Dealing with stress has always been a part of life—and it’s no secret that stress levels have hit new highs in recent years. A 2020 “Stress in America” study conducted by the American Psychological Association noted that “Americans have been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the external factors Americans have listed in previous years as significant sources of stress remain present and problematic.” In other words, it’s one thing after another lately—and all this worry is taking a toll.
Feeling frequently stressed can have negative effects on both your mind and body (a fact which may seem obvious if you’re living it). When you’re stressed, you can become disorganized, distracted, irritable and forgetful, or experience recurring physical symptoms like headaches, digestive issues, loss of sleep and more. So what’s something simple you can do to ease the impact of stress on both your mind and body? Three letters: CBD.
How Can CBD Help with Stress?
In a word, science. CBD interacts with neuroreceptors in the brain to balance serotonin, as well as with your body’s endocannabinoid system to promote homeostasis, or balance. This naturally eases the negative impact of stress and can help you feel calmer and more like yourself.
When taking CBD for stress relief, it’s best to choose full-spectrum CBD, which is CBD that contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes and other compounds in the hemp plant (including a nonintoxicating amount of THC: <0.3%). Taking full-spectrum CBD increases your chances of experiencing the uber-beneficial entourage effect, which is why it’s all you’ll find in Verist products.
How Can I Add CBD to My Routine?
Below are three easy ways you can add CBD into your routine for simple, natural stress relief. Remember: CBD can take awhile to build up in your system, so if you don’t notice a difference right away, keep taking it on a regular basis and you should start to feel full effects at around two weeks. Our usage tracker is a great way to find your best dose.
Reset Mind and Body
You probably know that exercise lowers adrenaline and cortisol levels to aid in stress relief—and when you add CBD into the mix, you get even more relaxed. Try a simple stretching routine or yoga video followed by a few minutes of guided meditation, and when you’re finished, treat yourself by applying some of our restorative Reset Button CBD body butter. It’s a great way to treat any areas still experiencing pain or tension—and keep that zen feeling long after you’ve left your mat.
Sneak It Into a Snack
In the mood for a sweet snack? Trade your usual treat for one that’s sweet to you too. Adding CBD is a great way to infuse a dose of serenity into something that already brightens your day. While it can really be added to anything, CBD oil tends to be incorporated more easily into high-fat foods, such as this soothing smoothie recipe:
- ½ cup frozen berries or fruit of your choice
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (full fat)
- ½ banana
- 1 dropper Chill Vibes CBD oil
- ½ cup ice
- ¼ cup milk
Simply blend all ingredients together and enjoy! Bonus: edible CBD works faster than topical, so you may start feeling effects in 30 minutes or less.
Target Your Tension
Our bodies are full of pressure points that can be the key to relieving tension—especially when targeted with a CBD topical like our Magic Touch salve or Good Night body butter. The next time you’re winding down for bed, try putting a small amount of product on your fingertips and rubbing it between your eyebrows, using whatever level of pressure feels best to you. Next, apply the product to the area of your hand between your thumb and index finger. By targeting these pressure points during your nighttime routine, you can ease yourself into sleep and wake up feeling rejuvenated.
Get Relief Your Way
There are so many ways to use CBD to combat the stress of daily life—hopefully this post has inspired you to find the way that best fits you. And if you’re still unsure where to start, try our product recommendation quiz to get a personal Verist product recommendation in three easy questions.