How CBD Can Help During Troubled Times
Part 2 of a two-part blog on CBD and COVID-19
While there is no proof yet that CBD can cure, prevent, or relieve the symptoms of COVID-19, CBD can help you deal with the stress, uncertainty, and despair that mark the current times.
First, coronavirus isn’t gone. In fact, in some regions, cases are increasing at an alarming rate. At the same time, stay-at-home orders are being lifted in some areas. The question is: do you stay, or do you go?
Either way, you’re likely to feel quite anxious, either because you’re still cooped up or because the safety of going out is still uncertain. Also, many people have experienced job losses or loss of business as well as lower income. Lack of socialization, working at home, AND home-schooling children is a heavy burden to bear. So it’s not surprising that a recent survey by the Census Bureau that measured the psychological toll of the pandemic found that a third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression.
At the same time, our country is going through a critical examination of racism. Protests continue to take place, and many people are uncomfortable with the conversations going on about race and equality. The same study found that rates of anxiety spiked in Black and Asian Americans in the wake of the George Floyd shooting.
And politically, our country has become divided into “us” and “them,” making civil discourse feel like a distant memory. Overwhelmed? Throw political stress into the mix.
All of this can exacerbate anxiety in people who already suffer the condition. But even people who typically don’t are beginning to feel the kind of discomfort that anxiety brings. Mental health clinics report an upswing in the number of patients they see for anxiety and depression.
It’s tough for anyone to go through what we’ve gone through the last few months without feeling some level of anxiety, depression, or stress. If you’re one of the lucky ones who hasn’t, bravo! If you’re among the rest who are feeling challenged, read on.
CBD Can Help With Symptoms of Stress
CBD can’t fix any of these issues our country is facing right now. However, research is underway to see whether CBD can help with some of the symptoms of the coronavirus. CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect that has the potential to help those with respiratory issues due to COVID-19.
But CBD can help people feel better in other ways during turbulent times. A molecular component of CBD — endocannabinoids — may be important in overall mind and body health, according to Bradley E. Alger, Ph.D., who concluded in “Getting High on the Endocannabinoid System” published in Cerebrum (2013):
“Endocannabinoids are literally a bridge between body and mind. By understanding this system, we begin to see a mechanism that could connect brain activity and states of physical health and disease.”
Here’s what studies show CBD may be able to do:
- It may reduce anxiety and stress – While scientists don’t know quite how it works, studies show CBD has excellent potential as an anxiety treatment.
- Some studies have shown that CBD can have antidepressant-like effects on people suffering from depression.
- Anecdotal evidence and research indicate CBD may also help with the side effects of stress and depression, such as:
- Headaches and migraines
- Nausea and vomiting
- Inability to fall asleep
- Trouble staying asleep
- Muscle tension
- Body aches
So, while the jury is out on how or if CBD can help in preventing, curing, or relieving COVID-19, it can help with the overall malaise many of us are feeling. Along with safety precautions such as social distancing and wearing a mask, eating well, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep, we suggest making CBD part of your regular health regimen.
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