CBD has become an increasingly popular health supplement over the past decade. This powerful cannabis compound is now readily available in the UK in products as diverse as CBD oil tinctures, gummies, capsules, vape oil, creams and balms, and more. And hemp-derived CBD is being used for everything from sleep support and pain relief to general wellness and relaxation.
Among the many uses of CBD is for stress relief. CBD has calming properties that make it ideal for taking the edge off your nerves and helping you get on with your day. But how does CBD work? For that matter, what exactly is CBD? Today, we’ll take a closer look at CBD to get a better understanding of its health benefits, especially its use for people suffering from stress and anxiety.
What Is CBD?
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is one of over a hundred chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, called cannabinoids. Other cannabinoids include CBG, CBN, CBC, and THC.
A Quick Note About Cannabis and THC
We should probably take a short detour here to fully explain some of these terms. Yes, THC is the cannabinoid in marijuana that is probably best known for its ability to get you high and yes, marijuana is a form of cannabis. But that doesn’t really tell the story of CBD or the products we’ll be looking at in this article.
Marijuana is, indeed, a high-THC form of cannabis. But there’s also a low-THC form of cannabis called hemp, and that’s the cannabis used in our CBD products. By law, hemp-derived products in the UK must contain less than 0.2% THC, which is not enough THC to get you high. Equally important is the fact that CBD itself is non-intoxicating. That is to say, CBD cannot get you high. So, just to be clear, none of the products on this site can get you high.
How Does It Work?
Understanding how CBD works with the body begins with an understanding of how your body works. All vertebrate animals (humans included) have an endocannabinoid system, which is a cell-signaling system hard-wired into various organs and systems of the body. The body produces its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, which communicate with receptors in these various systems. This interaction helps the various organs and systems to maintain balance, or homeostasis. This, in turn, serves to regulate several crucial functions, including sleep, mood, appetite, memory, processing and relief for stress and pain, immune function, motor control, and more.
When CBD and other cannabinoids are consumed, they mimic the body’s own endocannabinoids, sending signals to those very same receptors. As a result, CBD and its cannabis cousins serve to aid and bolster the performance of the ECS. And so, the body’s ability to regulate these various functions is improved, resulting in a wealth of health and wellness benefits. It’s this interaction between CBD and the endocannabinoid system that has made it such a popular health supplement.
Can CBD Help With Stress & Anxiety?
You’ll note that among the functions we mentioned that were beneficially affected by CBD and other cannabinoids were mood, stress, and sleep. CBD has natural calming effects that can settle the nerves and help you to better manage stressful situations. It’s not a cure for stress (is there such a thing?), but CBD can help to take the edge off.
Looking at more serious conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and other anxiety disorders, the natural question to ask is, “Can CBD help with anxiety?” On this, we must adhere to legal limitations on what you can and cannot say about the medical use of CBD in the UK. Because studies are still ongoing as to the effects of CBD on medical conditions, we cannot make any medical recommendations under UK law.
So, what does that mean for folks who wish to try CBD for anxiety and stress issues? It means that you should investigate for yourselves, beginning with what other people, who have used CBD for stress, have to say about experience. Check out product reviews from real CBD users and ask around. Chances are, you know someone who has used cannabidiol and can tell you about its effects.
Beyond that, it means trying CBD for yourself to see how this calming cannabis compound affects you. Again, we can’t make any medical claims about using CBD for stress or anxiety, but we can steer you in the direction of CBD products that are especially helpful for calming the nerves.
Best CBD Products for Stress
There’s a wide variety of CBD products available, and many of them are formulated to emphasize CBD’s calming properties. Here are a few particularly popular CBD calming products.
Our Mixed Berry CBD Gummies deliver 50 milligrams of broad spectrum CBD per serving, all in a tasty chew. These and other sweets in our CBD gummies collection are great for keeping in your purse or bag in case things start to get stressful.
CBD edibles can take a little longer to kick in than other types of CBD products, but they have the longest-lasting CBD effects: up to eight hours, depending on personal bioavailability factors, such as height, weight, and CBD tolerance.
CBD capsules are another great grab-and-go CBD product, mess-free and easily portable. Our Soft Gel CBD oil capsules feature 25 or 50mg CBD per serving, depending on which strength you choose, and also contain natural MCT oil to help your body better absorb the CBD.
CBD oil drops deliver quicker CBD effects than edibles, such as gummies and capsules. That’s because sublingual CBD oil products allow the CBD to be absorbed through the capillaries of the mouth, rather than traveling through the digestive tract. This can help you experience effects as quickly as 15 to 30 minutes, depending on bioavailability factors.
CBD vape products deliver the quickest-hitting effects of any CBD products. When you vape CBD oil, you can feel the effects of the CBD within minutes or even seconds, depending on bioavailability factors. Our disposable CBD vape pens contain 500mg of broad spectrum CBD and last for approximately 800 puffs.
Don’t Forget About Sleep!
One thing that can help with anxiety is sleep. There’s a vicious circle that can develop if you don’t get enough rest. Lack of sleep can amplify anxiety about not being able to sleep, which can in turn cause you not to sleep, which can in turn amplify anxiety — you can see where this can lead. Again, we’re not here to make any medical recommendations about using CBD for anxiety, but we can help you get a good night’s rest with our
potent CBD Gummies for Sleep, featuring 50mg CBD, plus passion flower, chamomile, terpenes, and other natural sleep supplements.
Cannabidiol can be a great weapon against stress. Its calming properties make it ideal for settling the nerves and helping you to better enjoy your day. Whether you try a tasty gummy, a potent oil, a convenient capsule, or some other CBD product, we hope you’ll find the one that works best for you.
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