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Reducing Stress & Easing Pain

Reducing Stress & Easing Pain »

Unfortunately, pain is often an inevitable part of life.  Pain is the signal that tells us that something is wrong in our bodies. Even though it is a natural response, pain can become more intense and persistent due to various factors.  Today, I’d like to focus on a major factor that might lead to pain exacerbation: STRESS!!

Understanding the connection between stress and pain can help us take proactive efforts to manage and alleviate pain. 

The Vicious Cycle of Stress and Pain

Stress, whether emotional, physical, or psychological in nature, can have a negative impact on the body and mind. While it is a natural reaction to stressful conditions, persistent stress can have a cascade of harmful consequences. One of the most troubling connections is the one between stress and pain amplification.

When we are stressed, our bodies release chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline to prepare us for the “fight or flight” reaction. When stress becomes chronic, though, these chemicals can impair our pain perception circuits. Stress, in essence, decreases the pain threshold, making us more susceptible to pain impulses.

Furthermore, continuous stress can cause muscular strain and inflammation, which adds to the discomfort. Muscle tightness can cause a feedback loop, causing even more stress and worsening the discomfort.Stress Management

To break the cycle of stress and pain amplification, stress management and mindfulness techniques are crucial. Engaging in activities that promote relaxation, such as deep breathing exercises, can help lower stress hormones, reduce muscle tension, and alleviate pain.

Beta Caryophyllene Reduces Pain AND Stress

From demanding work schedules to personal responsibilities, the pressures of everyday life can take a toll on both our mental and physical well-being. This is where Beta Caryophyllene (BCP) may play a crucial role in bring balance to your fast-paced life.  BCP can offer a natural yet effective solution to ease the effects of stress in our lives and hence, potentially reduce pain in the process.

As we have discussed previously, BCP is a terpene that interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our bodies.

The ECS plays a crucial role in maintaining balance and homeostasis, and it comprises receptors scattered throughout the body and brain. BCP directly binds to the CB2 receptors of the ECS, which are predominantly found in the immune system and the central nervous system. By doing so, it helps regulate the body’s response to stress and inflammation.

Research suggests that when BCP interacts with the CB2 receptors, it triggers a cascade of anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) responses. As a result, it may help alleviate feelings of stress and promote a sense of calmness and relaxation without inducing intoxication, making it a promising natural option for those seeking relief from stress without the side effects associated with certain medications.

For those dealing with chronic pain, BCP ‘s potential extends beyond stress reduction. Inflammation is often a significant contributor to pain, and this terpene’s ability to modulate the body’s inflammatory response is a key factor in its pain-relieving effects.

When BCP activates CB2 receptors, it prompts the release of endorphins, our body’s natural painkillers. Additionally, it dampens the release of pro-inflammatory molecules, thereby reducing inflammation and alleviating pain in a natural and non-addictive manner.

By targeting the ECS instead of opioid receptors, BCP presents a safer option for pain relief, without the risk of addiction or adverse side effects.

BCP ‘s unique ability to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system makes it a promising ally in our journey toward wellness.  While research on BCP is still ongoing, its potential benefits are becoming increasingly evident.

Conclusion

While pain is a natural part of life, understanding the factors that amplify it can lead to better pain management and improved overall well-being. By acknowledging the connection between stress and pain, we can take proactive steps to break the cycle and find relief. Prioritising stress management techniques and incorporating BCP into your daily routine can significantly impact our pain experience, allowing us to lead happier, healthier lives. Always consult with healthcare professionals for personalised advice on managing pain.

Remember, small steps can lead to significant improvements in our journey towards pain relief.

A reminder that you can quite safely take extra drops of Canna Oils BCP when feeling a bit stressed, and don’t forget to apply a few drops of your oil or a dab of your balm to areas of pain and inflammation topically for an added layering effect.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Disclaimer:  The information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice or personal research. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet, medications or lifestyle. Effects are provided as a guide only.  Statements have not been evaluated by the TGA.

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