During these uncertain times, we are all dying for some semblance of normalcy. Our regularly scheduled lives have been ripped out from under us, and we are now navigating new waters trying to gain back peace of mind. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive chemical compound from the hemp plant. Hemp-derived CBD is responsible for many therapeutic benefits. Effects that CBD offers are decreased anxiety, increased mood, improved sleep, and maintaining physiologically stable equilibrium. While not everyone needs this type of boost during normal times, more people than usual may benefit from exploring the option of CBD.

Reduce Episodes of Stress and Combat Anxiety

The added stress in today’s world can be difficult to deal with. Not only do we have to handle regular everyday stressors, but more serious causes of stress may weigh on us as a result of the pandemic. If this is the case, CBD may help to reduce stress and combat anxiety. Anxiety is generally treated with pharmaceutical drugs, but it is a good idea to explore other avenues if you are interested in something more natural. CBD helps with anxiety and stress because it impacts serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, happiness, and anxiety. CBD may also help to reduce cortisol. As your body experiences stress, your adrenal glands create and release cortisol into your bloodstream. This causes a spike in your blood pressure and is responsible for that “fight or flight” response we have all experienced at one time or another. CBD may interfere with cortisol secretion, decreasing your “fight or flight” response in stressful times.

Achieve Homeostasis

Homeostasis is the process of maintaining internal balance despite outside influences. It involves many interdependent processes that keep our bodies functioning. A good way to think about this is the way our body can achieve a certain internal temperature despite external influences like the weather. CBD can help give your body the boost it needs to achieve homeostasis and continue to function properly. It does not bind to any receptors, unlike other compounds in the hemp plant. By affecting molecules that create an imbalance, CBD provides relief from these symptoms. CBD could help to lessen or eliminate outside stressors, achieving, and maintaining homeostasis.

Improve Mental Clarity

CBD has been linked to improved focus, mental balance, and motivation. Right now, it may feel difficult to concentrate or focus on the present moment because of all the things going on in the world. Distractions are at an all-time high, and getting any work done in our day may feel impeded by the news or other distractions due to the virus.  CBD will never give you a quick jolt of energy, it isn’t coffee, but it can improve both attention and calmness, allowing you to get through your day without outside distractions. 

Improve Sleep

CBD does not make you sleepy per se but is a valuable aid for many sleep disorders. As we’ve discussed, CBD can help to reduce stress and anxiety, which is directly related to sleeping habits. It has also been shown to decrease symptoms of insomnia and potentially help you get more quality sleep. Therefore, it may help with falling asleep, as well as staying asleep, which is important for your body to feel rested. As a sleep aid, it interacts indirectly with CB1 and CB2 receptors in your endocannabinoid system which are linked to pain relief and relaxation which results in better sleep. Some sleep medications prescribed to people who have symptoms of insomnia can be dangerous, so CBD is a great alternative medicine that achieves similar results without putting a prescription drug into your body.

While CBD is a great option for stress management, improved sleep and mental clarity, and body regulation, it is not the only option for people suffering from these symptoms. Depending on your situation, psychotherapy, ketamine, or IV hydration may be better options. Complete the form below to request more information and find out if you are a candidate for ketamine infusions, talk therapy, or any of Elev8MD’s other wellness services.