CBD has calming effects that help consumers relax. It also relaxes by alleviating stressors like pain, anxiety, and depression. To benefit from CBD for relaxation, find the CBD dose and method of administering that works best for you.
It can be hard to find time to relax with so much going on. It could be a demanding job or family. Relaxing gives one time to reflect on your life and regenerate. This can be done by having a quality sleep or dealing with mental health issues like stress, anxiety, and depression. Managing stress can help one relax. CBD is a good remedy since it’s a naturally occurring compound and does not cause dependency. This article will explore how CBD helps you relax and how to take CBD for relaxation.
How CBD Helps You Relax
Soothing Stress and Depression
It can be hard to relax when you are stressed. Short-term stress is healthy because it indicates that your body adjusts to your environment. Prolonged stress may end up causing depression. CBD can help you manage stress and depression by altering serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for body functions like mood and stress. Low serotonin levels will lead to stress and depression, but higher levels mean you are in a good mood. According to Salese et al. (2018), CBD helped reduce depression symptoms like helplessness.
Helps in Reducing Anxiety
Anxiety is another cause of restlessness. Anxiety can cause breathing problems, fatigue, dizziness, and increased blood pressure; if these problems prolong, they may lead to stress and depression. Soothing anxiety can help you to relax with ease. Taking CBD helps soothe anxiety by altering serotonin levels; a lack of serotonin or low serotonin levels can cause anxiety. Zuardi et al. (2017) showed that CBD could improve anxiety-like and increased heart rate symptoms. CBD can be used on various forms of anxiety-like GAD and SAD.
Relieving Pain and Inflammation
Pain can also be a stressor; by creating discomfort, one loses the ability to stay relaxed. Taking CBD has been found to help in soothing pain and inflammation. CBD can be used for different kinds of pain like cancer pain, back pain, arthritis pain, and neuropathic pain, as shown by Überall (2020). CBD interacts with the ECS system to alter how long the cells respond by preventing neurotransmitters from breaking.
The responses create anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. With reduced pain and inflammation, you can be able to relax.
Helps in Improving Sleep Quality
Lack of sleep can lead to mental problems, low sex drive, and heart problems. These problems can increase anxiety, stress, and depression, making it even harder for you to relax. Quality sleep can help solve these problems. Quality sleep is achieved by at least 7 hours of sleep. Taking a nap can also help improve your sleep but not late afternoon. Taking CBD for sleep helps in preventing melatonin from breaking. According to Vissers et al. (2007), Melatonin is a hormone that controls the dark-light cycle, and it’s highly secreted at night.
Brunetti et al. (2020) reported that Epidiolex, a form of CBD oil, was approved by the FDA in 2018 to treat two rare genetic seizures, Lennox-gastaut syndrome and dravet syndrome, for people aged 3 years and above.
How to Take CBD for Relaxation
CBD is not bioavailable; thus, it’s processed into various products like oils, tinctures, edibles, creams, capsules, and vapes. These products determine the method of administration to be used. The common methods are inhalation, ingestion, sublingual, and topical method.
The inhalation method involves taking CBD oil in vapes or smoking CBD concentrate or hemp plant leaves and flowers. The CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream almost immediately in the lungs with oxygen. CBD can be felt after 15 minutes; this method is effective if you want a faster fix. Vaping is considered a better way of inhaling CBD than smoking; vaping does not emit any smoke; thus, it’s discrete to use even at work. Smoking can cause lung diseases. The long-run effect of vaping is not known.
The CBD undergoes metabolism like food before being absorbed into the bloodstream in the ingestion method. Even if you have a faster metabolism, you will at least feel the CBD effect after 2 hours, but it can last in the body for up to 8 hours. This is the slowest method of taking CBD. This method involves taking CBD edibles like gummies and cookies; one can also take CBD capsules. You can ingest CBD oil by adding it to meals and drinks.
The sublingual method is another faster method. It involves placing drops of oil or CBD oil spray in the sublingual layer and holding it for 60 seconds for absorption to take place. The capillaries and tissues absorb the CBD into the bloodstream. The effect of CBD can be felt after 30 minutes. If uncomfortable with the CBD oil taste, users can buy flavored CBD oils instead. One can also take CBD oil after eating so that the food flavors mask the CBD oil taste.
CBD topicals and creams are specifically made for external use. This method involves applying CBD oil to the affected area’s skin and massaging it until the oil is absorbed. This method is effective when using CBD for pain and inflammation. Applying CBD oil directly to the affected area makes this method faster because CBD does not go through the bloodstream. Apply CBD oil on parts of your skin like the forehead and neck.
CBD can help you relax if you know what is stressing you. Taking CBD gives you a more calming effect than when taking marijuana. CBD is the best remedy for stress because it does not cause dependency like drugs like opioids. CBD can help you relax by alleviating stress and depression, soothing anxiety aiding sleep, and alleviating pain. You can try out the various methods of taking CBD to find out one that works best for you. CBD affects individuals differently; thus, if you are new to CBD, start with a lower dose and increase it gradually to the one you are comfortable with.
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