This installment of our series CBD and Your Health will focus on Stress. Everyone knows that stress is a killer. It increases blood pressure, causes cardiovascular damage, and shortens lives. Reduction of stress is a sure way to improve your life. The article below describes the stress response, and how CBD can possibly impact that response.
As we have discussed before, the endocannabinoid system is one of the main regulatory systems in the human body. Compounds that interact with the endocannabinoid system are called “cannabinoids.” Endocannabinoids are those compounds found naturally in the human body, and are synthesized from foods such as omega-3 fatty acids. Phytocannabinoids are those that are found naturally in plants, such as cannabis. The most well-known of these are CBD and THC, but there are many more in the cannabis plant. Poplar Creek Farms grows low-THC (less than .3%) and high-CBD varieties of cannabis. Our products are high in CBD, which interacts with the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system was discovered through the study of cannabis. The fact that this system exists is the reason that THC makes humans “high” and that CBD has any effects. There is much to learn about cannabinoids, and how they interact with the human body. The study linked here contains data on the interaction between stress and the endocannabinoid system in humans. This study is the one I’m using as the basis for this blog post.
In a nutshell, stress is the human response to any real or perceived threat. This response causes a change in a multitude of physiological systems, and in general, prepares us for a “fight or flight” situation. Heightened awareness, increased blood pressure, heart rate, and a shift in things such as pain sensitivity are all symptoms of a stress response. Of course, these are good responses if a lion is stalking you on the Serengetti. Stress responses every time your boss walks up to your desk are not so good. So many things can increase your stress, and we need safe, effective ways to control our stress level.
Modern society has many stress-inducing stimuli, and Americans suffer from high-stress complications on a very high level. The American Psychological Association shows that 44% of Americans report higher stress than 5 years ago. Americans worry about money, work, the economy, relationships, job stability, and lately the pandemic. Stress is at an all-time high, due mostly to Covid-19, and all of the life disruptions associated. In fact CBD sales across the globe have been increasing in response to the higher stress levels, according to several sources.
There are many symptoms of stress. Irritability, fatigue, lack of motivation, feeling nervous or anxious, headaches, depression, upset stomach, teeth grinding, and tightness in the chest are all reported by those with high-stress. These symptoms can do a lot of damage, and interrupt a happy life. Since Poplar Creek Farms is all about improving lives, we believe it is important to identify those things that could possibly reduce stress, and to help our customers to find them.
The research shows that the CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain are likely responsible for a reduction in stress response. These receptors do this by interacting with the natural stress hormones that terminate a stress response. The figure below shows the rapid onset of the increase in stress hormones, and then a delayed response to terminate the stress response. The 2-AG is an endocannabinoid molecule, which means that it is a cannabinoid that is synthesized in your body. It is one of the molecules responsible for reduction in stress level, and it is this molecule that interacts with the CB1 receptors. CBD interacts with the 2-AG molecule, serving to encourage the termination of the stress response.
With the introduction of the 2018 Federal Farm Bill, CBD became a legal product in all 50 states. We hope that this legal status will help the average consumer to be able to reduce their stress without the need of pharmaceuticals. Poplar Creek Farms believes that each of us is responsible for our own health, and should be free to find holistic, all-natural ways to improve our lives. That’s what we are all about, improving your life.
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