Everyone feels stressed at times, but sometimes unexpected or long-term events like the current pandemic can cause increased stress that makes it challenging to cope on a day-to-day basis. If you’re more stressed than usual, you’re not alone. The American Psychological Association reports that nearly 8 in 10 adults say the coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress in their lives, and 2 in 3 adults report experiencing increased stress over the course of the pandemic.
Admittedly, a healthy dose of stress can help you achieve your goals, stay motivated and accomplish your tasks, but too much stress can feel overwhelming and draining. If you need a helping hand, CBD oil may be the answer you’ve been seeking. Keep reading to learn more about how CBD oil can help with stress from work, family and other stressors.
You may not have heard of it, but your body has a built-in cannabinoid system called the ECS, or endocannabinoid system (endo- means “within”). The ECS assists with numerous bodily functions and processes, including sleep, mood, appetite and memory. The ECS manufactures its own cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids, which are chemicals similar to the cannabinoids found naturally in CBD. You have cannabinoid receptors (the two main receptors are called CB1 and CB2) throughout your body; these are areas on cells where cannabinoids attach to serve their purpose, which could mean assisting you with stress.
CBD is thought to help stress by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are primarily located in your nervous system. Research has suggested that CBD has the potential to exhibit a broad range of actions to help stress, including decreasing autonomic arousal, which includes the fight-or-flight response (one of the key ways your body deals with stress) and preventing long-term stress effects.
When you’re stressed, you want to feel better relatively quickly. So it makes sense that the best CBD products for stress are those that are rapidly absorbed and bioavailable. Sublingual (meaning administered under the tongue), oral and topical applications can all have benefits for stress, depending on your goal. Most research has shown that sublingual administration of CBD oil is one of the most bioavailable ways to use it. Research has also shown that topical applications (such as our CBD Sports Creams), which are absorbed through your skin, are highly absorbable as well. So if you’re experiencing stress-related muscle soreness, a topical product can provide extra support.
To obtain the maximum benefit when you’re stressed, we recommend using one full dropper of our CBD oil drops and holding it under your tongue for 30 to 60 seconds, then swallowing. You can also add a dropper to your favorite beverage. If you’re having trouble sleeping because of stress, try our Level Zzz drops, which combines 40mg of CBD with 3mg of melatonin to help you drift off to a peaceful night’s rest, or try ourCBD sleep hot tea.
On the other hand, if you’re worn out and need an energy boost, treat yourself to a cup of our Revive tea blend, which incorporates CBD with a blend of high quality organic black teas enhanced with bergamot orange to help you feel invigorated. To ease sore or stressed-out muscles, apply our Sports Cream or Sports Roll-on to sore muscles as needed.
It can be challenging to comb through all of the different CBD products currently on the market. That’s why it’s important to know that you’re buying a product from a reputable company who manages the entire production process from seed to bottle. Level Select CBD owns and operates hemp farms and greenhouses across the US, so we know exactly where the raw materials for our products are coming from, and all of our products undergo a rigorous third-party testing process — you can view our Certificate of Analysis (COA) here. Since we control the entire production process, we’re able to offer high-quality CBD products with 0.0% THC at an affordable price. Try one of our CBD products when you’re feeling stressed and we’re sure you’ll love the benefits of Level Select CBD.
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Stacy Mosel, LMSW, is a licensed social worker and psychotherapist. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she continued her studies at New York University, earning a master of social work degree in 2002. She writes in the fields of mental health and holistic wellness, drawing on her prior experiences as an employee assistance program counselor, individual and family therapist and assistant director of a child and family services agency.
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