STRESS-Good, Bad and the Ugly

There is good stress and there is bad stress. What is the difference? Well, without any stress at all in our lives we would not be challenged to go to a higher level. We would be bored and lethargic and our brains would make our thinking fuzzy. You see there is a fine balance in the world of stress. Too much and you just want to stop the world and get off for a day and too little and we are not ever going to reach our true potential in life.

When you are stressed a little or a lot, it causes the release of chemicals such as cortisol. This is our bodies stress response and too much of it can wreck havoc and cause many unwanted physical symptoms. It can mess up your blood sugars, cause weight gain, suppress your immune system and cause problems with your cardiovascular system. So in the short term, it is an immediate response to help when you are a little stressed and everything should return to normal, but if your body is constantly in a high stress response these thing will become permanent and can cause diabetes, weight gain and possibly cholesterol problems and heart attacks.

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So we need to get control of whatever stressors in our life we can and find ways to destress in this fast paced society. Take up a class just for fun such as photography or go hiking. The outdoors is a great way to destress. Definitely, turn off your technology (cell phones and computers) if you can for a period of time each day. Meditation of any kind is good for your mind and getting you back on track. Most important is just taking time for yourself every day by taking a long bath or going for a walk.

Long term stress will eventually make you more vulnerable to depression and possibly auto immune diseases such as addison’s disease or diabetes. Once your body has become ill you are in for a life time of physical ailment, so make sure you do not allow this to happen. Monitor your stress levels in any way you can and also eat healthy so that your body is getting the nutrients you need to be physically and mentally at your peak.

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Neuropathy

Neuropathy is simply put-nerve pain. If you have ever suffered from this type of pain perhaps you have diabetes, autoimmune disease or something else causing nerve damage. It can cause tingling, numbness, burning or crawling sensations in your body and it can literally “get on your nerves”. It can disrupt your sleep, cause you to drop things (from numbness) or make you stumble when you walk. The amount of energy that it seems to take to keep your nerves humming can actually make you feel fatigued.

Controlling this type of pain with pain medications is what most people try first. They may use Tylenol or ibuprofen or stronger pain meds such as tegretol, gabapentin or lyrica. These drugs can have side effects which are unpleasant. Also, some prescription drugs may become an addiction problem for some people.

Neuropathic pain is one of the hardest types of pain to treat. An alternative to treating this type of pain is to use medical cannabis. High CBD cannabis may help with inflammation, however you may require a “small” amount of THC in order to control this type of pain (THC products are best taken with an equal or greater amount of CBD and consume only at bedtime). Always remember to take very small amounts of CBD/THC containing products and start low (eg. 0.25 ml for 3-5 days and add 0.1 ml every 3 days until you find relief from the pain. It may take a few weeks to get to the correct doseage. There should be little to no psychoactive effects if done correctly. You may have to try different mixtures of cannabis oils to find what works for you. Work with your doctor or cannabis clinic to find the ultimate product.

Cannabis can be smoked, vaped, eaten or taken as an oil. I always feel that the oils are best and easiest to control the exact amount you wish to consume.

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