Latest News & Information on Medical Marijuana & CBD for Stress Treatment.
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Curve balls are a part of life—changes of varying sizes, challenges of varying difficulties. Stress helps us manage these situations with a shot of alertness and energy. It’s a good thing.
But when stress endures for a long period, it can lead to health problems. This is why stress needs to be managed. If you have trouble coping with the stress in your life, you might find that you could use a little help in that area, before it gets out of control.
Cannabis-based treatments, in the form cannabidiol (CBD) and medical marijuana (MMJ), offer a means of stress treatment that allows you to cope so it doesn’t get in the way of your having a happy, productive life.
The information in this article is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis and does not replace seeing a mental health professional. If you think you are suffering from this disease, consult with a health professional immediately. To find a health professional in the Highbrow network, click here.
CAUSES OF STRESS?
What we experience as stress is our bodies’ way of ushering us through situations of perceived danger, challenge, and change. Imagine you’re driving your car, and an oncoming vehicle suddenly veers into your lane, coming head-on in your direction.
Your body instantly reacts by releasing adrenaline, a hormone that powers you with a rush of energy, so you are able to quickly swerve from the path of the oncoming threat. This is stress at its finest. It is short-term, helpful, and manageable.
Other situations that can trigger short-term stress are work or school deadlines, traffic, money problems, and arguments. The stress comes and goes along with the stressor, and it’s no big deal.
When stress becomes long-term, that’s when it becomes a problem. It can cause difficulty sleeping, reduced productivity, relationship problems, and physical symptoms, like headaches and stomach problems. It can also lead to depression. What triggers long-term stress? Here are some examples:
- Long-term illness
- Serving as caregiver for someone with an illness
- Experiencing the death of a loved one
- Financial problems
- Challenges at work
- Difficulties in your home life
TREATING STRESS WITH CBD AND MMJ?
Major research efforts are now underway to further test the use of CBD and MMJ to treat stress and other conditions.
To date, a few studies have shown that these cannabis treatments do work to relieve stress. In one study published in Neuropsychopharmacology, CBD as a stress treatment helped lower performance anxiety in subjects during the stressful event of public speaking. Test subjects were given varying dosages—150mg, 300mg, 600mg, and placebos. The study found “significant differences” between the placebo and CBD groups.
CBD for Stress
Although CBD comes from the cannabis family, it does not produce the “high” that people get from smoking marijuana. This is because CBD contains extremely low levels of THC, the cannabinoid that generates the high effect. The CBD compounds work strictly to alleviate specific ailments like stress, without being psychoactive.
"Your endocannabinoid system is very sensitive to several triggers, especially stress."
You can take CBD in several forms. Thanks to the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018—which took hemp off the controlled substance list—many types of hemp-based products are now available for consumer purchase, including CBD treatments for stress.
The type that works best for you depends on a number of factors, including your lifestyle, as well as your reason for using the CBD.
- Oils and tinctures work for most users and requirements, including stress. To administer, you simply use a dropper to place some under your tongue. There, a vast capillary system works to quickly absorb the oil and its beneficial compounds.
- Creams and lotions are suited for skin conditions, as well as arthritis, and muscle and joint pain.
- Pills and capsules are convenient and highly portable. However, it takes a while for them to take effect. Typically, people who suffer from digestive issues and seizure disorders use them to treat their symptoms.
- Edibles, like gummies, are a favorite with many CBD users who appreciate their affordability and the fact that they are a low-key way to administer their treatment. Dosages are predictable and manageable.
- Vaping, according to many users, is the best way to get an immediate effect from CBD, which is vaporized to work in this medium. When you inhale, the CBD compounds move to your lungs where they are absorbed into your bloodstream.
Regardless of which form of CBD you choose for your stress, be aware that if you are receiving chemotherapy, or are taking blood thinners or certain other medications, you may experience a negative interaction between the two, according to Mayo Clinic. Always check with your physician before mixing treatments, including CBD.
If you are reluctant to use CBD for stress because you are afraid of developing a habit you can’t break, you should know that the World Health Organization conducted thorough research into this treatment and published its findings that CBD is not a substance that promotes abuse or dependence. Furthermore, it does not present a public health problem.
Medical Marijuana (MMJ) for Stress
Mayo Clinic reports that for better control of the onset, duration, and efficacy of medical marijuana, patients should consider smoking it, rather than taking it in pill-form. Generally, the compounds will render an effect within 30 to 60 minutes, but this timing varies from one person to the next. It all depends on why you’re ingesting the MMJ as well as your physical and medical condition.
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