Does CBD Help with Stress and Anxiety?
- by Liz Pace
What is CBD?
CBD is another cannabinoid. In fact, CBD is one of over 100 compounds found in cannabis plants that work with our body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a group of cell receptors that regulate homeostasis—essentially, how our body functions. CBD interacts with the ECS to help support its normal functions.
Possible CBD Benefits
In addition to the potential stress-relieving benefits, there are also many other possible CBD health benefits.
How does it work?
CBD is a chemical compound in cannabis plants that interacts with receptors in the body called cannabinoid receptors. These receptors can be found throughout your brain and body, but they're most densely concentrated in your central nervous system (the spine, brain and spinal cord), eyes, glands, connective tissues and organs. These receptors help regulate functions like mood, sleep/wake cycles and pain perception as well as other bodily processes such as appetite, digestion and metabolism.
How to Take CBD
The most popular ways to take CBD include:
Tinctures, which are made from the cannabinoid-rich part of the hemp plant (called the “cannabinoid flower” or “bud”). They typically come in a dropper bottle and can be used sublingually (under your tongue) or orally.
Edibles, such as gummies or chocolate bars. These products contain cannabinoids derived from cannabis plants and can be ingested through foods like cookies or candies.
Topicals, which are infused into lotions, salves and balms that are applied directly to external parts of the body such as your temples or back muscles — not ingested orally like other forms of CBD.
There are also many other ways to take CBD but these methods have less scientific research backing up their effectiveness. If you're considering trying one of these methods at home it's best if they're recommended by a healthcare professional first so they can ensure proper dosage amounts before administering them yourself (especially when dealing with tinctures).
Using CBD for Stress and Anxiety
The most common strains of cannabis are marijuana and hemp. Marijuana is the psychoactive variety, which means it contains THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), and that's what gets you high. Hemp, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive strain that's been bred to contain only trace amounts of THC—it's legal in all 50 states, and has over 25,000 uses! CBD oil can be derived from either type of cannabis but only does its magic when derived from industrial hemp plants: it won't work for you if you're using marijuana-derived CBD oil.
CBD isn't addictive like some drugs can be; there haven't been any reports of people getting hooked on it.