CBD and Stress Relief

Guest Post – What Type Of CBD Products Are Most Effective For Stress Relief?

Research suggests CBD can help to relieve stress, but which CBD products you buy and how you take them matters.

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has really taken off in the last three years. You’re likely already somewhat familiar with CBD and you may have heard that CBD can help to relieve stress. Can CBD really relieve stress and are certain types of CBD products better for relieving stress than others? We explore these topics with research and points to consider below. 

The Effects Of Stress

Not to pile more stress on you, but stress can have many negative effects on the body.  Stress can affect your physical health, your mood, and your behavior. If left unchecked, prolonged stress can lead to: 

  • Rapid aging
  • Diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Fatigue 
  • Stomach problems
  • Sleep issues
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Impaired immune system
  • Mood swings
  • Infertility
  • Unhealthy hair, teeth, and nails

In addition to the above conditions, stress may also cause a withdrawal from social activities, overeating, undereating, depression, irritability, and restlessness. Ideally, you’d start your stress management journey before experiencing any of these symptoms, but if you do find yourself experiencing these symptoms or conditions, it’s better to take action sooner rather than later. Working to reduce your stress now will help to reduce health complications further down the road. 

Can CBD Help With Stress?

A quick search online would reveal that there are many potential ways to deal with stress. However, you want methods that you know will be effective. You may have heard that CBD could help with stress, but are those rumors true? 

Research surrounding CBD and its benefits are still in their infancy, but current research does suggest that CBD may be able to help you manage stress. 

  • A 2014 study found that animals given CBD experienced effects similar to antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications when put through stressful situations. 
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that CBD was shown to be effective in reducing social anxiety and symptoms of stress in both animals and humans in a 2015 study
  • A 2011 study also found that CBD helped to reduce symptoms of anxiety in individuals with social anxiety disorder when they were asked to speak in public. 

Research does indicate that CBD could help manage stress, but it’s also important to understand which CBD products to look for and how to take each CBD product to experience the stress relief you seek.

What Should You Look For In A CBD Product For Stress Relief? 

If you’re completely new to CBD, the first thing you need to know is that not all CBD products are the same and not all CBD products are created equal. The first thing to know is that there are three different processing levels for CBD products: isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum. 

Full spectrum products are the closest to the hemp plant that was growing in the ground. They contain CBD, THC, and all of the other cannabinoids in the plant. Broad spectrum is slightly more refined. Broad spectrum includes all of the cannabinoids except for THC. Isolate products are the most refined. Isolate products contain only CBD. 

The benefit of using a full spectrum or broad spectrum product would be achieving the entourage effect, which is a synergy between cannabis compounds to heighten the therapeutic effects. If you’re brand new to CBD, it’s best to start with an isolate product for stress, because you don’t really need a broad spectrum or full spectrum product to achieve stress relief and you don’t know whether or not your body will be sensitive to other cannabinoids. 

CBD not only comes in several different processing levels, but it also is available in different application types. You can get CBD oil in the form of a tincture, a topical (creams and lotions), capsules, or edibles. Topicals are designed for targeted relief and would not be best suited for stress relief. 

The best way to consume CBD oil for stress relief is really a tincture. Tinctures bypass the digestive system, which allows you to experience the effects faster. Tinctures also use a dropper – making it easier for you to experiment with serving size and find the best amount for your body. Not everyone likes the taste of CBD oil though. If you’re a picky eater, you may prefer capsules, which are flavorless, or edibles, which are sweet. 

Finally, the last important piece to consider when shopping for a CBD product for stress would be added ingredients. Some CBD products are designed for specific purposes and may contain more than just CBD oil. For instance, if stress and anxiety keeps you up at night, you may want something more tailored for sleep. There are products that include melatonin to help you get to sleep at night. There are also products with added flavors if the taste of CBD oil isn’t appealing. You can get products infused with chocolate, fruit, honey, and more. 

There are so many different CBD products out there that choice overload can easily occur. A few products worth considering for stress would be Social CBD Drops, Papa & Barkley Releaf CBD Drops, and Lift CBD Calming Honey Sleep Drops. Social CBD Drops are an isolate CBD product formulated for stress relief and mood improvement. Social is well-regarded for stress relief. Papa & Barkley Releaf Drops are a full spectrum CBD product if you want to test using a full spectrum product. This product is very plain (containing just two ingredients), but it’s also very effective. Lift CBD Sleep Drops are formulated for sleep. The tincture is a broad spectrum tincture and it contains CBN and melatonin to help you reduce stress and get a better night’s rest.  

Additional Considerations

As previously mentioned, not all CBD products are created equal. Some products may not contain the amount of CBD that the product label states. Hemp is also a very porous plant. It can absorb contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides. Thus, it’s important to purchase CBD products from a reputable source. A trustworthy CBD company will post their product lab results on the website for you to review. The lab results will tell you exactly what is in the product you’re purchasing, so you can verify that it is safe. 

In addition to checking for lab results, you should also consult with your doctor before trying CBD. Your doctor can talk you through the potential benefits of trying CBD and any potential interactions with drugs that you may currently be taking. 

Get Expert Help

Turning to CBD can be a great start to managing your stress levels, but CBD helps to manage the effects of stress rather than the root causes. Working with a stress relief specialist can help you to minimize the stress in your life rather than having to deal with it after the fact. Professor Peter Alexander is a stress relief expert who has dedicated the later half of his career to helping individuals transform their lives and eliminate stress. 

Professor Peter will work side-by-side with you to minimize stressful interactions in your personal relationships and exert more control over the stressful situations in your professional life. Professional athletes have coaches and most high-profile managers and executives also utilize coaches. Maybe it’s time you considered working with a coach for your own life. You can learn more about Professor Peter’s stress relief coaching services by visiting the stress relief coaching page. You can also fill out an online contact form to ask any questions you may have and/or request coaching services. 

About the Author

David Kranker is the Digital Marketing Manager for Green Wellness Life.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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