What happens to our bodies when we are under stress?

When we are under stress our bodies are designed to activate a set of responses. You may have heard the expression “FIGHT or FLIGHT”. This is a complex response activated by our nervous system when our bodies are under duress to help us respond accordingly. During this response, various hormones are released including Cortisol and Adrenaline just to name a few. Ideally, this response is meant to be triggered during real life-threatening situations. However our bodies tend to overreact to everyday stressors and if left unchecked, studies suggest this could cause our bodies to spiral into a web of health-related issues overtime. 

How does CBD help manage stress?

There are various things you can do to help you manage your body’s response to stress, Cannabis is one of them and here is why. 

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CBD is one of the many cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant, specifically Hemp. CBD interacts with our nervous system by activating our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS interacts with the adrenal glands (organs responsible for releasing the stress hormone cortisol) to balance out the levels of cortisol being released. Both human and animal studies have shown CBD to reduce anxiety and stress when found in high concentrations.

Not only can CBD help manage stress, but it may also reduce the effects stress can have on our body both physically and mentally. In a 2014 study, researchers wrote that “the augmentation of the Endocannabinoid System may be an effective strategy to mitigate behavioral and physical consequences of stress.”

How to use CBD to reduce stress?

For immediate relief during an extremely stressful situation or an anxiety attack, smoking Hemp Flower with high concentrations of CBD works best because it immediately enters the bloodstream and effects last between 2-4 hours. Sublingual tinctures also work quickly (within 15 minutes) with effects lasting up to 6 hours. 

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For overall management of anxiety, CBD is suggested to be taken daily as a supplement in any form. Edibles may take longer to take effect (30 - 60 minutes) but effects last up to 8 hours. 

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You know your body best and if you are a first time CBD user, we always recommend starting with low doses and working your way up to find your ideal dose.



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