CBD and Stress: How Does It Help

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According to a survey conducted by Bloomberg – the international research agency, South Africa was ranked the 2nd most stressed-out nation in the world following Nigeria. Stress and anxiety as mental disorders are currently at an all-time high. This calls for some major corrective measures. While many people resort to medication, it’s not the best way to go about it. Good news is, CBD has emerged as a strong contender offering a more natural/herbal way to ease the stress people go through every day.

What is CBD?

Short for cannabidiol, CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis plant flowers and leaves. This particular cannabinoid is the reason behind all the therapeutic/medicinal properties of this plant. In terms of appearance, it has a crystalline structure. It’s colorless and is often extracted from CBD hemp flower. One of the most popular medicinal applications of CBD comes from the management of pain, anxiety, stress, depression and many other mood disorders.

How Does CBD Help With Stress Management?

Here’s how CBD works its way into the system upon consumption –

According to Dr. Stuart Titus, CEO of Medical Marijuana Inc., this particular compound interacts with the endogenous cannabinoid system of the body. Basically, It is responsible for the development of the central nervous system. It also controls the body’s external and internal response mechanism to multiple stresses.

CBD, just like all the other cannabinoids tend to be effective when it attaches itself to certain receptors in the brain. The thing is, the human body tends to produce certain cannabinoids of its own which then connect with two receptors, namely CB1 and CB2 receptors.

The former receptors are present all through the body but many of them are present in the brain. The ones present in the brain deal with movement, coordination, pain reception, moods, emotions, appetite, memories, thinking patterns, and several other functions. CB2 receptors are linked with the immune system which takes care of inflammation and pain.

Up until now, researchers believed that CBD attaches itself with CB2 receptors; thereby offering all kinds of anti-inflammatory properties and therapeutic goodness. But, many of the more recent studies show that cannabidiol doesn’t attach itself to either of these receptors. Instead, it seems to channelize and direct the body to use its own cannabinoids.

Research and Studies Performed on Effects of CBD on Stress Management

Today it has become almost impossible to escape the many stresses we are forced to face every single day; be it in the form of a difficult relationship, a dead-end job, a horrible boss, inability to maintain financial stability and what not. Unfortunately, failing to take preventive measures to manage these stresses can not only deteriorate your mental health, but it can also take a huge toll on your social and physical health.

Unlike pharmaceutical alternatives that carry a whole lot of side-effects, CBD oil tends to offer a more holistic and natural way to manage/reduce stress. To back these claims up, researchers have conducted several successful studies over the years; almost all of which speak in favor of CBD.

Check out of a few of those –

According to a 2010 study, CBD was found to reduce anxiety among participants with a social anxiety disorder. That’s not all, consumption of CBD also changed the brain’s reaction to various stresses.

Here’s one more scientific journal that establishes the relationship between CBD as a therapeutic alternative for those suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). The study was conducted on rodents and confirmed CBD’s potential to change certain important aspects of negative memories and significantly improve the symptomatology of this disorder. It confirmed cannabidiol’s potential to treat inappropriate retention of aversive memories as well as inappropriate responses to those traumatic memories.

Another research study conducted in 2014 found CBD oil to be appropriately closed with anxiolytic and antidepressant-like effects. The research was conducted on animal models and used a variety of modules such as EPM (Elevated plus maze), VCT (Vogel Conflict Test) and FST (Forced Swimming Test) to base the findings upon.

Are there any side effects?

Although there is no groundbreaking research in terms of long-term negative effects of CBD oil yet, the research available so far does stipulate CBD a safe option with no major risks. As a matter of fact, other pharmaceutical drugs such as Xanax carry a wider range of side-effects such as dizziness, slurred speech, memory loss, nausea, weight changes, etc. By comparison, CBD tends to have a ‘better side-effect profile’. However, since there are no bodies that govern/regulate CBD dosage, it’s advised to purchase CBD products from a reliable vendor all the while making sure to do enough research before consumption.

Can CBD cause high?

The important thing to understand about cannabis plant is that much of the negative connotations come from the cannabinoid THC. Any product that contains more than. 0.3% THC cannot be legal anywhere. This is the very cannabinoid which causes the ‘high’. But, CBD products are designed to carry the lowest possible THC levels to make it therapeutic. Therefore, it’s impossible to get high from CBD.

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