You’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Whether you’re studying for an upcoming exam, dealing with a frustrating boss at work, or just trying to get through the struggles of everyday life, your problems can seem overwhelming. Unfortunately, long-term stress can cause health problems, which is why finding ways to relax are crucial. Thankfully, CBD is here to help! Let’s take a look at what stress is, the health problems it can cause, and one of the new ways that people across the world are overcoming their stress and learning to relax again!
What Is Stress?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, stress is “how the brain and body respond to any demand. Every type of demand or stressor—such as exercise, work, school, major life changes, or traumatic events—can be stressful.” Examples of stress can range from mild, like studying for a quiz at school, to traumatic, like experiencing a major accident or natural disaster.
While stress may seem like a bad thing, not all stress is dangerous. For some, stress increases the motivation to perform well, such as on a test or in a job interview. In other situations, stress can be lifesaving. In response to danger, our bodies respond in a fight or flight manner. This type of stress triggers the body to breathe faster, pump blood through the body more quickly, and increase its awareness of its surroundings.
Long Term Stress
Unfortunately, our responses to stress can cause health problems. Issues occur when our bodies are exposed to continued stress, or if our response to a stressful situation continues after the danger has decreased. When our bodies are exposed to chronic stress, the responses that were considered lifesaving can become life-threatening. Chronic stress can suppress the immune system, interfere with digestive health, interrupt standard sleep patterns, and even disrupt the reproductive systems.
People’s bodies may react to chronic stress in different ways, including experiencing issues with their digestive system, headaches, sleeplessness and insomnia, anger and irritability, and feelings of sadness. If the source of the stress continues, the body can even experience more severe health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression and anxiety.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
While all of that may seem incredibly depressing, we promise there is hope thanks to CBD! Over the last decade, more and more people are turning to CBD to help overcome their stress and learn to relax. But what is CBD, and why is it so popular? Let’s find out.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is one of the two primary compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn’t cause a high for users. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
There are different varieties of the cannabis plant, including hemp and marijuana. Each term is generally used interchangeably. However, they are not the same. The level of CBD in each plant depends on its type. The majority of CBD oil is derived from industrial hemp, which traditionally has a higher level of CBD content with a drastically reduced concentration of THC compared to marijuana. Once the CBD is extracted, it’s added to a carrier oil such as hemp seed or coconut oil, thus becoming CBD oil.
What Makes CBD Popular?
Within the human body lies the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The ECS helps regulate your immune system, response to pain, and sleep, among others. Rather than directly interacting with the ECS, it is believed that CBD encourages the body to produce its endocannabinoids more effectively. For example, CBD has been shown to trigger the release of serotonin in the body. Serotonin is often called the happy chemical because it helps produce feelings of happiness and wellbeing in the body. CBD also stops the body from absorbing anandamide, the chemical that controls the body’s response to pain. By creating elevated levels of anandamide in the bloodstream, a person may feel less pain. Also, CBD may reduce inflammation in the body, leading to decreased feelings of pain, better sleep, and a healthier immune system.
CBD Products for Stress
Since CBD oil can be added to a variety of products, there are dozens of ways to add CBD oil to your daily life. Depending on your needs, however, some CBD products can be more helpful than others. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of CBD oil products and see which ones are best for coping with stress!
As we mentioned before, CBD oil is created by adding CBD extract to a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil. In terms of usage, CBD oil is known for its versatility in dosing and concentration because of the number of ways that it can be used as well as the multitude of strengths in which it can be purchased. When extracted CBD is added to an oil that can be taken orally, such as coconut oil, that is when it becomes CBD oil. Due to the sometimes-unpleasant taste of various CBD oils, companies have added a variety of flavor options to make the process more palatable. For example, Koi CBD makes CBD oil in a variety of flavors, including Watermelon Green Apple Sour, Strawberry Milkshake, Pink Lemonade, and Fuji Apple, among others.
Certain types of CBD oil can also be used as additives for vape juices to transfer the positive benefits of CBD to the vape user. Additionally, adding CBD oil to vape juice can help with the stress of reducing a smoking habit by curbing some of the side effects that come with reducing the amount of nicotine in the body.
In addition to containing cannabidiol, CBD oil can also feature extracts to enhance the product’s benefits. Liquid solutions containing extracted CBD as well as additional elements are called tinctures. CBD tinctures are explicitly designed to allow for maximum absorption of CBD and other oils and terpenes into the body. The most significant difference between CBD oil and a CBD tincture is that a tincture always contains additional ingredients other than CBD.
