Cannabis, CBD, and Stress Relief
Are you feeling stressed? There are many things that can help – exercise more, sleep better, meditate, breathe.
You can also target the source of your stress by removing the stress-inducing person, job, situation, or relationship from your life.
But can cannabis and CBD also be used to help relieve stress? There are many reasons why people use cannabis and CBD. Stress relief is one of them.
What is known about cannabis, CBD and stress relief?
Because of the federal prohibition on cannabis, the scientific community hasn’t been able to perform the rigorous studies needed to truly understand which cannabinoids and terpenes are causing which effects and results. So science can not yet tell us if cannabis or CBD is effective at relieving stress. On the use of cannabis doctors have their hands tied until the science can catch up.
There have been some studies suggesting that a small dose of THC (the primary psychoactive compound found in cannabis) can have a stress-relieving effect, and while others have attempted to summarize and synthesize existing research, the reality is that not much has yet been proven.
Our brain is our most complex – and least-understood – organ. The cannabis plant contains over 100 (and counting) unique cannabinoids. Cannabis products are being sold in increasingly complex ratios and formulations. We have a lot to learn.
What is suspected to be true?
So we don’t know much, yet, about cannabis, CBD, and stress relief. But you still see claims made by brands, manufacturers, growers, and medical marijuana clinics about how their products will make you feel. How do they really know that without doing their homework?
The truth is – they don’t.
The good news? There is accumulating evidence supporting their claims. Studies have suggested that the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating mood, anxiety, and the body’s stress response.
CBD has become a popular treatment method in recent years for a variety of health issues like excessive stress and often doesn’t require a medical marijuana card to get. When the body undergoes a stress reaction, blood pressure rises and serotonin levels decrease. These effects can lead to more serious health conditions like heart disease and depression. Therefore, minimizing stress is key to maintaining a healthy life. CBD is thought to help relieve tension, lower cortisol levels, and positively impact serotonin receptors in the brain.
And, according to one study, CBD has shown therapeutic efficacy in animal models for anxiety and stress. But still, the evidence for such an effect in humans is thin. With that in mind, be wary of brands making bold claims.
According to a 2019 study by New Frontier Data, however, cannabis users cited stress relief as the second most common reason for their use.
While this survey is an interesting point of reference, it should be used with caution. It doesn’t necessarily mean cannabis will reduce your stress. If you take too much, for example, it can have the opposite effect.
But, you’re stressed, right? That’s probably why you’re here reading this article. What can you do to get the answers you need?
Getting Answers with Jointly
Jointly is Your Cannabis Companion – a smartphone app that answers your important questions by aggregating experiences from a community of users just like you. Jointly is safe, secure, private, unbiased, and easy to use. Jointly only includes legal and licensed products from legal and licensed brands.
Jointly can help you identify the best products to relieve your stress, based on real experiences of other people, like you, with the same goals.
Then, Jointly helps you learn how to use those products to their full potential. You can determine your optimal dose, minimize any side effects, and learn how the quality of your cannabis experience can be impacted by sleep, hydration, exercise, diet, and more.
We hope you get the results you deserve. And, be sure to learn about the steps you can take to increase your odds of success.
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