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May 3, 2022

How Cannabinoids Help You With Stress Relief

Estimated Read Time: 10 min

CBD and other cannabinoids help with stress relief, mood regulation, and quality sleep. Learn why they’re helpful and which Koi products are best for stress.

1 in 2 Americans say stress negatively affects their personal and professional life. Are you one of them?

Many of us are facing situations that can cause strong emotions and stress us out. But finding healthy ways to cope can help. That’s where hemp cannabinoids come in.

At Koi, providing you with healthy ways to feel and live better is at the center of everything we do. We believe that hemp provides beneficial compounds that can help us feel and function better– and that includes dealing with stress.

Key takeaways:

  • Cannabinoids can be a natural way to reduce the daily stresses that keep you from living a happy life.
  • CBD is commonly used for helping manage everyday stress.
  • Delta-8 THC, delta-9 THC, HHCTHC-O, and other hemp cannabinoids provide noticeable relaxing effects that can be helpful for particularly stressful times.

CBD and other hemp cannabinoid products have become increasingly popular for reducing stress throughout the last few years. Whether you’re experiencing excess nerves before a presentation or you’re overwhelmed with family issues or financial obligations, cannabinoids can help you regain a sense of peace when you are feeling off-balance.

Join us as we dive into the specific cannabinoids for stress relief, including how they work in the body and the types of products you should consider if you need some calm.

The role of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in your body

To understand cannabinoids and stress relief, it first helps to understand how they work in the body.

Cannabinoids can calm your mind in stressful times because of their relationship to your body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. Your ECS is a cell-signaling system tasked with keeping a long list of your body’s many functions in the zone.

When something is operating outside of the optimal range, the ECS notices and sends messages to help deal with it. Let’s say your heart is beating too fast, or your blood pressure is too high. If your ECS is running as it should, it will take notice and correct the issue.

This endocannabinoid signaling system plays a key role in how we manage stress. Cannabinoid receptors are within the main parts of the brain that are responsible for our reactions to stress. And when it’s on its game, our ECS successfully senses our excessively stressed-out reactions and quickly makes adjustments to keep us centered.

So where do cannabinoids come into play? Hemp cannabinoids like CBD, delta-8 THC, delta-9 THC, HHC, and THC-O bind to the endocannabinoid system’s cannabinoid receptors. They nourish your ECS by working as neurotransmitters, signaling the body to make necessary adjustments to keep many processes, including stress response, in homeostasis.

The stress response is just one of many functions that cannabinoids can help keep balanced. By activating your ECS, they support better regulation of processes like mood regulation and sleep health, which are closely linked to our stress levels.

Cannabinoids combat stress and improve mood

The hemp plant contains more than 100 different cannabinoids, and a few, in particular, have shown great promise for helping ease stress. As a plant-derived compound, these cannabinoids can be a healthier way to release stress.

So, which cannabinoids help with stress?

If you’re looking for cannabinoids to help with stress relief, you’ll want to know about these five:

  • CBD
  • Delta-8 THC
  • Delta-9 THC
  • HHC
  • THC-O


While people have many reasons for turning to CBD, perhaps the most popular is calming nerves or quieting a busy mind. CBD’s positive influence on your endocannabinoid system can dampen the stress response, so you’re better able to adapt to changes and cope during challenging times.

CBD’s interaction with the ECS is also thought to positively alter serotonin signals. Serotonin is a chemical messenger that is responsible for many important functions, including alleviating stress. The serotonin system is also associated with emotional well-being and mood. With greater feelings of happiness, you’re more likely to rest more soundly at night.

Because CBD doesn’t have any euphoric properties, it can be a great choice for helping manage everyday stress and for calming nerves before high-stress situations, such as public speaking.

So how much CBD should you take to relieve stress? Everyone’s sensitivity is different. We suggest you start with a serving of roughly 20 to 25 milligrams per day and work your way up gradually as needed. Some people see the best results with upwards of 200 milligrams per day.

Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC

Delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC are two types of THC that produce feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Their interaction with your ECS creates noticeably elevating effects that can help mellow you out. Like CBD, they appear to increase serotonin levels.

While both produce incredibly relaxing effects, delta-8 THC is roughly half the potency of delta-9 THC. Some prefer delta-8 over delta-9 because it's less likely to cause unwanted side effects. They both can be useful when you’re in the midst of a particularly stressful time like dealing with a divorce or job loss, as well as unwinding after a long, tiring day at work.

If you’re going to use THC products for stress, it’s best to take it easy. Research from 2017 shows that smaller servings of delta-9 THC help curb stress. But taking too much can have the opposite effect and make it worse, the last thing you need when you’re trying to ease your mind.


A newcomer to the scene, HHC is a cannabinoid known for its pleasant, noticeably relaxing effects. It can be a helpful solution when you’re looking to relieve stress yet keep your mind clear, such as on weekend afternoons or during a late-night work session.

Everyone experiences stress, but not everyone can or wants to shut down when life gets tense. If you’re in the midst of a stressful time, but still need to keep up with life’s demands, HHC may help ease feelings of uneasiness while allowing you to be mindful.