Tinctures are meant to be taken orally. If you are shopping for a tincture and are looking to get the most impact out of your CBD oil use, consider full-spectrum products. Full-spectrum CBD oil, also known as full plant CBD oil, contains additional cannabinoid extracts that can provide even greater health and wellness benefits. However, it’s important to note that full-spectrum CBD oil can contain more than trace amounts of THC. If you are in a state where THC remains illegal, it is vital that you thoroughly research the extract concentrations in your CBD oil products. However, if your state is THC-friendly, the extract, coupled with CBD, has been shown to help reduce stress in certain concentrations.
If you’re always on the go, experiencing stress can seem like just one more thing you have to survive. Finding a consistent way to easily and discreetly reduce your symptoms and increase your relaxation can be crucial to your overall mental health. When you are ensuring you are prepared for when stress hits, convenience is vital. In situations where you can anticipate a stressful situation, such as a pre-scheduled meeting or appointment, we love CBD capsules, such as these by Lazarus Naturals. Capsules are filled with a pre-measured dose of CBD and are the perfect item to stick in your desk or keep in your medicine cabinet for days when you’re feeling a bit more stress than usual.
One of the most fun ways to enjoy CBD, at least in our opinion, is through CBD edibles. CBD oil can easily be mixed into your favorite dishes for an added dose of stress relief. However, there are also pre-made options for those looking for something that takes less work.
If you have a sweet tooth, you will love the wide variety of CBD edibles that are available on the market today. You can purchase everything from gummy bears and gummy worms that offer a throwback to your childhood to a Chill Shot, a ready to drink lemonade beverage by CBDFx that contains 20mg of full-spectrum CBD and 200mg of L-Theanine, an amino acid known as nature’s ADHD medicine.
CBD oil has also been added to artisan products such as chocolates, milkshakes and smoothies, and even oatmeal. Unfortunately for those of us who face regular battles with stress, the Food and Drug Administration has begun cracking down on restaurants and coffee shops that are selling foods containing CBD oil. This crackdown is because although CBD oil derived from hemp is legal on a federal level, CBD itself is still not regulated by the FDA. Since the FDA regulates products for human consumption, adding something that has not yet been regulated becomes a public health issue, according to the agency.
Another great product to keep on hand for unexpected stress is Endoca’s CBD chewing gum. The gum is said to increase the bioavailability of the CBD, making it easier for the body to absorb and put to use efficiently. Each stick contains 15mg of CBD and is 100% organic, sugar-free, and flavored with peppermint. Fresh breath and less stress? Sign us up.
Soak it In
If you’ve never used a bath bomb before, you’re seriously missing out. If you’ve never used a CBD oil bath bomb before, prepare to have your mind blown — in the best way, of course. Stress can be felt throughout your body and cause stiff joints, sore muscles, and overall tension. While taking a nice soak in the bathtub can be incredibly relaxing, why not take it up a notch with the addition of some CBD bath products?
Thanks to companies such as Sun State Hemp, Moon Mother, and Mary’s Nutritionals, taking a bath can now wipe away even more stress than before. Sun State Hemp offers 2oz and 6oz bath bombs in four themes: soothing, sensual, calm, and focus. Drop the bath bomb into a hot tub of water and let the essential oils and CBD oil envelop you in a sea of relaxation. Each 6oz bath bomb comes in one of three strengths — 35mg, 60mg, and 100mg, while the 2oz option is offered with 35mg of CBD. Mary’s Nutritionals offers bath bombs with 50mg of CBD oil in either Calm or Boost. If you’re feeling stressed and need to relax, we recommend Calm. However, if you’re looking for clarity before a stressful day, Boost is the way to go!
When you step out of your bath and back into the real world, pause for a moment. If you’re looking for a deeper sleep to keep your stress at bay, consider applying a CBD lotion or balm to seal in the moisture your skin just received as well as add a bit more depth to your CBD oil routine. Not only are there a variety of strengths available, but the scents are incredible. CBD is also shown to have therapeutic properties for your skin, so not only will you feel stress-free, but you’ll also look it!
Mix it Up
For many, finding the perfect solution to stress reduction can seem as complicated as the stress itself. However, thanks to the health and wellness benefits offered by CBD, it doesn’t have to be. It’s essential to consider your individual needs and preferences when selecting the best CBD products for your lifestyle.
One of the best things about Have A Nice Day CBD is the variety of products available. In addition to being Good Manufacturing Practice certified, every product we offer is carefully evaluated, including through the use of independent lab testing for concentration verification. Whether you’re shopping for one product or filling every spare cabinet in your home, our team is available to help you find the best products for your needs.