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Stress Pt. 2: How CBD Could Assist With Managing Stress

Stress and stress-related disorders are some of the leading causes of disability that we’re facing today.

While CBD oil is not a cure for anything, it has proven to be a valuable addition to many people’s everyday lives and their ability to manage stress.

Forget the many CBD claims you hear – we say: just listen to the science. 

In this article, we’ve gathered a quick overview of what it is you need to know about the scientific relationship between CBD and stress management.

The Scientific Highlights of CBD & Stress

Although CBD science is still in its early stages, there have been some interesting findings when studying the correlation between CBD and stress management. We’ve listed some of the most interesting ones for you below.

Fundamentally, CBD engages predominantly with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a central regulator responsible for maintaining equilibrium and overseeing a wide range of bodily functions, encompassing mood, appetite, stress response, sleep patterns, and much more (read much more about the fascinating ECS here). That’s why you’ll notice these areas often intertwine when CBD is discussed, underscoring the remarkable versatility of CBD oil.

  1. Impact on sleep: 

Chronic stress often leads to insomnia and other sleep disorders. Some studies suggest that CBD might help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. Recent research also indicates that CBD may impact sleep by influencing factors such as sleep duration, sleep quality, and sleep latency. A study carried out by The Permanente Journal in 2019 found that approximately 66.7% of participants experienced better sleep scores throughout the study. By promoting better sleep, CBD offers a multifaceted approach to stress management, allowing individuals to face stressors with a well-rested and resilient mindset.

  1. Reduction of physiological effects: 

Stress often results in an elevated heart rate and other physiological effects. Some preclinical studies suggest that CBD can help manage these effects, effectively acting as a kind of buffer against stress. For example, a study published in JCI Insight in 2017 demonstrated that CBD could reduce resting blood pressure and the blood pressure increase associated with stress in humans.

  1. CBD’s Impact on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a remarkable regulatory network within our bodies, responsible for maintaining balance and homeostasis. Scientific studies have revealed that CBD interacts with this intricate system, exerting its effects through various receptors. One of the most well-known receptors, CB1, is found predominantly in the brain and is involved in regulating mood, emotions, and stress response. CBD’s interaction with the ECS can lead to increased availability of neurotransmitters like serotonin, contributing to a sense of well-being and potentially reducing anxiety and stress.

  1. Anxiety and Cognitive Function

In a world brimming with stimuli and demands, anxiety has become a prevalent concern. Research suggests that CBD can impact brain regions associated with fear and emotional processing, including the amygdala and prefrontal cortex. By modulating these regions, CBD may dampen the exaggerated fear responses that often accompany stress, leading to a more measured and controlled reaction to stressors.

  1. Neurogenesis and Stress Resilience

The brain’s remarkable ability to adapt and regenerate is known as neurogenesis. Chronic stress has been linked to a reduction in neurogenesis, particularly in the hippocampus—a region critical for memory and emotion regulation. Emerging research suggests that CBD may promote neurogenesis, potentially enhancing the brain’s resilience to stress. This process could equip individuals with improved emotional coping mechanisms and a greater capacity to manage stressors.

  1. Effects on Cortisol Levels

Cortisol, the hormone often associated with stress, plays a significant role in the body’s physiological response to challenges. Prolonged exposure to high cortisol levels can lead to detrimental health effects. Recent studies have explored CBD’s potential in regulating cortisol secretion. CBD’s interaction with the ECS may contribute to maintaining a balanced cortisol release, preventing the harmful effects associated with chronic cortisol elevation, such as impaired immune function and metabolic disruptions.

  1. Inflammation and Immune Response

The interconnectedness of stress, inflammation, and immune response has garnered scientific interest. Chronic stress can trigger an inflammatory response, contributing to various health issues. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have been well-documented, suggesting that it may counteract the inflammation induced by stress. By mitigating inflammation, CBD could potentially reduce the negative physiological effects of stress on the body.

  1. Social Interaction and Stress Reduction

A study published in the “Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology” explored the impact of CBD on social anxiety. The results indicated that CBD reduced subjective anxiety, leading to improved performance during a simulated public speaking test. This suggests that CBD may facilitate more comfortable social interactions, which can contribute to overall stress reduction.

  1. PTSD and Trauma-Related Stress

Research published in the “Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine” investigated the use of CBD in individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study found that CBD significantly reduced symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety and hyperarousal, providing evidence of CBD’s potential in addressing stress related to trauma.

We hope you got a better understanding of what CBD can do and that there was potentially some insight that could be useful to your case.

Please note that further research is still needed to fully understand the relationship between CBD and stress. Nevertheless, we’re certainly looking forward to finding out more about this promising relationship!

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