Reduce Stress Naturally with CBD and Adaptogens
by Cheryl Guinto |
CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is the non-intoxicating cannabinoid extracted from hemp or cannabis plants that can be used to reduce stress and help the body function at its best. Adaptogens are plant compounds that help the body cope with stress, and promote balance and wellness. Sound similar? The medicinal properties of CBD mimic the effects that adaptogenic herbs have on your adrenals and immune system, both of which play an integral role in your body’s ability to stay healthy, fight disease and manage stress. Let’s take a closer look at how these plant compounds can work together to strengthen the body.
WHAT ARE ADAPTOGENS?
Adaptogens are plants that support the adrenal system. They help the body cope with stress and promote normal function by regulating hormonal balance. The benefits of adaptogens are numerous. They have an anti-fatigue effect that increases attention and cognitive function, even during periods of mental exhaustion and stress. Further research shows positive effects on immunity, brain health and sleep cycles while also reducing normal inflammation. They can also improve the appearance of our hair, skin and nails.
Some of the most commonly known adaptogens include ginseng, ashwagandha, matcha and medicinal mushrooms such as maitake and cordyceps. They help create and maintain homeostasis in the body, continually working to regulate systems to calm or energize as needed. In other words, they help the body adapt to various stressors.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CBD OIL?
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating bodily functions like appetite, mood, sleep, and immunity. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning users can glean the medical benefits without feeling impaired or foggy.
Like adaptogens, CBD helps to maintain homeostasis in the body. It can help boost focus and clarity, or have a relaxing effect. There are many health benefits of CBD oil including decreased stress, more restful sleep, lower blood pressure and eases discomfort and normal inflammation.
HOW TO TAKE ADAPTOGENS
Unfortunately, most people cannot stomach the taste of adaptogens on their own. Powdered adaptogens can be added to smoothies, cereal and other foods for maximum palatability. They are also available in capsule form or tinctures.
There are some synergistic adaptogen blends that contain CBD — but, when starting out, it is best to try adaptogens individually to note how each affects your body. The general rule is to allow three to nine months for adaptogens to take their full effect.
While cannabis is not officially classified as an adaptogen, it meets all of the criteria of being a nontoxic, natural plant that has a stress-reducing effect on the body. Because CBD and adaptogens work similarly, there is potential that they boost or enhance the effects of the other when taken in combination. Pair the relaxing, mood-boosting effects of CBD with various adaptogens to enhance their effects and reap the medical benefits of each.
Jacquelyn Nause is a contributing writer with specialties in cannabis, real estate and wellness. She enjoys traveling with her husband, being a doting mother to her two incredible kids and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest playground.