How CBD Can Reduce Your Daily Stress
Stress: we all have it. It’s a normal part of life, and studies have shown it’s necessary for people to function, learn, and achieve. However, excess stress can be extremely detrimental to the body – and it’s encountered fairly often in our daily lives! Stressful situations, especially environmental ones, can wear on the body through the physiological changes they produce.
The Role and Importance of CBD
CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of the main and most abundant compounds found in cannabis. Unlike the other abundant chemical, THC, cannabidiol does not give you a “high.” THC and CBD have many of the same benefits, but CBD delivers them through non-psychoactive methods.
When you consume CBD, it enters the body’s endocannabinoid system. Your body naturally makes its own cannabinoids, while CBD provides a plant version, termed phytocannabinoids. CBD attaches to receptors called CB1 and CB2. They are found in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, which interact with serotonin. Serotonin is a prominent neurotransmitter that allows your brain to “talk” to itself. Low serotonin is often associated with a host of mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety.
While your body can create its own cannabinoids, it can also run low – not unlike most other nutrients, vitamins, and more. CBD’s phytocannabinoids supplement and replenish your endocannabinoid system, which improves its ability to regulate serotonin. Regulated serotonin means a happier brain, and a happier brain means better control over stressful situations.
Your Body’s Stress System
You’ve heard of “fight or flight,” but what you might not realize is that this system manages nearly all of your stress. This evolutionary feature is what allowed humans to survive, escaping predators and reacting to life-threatening dangers. Sometimes these situations still arise, and we’re thankful the fight-or-flight system is there. However, it can also be activated by things that maybe don’t require such a reaction, like waking up late for work, encountering road rage, or minor disagreements with a friend. In situations like these, CBD may help reduce bodily overreactions.
Your body’s first response to stress is to equip itself with hormones necessary to communicate that the fight-or-flight response is to be triggered. This coordinated cascade causes a number of physiological changes. One stress hormone is cortisol. CBD helps regulate cortisol, keeping it from flooding your system with stress. When cortisol levels drop, the part of the nervous system responsible for counteracting fight or flight is activated and your body calms. Along with cortisol, research suggests a connection between CBD and other stress hormones, including adrenaline and norepinephrine.
One way our bodies make us more alert in the wake of danger is by raising our blood pressure. Our hearts beat faster and harder, which is essential for fight or flight. With CBD, heart rate may have an easier time returning to baseline. Heart palpitations, flutters, and pounding can be caused by stress, but CBD reduces this cardiac response for symptom relief.
CBD has been shown to be beneficial in people struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more. While your everyday stress may be less severe, the symptoms are often similar though dampened. CBD helps reduce the mental reaction to stress. It can reduce nightmares, replaying negative memories, racing thoughts,
Go Stress-Free With cannajoy
cannajoy believes that a world of people who feel better through the power of CBD is more than possible. Moreover, our products are full-spectrum CBD, meaning that we don’t process our product more than necessary! Our full-spectrum hemp CBD provides not just cannabinoids, but also terpenes and flavonoids, which work together in synchrony to help your body handle stress. Check out all of our CBD-infused products today, and experience a lifestyle with less stress.