CBD for Stress: Symptoms of Stress and How CBD Can Help

In a hurry? Here are the major takeaways:


  • Ongoing stress can impact important systems in the body such as the nervous system, musculoskeletal system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and many more! 
  • CBD interacts with a master biological system in the body called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS); a network of receptors in your body which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, across ALL systems in your body. 
  • Many of our members use CBD for stress and tell us they see their best results when they take their CBD daily. 
  • The most popular products our members use to address stress concerns are the Daily Drops, Daily Softgels, and Daily Gummies. 


Ways Your Body Reacts to Stress and How CBD Can Help

Wouldn’t it be great to never experience stress again? We wish that could be the case, but even if we wanted to, it’s impossible to eliminate all stressors from our lives. Stress is a part of the normal human experience – just like when we get a cold now and then, each and every one of us has to deal with stress at some point. 


Stress can really become a problem when it runs rampant and we don’t get a break from it. Did you know there’s not just one type of stress but several? We can encounter physical, emotional, mental, and occupational stress – and yes, we can face more than one type of stress at the same time. 


CBD may be a valuable tool to help. In fact, managing stress is one of the most common reasons our members at Equilibria use CBD. The Daily Drops, Daily Softgels, and Daily Gummies are our members’ favorite products to target stress relief.  


Let’s talk more about how your body can respond to stress and how CBD might be just what you need to help keep it at bay! 


CBD for Stress: Symptoms of Stress and How CBD Can Help


What are some of the ways your body can react to stress?


  • Physical: aches, appetite changes, upset stomach, sleep disturbances, increased muscle tension, lower energy levels
  • Emotional: irritability, changes in mood, frustration 
  • Mental: worrying, hard time focusing, forgetfulness
  • Social: less intimacy, feeling lonely, social withdrawal  
  • Occupational: feeling burned out, having a hard time staying on task, difficulty setting healthy boundaries 


Ways Your Body Reacts to Stress and How CBD Can HelpCBD for stress: How can it help?


Did you know that our bodies were not built to endure long-term stress? Think of the body’s stress response, or the-fight-or-flight response, almost like a 9-1-1 for our bodies. It’s there to rescue us when we’re in serious danger, but it’s not meant to be used all the time. 


Nowadays, we typically don’t experience life-threatening scenarios and little stressors can trigger our fight-or-flight responses. Our bodies can’t distinguish between a real threat and a perceived threat – which means they may raise the alarm when responding to work emails, running errands, or getting the kids to school on time. 


Luckily for us, we have a master biological system that helps our bodies counteract the effects of stress and keep everything in the body balanced internally and externally. This system is known as the Endocannabinoid System, or the ECS. The ECS is a network of receptors that receives messages from important communication molecules formed in the body, called endocannabinoids, to regulate balance throughout all the systems in the body. 


When our bodies are flooded with stress, they release stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which activate the fight-or-flight response. Increased levels of cortisol have been indicated to affect memory, cognition, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, and immune system functioning. As a result of high levels of stress, our bodies produce compounds that eat away our endocannabinoids, which are critical for helping the ECS function properly.


CBD is a compound from a plant that not only mirrors how our body’s own endocannabinoids work, but also can help curb the breakdown of our endocannabinoids, which can support the ECS in reestablishing balanced endocannabinoid tone and promote stress relief. 


How can you use CBD for stress?


Ways Your Body Reacts to Stress and How CBD Can Help

  • Add it to your daily self-care routine. Introducing CBD into a self-care routine might be the perfect addition to your day. Many of our members love to add CBD alongside activities like meditation and exercising. 


  • Add in extra support when stress increases. Try a small dose of CBD as needed when you’re noticing stress uptick. 


  • Don’t let stress build up! Stress can build up throughout the day so even if it goes undetected, your body may still feel the effects. By taking your CBD in the morning or early afternoon, you can be proactive and not reactive to the stress by taking your CBD before it hits. 


  • Journal your experience. This is a simple but effective way to track small changes in your reactions to stress and patterns in your stress levels. 


  • Make adjustments to your routine when necessary.Change is a constant in our lives, so if you’ve found things have changed in your life and your stress levels have skyrocketed, then it may be time to chat with a Dosage Specialist to switch things up. 


Looking to add CBD to your wellness routine to help with stress? Not sure when is the best time of day to take your CBD or which products to use? Get started by taking our quiz, then contact us at wellness@myeq.com to get in touch with a Certified Wellness Coach.