Stress Awareness Month – Can CBD help relieve stress?
There’s no better time to reflect on how you are feeling and how you could add a little serenity to your life than Stress Awareness Month. Stress-relief is now commonly-associated with CBD, but can it really help?
One professional who has investigated this topic for Harvard Health Publishing is Peter Grinspoon, MD, who wrote:
“CBD may prove to be an option for managing anxiety”
Stress and anxiety often go hand-in-hand, so any evidence that it can reduce anxiety is likely to be good news for your stress levels, too.
We all have stressful periods of our lives where it can be hard to settle at night. Sleep and mood are closely connected. Lack of sleep can cause irritability and stress, whereas healthy sleep enhances your overall well-being. Studies also suggest that CBD may help us sleep.
Dr Grinspoon wrote:
“CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep”
Hormonal imbalances can also lead to us experiencing stress. Our hormones can naturally fluctuate which can have a negative impact on how we feel. Could CBD really help with this?
Research conducted in Brazil suggested that it might.
The authors wrote:
“[The] decrease in cortisol levels was significantly attenuated after CBD.
“CBD was also found to have a sedative effect as determined by the self-evaluation scales. The present results suggest that CBD interferes with cortisol secretion.”
The evidence suggests that CBD may help reduce many symptoms of stress and improve your overall well-being, so maybe now is the time to stop stressing about it and simply give it a go!