Stress and anxiety affect everyone in our society. We can all feel the effects of our fast-paced, hyperconnected lifestyle take a toll on everything from our physical to our mental health. However, women who are mothers often confront unreasonable expectations when faced with raising their children, juggling multiple schedules, personal commitments and holding down a job. These pressures are often overwhelming, and habitually lead to exhaustion and in some cases, anxiety and/or panic disorders.
In and of itself, anxiety is a natural and critical response to any dangers posed to our welfare, helping us recognize threats in a timely way so we can find a way to deal with the issues surrounding them appropriately. However, let’s be real, it is not that easy to manage all of the anxieties that can plague us in our modern lifestyle.
It is not uncommon for some moms to turn to anti-anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax or Valium), or end up consuming alcohol to cope with the weight of it all, but this can make it dangerous to function as a parent. With the benefits of cannabis being in the limelight as legalization becomes widespread, women are turning to marijuana as a safer option. There is an open dialogue happening now surrounding cannabis, and it is becoming destigmatized as more education surrounding its benefits are legitimized. According to a survey from Eaze, a cannabis technology company, research shows that 1 in 5 marijuana users are actually, parents.
Cannabis is available in a variety of forms, from traditional smoking to tinctures, edibles, patches, mouth sprays and oils. It is still considered preferable to derive any medicinal benefits from the whole plant than it is from an isolated compound within it, as it is believed that there is a synergy when THC, CBD, other cannabinoids and the terpenes work together, this is known as the "entourage effect." There are over 80 cannabinoids in cannabis and each compound has a distinct outcome. CBD is just one of them, and it has a non-psychotropic effect, yet has a calming effect. CBD is rising in popularity mostly because it seems to provide a natural protection against the marijuana high.
When it comes to medical treatment, it is also been shown to be anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-nauseate and anti-epileptic, some research even suggests it may have some success in reducing cancerous tumors because of its powerful antioxidant effect. It is little known to mainstream society at this point, but CBD oil is also used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, Crohn’s disease and even schizophrenia. On the less extreme side, CBD functions as a sleep aid, muscle relaxant and a sedative, which is likely what appeals to mothers who use CBD oils.
CBD is known to be non habit-forming so it stands to reason that it would pose relatively low risk as compared to most pharmaceutical drugs that may be prescribed for anxiety, stress and/or insomnia, which can often be so risky in their potentially addictive components and cause terrible side effects.
The reality is, moms everywhere are embracing CBD oil in order to cope and reduce their anxiety levels and/or decrease issues such as migraines and insomnia. It is time to support the research and data surrounding CBD oil and understand the benefits of its natural therapeutic qualities. Let’s face it, when moms are happy, the world is a better place!