8 of 10 Americans are affected by stress. To put this into perspective, that’s 79% of 327.16 million people.
Chances are, you’re one of those people. Whether it be an unthankful boss or an angry mother in law, stress affects us all in different ways.
Chronic stress can affect more than just your mental stability, it causes symptoms from headaches and high blood pressure to chest pain and heart palpitations. Sure, you can take anti-anxiety medications like Xanax or Prozac. But, why not try to relieve your symptoms with natural remedies?
CBD is still in infancy, but research suggests that CBD oils can vastly reduce stress when taken on a regular basis.
Read on to learn more about using CBD for stress relief.
What is CBD?
In short, CBD is an oil that comes from the cannabis plant.
Officially known as cannabidiol, CBD is considered a cannabinoid. It is one of over 100 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
Cannabinoids are found in leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. They are then extracted and separated.
Once extracted, CBD is a colorless, crystalline structure at room temperature in its purest form. CBD can be derived from either the marijuana plant or the hemp plant. Both are strains of the cannabis plant, however, CBD that is derived from the marijuana plant tends to be more potent and more effective than that of the hemp plant.
CBD is known to have benefits on pain relief, stress, anxiety, seizure disorders, and more.
Does CBD Produce a High?
One of the most well-known cannabinoids is called Tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC. THC is the chemical in the cannabis plant that offers the mind-altering high feeling, as opposed to CBD, which is 100% non-psychoactive.
Both CBD and THC bind with special receptors in your brain, however, CBD binds directly with those receptors, where THC does not. This is why you feel no fuzziness or mental slowness.
Because of the way that CBD binds with your receptors, it may take a bit longer for you to notice the effects.
When you do begin to notice the CBD, you’ll feel a wave of relaxation through your body.
Can You Use CBD for Stress?
Being subjected to stress on a daily basis can threaten your social life, mental and physical health. CBD oil is a natural way to reduce the daily stress that is keeping you from living your best life.
But don’t take our word for it, check out these studies performed over the last few years.
A study performed in 2010 showed that CBD helps to reduce anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder, or SAD. This study found that CBD not only helped reduce current anxiety, but it also changed the initial brain reaction to said anxiety. Brain scans showed changes in blood flow patterns in regions of the brain associated with stress and anxiety.
Similarly, a 2011 study found that CBD reduced social anxiety specifically induced by public speaking.
A 2014 research study found that appropriately dosed CBD oil had antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects. This study was performed on animal models with a variety of experiments, such as the forced swimming test (FST), elevated plus maze (EPM), and Vogel conflict test (VCT).
In 2015, an analysis showed that CBD continued to reduce stress and social anxiety. The study referred to CBD as, “a potential treatment for anxiety disorders.” These disorders might include SAD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and generalized anxiety disorder.
And finally, this 2016 research studied the effectiveness of CBD specifically on PTSD and insomnia. What they found was that CBD significantly reduced PTSD induced anxiety and aided in a healthy sleep pattern.