Now, more than ever stress is an unavoidable part of life. With a world of remote working, video calls, instant messaging, social media and being contactable more or less any time of the day it can be a consistent burden to you with a thought of no end with our minds being stimulated 24/7.
What Causes Stress? To understand what stress is, how it has an impact on our bodies and how we can fight it, we must first find out what causes it at the roots and work our way up. Factors that can cause stress can be things like being under lots of pressure, facing big changes, worrying about something, not having much or any control over the outcome of a situation, having responsibilities that you're finding overwhelming, not having enough work, activities or change in your life, times of uncertainty. A range of factors can cause someone to feel stressed and most of which are commonplace in today’s society so yes, we are bound to feel stressed at some point in the week or even the day. Just to say that most people will feel stressed on a weekly basis doesn’t mean that it should be the case, there are means and ways of helping this and combatting things that may cause stress but also combatting stress-induced symptoms.
Sustained stress can have profound physical and psychological effects on your mood, your body and your behaviour, all ranging from headaches, muscle pain and fatigue to lack of motivation, feeling of being overwhelmed to over/under eating and anger outbursts. Either way, if stress is left untreated it can be detrimental to you. Why? Because not only will it have these effects on you but they will cascade down into your work and personal life and potentially leading to the breakdown in relationships but stress pushing you further away from your loved ones.
Over the past decade with the increasing awareness of stress, there are more and more ways of coping with it both through medication and now more commonly through natural solutions with the aim of combatting and squashing its symptoms. Natural solutions can be anything from going for regular walks in the park and connecting with nature, spending time with friends and loved ones, meditating and all with the emphasis of leading a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle, and we think that’s great but there’s more! Moreover, pairing this with something such as CBD for stress can help enhance the effectiveness of stress coping strategies and is being used more throughout western society as a natural solution for stress.
What does CBD stand for? Cannabidiol (CBD) which is derived from the cannabis plant is a non-psychoactive compound similar to that of other cannabinoids in our CBD Oils. Studies have shown that CBD has been extremely useful and influential in treatings things such as stress, anxiety, depression, arthritis, inflammation, focus and many more. The benefits of CBD paired with the fact that is a natural solution with little to no side effects have meant that the popularity of CBD has risen dramatically for users of all ages for various reasons, allowing CBD to be a renowned natural supplement to provide a safe form of relief to mitigate stress with no risk of causing mind-altering effects on the body, therefore, making it applicable to anyone throughout their everyday routine. We believe that pairing CBD with other natural remedies such as connecting with nature, regular exercise socialising would be an effective way to help mitigate stress-related symptoms.
CBD For Underlying Symptoms Of Stress
High blood pressure is a proven physiological side effect of sustained stress, as your body releases hormones such as adrenaline in order to combat unsettling feelings. There have been several studies conducted which suggest that small doses of CBD can lower blood pressure and improve the overall health of your cardiovascular system.
For example, it has been suggested that CBD can lead to vaso-relaxation which naturally reduces blood pressure. Furthermore, it is the calming effect of CBD that then leads to the cardiovascular system to respond accordingly; a lowered heart rate and dilated vessels reduces this pressure.
Taking CBD For Migraines and Headaches
There are a variety of different headaches experienced during bouts of heightened stress and anxiety. There is an ever-growing pool of research suggesting that CBD can aid with migraines and other forms of headaches that are a direct result of stress. Below is a brief explanation of how CBD successfully reduces each of these specific symptoms of stress. Going from top to bottom. Migraines are categorized as mild to severe headaches that occur in a pulsating effect which is also paired with a form of nausea i.e. feeling sick. Further to those symptoms, people can then become hypersensitive to light and sound which makes it hard for them to be in public and carry on with their everyday routine.
CBD oil is useful for easing nausea associated with migraines and can help the pain subside. In addition, studies of CBD have been shown to drastically reduce inflammation which may be associated with other forms of headaches and head pains.
