From psyching yourself up to mask up and head into a grocery store to watching the debates and figuring out your plan to vote, tasks that once seemed run-of-the-mill could cause you to experience acute stress.
CBD and Situational StressHere’s what you need to know about this particular type of stress and how CBD can help.
The acute stress response
When acute stress becomes chronicThat spike of adrenaline and cortisol produced by the brain and adrenal glands happens every time we encounter a stressful situation, says Haley Hansen, Equilibria Dosage Specialist. And this is particularly concerning, given just how often those stressful situations are popping up this year. After all, an ongoing flood of adrenaline and cortisol can wreak havoc on our body, says Hansen. In short, the body’s processes, which are affected by the stress response, can become impaired. Putting you at risk of a bevy of health concerns from digestive problems to sleep problems and memory impairment.
How CBD can helpWhile it’s not possible to hit pause on the barrage of acute stressors we’re currently facing, CBD can help to directly combat cortisol, says Hansen. In fact, research has found that it can interfere with the secretion of the stress hormone. In turn, reducing the amount circulating in the blood. At the same time, CBD will support stores of the body’s own natural endocannabinoid anandamide, which can be compromised by stress, notes Hansen. Nicknamed the “bliss” molecule, anandamide is produced when you work up a satisfying sweat at the gym or eat chocolate.
It bears noting that you can best guard your overall wellness against the negative effects of acute and chronic stress by taking CBD every day, consistently. This is because CBD, like all cannabinoids, builds up in the body over time. A daily dose can help maintain sustained levels in your system and promote a more effective Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a biological system that has shown to help control sleep, mood, inflammation, and overall homeostasis (a body’s state of balance). So it is crucial to keep it in top condition. That said, when you’re anticipating or experiencing an acute stressor — say you’re dining out for the first time since the pandemic began — you might consider enhancing your protocol and stress response by taking a “micro-dose” of CBD, says Hansen. This could look like just a ½ dropper of the Daily Drops in addition to your regular dose. “Many women like to take a small dose like this before stressful events like leading a big Zoom call or getting out of the house to go vote,” notes Hansen. The end result: You can face these daily encounters with stress feeling more cool, calm, and collected.
In turn, it’s tougher to fall into ‘crisis mode,’ explains Hansen. “In fact, many women report that CBD helps them ‘feel like they have a longer fuse’ and ‘aren’t so triggered by everyday stressors,’” she notes. “How helpful during 2020!”