Adaptogenic Mushrooms and CBD for Stress and Anxiety Support
Updated April 14, 2023.
Many cultures have utilised the powers of functional mushrooms for thousands of years. They are called adaptogenic as they are packed with vitamins and minerals that are believed to help the body modulate physiological functions and lead to homeostasis (balance). Additionally, there is growing popularity surrounding the use of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid from the cannabis plant that is believed to share many of the same benefits.
This article looks briefly at how mushrooms and CBD can be used for mood-related disorders like stress and anxiety, some specific mushrooms for doing so, and discusses products that you can purchase to utilise these amazing benefits in the simplest way possible.
Benefits of Mushrooms and CBD for Relieving Anxiety and Stress
CBD has been observed to interact with the body's innate endocannabinoid system, which has cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body and is believed to modulate many physiological functions. It is thought that the interactions between CBD and the CB1 and CB2 receptors can assist in this modulation of various systems, including those that are responsible for mood and emotion, such as the endocrine system.
The benefits of functional mushrooms are believed to come from their vast nutritious components, including polysaccharides, proteins, and more. This allows them a range of benefits that vary slightly from mushroom to mushroom.
For more information about how each of these components benefits mood-related disorders, read our post about CBD Oil and Functional Mushrooms for Anxiety and Stress Relief.
Adaptogenic Mushrooms for Mood-Related Disorders
CBD is usually refined into oils, tinctures, or other products alongside various other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. However, CBD is the primary reason for that product's existence. On the other hand, mushrooms each have their specific breakdown of nutrients and components that varies slightly between each species and thus has similar, yet somewhat different, benefits.
The best functional mushrooms for anxiety and stress relief are discussed below:
Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum)
Often called the Mushroom of Immortality by western medicine, adaptogenic Reishi mushrooms are regarded as one of the most potent functional mushrooms in existence. Aside from their nutritional benefits, research has shown that spore powder obtained from Reishi mushrooms was highly effective at improving cancer patients' overall quality of life by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Improvements to mood are sure to relieve symptoms of stress and improve sleep quality (which can be a factor in perceived stress levels).
For more info, read our post about the Benefits and Side Effects of Reishi Mushrooms.
Lion's Mane (Hericium Erinaceus)
Adaptogenic Lion's Mane mushrooms have a pleasant taste that makes them suitable for many dishes, and there are several ways to improve mood-related disorders.
Firstly, their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can effectively improve quality of life and relieve symptoms of stress, both psychological and oxidative. Science has shown that reducing inflammation and oxidative stress can benefit mood-related disorders like depression and anxiety.
Additionally, further study has shown that extracts of Lion's Mane improved symptoms of depression and anxiety via improved modulation of the regions of the brain involved in mood responses.
For more info, read our post about the Benefits of Lion's Mane Mushrooms.
Like many functional mushrooms, Cordyceps militaris is shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that could benefit mood-related disorders. Additional research into these adaptogenic mushrooms suggests that Cordyceps militaris can benefit sleep quality and symptoms of adrenal fatigue, which could indirectly improve stress by lowering cortisol levels, one of the body's stress hormones.
For more info, read our post about the Benefits of Cordyceps.
Shiitake (Lentinula Edodes)
Common Shiitake mushrooms are often used in cooking, though few people know of their surprising health benefits. As is expected, Shiitake mushrooms also have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Furthermore, research has shown that Shiitake mushroom extracts may effectively combat age-related immunity decline, which points to longevity and improved quality of life.
For more info, read our post about the Benefits and Side Effects of Shiitake Mushroom Supplements.
Turkey Tail (Trametes Versicolor)
Turkey Tail mushrooms have been noted to effectively reduce oxidative stress and inflammation like other functional mushrooms. Furthermore, research has shown that they may improve cognitive functioning, which could assist in the reduction of anxiety and depressive symptoms.
For more info, read our post about the Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushrooms.
Cannabotech Products for Stress and Anxiety Support
While most individuals utilise the benefits of adaptogenic mushrooms in teas or added to coffee, at Cannabotech, we have spent a decade of research into designing our unique M2CBD formula that combines the powers of functional mushrooms with CBD and other therapeutic components. Any of the following products should be sure to bring you some relief:
Our Relax Drops are designed for maximum stress relief and contain the following components:
- 1,000mg CBD
- 3,000mg combination of Reishi, Lion's Mane, and Cordyceps militaris
- 3,500mg lavender
- 2,700mg chamomile
Our Beauty Sleep Drops are designed specifically to improve your sleep quality and contain the following components:
- 1,000mg CBD
- 3,000mg combination of Reishi, Turkey Tail, Shiitake, & more
- 6,600mg chamomile
Our Uplift Drops are designed with the particular benefit of mood support, making them a perfect method of relieving symptoms of anxiety. They contain:
- 1,500mg CBD
- 3,000mg combination of Reishi, Lion's mane, and Cordyceps
- 3,500mg lemon balm
Side Effects of Functional Mushrooms and CBD
Despite the benefits presented by CBD and functional mushrooms, you should always be cautious before introducing new supplements into your life. While it's true that both CBD and mushrooms have a surprisingly low risk of side effects, certain people will be more susceptible than others.
Side effects from CBD are rare and usually disappear after discontinued use. However, keep an eye out for the following:
- Somnolence (drowsiness)
- Dry mouth
- Reduced appetite
As for mushrooms, side effects generally only present in those who have mushroom or mould allergies or when certain mushrooms are eaten raw. That being said, extra caution should be utilised by the following people:
- People with bleeding disorders
- Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers
If you are ever unsure about your own risk, consult your doctor to see if these products are suitable for you.