Stress and anxiety are extremely common problems in modern society. Whether you are experiencing extra pressure at work, busy raising children, dealing with personal challenges or perhaps a combination of multiple stressors, anxiety and stress are often a part of daily life. While stress can have some important evolutionary and natural purposes related to our flight or fight instincts, when your body is in a state of stress for long periods of time, there are negative consequences on your ability to function. In extreme situations devastating life consequences can occurs from an inability to work, turning to drugs and alcohol, and even suicidal actions.
Some common negative effects of stress on the body include.
- Cardiovascular disease and issues
- Increased blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Less affective immune system causing an inability to fight off illness
- Muscle tension and pain
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Digestive issues
While mental health issues like anxiety have once been more taboo to address with medication, today millions are seeking treatment, although for many, the modern medical system still falls short. With that said, if you are dealing with stress and anxiety don’t be one of the nearly 75% of adults who do nothing about it.
Fallbacks Of Traditional Treatment Options For Stress & Anxiety
There is no shortage of pharmaceutical products that doctors are prescribing ranging from Benzodiazepines which include Xanax, Klonopin and Valium to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) including Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro. While these drugs have shown success in helping some patients there can be dangerous and disruptive side effects as well as the real chance of addiction and dependency associated with these pharmaceutical products.
For these reasons, patients are seeking out more natural, less harmful solutions. CBD, which naturally comes from the hemp plant, has jumped onto many people’s radar when it comes to looking for an alternative solution to stress and anxiety. Let’s explore how CBD can help with stress and anxiety.
What is CBD?
CBD is a naturally occurring, non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant that has been reported by many consumers to have a number of positive effects.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a naturally occurring, non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. It has been found to have a number of therapeutic effects and possible applications relating to health and wellness.
CBD is part of a family of compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are any substance that interacts with the endocannabinoid system regardless of origin or structure. The endocannabinoid system is a communication system with the brain and body that regulates many of the body’s key processes.
Having a more natural option like CBD is often a safe method to gain some relief from stress and anxiety without the negative side effects and risk of addiction seen with other, more traditional medications. A lot of people experiencing anxiety, do not want to turn to highly addictive medications with dangerous side effects or side effects that can alter other areas of one’s personality and thinking. CBD offers a great alternative for shorter- or longer-term use as it can reduce anxiety more naturally.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana? CBD and THC?
Many people are confused by the difference between hemp and marijuana and CBD and THC (THC is the psychoactive substance found in cannabis that makes you feel “high” and is illegal in many states and countries around the world).
Both hemp and marijuana are members of the Cannabaceae family, meaning they’re both cannabis. Cannabis plants can contain both CBD and THC however the differences in the levels of each are what really distinguishes the terms. The 2014 Farm Bill, which legalized the production of hemp, legally defined hemp as cannabis that contains .3% THC or less by dry weight. So based on that legislation, marijuana, which is illegal in many places, is any form of cannabis that contains more than .3% THC by dry weight.
Hemp on the other hand is legal nationwide. Additionally, because many people do not want THC while still receiving the benefits of CBD, many companies (including Blue Forest Farms) have selectively bred hemp seeds that produce plants with high levels of CBD and very low levels of THC. All CBD products on the market today, (with the exception of those sold at licensed marijuana dispensaries in certain states) must legally contain less than .3% THC. These products, when taken at correct dosages, are not intended to make you feel high in any way. Furthermore it is possible to buy products (including from Blue Forest Farms) that contain 0% THC, not just under .3%. All THC is removed from the oil at the lab for these formulas such as our 01 and 02 oils among others.
How Can CBD Help With Stress?
When taken in regular doeses, it seems that CBD has some very powerful anxiety-reducing effects. By influencing the body’s natural response to stress and improving your ability to maintain homeostasis, CBD can reduce the negative effects of anxiety.
The exact ways in which CBD help with stress are not entirely understood but there is an understanding that CBD and other cannabinoids from the hemp plant interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system which can in turn affect stress and anxiety.
