When we think of cannabinoids and the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), hemp and CBD automatically come to mind. However, the ECS is not exclusively responsive to hemp—there are various non-hemp botanicals (other phyto-cannabinoids) and natural compounds like terpenes that interact with this intricate system, offering different therapeutic benefits and promoting homeostatic regulation within the body. Terpenes are aromatic oils produced in a variety of plants, including cannabis, and are responsible for their unique odors and flavors.
While we can’t always change the stressors in our lives, we can control how we prepare for and manage stress. Beyond common effective ways to combat stress including physical activity, deep breathing and connecting with people, don’t overlook support from therapeutic botanicals. Saffron and echinacea are two herbs that show efficacy in supporting a range of effects of stress by promoting relaxation, a positive mood and emotional balance.