Deep-dive on how CBD/ hemp can help us to deal with stress
(in COVID-19 times)
Blog article was written by Dr. Sandra Schoenes, Co-founder and CEO of Heidi’s Garden
Cannabinoids such as CBD from the Hemp plant can help us to strengthen our Endocannabinoid System and address many of our health and wellbeing issues
We have learned in the previous Blog Post that the ECS can help us with many of the most important health and wellbeing issues that might affect us in these challenging times of the global Corona Virus outbreak. The way we react to external stress triggers is a relevant one.
*Not all claims have yet been fully supported with clinical studies
A strong ECS is essential to protect our bodies and minds from emotional and mental stress
One aspect that is especially fascinating is the way our ESC helps us to deal with emotional and mental stress. Dr. Tanja Baga from Fundacion Canna describes this as following: “The ESC regulates how much Cortisol and neurotransmitters we produce. It can give us the needed distance from a stressful situation. When our mind perceives a situation as stressful it communicates this stress to our pituitary gland, which then releases hormones to the adrenal glands, which in turn releases more hormones to communicate with other cells and organs within the body. This fight or flight response activates the sympathetic nervous system, inhibits the parasympathetic nervous system, and mobilizes the necessary energies to overcome these stressors. This is known as the HPA (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal) axis. In the case of perceived stress, the adrenal gland will produce cortisol (among other things), known as the stress hormone. Increased production of cortisol results in the increased availability of glucose, as it is an energy mobilization hormone, in order to facilitate fighting or fleeing, but cortisol also suppresses the highly demanding metabolic processes of the immune system, resulting in further availability of glucose.”
Dr. Tanja Baga and other researchers have found that the ECS helps us to determine the value of a stimulus that “might” cause fear. In our current situation, we are all bombarded with a never-ending stream of negative news about COVID-19, transmitted on TV, Social Medial and any possible, non-physical communication channel. We are confronted with information on the frightening spreading of COVID-19 and its multiple consequences on our daily lives and future scenarios.
What scientists are postulating is that the ECS helps us to determine whether and how much we should feel stressed about such external input. In a second step, the ECS then turns on the appropriate behavioral responses. Meaning that it tells our stress-response system how much Cortisol and Adrenalin etc. it should produce.
To conclude, CBD products can help us, together with other techniques such as mindfulness/ meditation exercises, breathing techniques, yoga or a refreshing walk or run in nature (if allowed) to manage the current stressful situation so that it doesn’t affect our mental and physical health and wellbeing.
We are looking forward to hearing about your experience with CBD/ hemp and dealing with stress.
Your Heidi’s Garden team