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Stress is a part of life. When it stays a small part, it can actually be beneficial. When it becomes excessive, it’s time to get proper medical help. When it’s somewhere in-between, it can often be managed by effective self-care and CBD products can be a big help.
At its heart, stress is a physiological response to a threat. Essentially, it stimulates the body so that it can operate at maximum capacity and thus gives us the best chance of being able to run away from danger or fight our way out of trouble.
That’s great when we’re facing physical dangers, which are a real threat even in the modern world. It isn’t necessarily bad when we’re facing more psychological threats, like the fear of an upcoming exam.
It can, however, be an issue when we read everyday occurrences as stress triggers.
Stress should always be followed by rest
Stress should be a bit like high-intensity exercise. It should happen in short bursts and be followed by a suitable period of rest during which your body will return to normal.
This doesn’t have to mean lying in bed or even vegging out on the couch. It just means taking it easy in some way.
The problem comes when recurring everyday events trigger the stress reaction, for example, money worries, work worries and/or relationship worries. This can create a situation when we’re in a continual state of stress and hence neither our minds nor our bodies get a chance to recover properly.
Ideally you should deal with the cause of stress rather than the symptom
When looking at stress, the first question to ask is “what is causing it?” and the second question to ask is “can I deal with the cause?” Sometimes stress has an obvious trigger.
Sometimes the trigger is less obvious and sometimes people have multiple triggers some of which are more obvious than others.
Once you’ve identified the trigger(s), then, ideally, your next step is to deal with them. Sadly, in the real world, that isn’t always possible – and that’s where CBD comes in.
CBD and stress
CBD is one of the 100+ cannabinoids in cannabis. It is often described as being non-psychoactive, but this is inaccurate. CBD has a relaxing effect on the body (and the mind) because it regulates the perception of cortisol and norepinephrine.
These are two of the body’s three major stress hormones (the other one being adrenaline). Cortisol is particularly significant since adrenaline and norepinephrine tend to have short-lasting effects. Cortisol by contrast, can stick around for much longer.
Using CBD oil for stress
Ideally, you should aim to use high-quality full-spectrum hemp oil so that you get the full benefit of all cannabinoids, terpenes and antioxidants. If, however, you are concerned about testing positive of any THC, then CBD isolate oil is the way to go.
In either case, you may have to experiment slightly to find the best dosage and the right time to take your CBD oil.
For example, some people may prefer to take it at regular times to maintain the balance of body and mind, whereas others might prefer to take it reactively in response to stress triggers.
Whatever approach you ultimately choose, you will benefit from the fact that CBD oil can be taken discretely as it has virtually no odour.