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Sleepless nights, exhaustion, excessive worry, lack of focus, and irritability—from the outside looking in, it can be difficult to spot the difference between stress and anxiety. Even physical symptoms, like rapid heart rate, muscle tension, and headaches, can impact both people experiencing stress and those diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
So while thesymptoms of stress and anxiety can appear to be interchangeable, it’s important to know that they are two different experiences:
Stress is your body’s reaction to a trigger and is generally a short-term experience (days, not months).
Anxiety, on the other hand, is a sustained mental health disorder (6 months+) that can betriggered by stress but doesn’t fade into the distance once the initial trigger has gone.
Research shows that 31% of adults in the US will experience anxiety at some time in their lives, and 75% of adults regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. Fortunately, CBD helps to ease both.
Because of the way it interacts with the body’s existing endocannabinoid system, CBD calms down the nervous system and allows you to be alert, but not agitated, anxious or frenetic. Plus, cannabinoid receptors that exist inside your brain help to control stress, fear, and even your mood. So when you take CBD on a regular basis, it engages with these receptors and will help build up your endocannabinoid system, and when you have a healthy reserve of cannabinoids, you’ll have improved resilience to stress and reduced anxiety.
Specifically, CBD helps with stress by reducing fatigue, improving problems in concentration, and aiding social interactions. CBD helps with mild anxiety by activating mood-balancing receptors, helping to grow the hippocampus (which regulates emotions), and naturally stimulates anandamide (your “bliss molecule”) in the central nervous system.
While it might sound like a miraculous fix-all (which it kind of is), using CBD for stress and anxiety works best when incorporated into a lifestyle that supports the same mission. And now that you know the difference between stress and anxiety you can be in the driver’s seat of identifying whatyou need to best navigate life’s challenges and enjoy vital health along the way.