Most of the evidence on the benefits of HHC for stress so far is anecdotal. People who use it tend to describe it as a “clear-headed euphoria.”


If you’re looking for stronger stress relief or sedation, THC-O is a powerful cannabinoid that offers full-body relaxation. It is often described as “the spiritual cannabinoid” because of its ability to stimulate deep thought.

Many people prefer THC-O because it’s easily absorbed and produces more potent tranquilizing benefits. For those intensely stressful days, THC-O can be a useful tool for some true after-work relaxation time.

THC-O is best for evening and night use because of its highly potent relaxing effects. To help ensure you have a good experience, start with a small serving and work your way up over time as necessary to feel the benefits of THC-O<.a>.

A good night’s sleep using CBD and other cannabinoids is possible?

You know because you’ve likely experienced it for yourself: stress and sleep are closely intertwined. High levels of stress can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. At the same time, insufficient sleep can put you in a bad mood, suck your energy, make it hard to concentrate, and increase your stress levels.

Three cannabinoids, in particular, have sleep-promoting effects that can help restore your natural sleep cycle, leading to more restful nights: CBD, delta-8 THC, and THC-O.

While CBD doesn’t cause drowsiness or have intoxicating properties, it supports the endocannabinoid system’s ability to properly maintain healthy circadian rhythms, increasing overall sleep amounts and improving sleep quality. It also has been shown to have a calming effect on the nervous system. Typically, you’ll maximize CBD’s sleep-promoting benefits by consistently taking it every day.

Delta-8 THC has elevating effects that ease you into a restful night and help you stay asleep longer. Its noticeably relaxing effects can be strongly felt in most people, making it particularly helpful for unwinding on those nights when it’s hard to let go of the tensions of the day. Time your serving 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime.

On days when you’re worked up and worried you won’t be able to sleep, THC-O’s relaxing effects are even more powerful. Its unique molecular structure allows it to be better absorbed, leading to a stronger sedative effect. Enjoy it 30 to 60 minutes before you plan to go to bed.

Further reading: Learn more about using the cannabinoids CBD, delta-8 THC, and THC-O for better sleep.

Which cannabinoid products should you choose to help with stress relief?

There are a variety of products containing cannabinoids that reduce stress. Read on to learn more about them to decide which are best for you.

CBD products

For everyday stress and sleep support, these CBD products can be helpful. To maximize their benefits, it’s best to use CBD daily and then add more as needed before stressful situations.

CBD tinctures like Koi Naturals Broad Spectrum CBD Tinctures and Koi Complete Full Spectrum CBD Tinctures can be quick (and delicious) ways to deliver to your ECS high servings of CBD. Take a serving of these best CBD oils under your tongue and hold for 30 to 60 seconds for the fastest absorption and effects.

CBD vapes like Koi CBD Disposable Vape Bars are great for taking in small amounts of CBD throughout the day. With vaping, the CBD reaches cannabinoid receptors within minutes.

CBD gummies offer a precise concentration of CBD in the form of tasty, bite-size edible gummies. Koi Complete Full Spectrum CBD Gummies or Koi Anytime Balance CBD Gummies work great as daily CBD support. For evening-specific sleep support, Koi Nighttime Rest CBD Gummies use a blend of broad-spectrum CBD and melatonin to serve as a cannabidiol sleep aid.

Delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC products

When you need some extra support to unwind, these delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC products have noticeable uplifting effects that enhance your mood, let you relax, and help you sleep more soundly.

Delta-8 gummies like Koi Delta 8 THC Gummies deliver a consistent concentration of delta-8 and come in five tasty flavors. They’re available in 6-piece, 20-count, and 60-count packs.

Delta-8 vapes like delta 8 THC vape cartridges allow you to feel the uplifting effects of delta-8 nearly immediately. For ease of use and portability, our delta 8 THC disposables vapes are compact and ready-to-go out of the box.

For more powerful relaxation effects, delta-9 THC products like our Delta 9 THC gummies can be a great choice.

HHC products

These HHC products can be helpful for taking the edge off while keeping your mind clear.

With 10 mg of HHC each, Koi HHC Gummies can help you decompress. They come in five mouth-watering flavors, with 20 gummies per jar.

For faster relaxing effects, Koi HHC Vape Cartridges also contain a bit of delta-8 THC and THC-O to help you truly kickback.

THC-O products

These THC-O products can offer you simultaneously sedative and powerfully relaxing effects.

Available in five sweet, fruity flavors and containing 15 mg of THC-O each, our Koi THC-O Gummies can be a delicious way to experience the cannabinoid’s mood-lifting benefits.

Koi THC-O Vape Cartridges also contain some delta-8 THC for powerful cerebral effects that can help with deep thinking and reflection.

Using CBD and other cannabinoids for stress relief

Everyone experiences stress. For many, cannabinoids can help. Relaxation and stress relief are among the top reasons why people use Koi products.

If you’re interested in seeing how cannabinoids may be able to help you with the control of stress, visit the Koi online shop. For more information on the benefits of cannabinoids, visit our educational Koi blog or reach out to our customer service team at, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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