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Whether you have children in diapers or asking to borrow the keys to your car, the demanding schedule and never-ending list of parental responsibilities can cause a considerable amount of stress, feelings that can leave you increasingly tense, irritable, and out of sorts. Yet, you might also feel, as many parents do, that prioritizing your own physical and emotional wellbeing is somehow selfish.
But it’s important to remember that you need to feel your best to give your best. If you’re far too familiar with the physical and emotional strain of parenthood, if your body aches, you’re losing sleep, or you just can’t seem to relax, you’re not alone. It’s been a particularly stressful year for parents. When you could use a little help calming the impact of stress but don’t have a lot of time to spare, consider some of the many ways CBD could help.
Today’s parents are far more aware of the physical and emotional consequences of elevated stress levels and how parental stress can affect their family.1 They’re also much more likely to favor natural, holistic treatments, herbal remedies, and natural supplements over pharmaceutical options than parents of generations past.2 The search for natural stress-busting solutions leads many parents with too many worries, too little time, and so much more to do, to the health and wellness potential of hemp-derived CBD.
CBD (cannabidiol) is the most abundant of the many potentially beneficial cannabinoids found in the flowers, stalks, and stems of the plant. Current research shows that this non-intoxicating plant element interacts with important receptors that help regulate nearly every critical process in the body, the receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Many parents are choosing hemp-derived products to help calm the impact of stress after learning how supporting ECS function with CBD has the potential to restore essential balance (homeostasis) to numerous functions impacting physical and emotional health.
Whether your stress levels are intensified by outside demands on your time, financial concerns, or something else entirely, admitting that you’re feeling the pressure of having a lot on your plate is nothing to feel bad about. A recent survey shows that 60% of US adults admit they are under consistent daily stress,3 those with and without children.
Based on an internal survey of nearly 2000 CBD users, adults of all ages are using our hemp-derived products for a wide range of health and wellness concerns. If you’re feeling the strain of parenthood, consider how CBD could help you manage the following signs of stress.
Sleep loss is both a cause and a symptom of stress. While an occasional night of too little sleep is unlikely to cause much harm, over time, sleep deprivation can have a considerable impact on your overall health and wellbeing. The hours of lost sleep that leave you feeling physically depleted, emotionally drained, and chronically unfocused today increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, anxiety, and depression in the future.4
While most parents with small children expect to be awakened at all hours of the night, parents with older kids also lose many hours of sleep rehashing events of the day, worrying about the “what ifs” of tomorrow, or trying to get comfortable. If parental concerns are keeping you awake, you might find it helpful to know that 89% of the CBD users responding to our survey report that CBD helps them sleep better.
When you feel like you’re being pulled in too many directions at once, you may be far too aware of the most common physical symptoms of parental stress, tight shoulders, frequent headaches, digestive disturbances, and sleep issues, just to name a few. Even when you realize you need some serious downtime, the stress hormones circulating through your system can make it increasingly difficult to relax and unwind.5
Based on the feedback of our survey respondents, CBD could be just what you need to help calm the impact of stress so you can spend more time enjoying your family. According to that same pool of CBD users, 73% prefer CBD over a glass of wine for relaxation, and 76% prefer using CBD over alcohol in general. You may also find it quite interesting that 82% of our respondents prefer CBD over meditation, and 79% over yoga, two well-known stress relievers.
Stress and anxiety are not the same, but unresolved stress is known to trigger anxiety symptoms. Since Your brain doesn’t differentiate between present, past, or future threats to your physical or emotional wellbeing, the reaction is the same whether you’re running late to meet the bus, remembering a particularly upsetting argument, or worried about something that might go wrong in the future.6
But even when elevated anxiety levels begin to cause persistent symptoms, many parents resist using prescription medications because of the high risk of side effects and chemical dependency.7 If the stresses of parenthood are causing you to feel unpleasantly nervous, tense, restless, or worried, you may be intrigued by the fact that 88% of our survey respondents report that CBD helps with mild or temporary anxiety, and 93% have never experienced a negative side effect.
Although you may thoroughly enjoy carrying your toddler when they run out of steam, trying to keep up with your agile teen on the court, or hiking the trails with your family, the physical demands of working, household chores, and making time for fun-filled afternoons with the family are real. Your aching back and tender muscles are signs that your body needs time to heal and repair.8
If the thought of having to postpone or miss out on another day of family fun because of your physically demanding lifestyle is causing your stress, consider, once again, the results of our 2019 survey. An impressive 84% of our respondents report that CBD helps with pain after physical activity, 88% tell us that CBD helps with activity-induced inflammation, and 9 out of 10 CBD users choose CBD over turmeric, a supplement often used by athletes for pain, stiffness, and inflammation.9
CBD is a safe, non-intoxicating cannabinoid that’s well tolerated by most people. Although our survey results reveal that adults of all ages are using hemp-derived CBD for better sleep, to feel more relaxed, and for stiffness, pain, and inflammation after physical activity, it’s important to know that the purity, potency, and overall quality of the product you select will have a huge impact on how well the cannabinoid might work for you. That’s why it’s so important to stick with a name you can trust, a reputable brand like CBDistillery®.
CBDistillery® is a respected industry leader with more than 2 million satisfied customers. Our high-quality, fairly priced products are sourced from naturally cultivated crops grown on American soil. We rely on the cleanest extraction methods in the industry, every product we offer is third-party tested to ensure purity and potency, and our company is US Hemp Authority™ certified.
If you’d like to know more about ECS function, the potential benefits of ECS support, or our selection of products, visit CBDistillery® to download The Ultimate CBD User Guide, the number one resource guide for CBD users. Once you’ve determined how CBD could help you manage the inevitable stresses of parenthood, the only thing left to do is find a product that appeals to you and try it. Most of our survey respondents report favorable results within 7-14 days of consistent use.
1. American Psychological Association. (2019 October 18) Managing Stress for a Healthy Family.
2. New York Post. SWNS (2019 December 09) More and More Americans Trading in Prescription Drugs for Natural Remedies.
3. LoudCloud Health. M Dobric. (2021 February 26) 39 Stress Statistic We Should Avoid Repeating in 2021.
4. Pharmacy and Therapeutics. S Worley. (2018 December) The Extraordinary Importance of Sleep.
5. Healthline. A Pietrangelo, S Watson. (2020 March 29) The Effects of Stress on Your Body.
6. Mindfulness and Clinical Psychology Solutions. (2020) Negative Thinking – What Your Poor Brain Doesn’t Know.
7. NIH. (2021) Mental Health Medications.
8. Healthline. G Olson. (2019 June 25_ What Is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) and What Can You Do About It?
9. WellSeek. M Radloff. (2019 May 04) Here’s How Turmeric Can Boost Recovery for Athletes.