It is time to slow down and hemp is here to help
Stress has become a side effect of modern-day life. We find it in the workplace, at home, even during our commute between the two. Many of us have complacently accepted stress as simply an aspect of reality, but it shouldn’t be. In fact, the World Health Organization called stress “the health epidemic of the 21st century.”
Of a few things we are clear, our fast-paced lifestyles and long work-weeks are often the leading causes of the stress in our lives.
Most people don’t need to be convinced that a less stressful life is the way to a happier and healthier life. That said, we think its important to be cognizant of the science behind stress and its true repercussions in our overall wellness.
- Stress is a contributing factor to upwards of 90% of illnesses and diseases according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)
- As much as 75-90% of doctors visits are due to stress-related issues (JAOA)
- 83% of all deaths for adults between the age of 21 and 65 are related to lifestyle (CDC)
The empowerment in this statistic is that lifestyle is something we can change.
Often when we think about headaches, anxiety, acne or more serious conditions such as a compromised immune system or cardiovascular disease, our first thought is not stress. But studies show that taking preemptive stress-relieving measures could be imperative to decreasing our likelihood of acquiring any number of these and other health risks.
There are a lot of lifestyle changes that can support a healthy, stress-less life. Consistent exercise, yoga and mindfulness practices, and a balanced diet are all known to work together to significantly decrease stress levels and support mental clarity and productivity. A more recent addition to this anti-stress team is hemp extract supplements.
One of the most well-known potential benefits of hemp extract tinctures and supplements is relaxation.
The Science Behind Hemp and Relaxation
What many people don’t realize is that they are in a constant state of what is known as “fight or flight mode,” due to heightened levels of stress, without relief. In this state, our body stops normal functions that it does not deem necessary to remove us from an immediately dangerous situation, including healing, homeostasis, and building immunity. Part of this response is to prioritize oxygen to our extremities, cutting off necessary supply to vital organs and areas of the body responsible for the production of the white blood cells and other important immune functions.
The cannabinoid compounds in hemp extract are believed to interact with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) which among many other roles, may play a part in regulating our body’s stress response. The ECS is a system of neurotransmitters and their corresponding receptors that exist throughout the human body, and significantly in the central nervous and immune systems. Cannabinoids in hemp extract are believed to bind and in some cases block these receptors, directing communication to the body to more effectively use its own endocannabinoids to establish better levels of homeostasis or balance.
Through its relationship with the Endocannabinoid System, hemp extract may not only help regulate our stress response but also may be able to support and strengthen our immune system. Though further study is needed for conclusive results, studies have suggested a correlation between cannabis consumption and increased white blood cell count.
Though hemp extract can’t relieve the environmental stresses of everyday life, consistent consumption of the beneficial cannabinoids in hemp extract may help the body relax and alleviate its response to stress. When the body is able to step out of "fight or flight" mode and return to its normal state, it is better able to maintain the necessary balance and functions of our immune system. Which in both the short term and over time could have immense effects on our ability to fight disease, heal and live overall healthier, happier lives.
Holief strives to provide a trustworthy and thorough resource, to help you make a well-informed decision when it comes to choosing your source of hemp extract. Please note that it is always suggested that you consult your healthcare provider before incorporating any new supplements or treatments into your wellness routine.
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Our hemp-derived products are designed and tested by experts in our field to deliver trustworthy, accessible, natural relief and an effective alternative to ibuprofen or other pain relief medications.