Grief is something that we don’t like to talk about much, nor to take time for until we are affected by it. Despite the discomfort, it is important to learn about grief and identify how to deal with these emotions.
Grief is the response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed. Grief is not a finite experience, but an ever-changing and continuous journey. It is mourning and processing, analysis and emotional digging. If you have ever experienced grief – whether it is the death of a loved one or a pet, the loss or perceived loss of any kind – you know how devastating it can be to your brain, body and spirit.
Grief is complex and different for every person, although some common effects of grief can include:
- The release of stress hormones
- High anxiety and panic attacks
- A rollercoaster of extreme emotions
- Compromised immune system
- Physical inflammation and pain
You may not initially think to use CBD at any stage of the grieving period, but when you understand how it interacts with the human body and brain, you may reconsider. The cannabinoids and terpenes found in CBD interact with our bodies and brains in specific ways and have therapeutic effects. This can be helpful in relieving some of your emotional – and even physical – pain caused or exacerbated by grief. We’ve discussed several of these effects before, but particularly in relation to grief, CBD has been found to:
CBD is widely known for calming nerves and easing anxiety, and this can be very helpful when dealing with a loss. As educator Mickey Nulf notes, “CBD kept my anxiety down while the grief hit, and encouraged me to actually deal with the grief instead of just burying it,” making it a helpful tool in the grieving process.
Reduce Physical Pain
The experience of grieving a death can induce genuine feelings of pain or discomfort in our bodies, such as headaches, heart pain, heaviness in the limbs, and overall aches. When used topically, CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects.
CBD can act like a sedative. During stressful times and when grieving, getting restful sleep can be one of the most powerful, healing things we can do.
Help the Immune System
Studies have shown that people are more immune compromised when grieving. Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, research has found CBD to work as an immunosuppressant and immunomodulator, strengthening our immune systems.
Though grief will never be easy, CBD is shown to help ease the pain and help people get through the grieving process. As a user once said, with CBD, “I am able to see some light through the darkness. It reminds me that the light is always there, even if we can’t see it.”