How to Manage Your Stress and Anxiety with CBD

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Unfortunately, stress and anxiety are familiar to most people. In today’s mad world, so many of us are looking for ways to cope with anxiety and stress naturally. In this article we will talk about how CBD can help you find effective relief for those times where situations and feelings cause your heart to beat faster, your palms to sweat and irrational thoughts start to creep in. 


Interestingly enough, many people confuse anxiety and stress, because they do present similar symptoms. That faster heartbeat and those sweaty palms are a totally natural reaction to an external situation that your brain perceives as threatening. Your body may experience a rush of adrenaline just thinking about a stressful situation, whether or not it has or is going to happen. Stress is caused by an external event, and your body will regulate itself once the perceived threat has passed. Anxiety can be brought on by stress, but unlike stress, the source of anxiety is actually internal. This means that anxiety can linger long after a particular stressor has been dealt with, or it may even appear with no external cause. So what can we do to feel better for those anxious and stressed out times in our life?


How CBD Helps Reduce Symptoms of Anxiety and Stress

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a popular go-to for people suffering from stress and anxiety. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system; a lesser-known regulatory system with receptors throughout the nervous system that can be stimulated by intaking phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids formed in plants), including cannabidiol. CBD is being shown to be very effective at reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety. Many people report feeling a sense of relaxation and are able to manage stressful situations with more clarity, focus, and aid in a more restful night of sleep. For people who manage their anxiety disorder with therapy and/ or medication, CBD can be a great supplement to their mental health wellness plan. While CBD has a low risk of negative interaction with prescription medications, it is always important to talk to your doctor before adjusting your care plan. 


Finding Your Dose

Finding the proper dose to manage your symptoms is a very personal process; what works for your friend may not be the same amount that will be effective for you. Microdosing with CBD is a great place to start if you have never tried CBD before. This method of consumption breaks your total daily dose of CBD into several small doses throughout the day. CBD’s effects typically last for two to six hours, so breaking the dose up in this way allows you to reap the therapeutic benefits for the entire day. A good starting daily dose for someone new to cannabis is 15-30 milligrams of CBD. This can be taken as a single dose, or microdosed in 3-5 smaller doses throughout the day. Once you have become comfortable with the initial dose, you may wish to slowly increase your dose until you have found the amount that most effectively manages your stress and anxiety symptoms. 

Full-Spectrum vs. Broad-Spectrum

You may have seen CBD products advertised as full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate. It is important to be aware of what product you are purchasing and ingesting, because the quality and potential benefits may vary greatly depending on how the cannabis plant was processed. Cannabis plants contain a number of different cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBDA, THC, or CBN. They also contain terpenes, which are organic compounds producing aromas, and when consumed, have various effects on the body. Terpenes are produced in many plants outside of the cannabis family, such as linalool, which has stress-reducing properties and is found in lavender and coriander as well as cannabis. Products that preserve the plant’s entire fingerprint of cannabinoids and terpenes are considered full-spectrum products. When you use a product that is full-spectrum, you are benefiting from the “entourage effect”. Your endocannabinoid system responds to each one of the compounds in a full spectrum product, and they work synergistically to produce the most comprehensive therapeutic effect. Products that are broad-spectrum (the THC has been removed), or are made with CBD isolate, cannot offer the same experience. Full-spectrum products often produce greater therapeutic benefits with a lower dose than products made with CBD isolate. 


Because CBD offers relief for many ailments and can be used in many forms, choosing which product to try can be intimidating. For managing stress and anxiety, consuming CBD in the form of a tincture such as the Zenbarn Farms Daily Zen Oil is the most effective way to find your proper dose and consume CBD. Our oils make it easy to carefully measure their exact dose of CBD, and deliver it in a palatable and discrete form. 


Remember, the most important thing to remember when starting a CBD regimen is to choose a high-quality product and start with a small dose. It may take some time to find the dose and method of consumption that remediate your symptoms best, but once you have dialed in your routine you will find yourself as one of the many people who effectively manage their stress or anxiety with CBD. 


Stay Well~ xo The Zenbarn Team

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