Stress is as old as time. And it was a good thing back in the day when stress from physical dangers—like a saber-toothed tiger—set off what’s known as the “fight or flight” response. The resulting flood of stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, helped humans defend themselves or flee from danger, which was essential for their preservation and evolution.
Flash forward a few eons and stress has morphed into something else entirely. Our modern-day world comes with social, economic, and environmental stresses (among others) that seem constant and growing. But rather than shoring us up for survival, this unrelenting stress can be exhausting for both body and mind.
Can Relaxation Be Found Using CBD for Stress?
There are many solid steps you can take to help limit the impact of stress in your life. Eating a wholesome balanced diet. Getting good sleep and plenty of exercise. Making time and space for relaxation and mindfulness. These are all healthy lifestyle foundations that can work wonders to ease stress.
Another treasure more and more people are exploring is the potential of CBD for stress. Why? Because CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system to support balance in both mind and body. And it’s an excellent support for everyday wellness. Growing numbers of CBD devotees have experienced this welcome sense of “ahhhhh.”
But there are some new ways CBD can help with stress that you should also consider. From functional CBD formulas to CBD oils for massage and more, here are some innovative ways to step up CBD’s role in your stress-busting arsenal…
1. Functional CBD for Stress
“Functional CBD” is a term we use to describe CBD combined with other science-backed ingredients for targeted support in top lifestyle areas, like stress, sleep, and energy.
We’re passionate about this “fusion” concept at HempFusion (so much so that it’s part of our name!) It all starts with our exclusive, broad-spectrum hemp. We use premium quality, DNA-verified, organic-certified heirloom hemp, which is farmed without the use of pesticides, herbicides or GMOs. Then we take the hemp through our meticulous, state-of-the-art C02 extraction process that is low-heat, solvent-free, and slower than most in the industry. Sounds impressive, right? But what exactly does all this mean for you?
The result of our careful “soil to oil” practices is an exceptionally diverse, high-quality CBD extract with so much more than just CBD. You also get other health-supporting hemp constituents, such as minor cannabinoids, cannaflavins, terpenes, and omega fatty acids. We keep these many incredible plant compounds as close to their original state as possible so they can work together to bring you a robust mind- and body-balancing experience known as “The Entourage Effect.”
This balancing benefit can certainly help you deal with daily stressors. But our functional formula—Stress Support—takes it a step further with the addition of ashwagandha. It’s a powerful herb and well known adaptogen, meaning it can help your body adapt and respond to stress in a balanced way. And we use 125 mg of Sensoril® ashwagandha, a patented, clinically-studied form. So, if you’re looking for new plant-powered ways to take on stress, check out this functional CBD formula.
2. CBD Oil Massage
Another out of the ordinary way to use CBD to bring on a balanced sense of calm is incorporating it into the practice of massage.
It’s no secret that body massage can have impressive mental and physical payoffs. That’s probably why it tops the list of self-care and resort getaway activities. Researchers believe that the pressure used on the skin during massage helps release muscle and fascia tightness, encourages movement in the lymph system, and calms the nervous system. This, in turn, can lead to other physiological benefits, like decreases in heart rate and blood pressure.
Another potential benefit of a cbd oil massage is the potential for getting a good night’s sleep, as is common on the day one receives any type of body massage.
But how does CBD fit into the stress-relieving massage suggestion? Two ways, really.
1. Taking CBD orally ahead of a massage to support relaxation
2. Using CBD oil in massage lotion or oil so that the cbd massage oil can moisturize your skin
The second way to enjoy a CBD oil massage, adding CBD oil to the massage oils you use, is growing in popularity. Massage oils help reduce friction for a smoother tactile experience during massage. Popular choices are jojoba oil, almond oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil and rose hip seed oil. Many massage oils recommended specifically for stress have a soothing aroma as well, like lavender, chamomile, orange, sandalwood, lemon, bergamot, and rose.
In addition to their appealing scent and feel, cbd oil massages aid the soothing, hydrating, and nourishing your skin. And adding CBD to your massage oil doubles up on these skin-loving benefits. Our HempFusion CBD tinctures are the perfect choice to use with your massage oil because they’re easy to add and mix in, and they’re rich in hemp-derived oils with moisturizing omegas and skin revitalizing compounds. (And if you like an invigorating citrus scent in your CBD oil massage, try our new Citrus Flavored CBD tincture!)
Pain-Relief Topicals Infused with Skin-Soothing CBD
A third not-so-conventional way people are using hemp oil is in topical products that include specific pain-relieving ingredients like menthol.
Stress and pain are part of a two-way street. Pain is a source of physical stress. It can limit your activities during the day and your quality of sleep at night, which compounds the stress you experience. And in the other direction, stress can cause painful muscle tightness.
Our innovative pain relief creams and balms bring you validated pain-quelling ingredients, made gentle for your skin by being combined with skin-moisturizing hemp oil extract.
Our proprietary hemp oil with skin-nourishing omega’s, CBD, and botanical terpenes support skin health, while Menthol is offered in research-based amounts to provide temporary muscle and joint pain relief. Strains? Sprains? Bruises? Exercise-induced discomfort? They’re all fair game for these topicals. And the active ingredient Menthol can even take on pesky backaches and arthritis pain.
Outside-the-Box Ways CBD Can Help with Stress
Regular CBD tinctures, capsules, and gummies are all great options for bringing on mind and body balance and finding relaxation. But there are other innovative ways that CBD can help you wind down after a hard day. Whether you set out to try functional CBD for stress with added ashwagandha, CBD tinctures mixed into massage oils, and or HempFusion’s pain-relief topicals to help tackle the aches and pains stressing you out, we hope you get to try one of these fun CBD for stress options.