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The Busy Mom's Guide to Managing Stress Naturally with CBD

Written By Ellese Symons Jun 26th 2024
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Today's busy moms tend to prioritize everyone's needs but their own. The endless whirlwind of daily activities, responsibilities, and worries are taking their toll. A recent poll suggests mothers are significantly more likely than fathers to feel stressed all or most of the time.1

As stress levels rise and sleep quality declines, moms often feel too fatigued, overwhelmed, or distracted to prioritize their need for stress relief. If you can relate – maybe it's time to consider adding CBD to your daily routine. Once you know what CBD is and what it does, it's easy to understand why the cannabinoid could be just what you need to help manage stress naturally. 

How Unresolved Stress Can Impact Your Health and Well-Being  

As a busy mom, you know first-hand how stress can derail your thought processes and leave you feeling irritable, impatient, or short-tempered. You don't feel like your best self. Regardless of the cause of your distress, your body will remain in a state of high alert until receiving signals from your brain that the stress-inducing crisis has passed. But there's a catch. 

The longer your system is impacted, the longer it takes for your hormone levels to balance.2 When your body doesn't have enough time to recover between stressors, your cortisol and adrenaline levels remain elevated, which can lead to headaches, sleeplessness, weight gain, anxiety, and depression. The long-term effects are linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, metabolic dysfunction, and more.3 

CBD 101: What Stressed Moms Need to Know  

CBD (cannabidiol) is a plant-sourced cannabinoid, an active plant element shown to interact with more than 65 molecular targets, including the receptors of your serotonin, GABA, and dopamine systems.4 Although GABA, dopamine, and serotonin all play a vital role in mitigating and managing the impact of stress,5 most sources credit CBD's interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) receptors for the cannabinoid's impressive list of possible benefits for busy moms.   

The interaction between the ECS messengers and receptors helps regulate nearly every crucial function in the human body, everything from your mood, emotions, and stress responses to muscle function, sleep cycle regulation, and the perception of pain and pleasure.6 Cannabis experts believe supporting ECS function with CBD helps promote essential balance (homeostasis),7 an effect most often used to explain the cannabinoid's considerable health and wellness potential. 

Exploring CBD's Range of Possible Benefits for Stress Management  

Based on a 2019 CBDistillery® survey of 1,900 customers, most CBD users report positive results using their favorite products for pain, stiffness, and inflammation after physical activity, better sleep, mild or temporary anxiety, and relaxation. An impressive 9 out of 10 respondents told us that CBD helps calm their minds, 89% said they prefer the effects of CBD over yoga, and 76% prefer CBD over alcohol for relaxation. Their testimonies and observations are backed by scientific evidence. 

Although most of the research investigating CBD's possible benefits for stress management is based on lab reports and small-scale trials, the story told in print is quite compelling. During a 2019 study, for example, researchers credited the improved sleep scores of 103 participants to the cannabinoid's "calming" effect.8 A controlled study conducted in 2011 reflected similar results. Participants given CBD before a simulated public speaking event reported less physical discomfort, less stress-induced cognitive impairment, and less anxiety than the study's control groups.9 

Purchasing CBD: Important Information for First-Time Shoppers  

When calming your mind and easing tension with CBD makes its way to the top of your to-do list, it's best to choose a product that suits your busy lifestyle. The quality of the product you select, however, is far more important than its form or flavor. Since hemp is well-known for pulling toxins from the soil as it grows, it's absolutely essential to stick with products that have been third-party batch-tested for heavy metals, pesticides, extraction residue, mold, mildew, and bacteria.   

Whether you're shopping locally or ordering online, don't purchase anything without verifying every manufacturer claim of third-party testing. For that, you need access to a Certificate of Analysis (COA). Although most CBD brands label their products as third-party tested, only about 13% batch test at least 90%.10 After confirming that you've found high-quality, third-party tested CBD, look for products made with the type of extract you want to try. There are three. 

