Everyone, regardless of their age, social status or background gets stressed, and it’s a necessary evil. Stress motivates us to get up and do things, whether it’s getting out of bed in the morning, paying our bills, going to work or starting a new business to give yourself a better life. It’s stress that pushes us to turn thoughts into actions and bring ideas into reality.
While stress is necessary, there is a point where a person can be under too much stress. Our bodies evolved to have small bursts of stress hormones, also known as the fight or flight response, which prepares us to either stand our ground and fight, or run away. When our bodies are constantly in this fight or flight state, regular stress crosses the line into a perpetual state of fight or flight, which can be very damaging to the body.
Stress hormones, like cortisol, skyrocket when we are in this state, and can have detrimental effects on nearly every aspect of our health, from mood and digestion to weight management and energy. With such a broad spectrum of drawbacks and negatives, what options do we have to naturally manage stress?
Enter CBD. CBD is a potent compound found in cannabis plants. It’s non-psychoactive, so it won’t get you high, and beyond the glowing testimonials of CBD users, there’s growing scientific evidence that CBD works.
Subjects—both human and rodent—showed, after receiving a dose of CBD, that they experienced less anxiety in response to stress, marked sleep improvements and improvements in extinction learning, which is basically letting go when there’s nothing left to fear.
So how does CBD work?
CBD has more than 65 targets throughout the human body, and studies currently suggest that CBD counters anxiety by stimulating neurotransmitter systems and prompting neural regeneration. It shows the potential to reduce stress by regulating serotonin levels and the endocannabinoid system, while prompting the production of new neurons in the hippocampus—with neurons being the first to be affected by high stress levels.
So what are you waiting for? If you’re feeling stressed, in a constant state of fight or flight and want to see what CBD can do for you, try it out and be sure to share your experience.