Stress, Anxiety and CBD – Alexandria Living Magazine

During these uncertain times and as we take steps to move forward in our new normal, we know that it’s more important than ever to manage our stress and anxiety, to get quality sleep, and find meaningful ways to create a sense of calm. 

Calm is what we do at Your CBD Store Alexandria, and right now, I hope it’s a small way I can help my community. Managing stress or unwinding from a hectic day is one of the reasons so many people are turning to high-quality organic CBD.  Many of our customers are seeking alternatives to pharmaceuticals with harsh side effects, and CBD is more in synch with our bodies’ natural processes. 

Let me take a moment to explain exactly what CBD is and how it works with in our bodies. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound extracted from the hemp plant. CBD products do not get you high. CBD interacts in our body through our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Researchers know that this system plays a role in major bodily functions like mood, sleep, memory, appetite and digestion.

The ECS has 3 parts: receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids, all of which exist and function whether an individual consumes CBD or not. Taking CBD is like adding a catalyst to the system, it helps the process function more effectively. 

So what does all this mean? When someone takes CBD, it enters the body and is absorbed by the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Those enzymes metabolize the CBD and then the broken-down CBD activates the receptors. The activated receptors produce symptom relief. 

So how exactly does CBD help with anxiety?

While more research still needs to be conducted about the mechanisms behind CBD’s anxiolytic effect, we do know it has a lot to do with our serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is found in the brain.  CBD stimulates our serotonin receptors and helps to retain serotonin levels to regulate our mood. 

Another great benefit many CBD users report is better quality of sleep. According to Harvard Medical School, more than 50 percent of adult patients with generalized anxiety disorder struggle to get quality sleep. Since our endocannabinoid system regulates things like sleep and mood, adding additional cannabinoids into our body can aid in a better night’s sleep and decreased anxiety. 

CBD can fit into any lifestyle, making it a great addition to your daily routine. Here are some of my favorite self-care tips and special picks for recharging and creating calm in your daily space. Our daytime SunMed CBG citrus tincture has uplifting and invigorating effects. It is made with an extract dominant in Cannabigerol (CBG) with CBD as a secondary component. The addition of lime and orange essential oils helps promote alertness and focus, also acting as natural flavoring. 

You can enhance your self-care routine by setting aside 30 minutes to soak in a soothing bath with a good book and a SunMed CBD bath bomb. It can boost your spirits and also provide a rewarding experience to look forward to, which can be a major motivator when powering through a tough day. Add a moisturizing face mask and finish pampering your skin with our 150mg CBD collagen cream. It’s a treat! 

Before bed, include SunMed CBDplus — our specially formulated CBD nighttime tincture to fall asleep quicker and feel more refreshed when you wake up. It’s an extract that is rich in minor cannabinoid Cannabinol (CBN). Being oil-based allows for the delivery of this brilliant blend of extracts and essential oils in a sustained manner. 

Come see me and our amazing staff at Your CBD Store Alexandria to ask questions and explore many more of our SunMed CBD products. CBD is a great tool for easing stress and anxiety, however it’s important to remember that it is not an all-encompassing fix. It is best used in conjunction with other measures to maintain overall health, including nutrition and exercise, among other things that can benefit our wellbeing.

— Shells Karle, Owner, Your CBD Store Alexandria

The above is not medical advice. Please consult your doctor for more information. Your CBD Store is at 301 S Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Call 571-312-4705 or go to


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