The long-running joke is that stressed spelled backwards is simply dessert may garner a few laughs, but stress – and it’s twin gifts of anxiety and depression – have a major impact in our world.
While there’s no specific definition of stress, the American Institute of Stress breaks the causes of stress down into four catagories: acute, chronic, eustress and distress.[i]
Acute stress comes as our body prepares to defend itself. Often called flight or flight, it’s the body’s natural response to traumatic events. The AIS states when acute stress kicks in, it takes about 90 minutes for your metabolism to return to normal.
Chronic stress focus on stress found within our daily life. Often, the AIS states, this is the stress people try to ignore or push away. Chronic stress can have negative impacts on our health, especially when it comes to a healthy immune system.
Eustress and distress are the yin-and-yang of stress. While eustress focuses on the positive things which cause stress – think that long awaited promotion, pregnancy, marriage or even winning the lottery; distress comes in the form of negative aspects of daily life – financial problems, lay-offs, divorce or injury.
A 2017 study, by the American Psychological Association[ii] states the common sources for stress (all receiving more than 51 percent of the tally) includes:
Other studies[iii] by the APA state the top seven causes for stress include:
It’s no wonder many people say they live in a constant state of stress in their normal, daily life.
So what can be done? There are several holistic ways to combat stress and it’s gifts of anxiety and depression,[iv] including: exercise, mediation, relaxation exercises, journaling and time management.
Another holistic answer may be found in Cannabidiol (CBD) a derivative of the cannabis, or marijuana, plant.
CBD oil does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the substance which gives users a “high.”
Research from as late as 2015, shows the oil helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression.[v]
The study, reported in the Neurotheraputics journal indicate CBD can be used as a treatment for anxiety disorders at oral doses ranging from 300 to 600 mg, especially in those receiving treatment for Seasonal Anxiety Disorder.
So what works?
At Nature’s Arc Organics, we have several tinctures, gummies and nose sprays available as therapeutic treatments for anxiety.
Tinctures, such as the NAYSA 500mg-1000mg Full Spectrum Mint Tincture mixes high grade CBD oil with spearmint, is the liquid option available to users.
Tinctures allow patients to “self-medicate” as they drop the medicine under the tongue for absorption into the circulatory system.
The full spectrum mint tincture is designed to reduce vomiting and nausea, suppress muscle spasms, combat despondency, support heart health and promote relaxation and overall health.
Oral sprays, such as NAYSA Better Sleep Oral Spray 52.5mg CBD provide a way for almost immediate absorption into the bloodstream and then cells.
The Sleep Support Spray mixes CBD oil, with melatonin, valerian and other nutrients to promote a long and restful sleep. This product is designed to reduce anxiety by helping the user have healthy sleep cycle, which helps calm and relax the mind and body.
Gummies, such as NAYSA 20mg Gummies, provide users with a “sweet” way to combat anxiety.
The gummies may taste like candy, but they help the user fight anxious feelings and stress, and helps to improve a person’s mood.
Gummies may be taken throughout the day, as needed by the
user. The effects of the gummies are released over a longer-period of time as a
person’s digestive process takes place. Gummies are a perfect way to ingest CBD
oil for those who cannot take pills.