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Call it what you like: stress, overwhelm, depression, anxiety …
The fact is, the profound and prolonged changes in our everyday lives brought about by COVID-19 are challenging most of us in ways we never dreamed possible.
Do you wake up in the morning dreading the day? Or in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep? Are you eating more, exercising less, losing patience with kids, coworkers, spouses, or even random strangers … is any of this sounding familiar?
There’s little doubt that everyone is stressed by the pandemic to a greater or lesser degree.
The good news is, the stress relief you need may be just an arm’s length away!
Here’s an article written by Molly, one of our own Patient Advisors, which explains just how some people have used cannabis to manage the symptoms you may be experiencing during this time of prolonged stress.
By Molly Muhs
Patients report using cannabis to help manage anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental and emotional health issues. If you’d like to try cannabis to help manage similar issues during these trying times, your best bets are products with low THC and high CBD.
High levels of THC can actually cause anxiety or increased heart rate in some patients – but just a small amount of THC can help to improve relaxation, sleep, and mood.
Here’s how …
Low serotonin levels are often associated with depression, as well as anxiety – both of which can worsen under stress.
CBD (one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis, another of which is THC) is believed to alter serotonin signals by interacting with human CB1 and CB2 receptors, which can lead to increased levels of serotonin in the body. And increased serotonin levels typically leads to improved moods and improved feelings of relaxation and calm.
When deciding the right product and dose for you, it’s recommended to have more CBD than THC for disorders such as anxiety and depression, then slowly increasing the amount of THC as you see fit.
Along with cannabinoids, cannabis plants also include terpenes – fragrant compounds found in all plants that give them their distinct scents. Linalool and limonene are common cannabis terpenes that seem to provide the most help for people seeking mental health support.
• Linalool, familiar to many as the scent of lavender, is traditionally a very calming scent.•
• Limonene, often found in the peels of citrus fruits, has been shown to have antidepressant effects in various clinicalstudies.
Some cannabis products such as flower, vape cartridges, or concentrates have prominent terpenes listed on the packaging, so it’s easy to pick out the ones with calming effects.
Since terpenes have a distinct smell, you may even be able to pick some out when smelling cannabis before you buy. Each person is affected by scents differently, so this is one area where it really is best to follow your nose!
For More Information:
Make an appointment at your nearest Compassionate Care By Design provisioning center. Whether you’re looking for temporary recreational use relief or a more prolonged way to manage today’s increased stresses, our Patient Advisors are happy to talk through your options and help you decide the type, dose, and product style that’s best for you.