How CBD Can Help Fight Stress
Do you know that 8 out of 10 Americans suffer from stress? That’s 79% out of 327.16 million people in the U.S. alone!
If you’re one of them, most likely, you discovered this blog because you’re searching for ways to manage your stress. Whatever causes your stress- a toxic work or relationship problem- you need to do something before it takes over your health.
Here is the good news. Medical experts are looking at the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) to reduce stress and treat stress-related conditions. Although CBD studies for stress are still in infancy, the results are promising.
How CBD Works
Cannabidiol (CBD)is a cannabinoid compound found naturally in cannabis plants. Although most species of cannabis plants contain CBD, it is more common on hemp (not marijuana) type of the plant. Various products are then manufactured with the oil from the plant, like vape liquids, tincture oils, (here’s an example), and capsules. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another cannabinoid compound, CBD doesn’t produce the “high” effect, which is always associated with cannabis. Legal CBD products will have a very low THC content percentage, under 3% in the USA.
Our body has trillions of cells. Each cell has receptors that are responsible for receiving different types of stimuli.
In terms of human behavior, stimuli are the bedrock of research. Scientists study how receptors respond to a specific stimulus. This process enables them to identify different substances that trigger reactions from the receptors and how these reactions affect the brain’s performance.
CBD is said to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are commonly found in the central and peripheral nervous systems.
It’s not clear yet how and why CBD activates the reaction. However, some scientists believe that this interaction can alter serotonin signals.
Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, plays a crucial role in human psychology. Generally, people suffering from stress and depression have low serotonin levels. If CBD can indeed improve serotonin levels, it may help people fight stress and improve behavioral-related conditions like PTSD, panic disorder, agoraphobia, among others.
Evidence that CBD Reduces Stress
Despite many glowing testimonials from individuals who successfully manage their stress with CBD, it’s a good practice to look at any claim with utmost objectivity.
Let’s cite a few studies that praise the potential of CBD in reducing the symptoms of behavioral-related conditions:
In this review published in the PubMed Central® (PMC) website, scientists studied the effect of CBD in reducing the stress hormones of 32 rodents. From this number, only one rodent didn’t exhibit a positive result.
These clinical trials are looking into the therapeutic properties of CBD to treat the following conditions:
- Post-traumatic disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic pain
- Parkinson’s disease
- Drug and alcohol addiction
- Cancer, and more.
Some trials have already been completed and revealed positive results, while the rest are still ongoing.
The study surveyed 2,400 respondents on their usage, knowledge, misconceptions, and the changes they felt after using CBD. The key findings are:
- Respondents used CBD to treat insomnia, depression, and anxiety,
- 42 percent switched to CBD from traditional medications,
- 80 percent said they felt better after using CBD-derivative products versus other medications.