Avoiding the straw that broke the camel’s back

Stress is part of life. We live in a fast-paced world, we place high demands on ourselves, and we have constant challenges with work, family, finances, politics–you name it! Typically we feel “stressed” when we don’t feel we have the energetic resources to match the obstacle we’re faced with.

There are many ways to manage our lives to decrease stress. We might compromise income for a less stressful job, for example. We can also try to live a healthier lifestyle so that we can improve our body’s ability to cope with stress. Additionally, we can use cannabis (visit this site Order Cannabis Flower Online) to relax our mind and get rid of stress. (Note that several studies have highlighted on the benefits of cannabis consumption.)

The truth is that cannabis has become the talk of the town lately because of its ability to heal stress and problems that arise due to it. While some might go for tropical (those in need can Buy Cannabis Topicals Online), others might opt for edibles. Yet others can be seen purchasing tinctures and concentrates. Thanks to the growing popularity, dispensaries, both online and offline, appear to be in high demand. But does cannabis really work? Many believe it does! It can even help ease the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

For instance, stress can singlehandedly cause pain in the head, neck shoulders, and lower back. All of this, however, can be dealt with by using cannabis products like gummies and oils (which, by the way, can be bought from Blessed CBD and the like).

But not everybody might resort to the usage of the herb. Some would prefer to eat a healthy diet and do regular exercise. Such people might also consider yoga or meditation as good options to reduce stress.

That said, it is very important to build stress management tools into our daily lives, because there is no magic bullet to give us endless energy and help us keep our cool no matter the circumstance. We are humans, not robots. That said, there is a category of herbs called adaptogens, that can support us during times of stress.

These herbs are known as adaptogens because they help to adjust the body’s stress response, much like a thermostat adjusts the temperature. There are many herbs in this category with a variety of specific effects, but they all help the body to better handle stress. Eleuthero (a.k.a. Siberian ginseng), ashwagandha, rhodiola, licorice, ginseng, holy basil, cordyceps, reishi, and maitake are all examples of these subtle, yet powerful herbs.

Much of the early research on adaptogens was done in the Soviet Union to help astronauts and Olympic athletes better cope with stress, thereby increasing stamina and improving performance. Many studies were also performed in China and Korea, most notably on the effects of ginseng.

In my practice, I don’t put everybody on adaptogens at all times, but I definitely find that my clients benefit from their use during higher stress times, hormonal transitions, and seasonal changes, among other reasons. They have the effect of normalizing energy, improving sleep and mood, strengthening immunity, and balancing hormones. All in all, they help the body to function better. My favorites include eleuthero, ashwagandha, rhodiola (more on those below), licorice, and medicinal mushroom blends.

If you’re in good health, but feel like one more thing might take you down, exploring the world of adaptogenic herbs might help. They may even give you enough energy to make it to a yoga class and cook a healthy meal.

My three top adaptogen picks


Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng, left) is perfect for someone who is overstressed, not sleeping enough, not getting enough exercise, and is eating too much unhealthy foods. It strengthens the immune system, decreases inflammation and improves physical and cognitive performance.


Ashwagandha is great for nervous exhaustion. It is calming, it improves sleep, and it reduces anxiety. It is also anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.


Rhodiola is a rejuvenating tonic. It improves energy and cognitive function. It is especially helpful in treating depression and anxiety.