Over the last few months, the emergence of the coronavirus has left a wake of both physical and emotional consequences on people around the world. Without warning, the daily lives have been impacted in ways that no one could have expected. With extended quarantines, social distancing, and a complete lockdown of populations in some cases, many people are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety as they face the unknown. Often other complicating factors accompany these personal challenges like difficulty sleeping, muscle tension, headaches and overall discomfort. These conditions can be debilitating as they relate to work performance and family life, not to mention managing personal health and happiness.
Modern practice openly recognizes the physical, mental and sociological impact of anxiety and pain. Most people experience these issues at some level. They may even consider these symptoms as just another degree of normal.
For many years now, effective prescription medications have been available to help people manage anxiety and stress. However, many of these medications can come with side effects like drowsiness and memory retention issues – less than desirable while at work or during critical activities.
As an effective alternative for people experiencing these types of psychological stressors, science is pointing more and more to cannabidiol or CBD. CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis. This plant boasts a rich history as a medicinal compound going back for thousands of years.
Today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested in clinical trials and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. Outcomes of this clinical research have demonstrated results that indicate CBD products are safe, non-addictive, and helpful to the body’s systems in a variety of ways including:
- Reducing stress and anxiety.
- Boosting cognition and mental focus.
- Reducing chronic pain.
- Improving sleep.
CBD is currently available across most states in the U.S. in a wide variety of strengths and delivery methods. Products can be found as oils, topical lotions, transdermal creams and beverages.
As a side note, the price of CBD products can be higher than traditional products on the market. Take the time to verify the quality of the product you are purchasing. Many companies market substandard CBD products. Be sure to select products that are Third Party Lab Certified and have a Certificate of Analysis validating the quality of the product. If not, look elsewhere! No one wants to purchase products that are ineffective or contain ingredients that could potentially produce undesirable results.
How to handle stressful circumstances, like the recent COVID-19 pandemic, varies from individual to individual. When you need help, there is absolutely no right or wrong way to react. The important thing is seeking a healthy approach for you. Have you considered giving CBD a try if you are feeling anxious or stressed, have difficulty sleeping, or experience muscle or joint pain? CBD could provide relief without any of the negative side effects associated with traditional, medicinal approaches.
Be healthy, and be happy!