CBD for Stress Relief

Remote working in your rearview mirror?  Stay calm!

Your boss wants you back in the office?  Facing that stressful commute and, adding insult to injury, staggering prices at the pump?  Return to office or quit?  Ongoing stress is not only a disturbance, it may also lead to other complaints, including headaches, GI upset, tense and sore muscles, a weakened immune system, and sleeplessness.  CBD, or hemp-derived cannabidiol, can be a useful tool, along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, to help calm the noise and help you better cope with return-to-office mandates and other real-life stressors.

How does CBD work?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 100 chemical compounds unique to the cannabis sativa or hemp plant.  These compounds are referred to as cannabinoids.  You likely have heard of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid most commonly associated with marijuana.  However, unlike THC, CBD is non psychoactive and has been shown to offer a myriad of wellness benefits without the "high" effect of THC.  Research and experiential evidence show that CBD may be helpful in promoting calm, addressing muscle tension and soreness, and supporting the GI, nervous, and immune systems, among other useful applications.  Adding to these benefits, CBD is non psychoactive, non habit-forming, and well tolerated, making it a desirable supplement choice.

Cannabinoids are naturally effective in our bodies because, throughout our evolutionary development, we have been hardwired to gain the benefits of the cannabis sativa plant through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex signaling network within the mammalian body that functions as a lock and key mechanism when cannabinoids are present or introduced into the bloodstream. These receptors exist throughout the body -- nervous, musculoskeletal, digestive, immune, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, and other systems -- and are the reason why cannabinoids can have such diverse and profound effects. [1] All mammals, including humans and companion animals, have an ECS, and the body produces "endo" (internal) cannabinoids (naturally occurring substances such as anandamide) that operate to keep the body's systems in balance. [2]   However, when an external force such as injury, illness, or stress is introduced, our body's own endocannabinoids may be depleted, resulting in an interruption to homeostasis that can manifest as anxiety, pain, inflammation, sleep disturbance, compromised immune function, and more.  CBD and related "phyto" (plant) cannabinoids are natural compounds that can supplement the body's own cannabinoids and lock into cannabinoid receptors to address the imbalance and restore homeostasis. [3]

In addition, research suggests that CBD may also interact in potentially beneficial ways with other neurotransmitter systems and receptors that support normal levels of other "feel good" brain chemicals such as serotonin. [4] [5]

How can Trove CBD help manage stress?

If you are seeking systemic relief, you may want to consider an ingestible tincture or capsule.  A daily dose of Trove CBD Oil taken under the tongue will help address stress, enhance calm and mental focus, while also providing relief from pain and inflammation throughout the body, assisting in your exercise recovery regimen, and often aiding in a restful and restorative sleep.  The specific dosage regimen will vary from person to person, and also depends upon the nature of the issue you are seeking to address.  Once you determine the amount and frequency of supplementation that works best for you, you can develop your own Trove CBD wellness routine.

Trove CBD Balm is a natural way to target a specific area of tension, making it a great choice for muscle tightness, aches, and specific areas of pain or inflammation.  It is not uncommon to feel relief within minutes following topical application, and results will often last from two to four hours.

Can CBD Also Help My Anxious Pet?

As "WFH" continues its metamorphosis back into "Return-to-Office", pets may have as much or more trouble adjusting to the new normal than even us humans.  The same pets who welcomed more time with their stay-at-home families, remote workers, and online students are now facing the end of summer breaks, return to the workplace, and back to in-person school days.  Pets who were adopted during the last few years, some who may have already come with their own emotional baggage, and some kittens and puppies who never needed to learn about alone time, may now present with even more complex issues relating to stress, anxiety, and boredom.  Both people and animals may find they need help to cope and adjust to new routines.

More and more pet owners are discovering the benefits of CBD products in helping to address anxiety and separation concerns, alleviate pain and inflammation, assist in exercise/injury recovery, and promote general well being for their 4-legged family members.  Dosing suggestions are provided on the packaging as well as on the website at www.trovecbd.com

In Summary

One of the primary purposes of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis or balance of the body's physiological systems.  Most of the time, in most mammals, the body can signal and receive on its own in an effort to maintain this balance.  However, an overabundance of stress (think “return-to-office” here) can deplete the body's own cannabinoids, resulting in an imbalance that can manifest as occasional anxiety, muscle tension, sleep disturbance, and more.  If the thought of the dreaded commute, leaving your pet, or the mere idea of returning to the office has you feeling a bit stressed, consider the full line of THC-free, hemp-derived Trove CBD wellness products for people and pets.  Supplementing with a high quality, hemp-derived CBD product may prove helpful as part of your overall lifestyle plan to address the stress and stay well.

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[1] Lutz, B et al.  The endocannabinoid system in guarding against fear, anxiety and stress, Nat Rev Neurosci. 2015;16(12): 705-718

[2] Hillard, CJ. Stress regulates endocannabinoid-CB1 receptor signaling. Seminars in immunology, 26(5), 2014, 380-388

[3] Bluet, RJ et al. Central anandamide deficiency predicts stress-induced anxiety: behavioral reversal through endocannabinoid augmentation. Translational Psychiatry (2014) vol 4, e408

[4] Bedse, Guarav et al. Therapeutic endocannabinoid augmentation for mood and anxiety disorders: comparative profiling of FAAH, MAGI, and dual inhibitors. Translational Psychiatry (2018) vol 8, 1 92

[5] https//:www.ncbi.nlm.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6161644/