Anxiety, an experience that can both protect or devastate us. Every person during their lifetime can experience stress one, or more times. In some cases, stress can be a normal body reaction in front of unknown situations, becoming a kind of an alarm and defense mechanism of the organism, but there are cases that the intensity and the frequency of the stress are causing a lot of problems in the person’s daily activities. One thing is sure, that stress is affecting positively, or negatively millions of people worldwide.
National Stress Awareness Month 2021, UK
In the UK, stress is taken seriously under consideration, especially when it affects the person negatively in daily life. Since 1992, April has been celebrated as National Stress Awareness Month.
Professionals and mental health specialists use these thirty days to increase public awareness about the cures and causes of stress.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, in the last year, 74% of the adults have felt stressed to the point of feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope.Mental Health Foundation
Another study that has been held in collaboration with Huawei and the Stress Management Society refers that 65% of respondents have felt an increase in their stress levels since the COVID-19 restrictions that were introduced in March 2020.
Scientists show particular interest in cannabidiol (CBD) effects in cases of intense and persistent stress. In a relative study, 130 out of 141 respondents report that cannabidiol helped them to better manage their stress, thanks to the anti-psychotic and anxiolytic effect that cannabidiol has.
At this point, we underline that prevention helps generally to avoid unpleasant situations. If there are problems in our daily activities because of anxiety and we observe difficulties in managing it, then it is better if we consult a mental health specialist for immediate results.
- Headache or dizziness
- Stomach disorders
- Chest pain
- Reduced sex interest
- Persistent anxiety feeling
- Sleep problems
- Intestine issues
- Concentration difficulty
- Eating disorders
- Reduced social activity
How does cannabidiol (CBD) contribute to stress management?
Cannabidiol, as the other cannabinoids, interacts with the endocannabinoids and the enzymes that exist in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for the regulation of essential organism’s activities, such as mood.
While we are under stress, hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, are released to the organism, also, it is observed a decrease of serotonin, a key hormone that balances our feelings. A study about cannabidiol demonstrates that CBD, thanks to the interaction with the human neuron receptors CB1 and CB2 can lead to an increase of serotonin levels. As a result, the organism gets a boost and feels more relaxed and calm. Another study that has been published in the “ The Permanente Journal”, in 2019, refers that
“Cannabidiol is a treatment that appears to be more efficient than a lot of conventional medicines, in stress cases, while it seems to have significantly less long-term side-effects”.«The Permanente Journal»
In general, researches show that cannabidiol can contribute to stress management, thanks to the anxiolytic and anti-psychotic effect. Until now the research has positive results to demonstrate for cannabidiol and its use.
In conclusion, we remind ourselves that it is essential to “hear” to our organism, take care of it, and where there is a disorder, we should advise an expert. Nobody has died from stress, but the effective management of it leads to a balanced and better daily life for the person and the others close to it.
Let’s remember briefly some of the cannabidiol properties;
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