Cannabidiol, the component of cannabis known for its therapeutic effects, has, over the past five years, greatly increased in popularity. However, it is not a new substance. So why such a recent craze? One of the factors to be attributed to this success could be the legalization of CBD in a large number of countries around the world. However, the increasing demand for effective natural therapeutic products is certainly playing an important role.
Indeed, CBD is increasingly enjoying a positive reputation for its anti-stress, anxiolytic, painkiller and anti-epileptic effects. In particular, several scientific studies have been carried out on the various applications of this component of the cannabis plant. Due to the relatively young nature of this field of research, not all the properties of CBD are yet known; however, some benefits have already been proven.
In this article, we will look at the use of CBD oil to combat stress. First, we will try to understand the mechanisms of stress and its impact on our body; then we will learn more about CBD and its effects, thanks to various scientific studies.
Stress: what is it?
The scientific community describes stress as a “physiological response to external pressures”. These pressures can manifest themselves as physical danger or as mental overload due to an abundance of work or responsibility. Too much stress can force the body into a “fight or flight” situation. This state is characterized by a faster beating heart, an influx of blood to the extremities (legs, arms and brain); all this in order to prepare the body to face the threat.
Of course, not everyone reacts in the same way to external pressures. Some people consider a little stress to be good for getting things done – this will be called “good stress”. It is a reaction that allows us – or forces us – to be more attentive to our environment, but also more focused on what we want to achieve. It should be noted, however, that stress, as a physiological reaction, has a significant bodily impact from which we do not recover instantly.
Stress: what effect does it have on my health?
As briefly mentioned above, stress provokes a number of beneficial physical reactions in the short term, but which, if chronic or continuous, can have undesirable effects on mental and physical health. Hans Seyle, a pioneer in stress research, was the first, in the 1950s, to demonstrate the harmful impact of this physiological reaction through his General Adaptation Syndrome theory. According to his findings, we go through three stages of adaptation to stress that potentially lead to exhaustion:
– The alarm reaction: you become aware of the threat, your heart rate increases, cortisol (stress hormone) is released and your adrenaline and energy levels rise.
– The Resistance: following the shock, the body begins the process of repair. It is a process that, however, lasts several hours depending on the intensity of the stimulus. If the trigger of the stress reaction disappears, the body gradually returns to normal. On the other hand, if the situation does not improve, such as, for example, too much work over too long a period of time, the body begins to adapt to this alert situation without returning to a state of rest.
– Exhaustion: this stage occurs after exposure to chronic or continuous intense stress. This situation leads to mental and physical fatigue, burn out, depression or cardiovascular disease.
Stress, as a social phenomenon, impacts a growing proportion of the population. This is why we felt it was important to share the solutions to this scourge that the consumption of CBD can bring.
But let’s start by explaining what CBD is.
CBD: What is it?
CBD, or cannabidiol as it is known, is one of the 80 (and more) components of the cannabis plant. This component is recognized for its therapeutic benefits. And, unlike THC, another known substance, CBD does not cause any psychotropic effects. This characteristic is what has allowed governments around the world to legalize CBD products.
It is this legalization that has led to the development of derivative products based on the CBD flower. One of the most popular transformations is CBD oil. Easy to consume, this form of CBD has often been favoured in scientific studies.
CBD and Stress: how does it work?
Traces of the substance CBD are found naturally in humans and animals. It interacts, among other things, with the CB1 and CB2 neuroreceptors. These are responsible for regulating anxiety and pain. Professor Zuardi’s research explains in detail how this interaction works and what impact the CBD can have in combating anxiety. Indeed, the results of his experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of CBD oil correctly dosed. After comparison with a standard chemical anxiolytic found in pharmacies, Zuardi was able to prove that CBD oil can be just as effective in relieving and reducing stress.
Another study conducted by Scott Shannon also showed positive results on subjects suffering from anxiety disorders and insomnia. Carried out over five months on adults, this research highlights the usefulness of CBD oil to better manage stress, anxiety and sleep.
Letting go can be difficult during certain periods. Especially in today’s society, which is changing faster than ever. This is why more and more people are turning to “natural remedies” such as CBD; an organic substance, produced in environmentally friendly conditions.