Chronic stress may not seem like a major risk to your health, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Chronic stress has been known to cause numerous life-threatening health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and depression.
And that means relieving pent up stress might not only improve your quality of life, it might actually save it.
The good news is, there’s an increasing amount of research showing that one oil is an extremely effective natural stress reliever. I’m talking about cannabidiol oil—better known as CBD.
Today I’ll explain how CBD safely works at calming stress and why you’ll never have to worry about any “mind-altering” side effects.
A “game-changer” solution for many different forms of stress
In recent years, Dr. Fred Pescatore has carefully reviewed the growing body of research on CBD and has become an advocate and prescriber of this unique oil.
In The Ultimate Stress-Relief Protocol—one of the newest OmniVista Health Learning protocols—he calls CBD a “game-changer” for naturally treating stress, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“And believe me,” he adds, “the science here is crystal clear: CBD could be the key to conquering many different forms of stress.”
But he’s quick to make the important distinction between CBD and medical marijuana, which contains a chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
Like CBD, THC is a cannabinoid—both are active phytochemicals in the marijuana plant. But CBD does not produce the “high” that comes with THC. And while THC can create unpleasant side effects like anxiety and paranoia, Dr. Pescatore points out that CBD actually appears to temper this effect.
In fact, CBD has been shown to have a positive influence on serotonin receptors—the so-called “feel good” receptors in the brain.
But Dr. Pescatore stresses that CBD produces this effect with none of the insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and mood swings that are often triggered by prescription drugs that target serotonin receptors to treat depression and anxiety.
A major breakthrough against a national crisis
To confirm CBD’s effectiveness at conquering stress, here’s just some of the compelling evidence cited by Dr. Pescatore:
- In a trial conducted with participants who had social anxiety, researchers found that a 400 mg dose of CBD oil significantly lowered levels of subjective anxiety compared to a placebo. And Dr. Pescatore adds, “Brain imaging backed this benefit up, with scans revealing changes in activity and blood flow in areas of the brain associated with anxious feelings.”
- In another social anxiety trial, researchers gave 24 patients 600 mg of CBD or a placebo 90 minutes before a simulated public speaking test. Results showed that pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, discomfort, and alertness levels.
- In a 2019 study, researchers gave 175 mg of CBD to 72 patients suffering from anxiety and poor sleep. After one month, nearly 80 percent of the participants had significantly lower anxiety scores, while over 66 percent reported improved sleep.
“For another group of people in particular,” Dr. Pescatore says, “access to CBD could prove life-changing.” He’s referring to people addicted to opioids and a remarkable trial that appeared in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Researchers divided more than 40 heroin users in recovery into three groups to receive either 800 mg of CBD daily, 400 mg, or no treatment for two weeks.
A full week after their last dose of CBD, subjects treated with either 400 mg or 800 mg experienced lower levels of cravings and anxiety than those who went without treatment. In addition, their physical stress responses were lower too.
In Dr. Pescatore’s view, this study indicates that CBD could provide a major breakthrough in the opioid crisis.
Choosing the best CBD for you
For anyone with a stress or anxiety issue—no matter if it’s mild or extreme—Dr. Pescatore believes CBD can make a big difference
He says, “If you want to explore treating your stress and anxiety with CBD, I have a staple recommendation for all of my patients. I generally recommend CBD from full-spectrum hemp. But dosage varies by person, so start low and slowly increase until you get the desired benefit.
“Also, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about CBD. Because in my view, it’s about time we have access to this versatile, natural solution to treat some of America’s most crippling ailments.”
According to a study conducted by the American Psychological Association, 77 percent of Americans—nearly 8 out of 10—experience stress that impacts their health. If you’re one among those millions dealing with any form of chronic stress and anxiety, The Ultimate Stress-Relief Protocol was created to help you find lasting relief and daily peace of mind.
“Cannabidiol (CBD)” WebMD, retrieved 6/8/20. (https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1439/cannabidiol-cbd)