Social distancing guidelines have taken a toll on all of us, whether we’re quarantining alone or with family members. One of the worst parts of the coronavirus pandemic is that it forces us to be distanced from others, preventing us from reaching out to friends and family at a time when we need the most support. Could CBD help you cope with these moods and feelings?
While there’s been no studies conducted on the benefits of consuming CBD while in isolation, there have been several studies that suggest CBD can help you manage symptoms like stress, anxiety and depression, which are all symptoms that have been reported by people of different ages who’ve been following social distancing guidelines over the past couple of months.
There’s no straight answer when it comes to coping with the problems that social distancing produces and the stress that the pandemic has unleashed on our health and finances. What most experts are recommending is to equip yourself with tools that can help you deal with these situations better, from paying extra attention to what you eat to ensuring that you keep your body active and moving throughout your days.
If you still feel like you need more help when it comes to finding focus and managing your anxiety, meditation and calming techniques are very helpful, allowing you to refocus your perspective and to have the ability to choose to focus on the positive aspects of your situation over the bad.
As you’ve likely guessed, these habits can’t be picked up in a day; they take time and effort. CBD can help you access these skills more easily, interacting with your endocannabinoid system and progressively promoting calm and relaxation while reducing mild symptoms of stress and depression.
CBD oils and products produce a soothing effect, controlling recurring thoughts, anxious ideas and anxiety spirals. Clinical studies for CBD show that the compound provides powerful relief for different kinds of anxiety without the negative side effects that many medications produce. In one study, CBD diminished social anxiety in teens, and encouraged them to reach out for help, something that’s uncommon for teens that are coping with these kinds of issues.
When facing unprecedented situations, it’s common to experience a certain amount of stress and fear over the unknown. CBD is a good option to cope with these emotions, provided that they’re not significantly impairing your day to day life and functioning.
Maria Lopez is a contributing writer to The Fresh Toast. The Alaska Cannabist has partnered with The Fresh Toast, a lifestyle and entertainment platform featuring coverage of cannabis, culture, comedy, food, drink, edibles and more.