CBD may profoundly impact parents' ability to care for themselves and their families by providing much-needed relaxation from the stresses of modern life.
While being a parent has many benefits, the stress of caring for a child and meeting their daily needs can take its toll on a person physically and mentally. Constant anxiety can negatively affect mental health and physical well-being. Over time, it can hurt patience, resilience, mental acuity, and health. CBD is one of several strategies to help relax, refocus, and enhance the quality of life. More health products incorporate CBD because of its calming effects since its legal introduction to the market.
What Is CBD
CBD (cannabidiol) is the non-psychoactive equivalent to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Both are examples of the more than one hundred cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Hemp's principal cannabinoid, CBD, is the antidote to THC's dominant role in Cannabis Sativa. The ECS controls and regulates fundamental processes, including sleep, food, body temperature, immunity, memory, and emotion, to keep the body in homeostatic balance.
CBD provides all of cannabis' therapeutic benefits without the intoxicating high caused by THC; therefore, it is widely regarded as the more socially appropriate plant form. This is essential for parents who understand that stress reduction shouldn't compromise their sanity. CBD can be a safe, natural alternative to sedatives, tranquilizers, and pain relievers.
Benefits of CBD
Faster Anxiety Relief and Decreased Stress
Negative emotions, such as worry and anxiety, can erode a person's ability to nurture, and stress adversely affects physical well-being and the ability to develop meaningful relationships with others. One possible natural remedy for stress and anxiety is cannabidiol, which can help relax, focus, and participate fully in life. According to Blessing et al. (2015), trends in scientific literature and consumer behavior point to the possibility that CBD can help reduce stress and anxious feelings. According to Turna et al. (2020), consumers of CBD reported fewer panic attacks, mood swings, and irritation episodes.
Eases Pain and Inflammation
Painful muscles and joints can make it challenging to keep up with active children. Discomfort in the body might delay plans for enjoyable family activities and make it challenging to fulfill regular chores. Pain and inflammation can be reduced, and overall body relaxation can be aided, thanks to CBD's therapeutic effects. According to Baron et al. (2018), cannabidiol has shown promise as a natural, non-addictive pain treatment that could replace opioids and other pharmaceuticals with fewer adverse effects. Paul et al. (2020) suggested that the therapeutic effects of CBD may help one feel better faster, allowing one to get back to what's most important in life more quickly.
Increasing the Quality Of Sleep
Insufficient sleep is a common problem for new parents. Peltz et al. (2020) discovered that although 68% of respondents obtained 7 hours or more of sleep per night before having children, only 10% did so after becoming parents. Sleep deprivation poses several difficulties for caregivers in addition to the threats to health that it poses. The effects of fatigue on cognition, memory, mood and attention span are well-documented. Rather than risking their health with the potentially dangerous side effects of over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids, many parents are turning to CBD for its calming benefits.
It's not uncommon for new parents to experience a bout of brain fog due to the stress and exhaustion of caring for a child. Poor recall and inability to focus are common symptoms. According to Datche (2015), CBD can help with these issues while boosting motivation, concentration, and brainpower.
Does CBD Work
There is proof that CBD is effective for some disorders, but not for the wide range of ailments it is being marketed to today. For instance, there is no proof that cannabidiol (CBD) treats cancer, and there is limited evidence that CBD helps treat sleep difficulties, fibromyalgia pain, and muscle spasms.
People claim that oral CBD helps ease discomfort and anxiety and improves sleep. However, it may not be accurate for many other CBD brands, especially those applied to the skin. It's challenging to determine if any of these have therapeutic significance since they haven't been appropriately evaluated.
Unpredictability in CBD concentration is an issue with many products. Most don't provide third-party verification of their effective ingredients; therefore, they might have very little or more of the claimed ingredient than is present.
CBD is absorbed in the body. The amount of CBD that reaches the brain from any specific product is primarily of an unknown quantity. Vaping, oral consumption, and ingesting baked foods all result in varying delivery rates.
Products may contain potentially dangerous ingredients. In some states, CBD products are not required to undergo laboratory testing to reveal information about their CBD, THC, and contaminant content. Verifying the product's safety is more difficult without a Certification of Analysis.
While CBD alone may be harmless, it could potentially interact with other medications if they are processed in the liver.
While it has the potential to improve sleep, doctors warn that if it is used for that purpose, one may get accustomed to CBD and might experience worsened sleep issues if discontinued.
The usage of CBD is still relatively novel; therefore, few people have experience with dosing. It is challenging to know the quantity to ingest. The doses administered in a clinical setting may differ significantly from those offered in a coffee shop.
It is unclear whether or not CBD and other cannabis products are legal in all jurisdictions. Although cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from hemp is allowed on a federal level, CBD from marijuana plants is not and is prohibited in all but a handful of states.
Being a parent can be stressful. In contrast to anti-anxiety drugs provided by a physician, CBD does not require a prescription and is not challenging to locate. One can get it from local pharmacies, health food and health stores, online, and in certain states at cannabis dispensaries that are legally allowed to sell the substance. CBD can be found in various products with varying concentrations and uses. These include CBD oil, oil-filled capsules, gummy candies, and sparkling water. Be sure to understand the product purchased by conducting prior research and reading labeling.
Baron, E., Lucas, P., Eades, J., & Hogue, O. (2018). Patterns Of Medicinal Cannabis Use, Strain Analysis, And Substitution Effect Among Patients With Migraine, Headache, Arthritis, And Chronic Pain In A Medicinal Cannabis Cohort. The Journal Of Headache And Pain, 19(1).
Blessing, E., Steenkamp, M., Manzanares, J., & Marmar, C. (2015). Cannabidiol As A Potential Treatment For Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics, 12(4), 825-836.
Datche, E. A. (2015). Influence Of Transformational Leadership On Organizational Performance Of State Corporations In Kenya (Doctoral Dissertation, JKUAT).
Paul, B., Thulien, M., Knight, R., Milloy, M. J., Howard, B., Nelson, S., & Fast, D. (2020). "Something That Works": Cannabis Use Among Young People In The Context Of Street Entrenchment. Plos One, 15(7), E0236243.
Peltz, J., Daks, J., & Rogge, R. (2020). Mediators Of The Association Between COVID-19-Related Stressors And Parents' Psychological Flexibility And Inflexibility: The Roles Of Perceived Sleep Quality And Energy. Journal Of Contextual Behavioral Science, 17, 168-176.
Turna, J., Balodis, I., Munn, C., Van Ameringen, M., Busse, J., & Mackillop, J. (2020). Overlapping Patterns Of Recreational And Medical Cannabis Use In A Large Community Sample Of Cannabis Users. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 102, 152188.