceuticals are your only option.
If you’ve experienced recurring stress, or anxiety, you’ve likely tried all of the natural solutions commonly recommended. Anything from yoga to therapy, exercise and more, there are countless ways to reduce stress and improve your mental health.
But what happens when natural solutions run out, and you don’t want to take prescription medications?
At its core, stress is caused by imbalance. When certain receptors in your body (called endocannabinoids) start misfiring, or are being over- or under- engaged, your body will feel the effects. Minute changes in the hormones that affect mood (such as serotonin) can greatly impact the amount of anxiety you experience. There is a general elevation in the amount of cortisol (stress steroid) in the blood and body.
But if your career or home life is stressing you out, it can be difficult to change your environment. The longer you are exposed to stress, the longer your body “remembers” it. Eventually, you can develop anxiety – a baseline “stressed” state.
As your body begins to take on a constantly stressed state, your body’s receptors are constantly receiving hormones that trigger psychosomatic responses. This can lead to serious conditions such as:
- Heart Problems
- Weak Immune System
- Headaches or Migraines
- Irritability and difficulty interacting with family and friends
Keeping a healthy and balanced endocannabinoid system one key to avoiding stress. Very few options exist to optimize this balancing system of the body. If the endocannabinoid system is not able to control the stress-response system of the body, chronic stress results.
If you cannot change the environment or circumstances that cause you to feel stressed, and synthetic pharmaceuticals are not an option to which you want to turn – or you have tried them with no relief or unacceptable trade-off’s – Cannabidiol (CBD) may be able to help.
CBD is simply a phytochemical that has medicinal benefits for humans. CBD has become a popular remedy for stress, but it’s not just hearsay. CBD has been shown in numerous studies to assist in relieving symptoms associated with prolonged stress and anxiety.
This amazing compound is able to achieve such results because it engages and supports the human endocannabinoid system and promotes balance in all other systems of the body; this includes the ‘fight-or-flight’ response system. CBD is not THC; THC is known to be psychoactive while CBD is not. THC especially engages the CB1 receptors, which are mostly located in the brain and influence mood, among other things. CBD engages the CB2 receptors which modulate mood by changing the immune response and controlling blood flow and such.
CBD also regulates anxiety and stress levels by altering the production amounts of the brain neurotransmitter called ‘serotonin’. Serotonin, commonly known as the “happiness” chemical, binds to a receptor called 5-HT1A, which is one of the 14 different receptors serotonin binds to. Too high and too low levels of serotonin can cause emotional disruption. When CBD binds to receptors, it can stimulate an increase in serotonin production, and change the receptor’s ability to receive serotonin, helping keep the balance in check. CBD usually only allows for the proper amount of serotonin to be produced due to the mechanics of that particular receptor.
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Chronic stress can actually change the way the brain functions. After your body and brain “learn” these chemical pathways to induce stress and anxiety, it becomes more difficult to recover from it. A hybrid treatment plan – one that includes both pharmaceuticals and natural therapies like yoga or therapy – is often recommended by physicians, alongside lifestyle changes. Believe it or not, a better diet can modify stress as well.
You should not expect a quick fix, as it will take time and patience to essentially “rewire” your brain and endocannabinoid receptor pathways. It is always advisable to consult with your physician before beginning a new treatment plan – but CBD, which is proven to be safe, natural, and effective, may be a great option to include in your wellness journey.
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Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.
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