Everyone faces stress at some point in their lives. It’s suggested that 74% of adults in the UK have felt severe stress resulting in complete hopelessness and despair. From parents to executives, stress has no boundaries and will pop up in your life at some point. Stress is perfectly healthy, it’s your body reacting to situations how it should but too much stress can cause detrimental effects to your body. In this article we will discuss what stress is, ways to combat stress, and finally CBD and stress.
What is stress? And what are the types?
If we look at the definition from the Oxford Dictionary stress is defined as “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.”
There could be multiple factors putting you under demanding circumstances and it’s not always easy to see what is causing you to feel the way you are. There are 3 types of stress that need to be recognised:
As mentioned above, we do need some stress. At Signature CBD, we call it positive tension (always staying positive). When we react negatively to certain things in life; for example, dropping your phone and smashing the screen, this is called Acute stress. It can cause instant side effects such as increased blood pressure, feeling of sadness & regret, and anger to name a few.
These feelings can last for a while but eventually subside. They can re-emerge later in the day or night when we re-think about them. How many times have you had a pretend argument with someone in the shower?
Episodic Acute Stress:
Have you ever felt like everything just always happens to you? Have you ever felt that problems arise every day of your life and you live in permanent state of stress? Well, if that’s the case then you are experiencing Episodic acute stress. This type of stress is very similar to acute stress, but the occurrence is more frequent.
You may spill coffee on your shirt on the way to work, get into the office late with your boss mad at you, a grumpy client phones with a moan, Pret have run out of Ham & Cheese Sandwiches for lunch and then you have train delays on the way home. BAD DAY. This sort of day on a regular occurrence would cause Episodic Acute Stress.
It’s hard to combat but with some lifestyle changes, you may be able to turn things around to lead a less stressful life.
If you can’t find a way to make some serious lifestyle changes or you are in a position which you can’t change throughout your life, this could lead to Chronic Stress.
Have you experienced a life fighting an uphill battle with poverty? Do you feel your area of work is sexist? Are you seriously overwork and not valued at work? These sorts of problems would be considered extremely hard to change not under your control, therefore would fall under Chronic Stress.
Acute Stress, Episodic Acute Stress, and Chronic Stress can cause some nasty side effects including sleep problems / insomnia, getting sick frequently, lack of focus, lack of libido. So, it’s important to get things under control. But how can CBD help stress? To find out we need to start with what CBD is?
What is Cannabidiol (CBD)? A quick guide!
CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It’s a Phytocannabinoid found in Hemp and Marijuana. The crucial difference between Hemp and Marijuana, is that Marijuana produces much more THC as a compound. This chemical is what makes you feel “high.” For this reason, CBD derived products are normally taken from Hemp to ensure the Psychoactive compound is not included.
How does CBD interact with our bodies? First let’s learn about the Endocannabinoid System.
Every human has an incredible system in their bodies named Whether you use CBD or not, you have an Endocannabinoid system. Our bodies produce endocannabinoids which bind to the systems receptors (CB1 and CB2). This system plays a crucial part in our bodies internal regulation and balance of homeostasis.
It’s important to note that the ECS is very much a balancing system. For example, if we do something to cause pain, our body will produce more endocannabinoids to bind to our receptors to get the correct balancing response (less pain).
To summarise, endocannabinoids play a very important part in our overall health.
How does CBD work in harmony with this system?
Unlike THC, CBD does not bind with our internal receptors. Instead in inhibits enzymes that break down our cannabinoids ensuring that more are available to bind with our necessary receptors.
Summary of CBD and Stress
CBD can be an effective natural remedy to reduce stress but it’s not a cure. If you feel it’s getting too much day to day – you should visit a doctor to discuss your mental health. Mental health is like any illness. No body is immune to suffering and it can happen anywhere at any time.
But if you are looking to try natural remedies, why not give Signature CBD a try! We have a variety of products with a variety of strengths. There are options for beginners and for the more advanced users!