CBD For Other Headaches
Other forms of headaches can be Tension headaches are cerebral pains that are the direct result of stress and are usually characterised by a dull, consistent pain located at either the back of your head or your forehead and cluster headaches which are characterised by a severe concentrated pain occurring in one area of the head, usually around the eye socket and the temples. These headaches are usually experienced by men in their late 30’s and can last for bouts of weeks and months at a time... it has been shown that frequent use of CBD oil can reduce the frequency and severity of cluster headaches through recent studies, pairing that with CBD’s pain subsiding properties similar to that of painkillers makes way for CBD oil being perfect remedy for headache relief.
CBD oil works by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors within your body; these chemical processes can help to calm your nervous system and reduce the pain felt by sufferers. Whilst also mediating how the brain’s nervous system interprets the pain of the headache, CBD has also been suggested to prevent tension headaches at source too.
CBD for Other Stress Symptoms
There are many other stress-related symptoms that CBD oil can aid and has proven to help with. Other compounds called terpenes have also been proven to help with stress-related symptoms which are blended with our award-winning CBD to bring the best CBD oil to market. What are terpenes? Terpenes are the natural compounds in the flower or bud of the cannabis plant that are contained and full and broad-spectrum CBD oil, CBD Cream and CBD Capsules. Other symptoms of stress can be increased heart rate, changes in appetite, lack of motivation, all of which can have a negative effect on your mind and body. Increased heart rate and subsequently increased blood pressure is a common knock-on effect of prolonged periods of stress over time, CBD has proven to help with these symptoms through a recent study where
A dose of CBD lowered both the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate. In a 2017 study, healthy human volunteers were subjected to stress and then given a dose of CBD. The CBD lowered their blood pressure, as compared to volunteers given a placebo. Further to this, our CBD oil contains terpenes such as Linalool which is known to promote relaxation and studies showed that the terpene alone was able to bring elevated stress levels back down to normal.
Improving Quality Of Sleep With CBD
Whilst there is little specific evidence that displays a direct correlation between CBD and improved energy and focuses apart from the fact that it helps the body maintain homeostasis (the body’s state of equilibrium) there are mountains of research that suggests cannabidiol’s ability to positively affect other areas that could impact energy levels.
It is thought that CBD oil is an effective sleep aid in the way that it helps relieve anxiety and calms an overworked and stressed mind. Some research suggests that the usage of CBD oil alters the serotonin signals within the body, and potentially assists in creating more of the neurotransmitter. It is argued that those with higher levels of serotonin are less likely to suffer from anxiety and thus will benefit from more regular and healthy sleep patterns.
At FIKA we are seeing more and more people using our Clinically Proven CBD Recovery Cream to aid with sleep, not only as a treatment for pain on joints but also by rubbing on temples and the back of their neck. Our fast-acting, fast-absorbing cream can be applied right before bed to promote relaxation, paving the way for a perfect nights sleep.
Moreover, other factors can have an impact on someones ability to get good quality sleep, one being pain and inflammation. The use of CBD Recovery Cream helps to relieve muscle and joint pain soothes areas of inflammation on the body which causes discomfort; by helping to reduce the pain, CBD assists in creating the right conditions for a good night’s sleep.
Recommended CBD Products & Dosage For Stress
Everyone is different in their own way so the dosage and the product for an individual are not going to be the same, and why would it? Factors such as height, weight, age, and severity of the condition experienced means that an individual’s requirements vary. For example, if you were taking our 250mg CBD Oil and wanted to try a stronger dose, you could double the recommended dose to get a similar strength to the 500mg CBD Oil. or, pairing the oil with one of our CBD products.
CBD Recovery Cream can act to relax and soothe headaches at a more gradual pace. The starting dosage that we sat would be to take half a pipette (0.25-0.5ml) 30-60 minutes before bed. As time goes by, and the body becomes used to the introduction of CBD, we suggest that the dosage could again be changed as per your needs. The time it takes for CBD to become effective is again dependent on the individual: a rough estimate however is that it takes between 30 (CBD oil) and 120 (CBD capsules) minutes for any effects to be experienced.