Are you feeling stressed out? Well, if you're like most Americans, you are chronically over worked, lack sleep, and feel the results from this on a daily basis. So sit back, relax, and learn about a few simple ways you can control excessive stress. But first, did you know some stress is beneficial?
The Good Stress
Before we learn about the good stress, let's learn exactly what happens in our body when we become stressed. According to this article when the brain perceives physical or psychological stress, it starts pumping the chemicals cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine into the body. Instantly, the heart beats faster, blood pressure increases, senses sharpen, a rise in blood glucose invigorates us and we're ready to rock. Or leap away from the car. This sudden burst of energy helps us avert danger, improves our memory and we actually perform at our best. Have you heard the term "fight or flight"? Its a form of survival, really. This sort of stress allows us to still feel like we are in control. This is a good form of stress.
The Bad Stress
That same "fight or flight" that is a part of our survival, is also what can cause severe health problems if we stay there for long periods of time. Long-term, chronic stress can lead to health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, exhaustion, obesity, accelerated aging, diabetes and the list can go on.
What Can Be Done About Stress?
Long-term chronic stress can lead to health problems.
There is good news. There are simple things that can be done to alleviate stress. According to Dr. Bruce Rabin, a professor of pathology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, "What we can do is change the way our brains respond to [stress] with coping techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and exercise." These types of techniques are all part of stress management, and its a way to take control again. Some people, however, like to reach for medications. Is this really beneficial? According to the American Heart Association "Medicines are helpful for many things, but usually not for stress. Some people take tranquilizers to calm them down immediately, but it's far better in the long term to learn to manage your stress through relaxation or stress management techniques."
What if you've tried these techniques, but you just can't seem to master managing your stress? If turning to pharmaceutical medications isn't a good idea, what about an herbal remedy?
Well, millions are becoming aware of the benefits of CBD when it comes to not only stress but also anxiety. Studies are popping up all over the place showing time and time again how CBD actually works with your bodies endocannabinoid system. Preclinical studies in mice have clearly shown that activation of cannabinoid receptors within the brain reduces panic and anxiety behavior, or the “fight or flight” phenomenon. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 15 humans demonstrated that up to 600 mg of CBD (cannabidiol) reduced measured anxiety compared to increased levels with a 10 mg dose of Δ9-THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). So while the studies are still out, the results are promising.
It's no wonder that CBD is in higher and higher demand as people like you are becoming more and more informed. Pure Source offers very high-quality, full-spectrum (whole plant extract, rather than isolated parts of the plant) CBD that has helped so many who struggle with stress and anxiety. Take a look at our customer reviews to see for yourself how our CBD has benefited man and beast alike!
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