How does CBD work for stress and anxiety?
CBD uses the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help reduce stress and anxiety. The ECS is the body regulator. It regulates mood, sleep, pain, memory, stress response and immune response. The receptors along the ECS allow CBD to interact with and regulate those functions as well.
What is the impact of stress on the body?
Frequent stress leads to chronic stress. According to Yale Medical “Chronic stress is a consistent sense of feeling pressured and overwhelmed over a long period of time.” Anxiety, fatigue, sleeplessness, mental fog and a weaker immune system result from stress.
How does stress affect your energy?
Stress causes tense muscles. Prolonged exposure can lead to physical fatigue.
Stress causes feeling anxious. Prolonged exposure can lead to mental fatigue.
Stress disrupts quality sleep. Prolonged exposure can lead to poor mental and physical recovery.
Stress uses your body's resources to activate fight or flight response. Prolonged exposure can leave you exhausted.
Regulating stress can help you boost your natural energy.
How does stress impact your health?
When you experience stress, your body’s instinct is to enter fight or flight mode. During this mode, your body prepares itself for survival. You experience increased heart rate, tense muscles and a boost of oxygen to your brain to make you alert. Also, you start to overproduce cortisol, the hormone that regulates stress. Too much cortisol is what results in feeling tense, overwhelmed, anxious and worried.
What is the link between high stress and anxiety?
When you endure constant stress because of work or life events, your levels of cortisol will be high. When there is too much cortisol in the bloodstream, you may feel tense, worried or anxious. This is a form of anxiety. Feeling anxious for no reason can affect your ability to communicate and concentrate.
One way to reduce anxiety is by reducing stress and cortisol to a healthy level.
What are the effects of too much cortisol (the stress hormone)?
- weight gain on midsection and back
- Rounded face
- Muscle weakness
- Thinning skin
- Easy bruising
- High blood pressure
- Flushed face
- Slowed healing
- Problems concentrating
How does CBD regulate the stress hormone?
CBD uses the body's endocannabinoid system to regulate the adrenal glands.
When you're stressed, your adrenal glands produce adrenaline and cortisol to combat stress. When you endure chronic stress, your adrenal glands produce too much cortisol.
Studies (study 1, study 2, study 3) have shown CBD can reduce or regulate the production of cortisol. With continued use, you may be able to return to a healthy balance of cortisol and other hormones.