Different Types of Stress and How Hemp Can Help

Different Types of Stress and How Hemp Can Help

Do you feel constantly stressed? Or perhaps, have you found yourself in a particularly stressful situation that has completely caught you off guard? Stress comes in many forms. Regardless of what kind of stress you’re experiencing, you aren’t alone. 

Join us as we discuss three different types of stress and how hemp-derived CBD, a natural compound, may help you rebuild a sense of calm in your daily life. 

 

What is stress?

Stress is a physiological response to situations that require attention. It’s your body’s way of acting quickly and efficiently whenever you perceive stressful stimuli.

When you encounter a stressor, your body reacts by triggering the hypothalamus region in your brain to produce a hormone called epinephrine, or adrenaline. This raises your pulse rate and blood pressure and prompts an increase in glucose, which additionally sends a surging burst of energy throughout the body.

If the brain continues to sense some sort of danger, your body will then produce another hormone known as cortisol.

Stress activates your natural fight-or-flight response and helps the mind and body react swiftly and intelligently to dangerous situations. In this way, occasional stress is considered normal and healthy.

 

What types of stress are there?

Stress occurs in different forms, largely determined by the duration, frequency, and intensity of the stress experienced. There are three main types of stress: acute stress, episodic stress, and chronic stress.

What is acute stress?

Acute stress occurs in response to a specific incident, stressor, or series of events. For example, you may realize you botched an important aspect of a big project you’ve been working on for work or school. Now you find yourself scrambling to meet your deadline.

You may experience symptoms like elevated blood pressure, sweating, racing thoughts, anxiety, or irritability. Acute stress can also trigger migraines, back pain, or gastrointestinal upset.

As unpleasant as the situation and accompanying stress symptoms may be, they subside once the stressor has been eliminated. You managed to finish your project on time, and your day-to-day life continues as normal.

Acute stress doesn’t persist long-term because the stressful situation is a rare occurrence.

What is episodic stress?

Episodic stress is sometimes also referred to as episodic acute stress. This type of stress describes a response to stressors or mini-crises that occur somewhat regularly.

Perhaps you work under difficult management and find yourself assigned near-impossible tasks on a regular basis. Or maybe you have a tendency to take on more projects than you can handle.

Whatever the case, each small stressor accumulates and leaves you in a constant state of tension. This can negatively impact your overall health and well-being, and it may be wise to reevaluate some aspects of your lifestyle.

Episodic stress comes with many of the same physical and emotional symptoms as acute stress. However, these symptoms can be persistent and interfere with your ability to function over time.

What is chronic stress?

Chronic stress is akin to chronic illness. This type of stress describes a learned state of being following an extensive period of extreme stress.

Chronic stress often arises out of ongoing crises. For example, a traumatic childhood may lead to chronic stress in adulthood, even if those childhood stressors are no longer present.

Because you’ve become accustomed to ongoing stress, your body integrates your stress response into your daily life and perceives that stress to be normal. Chronic stress can be debilitating and severely interfere with your ability to function.

Unfortunately, chronic stress can also lead to other health problems, including chronic migraines, heart issues, and emergency events like heart attack or stroke.

Like any other ongoing illness, chronic stress needs to be addressed for the sake of your health and well-being. Without proper care and treatment, chronic stress can become dangerous or even deadly.

 

How can CBD help?

Although your situation might make stress feel impossible to overcome, natural remedies, like hemp-derived CBD, may provide some much-needed relief.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound derived from the legal hemp plant. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis ingestion.

CBD combats stress directly

Whether you’re experiencing acute, episodic, or chronic stress, researchers have found that CBD may alleviate stress by attacking its root physiological causes.

CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid receptors in the brain that regulate your main stress hormones: epinephrine and cortisol. The cannabinoid also triggers the production of serotonin and dopamine, two primary mood-boosting hormones.

This 2019 study finds that CBD effectively treats chronic stress conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by regulating hormone production. Additionally, this 2020 study found that CBD decreases acute forms of stress while also reducing cardiovascular and other physiological responses to stress.

This recent 2020 review observed that various daily doses of CBD positively impacted patients with diagnosed PTSD and other stress or anxiety disorders. Researchers concluded that CBD’s direct interaction with limbic and paralimbic brain activity significantly decreases feelings of stress and anxiety.

CBD mitigates symptoms of stress

In addition to fighting stress at its core, CBD helps by alleviating many of the symptoms that accompany stress.

For example, CBD may lower blood pressure and promote improved arterial function. Because stress (and especially chronic stress) presents serious risks to the heart, CBD’s positive impact on the heart is of utmost importance. 

Additionally, CBD may mitigate the many forms of bodily pain that result from stressful situations. Many studies like this one confirm CBD’s function as a potent pain reliever for mild to severe pain. CBD can also be used to treat and even prevent migraines, another common symptom of stress, per this 2020 study.

 

Whether your stress is mildly disruptive or absolutely debilitating, CBD may offer the relief you’re searching for. We hope that, as you journey towards mental and physical peace, you find some peace and calm with hemp-derived CBD.



time Apr 18, 2024
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