There’s a lot of truth in this statement made by Charles Horace Mayo, one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic:
“Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system. I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt.”
Medically speaking, doubt and worrying are seen as components of anxiety and both can be brought on by a wide range of circumstances – most typically from serious health conditions or illnesses, traumatic events, uncomfortable social settings, and even just overworking. Lately, with people being busier than ever, dealing with just the problems found in day-to-day life can cause high levels of stress to build up and adversely affect one’s health.
Just How Seriously Does Stress and Not Relaxing Affect Your Health?
Without stress reduction and relaxation, you are subjected to increases in your blood pressure and heart rate – both things that can contribute to a decrease in blood flow to major muscles in your body. Decreased blood flow can then lead to increases in muscle tension further causing aches and pains across your whole body, headaches, and a lack of concentration. Due to the pain and inability to concentrate, the likelihood of a lack of proper emotional response creeps in. You may have poor control of frustration and anger, and you may even become more prone to depression. It’s easy to find yourself on a vicious cycle. As you deliberately try to relax but can’t, you can become more stressed and end up keeping your body cycling in a constant state of turmoil. This is what’s considered chronic stress.
Chronic stress, simply put, is when your body becomes physically accustomed to the constant lack of relaxation. Your body is made to have a “fight or flight” reaction to protect you from bad things and in situations that are perceived as being harmful, it will release stress hormones to help you out. The problem is that on a long-term basis your body can’t handle being in a perpetual state of panic. That’s because cortisol, one of the main stress hormones released, can wreak havoc with your body. Over time, chronic stress, in addition to the conditions already listed, can cause problems with your digestion, weaken your immune system, bring on further fatigue, result in weight gain, and kick off an imbalance in your endocannabinoid system – the one that helps you maintain a state of biological harmony in response to changes in the environment (homeostasis).
You Want to Let Go and Relax But…
Finding ways to relax and eliminate stress can include a myriad of things. You may have seen suggestions for meditating, doing yoga, spending time with a pet, getting in touch with nature by taking a walk, getting extra sleep, and more. While these are all good suggestions, sometimes any one of these can be difficult to achieve. These difficulties can be based on your surroundings, the time of day, or physical limitations. Maybe you’re stressed while at work. Obviously, you can’t just leave. Perhaps you’re overwrought dealing with your kids. Again, you can’t just remove yourself from the situation. Maybe your day has wrapped up but you can’t seem to readily “shut off” your brain when you go to bed. There are just too many things on your mind that you feel you need to get a grip on before the next day begins. Whatever the circumstance, the ability to calm down and relax may not seem readily available.
So…How Can You Easily Start to Chill Out?
Maybe it’s time to try using cannabidiol (CBD). A byproduct of the cannabis sativa plant (either from the marijuana or hemp species), CBD has been shown in some studies to be an effective part of treatments for anxiety relaxation. In your brain, there are two primary systems that get disrupted when stress levels are too high – serotonin and endocannabinoid. The brain’s serotonin system is responsible for the neural processing of anxiety. Frequent stress can cause the serotonin levels to get out of alignment – either too much or too little can have harsh consequences by not allowing your cortisol levels to remain relatively consistent. The endocannabinoid system regulation is also key. Disruption in this system leads to your not being able to properly process and forget fears brought on by uncomfortable circumstances.
Some studies have shown that both the serotonin and endocannabinoid systems are highly receptive to the effects of CBD. This interplay is beneficial because, according to the paper Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), CBD possesses a wide range of therapeutic properties including those that are “antipsychotic, analgesic, neuroprotective, anticonvulsant, antiemetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, and anti-neoplastic.”
Conveniently Using CBD to Help Yourself Relax
CBD is available in several forms: capsules, aerosols, drops that can be put on food or taken sublingually (placed under your tongue), and in ready-made edibles. It’s the edibles that produce some of the quickest effects in the easiest way as the cannabidiol works its way directly into your bloodstream. Products like gummies and chocolates can be carried with you any time, any place.
When you use CBD orally, you can typically expect the effects to be felt for up to five hours. This may vary depending on a couple of things including the last time you ate, your own body chemistry, and the dosage you are using. There is no standardization in dosages so it might take some experimentation to see what works to make you feel relaxed and how long the effects will last. It’s best to start with the lowest dosage suggested and work from there. It’s also usually recommended that doses should be taken no more than once every four to six hours.
Get Ready to Relax with Some CBD-Infused Chocolate Edibles
CBD can be found infused in lots of edibles, but one of the favorites is when it’s incorporated into chocolates. CBD chocolates are convenient to carry, easy to consume, and a delightful and luxurious way to get you on the road to relaxing. Swiss chocolate, one of the most popular and decadent types, is an all-time favorite and you can learn why so many people prefer it in our article A Short History of World-Renowned Swiss Chocolate. As an added bonus, studies show that people who consume either milk or dark chocolates show evidence of lower stress hormones. This suggests that when chocolate is combined with CBD, the potential of reducing your stress and creating a feeling of relaxation and well-being can be even greater for you.
At Difiori, we only use clean pure American grown hemp extract in our organic couverture Swiss chocolate to create our hand-crafted signature line of products. Our chocolates taste like nothing other than pure, smooth chocolatey goodness that helps you to break the cycle of anxiety, unwind, and relax as you indulge your senses.