Having another stressful day at work? Here are ways to deal with it, including use of CBD oil

by Michal Tomankiewicz

Anxiety and stress are common problems worldwide and work is considered to be one of the major causes. A recent annual survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) revealed that 61% of Americans are stressed about work.  Anxiety-related disorders already affect nearly 20% of the population. When work stress becomes chronic, it undermines your emotional and physical health.

The effect of workplace stress on our health

One of the major causes of workplace stress is working long hours in a demanding job for too little pay.  Another cause is work that is unchallenging and repetitive with few opportunities for growth. Conflicting demands, unclear expectations and relationship problems also cause workplace stress.

A stressful work environment is often responsible for health problems like headaches, indigestion, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems and a short temper. Over time, stress can lead to more serious health problems such as heart disease, obesity, depression and a weakened immune system.

When we experience excessive stress in the workplace, we often compound the problem by dealing with it in unhealthy ways. We may eat unhealthily, smoke cigarettes or abuse alcohol or drugs. Many people take medication to deal with anxiety and depression and these often have debilitating side effects such as apathy, feelings of sedation and lack of sex drive.

Some healthy ways to deal with work stress

Start by becoming more aware of what causes your workplace stress. Make notes about what makes you stress the most and how you react to it. This can be the beginning of finding healthier ways to deal with it.

Exercise is an important way to deal with stress, particularly if you spend all day sitting behind a computer. It can help to release all the tension that has built up during the day.

You have to have times when you ‘switch off’ from work and recharge. During this period, you should not even think about work. Don’t check your email, turn off your smartphone and focus on other activities unrelated to work

Meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises and a simple activity like walking can all help to bust stress.

It’s important to communicate with your superiors at work. Clarify what’s expected of you, talk about enriching your job to make it more meaningful and find out what resources are available to help you manage your stress. You can even ask about making changes to your physical space to make it more comfortable.

Using CBD to deal with work stress

A growing number of people are starting to consider the idea of using CBD to treat their anxiety, including the job-related stress. They see it as a natural solution that can be used with little to no side-effects, unlike some other medication. CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis but it is not psychoactive like THC.

Taking CBD-only oils do not pose any threat if you afraid of getting fired from work for drug use. THC use is not acceptable in the workplace because it is psychoactive. However, if you choose a reputable hemp oil product containing extremely low levels of THC, you do not have anything to worry about. You will not test positive for THC on a drug test when levels are that low.

Why does it work?

In the human body is a whole network of receptors, collectively called the Endocannabinoids system (ECS). These receptors are involved in a whole range of bodily processes including mood and pain regulation. The cannabinoids found in cannabis are able to activate these receptors. THC activates the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

CBD does not work on these receptors but on others also related to anxiety, pain perception and more.  CBD blocks the psychoactive effect of THC too which is why both compounds are often combined in products in varying ratios. However, CBD also has many positive results when used alone. Research has shown that it not only works on reducing anxiety but has many other benefits such as pain reduction and the ability to reduce the frequency and duration of migraines.

How to take it?

CBD oil can be used in many different ways.  Applying CBD oil sublingually (under the tongue) is a way to absorb it quickly into the bloodstream. This can be done discreetly and tinctures are popular because dosage can be measured easily and used consistently. Other people prefer to take capsules because they do not like the taste of the CBD oil.

Capsules also offer an accurate dosage method. CBD edibles are another possibility. These take longer to work but the effects may last longer as well.  Topical application of CBD is also an option and this may be helpful for workplace problems related to computer usage such as muscle tension.

When buying your CBD products, it’s important to look for quality. High quality products have higher bioavailability which means they are more potent. Many companies are offering inferior products that often do not contain the claimed quantity of CBD. Factors such as where the product is grown and the way in which is extracted is important in determining quality.

What is the right dosage?

When using CBD oils for workplace stress, you want to take an amount that enhances your performance instead of influencing it negatively in any way. Dosage varies considerably from one individual to another and different methods used to take it also produce varying effects.

It’s best to start with a minimal dose, take it several times throughout the day rather than in one big dose and observe the results. If you need to up the dosage, don’t overdo it. Stay on the same dosage for a few days before making a change. It takes time for CBD to build up in the body and have the necessary effect on the Endocannabinoids system.

While a small dose can be stimulating, a large dose may have the opposite effect.  It may take some time to find the right dosage and you will have to experiment carefully. By slowly increasing dosage, you should be able to find out what makes you feel calm, relaxed and alert at the same time.

It is always best to speak with a healthcare professional before taking CBD oil.  One of its side effects may be to make other pharmaceuticals more potent. If you want to wean yourself off other medications you are taking, this should be done under medical supervision.

Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3267552/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952654
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23948212