The endocannabinoid system involves three main parts:
- Cannabinoids. The main function of endocannabinoids is to restore balance or maintain homeostasis within the body so the body only releases them when it needs them.
- Receptors. Once the body releases endocannabinoids, they bind to cannabinoid receptors to let the ECS know it has work to do. CB1 receptors are mostly located in your central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are mostly found in your peripheral nervous system.
- Enzymes. The body releases enzymes to break down the endocannabinoids after they complete their function.
“Activating CB1 receptors in the brain and central nervous system has been found to calm feelings of anxiety. Several studies confirm that administering CBD enhances CB1 signaling, in turn promoting the creation of new neurons in the hippocampus, which scientists believe further contributes towards the compound’s anxiolytic effect. However, CBD’s anti-anxiety action extends beyond increasing endocannabinoid signaling. Animal studies show how CBD interacts with serotonin 5-HT1A receptors in the brain, which are tried and tested targets for anti-anxiety medication.” (Project CBD)
Limited scientific evidence however is supplemented by a plethora of first hand accounts from satisfied customers.
“I use the isolate tincture every morning and it really helps my anxiety and helps me relax. I would recommend to any friend or family member.” – Jon
“I’m prone to undifferentiated anxiety attacks and have had problems falling asleep for decades. A friend gave me a bottle of Whole Plant Extract 05 to try. Using a dropper full 30 or so minutes before I’m going to bed, I now fall asleep in a few minutes. Whole Plant Extract 05 has also helped take the edge off my anxiety attacks” – Fred
“I love taking a few of the gummies throughout the day to help me relax as I have severe anxiety. And they’re vegan! – Justin
What Is The Best CBD For Stress And Anxiety
Navigating CBD companies can feel like a daunting task, but the fundamentals for choosing a product should follow any other smart and informed purchasing decision. You should always buy from a reputable brand that lists third party lab results of its products on its website. This will ensure that the ingredients that are listed on the label are actually in the product at the levels state and that harmful chemicals or pesticides are not present. You should also look at the ingredients that go into the formula to ensure if they are of high quality, are necessary, and meet your individual dietary specifications like being organic or vegan. At Blue Forest Farms we take pride in the entire CBD production process from the way we farm to the ingredients we add to our product. Learn about the Blue Forest Farms Difference here.
What is the best CBD oil for stress and anxiety?
The reality is that most CBD oil tinctures will help with stress and anxiety, however if this is the main goal of taking CBD we would recommend not going with the 04 or 09 formulas which actually provide an energy boost among other benefits. The other oils, ranging from out pure 01 isolate through our raw, whole plant 07 formula will give your endocannabinoid system the nourishment it needs to help with stress and anxiety. Review our What’s Your Number Guide to find the exact oil that works best for you. Some oils contain trace amounts of THC, while others do not contain any THC at all.
What are the best CBD gummies and softgels for stress and anxiety?
The one drawback with oil tinctures is that not everyone enjoys taking CBD that way. Oil is a unique way to ingest a substance and some people may have never experience that. Others find issue with the taste or feel oil tinctures are too messy to carry around with them. Fortunately Blue Forest Farms provides other ways to get your CBD relief for stress and anxiety. The absolute easiest way is with the 07 formula soft gel. This is a simple pill you swallow similar to other vitamins that provides a strong 25mg per serving dose of CBD. It’s the easiest and simplest way to ensure your endocannabinoid system is topped off and healthy. For those who want something sweeter the 02 gummies are the most delicious way to find relief from pain and inflammation. These treats are only 5mg per gummy but you’ll find yourself wanting to eat at least 5 at time!
Can CBD help Pets with Stress and anxiety?
Relief for stress and anxiety for your furry friend is one of the most common uses of CBD for pets. Mostly seen in dogs, most animals including cats, horses, birds and guinea pigs have endocannabinoid systems too. In fact insects seem to be the only animals without an endocannabinoid system.
Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety if they are home alone during the day or have bad reactions to thunder during a storm. CBD has been shown to help pets in these situations. Blue Forest Farms sells CBD pet treats as well as an oil tincture.