Full Spectrum  

Full Spectrum products deliver hemp's many additional minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and other phytonutrients in the same ratios found in nature, including a small amount of THC. The CBD to THC ratio largely helps you avoid intoxication, and the combined impact of the full array of cannabinoids and terpenes contributes to the potency-maximizing "entourage" effect cannabis is known for.11   

Broad Spectrum  

Broad Spectrum products give you many of the same additional cannabinoids and terpenes as full spectrum. The THC, however, is reduced to non-detectable levels. Although broad spectrum products have the cannabinoids and terpenes needed for an entourage effect, some (not all) CBD users feel that removing the Delta-9 THC diminishes its impact.12  

CBD Isolate 

CBD isolate powder is odorless, flavorless, and has 0% THC. While products made with refined CBD powder don't have the cannabinoids and terpenes needed to initiate an entourage effect, that's no reason not to try one. Researchers publishing a 2020 report specified that most of the data used in their analysis reflected the impact of the "pure form" of CBD.13 

Ideal Delivery Methods: Selecting the CBD Product That's Right for You  

Most moms find that narrowing their search parameters by the type of hemp extract they want to try makes shopping a lot easier. Of course, so does finding a trustworthy, reputable brand. Moms choosing the stress-relieving potential of CBDistillery® products know they can shop with confidence. Our rigorously tested, quality-assured CBD products are reasonably priced, made with 100% clean ingredients, and backed by a no-hassle satisfaction guarantee. Many busy moms find the following selection of CBDistillery® CBD products ideal for managing the impact of stress. 

CBDistillery® CBD Oil Tinctures  

Full spectrum, broad spectrum, and 0% THC CBD isolate CBDistillery® ahhh distilled CBD Oil Tinctures are made with our premium hemp extract and fractionated coconut oil (MCT oil). The carrier oil helps ensure maximum bioavailability. To consume, just hold a serving beneath your tongue for 45-60 seconds, then swallow. The bulbed dropper makes serving size adjustments easy. 

CBDistillery® CBD Gummies   

CBD gummies are popular with busy moms who value convenience, portability, and flavor. CBDistillery® ahhh distilled Full Spectrum Gummies have just the right amount of natural strawberry flavor to complement the terpene profile of our extract. Our CBDistillery® ahhh distilled Broad Spectrum Anytime Gummies have a delicious tropical flavor. You get 30 gummies in every jar. 

CBDistillery® CBD Softgels  

Like CBD Gummies, CBD softgels deliver a precise, pre-measured amount of CBD in every serving. CBDistillery® ahhh distilled Full Spectrum Softgels and CBDistillery® ahhh distilled Broad Spectrum Softgels deliver 30mg of CBD encased in an easy-to-swallow gelatin shell. They're available in 30 and 60-count bottles. Softgels are just as convenient and portable as gummies but sugar-free.   

CBDistillery® CBD Topicals  

CBD topicals are made for highly targeted relief where you need it most. For best results, apply CBDistillery® oooh distilled 500mg CBD Balm or CBDistillery® oooh distilled 1000mg Isolate Relief Stick liberally to clean, dry skin. They can be used on their own or to complement the stress-busting potential of our tinctures, softgels, and gummies. 

Could CBD Be Your Key to Natural Stress Management?  

The cannabinoid-rich oil extracted from hemp flower is used to make an impressive selection of CBD products. Although CBD tinctures, topicals, softgels, and gummies are generally well-tolerated and safe for most people, they're not ideal for every busy mom looking for a natural way to manage stress. Cannabinoids can interact with several OTC and prescription medications and should be avoided by people diagnosed with certain conditions. If you have questions or concerns, consult your physician. 

If you're intrigued by what you have learned so far but not quite sure where to begin, consider taking our CBD Product Quiz or requesting a personal consultation. Based on the feedback of our 1,900 survey respondents, most CBD users report achieving positive results within 7-14 days of consistent use. 

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