By Celeste Hewitt.

Is stress making you want to run for the hills? Stress is something we all go through, but an overload of stress can impact your health and well-being.

The good news is that Cannabidiol (CBD) can help reduce stress and the symptoms that go along with it, such as muscle tightness, restlessness, exhaustion, and difficulty focusing1

With everything going on in the world, it’s no surprise that South Africans’ stress levels have risen by 56%2. While we can’t always change what’s happening in the world around us, we can change the way we react. 

What is stress?

Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand or challenge. We all experience stress differently and for some, any kind of demand or challenge can end up being stressful3.

Chronic, long-term stress can affect your health because the body never receives a clear signal to return to normal functioning. Some people may experience digestive issues, headaches, sleeplessness, sadness, anger, or irritability. Over time, continued stress may cause more serious health problems3.

Manage stress and stress-related symptoms

CBD works in synergy with the body’s endocannabinoid system, activating specific brain receptors as a result of their interaction4. It can be used to assist with the relief of symptoms associated with stress, without slowing psychomotor activity or altering mood. It is not psychoactive and is a potent antioxidant5.

ACDO CBD Stress provides therapeutic effects with 20 mg CBD isolate per dose6, which is the maximum daily dose that is legally allowed in South Africa7. And there’s more good news! ADCO CBD Stress is free from THC and sugar6, and each batch is laboratory tested and quality controlled to ensure that you get a consistent dose of CBD time!6

The MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) carrier oil with added vitamin E contained in ADCO CBD Stress drops is one of the best carrier oils to use because it is easy to digest and absorb. MCT is also a popular supplement additive because it has a long shelf life and does not need refrigeration8.

Other ways to ease stress

In addition to adding ADCO CBD Stress into your daily life, four other ways to reduce stress include:

1.      Get moving:  Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your mood and distract you from daily worries3.

2.      Practice mindfulness: Recognise the signs of your body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, a short-temper, feeling down, and having low energy. Explore relaxation or wellness programmes, which may incorporate meditation, muscle relaxation, or breathing exercises. Schedule regular times for these and other healthy and relaxing activities3.

3.      Eat a balanced diet: Nutrition and mental wellbeing are interlinked9.  Healthy eating patterns are associated with better mental health and the effects of certain foods may play a role in the relationships between food and your mood.9  Healthy, nutritious diets may provide benefits beyond the well-known effects on physical health, including improved psychological wellbeing.9he Adcock Ingram range of CBD products, available from the online store, include the ADCO CBD PAIN1 range, ADCO CBD STRESS2 range and the ADCO CBD DAILY3 range.

4.      Get enough sleep: A lack of sleep can exasperate stress and have a wide range of health consequences, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity10. Experts recommend that people should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep a night10, depending on their age and other factors.

5. Meditation and breathing: Breathing correctly can instantly shift the state of your mind. Anxiety, worry, stress, and negative thinking are often underpinned by fear. Fear is an emotion and any emotion cannot exist without a sensation and a change in your breathing pattern. All  you have to do is address the sensation of fear by changing your breathing pattern.

 If you are suffering from symptoms associated with stress, talk to your health care provider or a health care professional. Effective treatments can help if stress is affecting your life adversely.

Trusted, reliable, reputable ADCO CBD products are available from the ADCO CBD online store – as well as independent pharmacies and selected Clicks and Dis-Chem stores.  For more information visit: and join the conversations on Facebook and  Instagram. #ADCOCBD #onlineshopping #healthandwellness #lifestyle #sleep #relax

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6.       ADCO CBD Stress. Professional information leaflet. 25 November 2019.

7.       Department of Health, Government Gazette. Regulation Gazette No. 11118; 22 May 2020. Amendments.

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