Stress, Adrenal Health, and Cannabidiol: The HPA-ECS Connection

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One of the ways that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) supports human health is by virtue of its influence on our stress response via the HPA axis. Dr. Shunney will discuss the ECS:HPA connection, and demonstrate how baseline endocannabinoid levels can affect the magnitude of the stress response, support recovery from stress, and protect against anxiety.  Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid from the cannabis plant, has many direct and indirect effects on the ECS and as such, can be used to optimize HPA axis function. Dr. Shunney will describe current research supporting clinical applications of CBD for stress resilience, anxiety, and depression including case studies from her practice and clinical pearls to optimize success.

Goals and Objectives:

1. Discuss how the endocannibinoid system (ECS) can support healthy HPA axis function.

2. Explain how CBD (cannabidiol) balances the ECS.

3. Describe clinical applications for CBD as it relates to HPA axis function.

4. Review case studies and clinical pearls/considerations.