Unless you decided to ditch material goods and family to live in a cave on a remote mountain top, you are probably dealing with stress on a daily basis. Many people don’t realise how stressed they are. So many of us may not feel like we are stressed and thus don’t schedule downtime. This comes back to bite us later. Most of the population aren’t happy, aren’t sleeping very well and may even be suffering with extreme nervous system issues. Left untreated, all of this adds up to being a very concerning health problem that may have severe consequences to your quality of life. We can treat it in a natural and easy way.
Severe stress can literally kill you, as it causes damage to your heart, gut, brain and so forth. There is really no bodily system that does not become negatively affected by stress. The more stress you have, the worse it is for your health.
But what is stress actually?
Stress is primarily a physical response. When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action. This causes a number of reactions, from blood being diverted to muscles to shutting down unnecessary bodily functions such as digestion.
In the modern world, the ‘fight or flight’ mode can still help us survive dangerous situations, such as reacting swiftly to a person running in front of our car by slamming on the brakes.
The big challenge is when our body goes into a state of stress in inappropriate situations. When blood flow is going only to the most important muscles needed to fight or flee, brain function is minimised. This can lead to an inability to ‘think straight’; a state that is a great hindrance in both our work and home lives. If we are kept in a state of stress for long periods, it will be destructive to our health. The results of having elevated cortisol levels can be an increase in sugar and blood pressure levels, and a decrease in libido – it can lead to anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
Could taking CBD oil regularly be a credible solution?
CBD is associated with stimulating a relaxation response in the body and brain. In other words it creates a sense of calm focus with smaller doses. Larger doses are said to help you fall asleep quickly.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is very good when recovering from intense bouts of physical, mental and emotional stress. It is also used to lessen the effect of mental stress while it is occurring. It’s been shown to help you adapt better to stress and protects against negative effects on your metabolic, immune, cardiovascular and neurobiological functions.
It can also help to treat people struggling with chronic stress and anxiety by regulating the release of glucocorticoids, which is the fundamental hormonal response to stress.
In 2013 Antonio Zuardi and Francisco S Guimarães made a study in Brazil on CBD effect on cortisol, conclusion showed the level of cortisol in the human body was less when taking CBD oil. (1)
Another study made also in 2013 done by Ganon-Elazar in Israel showed taking CBD oil may regulate the emotional response to trauma and therefore prevent further stress. This is because it minimised the stress receptors in the hippocampus and amygdala (areas in the brain) that combined, are both responsible for processing our senses and emotions.
How does it work?
Cannabinoids (the chemical components of cannabis) are proven to activate certain receptors found throughout our bodies, which produce pharma logic effects, especially that of the central nervous system and the immune system. You might be fascinated to know that there are natural cannabinoids found in human breast milk.
The endocannabinoid system found in humans is said to affect many varieties of physiologic processes. These include pain sense, memory, appetite, food intake, energy balance and motoring skills.