With daily responsibilities, work-related tasks and projects, family duties, financial obligations and more, it’s no surprise that adulthood is associated with anxiety. Beyond personal and professional stress, 63 percent of Americans agree that the future of our country is “a significant source of stress … that’s higher than the percentage who are stressed about money (62 percent), work (61 percent), or violence and crime (51 percent),” according to the American Psychology Association. Additional data indicates that three out of four Americans report experiencing at least one stress symptom per month. By the numbers, “45 percent report lying awake at night, 36 percent report feeling nervous or anxious, 35 percent report irritability or anger and 34 percent report fatigue due to stress.”
Most would argue that stress is a part of any stage of life. People of all ages face taxing situations and unforeseen obstacles. Personally, prior to discovering CBD, I primarily focused on a combination of meditation, self-hypnosis, acupuncture and exercise to help me cope with day-to-day stress. But because everyone responds differently to stress-reducing techniques, it’s important to find what works best for you and your body.
Types of CBD for Managing Stress
Stress management is reported to be one of the biggest reasons people use CBD, or cannabidiol. CBD is one of the predominant components in the hemp plant, but unlike its counterpart, THC, CBD is not psychoactive. Through various forms, it can either be consumed via a dropper under the tongue (sublingually), ingested via edibles, rubbed on the body via lotions and creams (topical), delivered onto the skin via adhesive patches (transdermal) or inhaled using a CBD vaporizer.
Each method’s delivery, dosage and activation time are different. One of the benefits of using CBD via a dropper (such as RESET’s advanced nano-liposomal CBD) is its ability to enter the bloodstream quickly. Not to mention that it’s both easy to use and versatile. You can add it to your morning tea or incorporate it into a delicious morning smoothie. Within 15 minutes of taking CBD, I typically feel calmer and more focused. Overall, it acts as a coping mechanism for my stress levels.
The Endocannabinoid and Central Nervous Systems
Like the central nervous system, the endocannabinoid system is naturally occurring in human physiology. The ECS helps the CNS sustain balance, especially under high stress. Because the ECS exists all over the body, including in the brain, it is able to connect CBD’s mechanistic interactions to the central nervous system. In essence, CBD is able to work its magic through pathways linked to the ECS.
Using CBD on a Day-to-Day Basis
Incorporating CBD into my personal and professional life has been a game-changer. It allows me to function optimally and to feel refreshed and un-stressed. As a whole, I am a more even-keeled person because of CBD. I also increase my dosage before travel, which can be a trigger for my anxiety.
For stress management, I have found that a holistic approach is key. From nutrition and supplements to exercise and meditation, using various coping mechanisms is most beneficial. Knowing that ongoing stress can be detrimental to the body and the brain, I proactively use CBD to keep me at my best. The beauty of CBD is that there are many different ways to include it into your daily routine, and it’s best to experiment to find what works best for you. Keep in mind that CBD is not currently an FDA-approved treatment for stress or anxiety, and you should always speak to a doctor before adding a new supplement to your routine.
Edie Horstman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, wellness blogger, and freelance writer. She works with health-focused brands, co-creating content in the digital marketing space. She lives in Denver, Colorado.