Getting Stressed Out with the Holidays Nearing? Reach for CBD

Ironically “the most wonderful time of the year” can also be the most stressful. The weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year go by like a whirlwind and all the while the stress mounts. Pressure mounts from getting the right gifts for everyone, planning holiday family events and decorating for the season. Holiday travel plans just compound the stress and anxiety.

At this time, you may be reaching for something to calm the nerves. With an ever-growing interest in natural remedies for health and wellness, CBD may be the perfect remedy to help you regain a much-needed sense of calm and peace.

A recent survey on the use of CBD found that among those that use CBD, about 55% of those who have tried it say they used it to relax, and another 50% said they were looking for stress and anxiety relief. [1]

 

The role of CBD in relieving anxiety and stress

CBD is one of the over 60 cannabinoids or naturally-occurring chemicals found in industrial hemp and marijuana that interact with natural receptors in the brain and body to affect pain response, among other effects. Cannabinoids work with the body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is made up of endocannabinoids or neurotransmitters that send chemical messages between neurons, which are the cells that transmit nerve impulses.

 CB1 receptors occur throughout the entire body, with the highest concentrations in the brain and the central nervous system. CBD’s indirect activation of CB1 and serotonin receptors can result in reduced anxiety, better sleep, stable mood, and increased alertness.

A 2011 study found that CBD was able to reduce anxiety in individuals when they faced with public speaking.  Pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety and discomfort.[2]

Also, animal studies have found that CBD can reduce the effects of depression and anxiety. A 2014 review of animal studies found CBD exhibited anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects.[3]

Shop wisely for CBD

Read the label: Read the label to understand what other ingredients are in the product to be sure to avoid any chemicals that will be harmful or of no value in addressing a specific health need.  Also, check the label to see how much CBD the product contains. The amount of CBD will be stated in milligrams, and it means the amount of CBD in the entire container of the product. Also consider the size of the bottle – 10ml, 30 ml and so forth. For example, 500mg of CBD in a 30ml bottle is a lot stronger than 500mg in a 60ml bottle.

Know your desired dosage: How much CBD you need depends on your condition and the CBD delivery method. Whether in capsules, food or liquid, CBD that is swallowed is absorbed through the digestive tract. With capsules, the effective dose already has been established. CBD can also be absorbed directly into the bloodstream bypassing the digestive system by holding liquid from a spray or tincture (a liquid dosed by a dropper) under the tongue (sublingual) for 60 to 120 seconds. The effects may be felt within 15 to 45 minutes.[4]

Make sure the hemp is grown in the U.S.: CBD products are highly regulated under the U.S. Farm Bill.  It’s important to buy CBD products that use hemp that is sourced in the United States.

Ask for the Certificate of Analysis (COA): A Certificate of Analysis, or COA, is a document issued by an accredited laboratory that includes a full composition of a product, including total list of cannabinoids, microbiological levels, terpenes (aromatic plant compounds found in high concentrations in the cannabis plant), and possible contaminants such as pesticides.

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[1] Kopf, Dan and Avins, Jenni. “New data show Americans are turning to CBD as a cure-all for the modern condition,” Quartz, April 15, 2019. https://qz.com/1590765/survey-shows-americans-use-cbd-to-treat-anxiety-and-stress/
 [2] Bergamaschi MM, Queiroz RH, Chagas MH, et al. Cannabidiol reduces the anxiety induced by simulated public speaking in treatment-naïve social phobia patients. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011;36(6):1219‐1226. doi:10.1038/npp.2011.6.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21307846/
[3] de Mello Schier AR, de Oliveira Ribeiro NP, Coutinho DS, Machado S, Arias-Carrión O, Crippa JA, Zuardi AW, Nardi AE, Silva AC. Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol: a chemical compound of Cannabis sativa. CNS Neurol Disord Drug Targets. 2014;13(6):953-60. doi: 10.2174/1871527313666140612114838. PMID: 24923339. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24923339/
[4] “CBD for Arthritis Pain: What You Should Know,” Arthritis Foundation, accessed September 12, 2020. https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/healthy-living/managing-pain/pain-relief-solutions/cbd-for-arthritis-pain