September 5, 2018 10 min read
Can CBD oil treat stress?
Many people experience stress on a regular basis, as modern day living can be full of upsetting situations. Living faster than ever and trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance is hard on most people. It often leads to mental health problems such as anxiety disorders.
According to a recent study, over a third (37%) of British residents feel stressed at least one full day per week, and a staggering 85% admit to experiencing a significant level of worry regularly. There are many potential treatments that can be used to encourage stress relief, such as certain lifestyle changes and exercise. But could CBD oil also be an option? Can CBD oil treat stress?
The stress response
To decide whether CBD can treat stress and stress-related problems it’s important to understand how stress affects the human body. A stressful situation – whether something environmental, such as a looming deadline at work, or psychological, such as a persistent worry about a loved one – can trigger the production of stress hormones that produce many mind-altering, physiological changes.
Panic attacks, which are an extreme form of stress, are known to provoke symptoms such as chest pains, heart pounding, hyperventilation, muscle tension, cold sweat and shivers.
This reaction to stress is also known as the “fight-or-flight” response because it evolved as a survival mechanism, enabling people and other mammals to react quickly to life-threatening situations. The stress response begins in the brain and is a biological reaction to a real or perceived threat to homeostasis.
How does CBD work in the body?
To try and answer the question if cannabidiol can treat stress, it’s important to understand how CBD works first.
There are many systems within the human body; the nervous system, respiratory system, endocrine system, digestive system – to name a few. There is also another system which is not often talked about, yet it provides a vital function within our bodies. The endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is found in all mammals, is tasked with regulating a large range of functions in the body.
It controls things like your mood, appetite, sleep, hormone production, and even the immune system responses. The system maintains these functions, ensuring that cells operate well, in an effort to keep homeostasis. CBD and other cannabinoids in CBD oils, interact with the body’s native ECS helping it make adjustments to bring the body back to balance. A properly functioning cannabinoid system is crucial for any health benefits you are looking for.
Bionativa offers a range of high quality full spectrum CBD oils, capsules and other hemp based CBD products. Our CannabiGold CBD range, for example, offers a wide choice of concentrations and forms of CBD to suit your needs.
Would you like a cuppa (hemp) tea?
If you feel like taking CBD oil is not for you, or swallowing cannabidiol in capsules is inconvenient, hemp tea is a great way to consume cannabinoids. Drinking a cup of tea is already relaxing and can bring relief to stress. If you swap that ordinary cuppa for a CBD based hemp tea it will relax you even more.
Apart from being relaxing, it’s also a very healthy beverage, as it’s loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. It’s great for warmer days too, thanks to it’s refreshing taste and pleasant earthy taste. You can drink it anywhere, at home or at work, as even though it’s hemp-derived and made from cannabis plants, it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so it’s 100% non-psychoactive and non-intoxicating.
The BioBloom organic hemp flower tea, for example, is a good way to get familiar with hemp tea. It’s packed with loads of healthy active phytochemicals and relaxes you without any psychoactive side effects.
Can CBD oil treat stress?
Chronic stress is the plague of our times. The constant rush and long working hours have made sleep, rest and relaxing become a luxury not everyone can afford.
Many studies have proved the positive health benefits of CBD which help dealing with medical conditions such as chronic stress, and anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or social anxiety disorder.
However, as CBD oil can only be legally sold in the UK as a food supplement, not a medication, so I’m afraid this is a question we cannot answer. Please carry out your own research and try it out for yourself to decide if CBD is right for you. CBD oil is a natural and safe addition to your daily supplement routine. Including cannabidiol in a healthy, balanced diet offers many long-term benefits, so you really have absolutely nothing to lose.
Disclaimer: Please note that all products containing CBD which are available at Bionativa are food supplements. Their goal is to support the maintenance of your health and well-being. All the information provided at bionativa.co.uk is for informational purposes only and should not be treated as medicinal claims.