The advent of summer means pulling out your finest swimsuits, going out with friends for some mint lemonade every now and then, and of course, getting your sun-kissed glow on! But there’s more to summers than just pretty tans and beach parties.
According to research by the American Psychological Society, we tend to have higher levels of stress hormones in our bodies during summer. This seasonally varying hormone—which goes by the name of Cortisol—doesn’t just affect our stress levels, but also our sleep patterns and other conditions.
That’s where CBD comes in. Let’s see how it works as a de-stressor.
What is CBD?
Cannabis Sativa is the botanical name for a common species of plant, the strains of which are known to have wide industrial, recreational, and medical applications. One of the plants which belong to this family is the hemp plant, which is where various CBD-rich derivatives are extracted from.
CBD stands for cannabidiol. This is one of the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Unlike the other common cannabinoid which goes by the name of THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t make you feel ‘high.’
Because of the CBD’s ability to interact with the endocannabinoid receptors in the human body, it’s known to have therapeutic benefits.
CBD for stress
8 out of 10 US citizens are affected by stress, in one way or the other. Research has proved that CBD may help ease the symptoms of stress and the anxiety which stems from it. Another study stated that CBD has properties similar to that of anti-depressants.
To understand how this happens, we first need to be able to differentiate between stress and anxiety. Stress happens when there’s a stress causing factor. Anxiety is how our body reacts in response to stress.
When CBD interacts with the relevant endocannabinoid receptors, it regulates the activation of the HPA axis in the pituitary gland. This enhances neural activity and reduces stress habituation. As for anxiety that happens as a result of stress, CBD impacts receptors whose function is to regulate the production of Serotonin. This is a special chemical which plays a key part in anxiety regulation.
How to take CBD?
The most common and effective CBD derivative available for use is CBD oil. This oil is available in small SKUs and comes with a dropper so the user can control the usage. The drops are mostly carefully placed under the tongue according to a dosage prescribed by your doctor.
CBD also comes in the form of vape fills and pills which can be ingested orally.
If you’re based in the USA or Canada and need CBD oil for various conditions like stress, anxiety, and depression, get in touch with us.