Stressed? This May Help…

Stress manifests itself in the human body through various health impacts. In fact, in a 2022 study, around three-quarters of adults (76%) said they experienced health impacts due to stress in the prior month, including headache (38%), fatigue (35%), feeling nervous or anxious (34%), and/or feeling depressed or sad (33%). In our day and age, there’s no shortage of things to be stressed out about! Will there be another pandemic? Will we enter another war? Will AI conquer the world? It’s better not to overthink these problems and instead look for good ways to handle your stress.

Navigating the waves of stress in today’s fast-paced world calls for innovative solutions, and nature might just have one of the most promising keys to relaxation: cannabinoids found in cannabis. Whether it’s the serene embrace of hemp-derived CBD, THC, or the more comprehensive effects of full-spectrum cannabis, the potential of these compounds in stress management is a topic capturing the attention of wellness enthusiasts and scientists worldwide. 

CBD: A Beacon of Calm

Cannabidiol (CBD) has emerged as a beacon of hope for many seeking a natural approach to stress relief. A comprehensive review of clinical trials and human laboratory studies highlights CBD’s therapeutic potential across a range of conditions, including anxiety, pain/inflammation, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)​​. Ongoing research aims to unravel its full spectrum of benefits, acknowledging the need for more high-quality, controlled studies to solidify our understanding of its role in managing other health conditions. A great strain that has been well known since the late 80s to help with stress and anxiety in CBD Flower is Bubba Kush.

THC: Psychoactive Stress Relief at the Right Dosage

Research indicates that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, can reduce stress, but its effects are highly dose-dependent. A study by the University of Illinois at Chicago found that low doses of THC (7.5 milligrams) lessened stress during certain tasks, such as public speaking, while slightly higher doses increased anxiety. Participants in the study who received low doses reported less stress, while those who received higher doses experienced an increase in negative mood and anxiety. The UIC study used capsules of THC in the study, however, and many people choose to use THC in other forms. Anyone who’s ever been “too high”  can attest that paranoia and anxiety can creep in at higher doses. Overall, more studies are needed to understand THC’s benefits for stress relief further.

Cannabis: A Full Spectrum Resulting in A Complex Symphony

The broader canvas of cannabis includes an entire array of cannabinoids with potential mental health benefits. CBD and THC are only two of over 100 currently identified cannabinoids.  The research delves into how cannabis use intersects with mood and anxiety disorders, suggesting a complex relationship. While evidence indicates that cannabis can impact the onset and clinical course of disorders like bipolar disorder and PTSD, the effects on depression and anxiety disorders appear less clear-cut. As more research is conducted, our understanding of how we can utilize various cannabinoids specifically for stress reduction and other mental health issues is set to grow exponentially.

Embracing a Natural Path

As we continue to explore the benefits of cannabinoids, it’s crucial to approach this natural path with both openness and caution. The promise shown by CBD and cannabis in stress management invites a deeper exploration into how these ancient plants can support modern wellness. However, the journey of understanding is ongoing, and the call for more rigorous, controlled research echoes through the cannabis community. This pursuit of knowledge is not just about uncovering the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids but also about navigating the regulatory landscapes and ensuring safe, effective use.

Cannabis Use & Mental Illness

The relationship between mental illness and cannabis use is a complex and nuanced topic, with ongoing research offering diverse perspectives. For example, strains like Northern Lights, Blue Dream, and Pineapple Express are well-reviewed in helping people with stress. While some studies suggest the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis for certain mental health conditions, others highlight risks and the need for caution, particularly among vulnerable populations. It’s important to take mental wellness into account before making any changes to what you put in your body. From natural products like cannabis to doctor-prescribed pharmaceuticals, it’s important to approach with caution and start slow, working your way to find a proper dosage. Just as your Doctor would recommend, monitor how your body and mind respond to the treatment, and if you have any doubts or become uncomfortable, discontinue use. Cannabis may not be for everyone, but it has helped many deal with stress and maintain mental wellness for millennia.

The dynamic field of study involving cannabis and mental health often intersects with broader discussions about the medical-industrial complex and its influence on healthcare practices and policies. Critics argue that the hesitancy towards embracing cannabis and other natural therapeutic options (such as psilocybin or DMT) may, in part, stem from concerns within the traditional medical and pharmaceutical sectors about the potential impact on pharmaceutical sales and conventional healthcare services. These concerns reflect a broader debate about the role of holistic and alternative medicines in contemporary healthcare systems and underscore the importance of evidence-based research to inform policy and practice in a way that prioritizes patient well-being and the potential for innovative treatments that may prove to be widely beneficial if allowed to gather longitudinal, verifiable data to support what are already very strong theories regarding cannabis use as a tool for mental wellness.

In the quest for stress relief, cannabinoids may offer a bridge to a calmer, more balanced state of mind. As we, the cannabis community, gather more evidence and insights, the potential of cannabis products to support stress management and overall well-being becomes an increasingly compelling narrative, one that resonates with those seeking harmony in both body and mind. We can only hope that the recent rescheduling suggestion by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will (at the very least) result in a change to Schedule III and widespread clinical studies will follow to give us all a clear picture of cannabis and its cannabinoids true benefits.

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