First, the bad news: your life will never be stress-free. There will always be something to worry about, whether it is bills, bad habits, relationships or work.
While stress can be helpful when it challenges us to grow and make positive changes, it causes us to be unhealthy and unhappy when it gets too high. Once our stress levels peak, all aspects of our lives are affected — including our behaviors, emotions, physical health and ability to think.
Everyone experiences stress differently, but common emotional symptoms include becoming easily moody, agitated or frustrated, feeling overwhelmed or like you’ve lost control, having a tough time quieting your mind and relaxing, avoiding others and experiencing increased feelings of loneliness, depression or worthlessness.
Physically, stress can cause low energy, teeth grinding, insomnia, headaches, tense muscles, rapid heartbeat, frequent infections and cols, shaking, nervousness, loss of sexual desire and a host of other symptoms.
Stress can also cause anxiety — an out-of-control, excessive worrying about everyday things. If you are one of the 40 million adults in the United States who experience anxiety, you may feel nervous, tense or restless, have an increased heart rate and a sense of impending doom or danger, breathe rapidly, tremble, sweat, feel tired or weak, have trouble sleeping or struggle to concentrate or think about anything but your present worries.
Now for the good news: stress and anxiety can be managed…naturally.
Prescription medications are too often the go-to remedy for stress and anxiety issues, but concern is growing about the side effects and possible dependence these medications present.
CBD, a chemical compound found naturally in hemp and marijuana plants, doesn’t cause the “high” many people associate with cannabis, but it does harness all the positive benefits of the plant. CBD works with receptors in the brain to alter serotonin signals, one of the body’s chemicals that plays an important role in mental health. Low serotonin can result in anxiety or depression, but CDB oil may help reduce stress and the symptoms of these mood disorders.
Studies published by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the Journal of Psychopharmacology, the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, the Journal of Psychopharmacology and the Journal of Psychiatric Research show that CBD has reduced stress in animal studies, reduces behavioral signs of anxiety and also improves physical symptoms of stress and anxiety, like increased heart rate. Studies also show that CBD oil can benefit people with anxiety-induced insomnia and helps people cope with stressful situations, like speaking in front of a crowd.
The answer will largely depend on factors such as your weight, medical history, age and genetics, but we recommend the following:
1. Start off with small doses. CBD oil affects everyone different, so start of slowly and….
2. Be consistent with your dosing. Give your body some time to get used to the CBD, so slowly increase the amount over time until you achieve the results you desire.