CBD oil and stress management. Benefits and how to use cannabinoids in your teen, adult, and older years.
A study published in the National Library of Medicine found that early exposure to stress-inducing events can create changes in the brain that may affect one later in life.
Stress is a feeling that we must experience throughout our lives. It is inescapable, but there are ways to manage it.
From medical research and anecdotal evidence, we know that stress usually begins during the teenage years and peaks during the early to late thirties. Older adults have lower stress levels, here is why.
CBD and hemp extracts, according to the Child Mind Institute are generally safe for adults and minors, but there are some precautions.
If you are considering using CBD oil for stress management, you should know that researchers are unsure of the possible benefits or harms that come with early exposure to cannabinoids. Consequently, medical experts recommend the use of orally administered or inhaled cannabinoids after one turns twenty-one. Why?
At twenty-one, the brain has completed or is in the late stages of development. Meaning cannabinoids will not interfere with brain development.
In short, as you get older, cannabinoids, including CBD and THC, can keep your mind and body young.
How does stress affect people at different ages, and how to use CBD for stress management?
Below is everything you need to know.
Quick take: CBD for stress management.
- Stress is an emotion that can be negative or positive
- There are no federal age restrictions for purchasing hemp and CBD products.
- THC or marijuana remains a scheduled substance, and you may get into legal trouble for exposing the cannabinoid to minors.
- You may only administer or allow a minor to use CBD for stress management if state laws allow it.
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When was the last time someone said to you that you look older than you are?
Rude -I know, but they may have a point, and stress may be to blame.
As sentient beings, our stress reaction is not uniform. Some are better at handling it, and others crumble under pressure.
How you react to stress is dictated by your predispositions, past experiences, outlook on life, genetics, and your state of physical and mental health.
In theory, the older you get, the better you will be at handling stress, depression, and anxiety. These are inescapable aspects of growth and existence that require proper management.
Lack of stress management, regardless of age, can cause hair loss, pulmonary health issues, heart problems, and a wide variety of ailments.
For some, the teen years are the hardest. Left unchecked -teenage stress can escalate into treatment-resistant anxiety disorder.
Treatment-resistant anxiety disorder, as the name suggests, is anxiety that does not respond to therapy, antidepressants, or psychological treatment. It can be a phobia, panic disorder, social phobia, and so on.
A study published in the National Library of Medicine found that, quote:
“These findings suggest that CBD can reduce anxiety severity and has an adequate safety profile in young people with treatment-resistant anxiety disorders. Randomized controlled trials are needed to confirm the efficacy and longer-term safety of this compound.”
The results of the study were:
- At week twelve, a decrease in depressive symptoms.
- Improved functioning.
So, in theory, CBD oil works better than traditional stress and anxiety treatments during the teen years.
- CBD is not psychoactive nor habit-forming, meaning there is little to no risk of developing addiction or dependence.
- The side effects of CBD oil are mild and will not hinder learning, school, or socialization.
- Unlike antidepressants, CBD will not alter the brain or cause lifelong issues.
That said. This should not be interpreted as medical advice, and if you are a teen, include your parent and medical practitioner in decision-making.
How will stress make you look older than you are?
- Stress can exacerbate acne and slow healing.
- Stress-induced fatigue can make it difficult to carry out tasks.
- High-stress levels can accelerate biological aging. The changes that may occur include lack of appetite, lower energy levels, muscle loss, or skin damage.
Early adulthood is plagued with changes that can affect mental health. For many, it is the first time you are on your own.
Balancing rent, college, work, and having a social life can induce plenty of stress. Left unchecked, your stress levels may age your immune cells, according to one study.
What typically happens when you find yourself in a stress-inducing situation is that the brain has to choose between its fight and flight response. Physically, that will result in high blood pressure, increased adrenaline, faster breathing, and increased or reduced awareness of your environment. In social situations that may cause an overreaction, bad choices, missed opportunities, and broken relationships.
Telltale signs that you are highly stressed in young to late adulthood are:
- Getting sick too often is a consequence of stress induced immune dysfunction.
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain.
- Social isolation/ indulging in risky habits.
- Lack of proper hygiene.
- Cognitive difficulties such memory retention and problems concentrating.
- Mood swings.
Using CBD for stress management in your twenties and thirties is beneficial in that it can help manage the physical symptoms, including, breathing difficulties, increased blood pressure, pain and inflammation, and mood swings.
There is also evidence that CBD increases confidence and motivation in users.
In your teen years and early to late adulthood, you may couple regular CBD administration with:
- Identifying and making peace with your triggers. Some problems will have solutions, and some will not. Accept that.
- Exercise, eat, and do not dwell on negative thoughts.
- If you are going to use alcohol or other drugs, use them for fun or as a distraction, not a means of escape or coping.
- Find a hobby or an activity you enjoy outside your regular schedule
- Build a support system for your mental health.
With age, some get better at stress management, and some do not.
As you get older, chronic, or long-term stress will cause several issues, including headaches or migraines, gastrointestinal issues, high blood pressure, anxiety, irritability, and depression. Said symptoms may also be exacerbated by medication or an underlying health problem.
Consequently, if you are younger, now is the time to build positive coping mechanisms for stress.
According to mental health research, persons who experience traumatic events during their younger years and build unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcoholism or drug abuse have a higher risk of developing chronic stress in older age.
Additionally, if stress runs in the family, you are likely to develop stress in old age.
For seniors, the causes of stress include isolation, income changes, changes in mental health, pain, chronic conditions, and retirement.
For seniors, using CBD for stress management comes with the following added benefits:
- CBD is a powerful analgesic that can be ingested or used topically to relieve pain.
- Cannabidiol and hemp extracts exhibit multiple therapeutic and nutritional benefits and may thus contribute to good health.
- CBD, hemp, and cannabis extracts, unlike traditional medicines, including antidepressants do not cause dysphoria.
Stress is an inescapable aspect of being human. It can be positive i.e., pushing you towards a goal or positive outcome, or negative, impacting your mental and physical health.
Studies have established that through interactions with the endocannabinoid system, CBD oil can deliver several stress-reducing benefits, including pain relief. Additionally, CBD oil is a bronchodilator and vasodilator.
By opening airways and dilating veins, CBD oil can decrease the effects a stressor has on you.
To that end, you may:
- Inhale CBD and hemp extracts. While not safe for pulmonary health, inhalation or vaping hemp and cannabis products can relieve stress, depression, or anxiety symptoms almost instantly, and there is high bioavailability.
- Massage CBD oil to relieve tension and improve blood flow to calm the mind and body.
- Administer CBD oil sublingually if inhalation is not an option. Sublingual administration offers high bioavailability and is safe for pulmonary health.
You may also ingest CBD edibles for stress management.
If you have an underlying condition, consult with a physician before using CBD or other supplements. Additionally, the FDA does not recommend the use of cannabinoids while pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Berger M, Li E, Rice S, Davey CG, Ratheesh A, Adams S, Jackson H, Hetrick S, Parker A, Spelman T, Kevin R, McGregor IS, McGorry P, Amminger GP. Cannabidiol for Treatment-Resistant Anxiety Disorders in Young People: An Open-Label Trial. J Clin Psychiatry. 2022 Aug 3;83(5):21m14130. doi: 10.4088/JCP.21m14130. PMID: 35921510.