Stress is something that most people are living with. Besides the fact that it doesn’t feel good to be stressed, it also affects your physical and mental health. It pays to try to reduce stress whenever possible.
Stress can lead to heart problems and even lowers your immunity making you susceptible to catching all kinds of viruses and other illnesses.
There are lots of medications out there to treat stress, but an all natural remedy that you should be thinking about is CBD.
In this article, we will go over some of the reasons that CBD can be helpful and how you can use it yourself to reduce stress.
Is CBD marijuana?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is made from hemp primarily, but it is also found in marijuana. Hemp has been made legal by the federal government so now it is made primarily from that. It is not a psychoactive chemical like THC which is found in high amounts in marijuana.
In other words, CBD won’t get you high, but THC from marijuana will. Though, THC does also help with stress and anxiety so it can be used in states where you can legally use marijuana and even have weed delivered.
CBD can make you feel relaxed without impairing you in the same way that THC would. Which one will work best for you depends highly on what you plan to do after taking it. If you want to live your life as normal, then you should use CBD. If you don’t mind being out of action for a while until the effects wear off then you can also use THC.
How CBD helps with stress
All throughout your body are receptors to which chemicals can attach to send stimuli to your cells. In the case of CBD, it attaches to cannabinoid receptors that are found in your central nervous system.
It seems that the CBD affects serotonin levels and how it interacts with your central nervous system. People with low serotonin levels generally suffer from depression. Even if you aren’t depressed, low levels of serotonin can increase anxiety and stress.
When you feel stressed, an increase in your serotonin can help calm your nerves and help you feel less stressed.
CBD acts like an antidepressant but without any of the side effects of one and is not addictive.
Are there risks from CBD?
There haven’t been any long term studies done yet with CBD as it has only recently been made legal by the federal government.
There may be some slight side effects based on who is taking it and what the dose is, but there are no health risks associated with taking CBD. People with liver disease should see a doctor before taking any CBD product as it can change the liver enzymes.
Some side effects can be feeling lightheaded, dry mouth or an increase in appetite. Some people can also become a bit moody and even lethargic.
How much should you take?
Finding the proper dosage is one of the biggest challenges for people using CBD for stress. Everybody reacts differently and you really don’t know how it will affect you until you take it.
The general consensus is to start out with low doses and take note of the effects. Write down how much you took, and at what time and then record how it made you feel. If you don’t feel anything after an hour or so, then increase the dosage until you feel something.
Keep in mind that it can take up to two hours to feel the effects so if you don’t feel anything right away, hold off on taking more until you have given it a chance to take effect.
What types of products to use
CBD oil comes in many different forms. Which one is best for you depends on a few things like lifestyle and even how much of a dosage you need to take.
Some popular products are edibles as it feels less like taking a drug. You can find edibles in gummy candy form and even baked goods. It is also added to things like coffee and you can use the oil to add to your own recipes.
People also like to use the oil itself by placing a few drops under the tongue. There are also capsules with CBD powder that can help with accurate dosing that is difficult to do with other types of products. Some people prefer to vape the oil, but you really need to know what you are doing to avoid any issues from vaping it.