CBD Benefits: How this natural compound promotes health and wellness?
Are you interested in creating a vibrant body and mind? Have you begun to question the veracity of popular health advice? Or maybe you’ve heard people talking about CBD benefits for their wellness routine?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. While its structure and stereochemistry were explained in 1963, its ties to marijuana led to a distinct lack of research worldwide. Yet, recent legalisation has lead to a flurry of interest, availability, and research. Thankfully!
As the decades whizz by, ill-health continues its upward trajectory. Levels of cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung diseases, and diabetes continue to soar. In fact, the chances that one of these four will “take you out” is estimated at three in five. To make matters worse, around one-third of our population live with multiple chronic conditions. Clearly what we’re currently doing isn’t working!
But death is not the only concern.
Ongoing illness brings with it challenges including
- maintaining a social life
- enjoying leisure activities
- and more.
Then there are the ongoing stressors, fatigue, mood disorders, and other health problems that come with the endless hustle and bustle of life. Present-day living, for most people, contributes both to disease and a life lived “less than”.
People are sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Through either personal struggle or watching loved ones suffer, many have decided to switch their focus and adopt a wellness routine. To flourish rather than flounder. To thrive rather than merely survive. This is where CBD for wellness routine vigour comes in…
How CBD benefits your wellness routine?
The therapeutic prescription of cannabis dates back millennia. Ancient Chinese texts report benefits for headache and pain, mood and insomnia, menstrual irregularities and anaemia, muscle tension and convulsions. But how might this be at all possible?
Cannabidiol works through a biological network called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
As we explain in our article, The Endocannabinoid System: How Does Cannabidiol (CBD) Work In The Body?…
For the body to remain in balance (homeostasis), our cells must be able to “talk”. They do this via signalling… When a key [chemical] meets the right lock [receptor], magic happens; a process is unlocked, a signal can be sent. This allows a message to be amplified and passed along. Thus, a response can occur.
In the ECS, the “keys” are cannabinoids like CBD. When a cannabinoid binds to its matching receptor, regulation of a range of bodily functions occurs…
This may have benefits for sounder sleep, a healthy appetite, enhanced memory, optimal fertility, pain relief, and more.
Via this mechanism, CBD produces a range of beneficial changes that may support your health-boosting wellness routine.
How CBD benefits the four foundations of wellbeing
There are foundation pieces we need to get right to live a healthy life;
- stress management,
- sufficient sleep
- a healthy diet
- adequate exercise
Cannabidiol may help with the first two. And when you’re well-rested and relaxed, the second two become much easier.
1. CBD may help with stress management
Oh, the joys of the modern age! If you’re not attempting to multitask or create extra time to finish your to-do list, enjoy! But if you are, welcome! You are not alone. But constantly having the pedal pushed firmly to the metal can be exhausting, overwhelming; yes, stressful! This ongoing pressure can take its toll on your physical and psychological health.
Yet, there is hope.
A review published in the journal, Neurotherapeutics, found that “Overall, current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders.”
Cannabidiol may be just what you need to calm nervousness and stress.
2. CBD may support healthy sleep and wake cycles
Do you head to bed only to toss and turn? Do you wake during the night, besieged by incessant worries? Or do you rouse to the alarm feeling unrefreshed?
Formulate Health’s, Insomnia Statistics UK 2021, found that 36% of UK adults have trouble falling asleep at least once every week. For 20% it’s a daily (or should we say, nightly) struggle. But if counting sheep isn’t working, CBD may offer sleepy respite.
A 2019 study titled, Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series, found that sleep scores improved within the first month for two out of every three participants. As an added benefit, “Anxiety scores decreased within the first month in [79.2% of people].”
It’s not surprising, then, that users report CBD helps to manage self-perceived anxiety, stress, sleep.
3. CBD can be included as part of a healthy diet
You may have noticed that CBD has sky-rocketed in the dietary supplement food category. While hemp seeds and hemp oil have been touted for their omegas, CBD oil has little know nutritional value beyond its high antioxidant profile (which can help your body fight off free radicals, help you defend yourself against certain illnesses, and support healthy brain activity). That said, CBD is now required to be registered as a novel food in the UK, which could help thrust nutritional research forward. For the sake of this discussion, it is worth noting that CBD is generally combined with a carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil, or hemp seed oil; which are loaded with ‘good fats’ that are essential to your diet. Just don’t overdo it if you want to maintain a healthy weight.
4. CBD can be incorporated into your exercise regime
Then there is exercise to tie it all in together. For starters, preliminary research has suggested that CBD possesses anti-inflammatory activity, which could affect exercise-induced inflammation and related pain. So if this is true, you can certainly use CBD as part of your exercise recovery regime to discourage delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) or the likes. So if you need to get moving, CBD might just be your best friend.
It goes without saying, if you have any concerns about CBD’s effects on your body, speak to a healthcare provider.
What is CBD oil
CBD oil is made by extracting cannabidiol from the Cannabis sativa L. industrial hemp plant. CBD oil that is extracted from hemp contains, by law, less than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis. This means it won’t get you high. It is then blended with a carrier that then “carries” the medicinal properties, allowing them to be retained, easily spread, and even enhanced. Carriers include alcohol, or oils like coconut, olive, jojoba, grapeseed and sweet almond.
A comparison of CBD oils: Why it matters legally?
There are different types of CBD oil. The choice you make matters, particularly from a legal perspective.
Full-spectrum CBD oil
Full-spectrum CBD oil contains a range of compounds, including THC. While THC is regulated under UK law, many products inadvertently contain higher than legal levels. This can result in a positive THC drug test, loss of license, or a criminal record.
Broad-spectrum CBD oil
Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains a range of compounds, but no THC. This type of CBD is popular with users who want to take advantage of the additional compounds besides CBD in the plant, but do not want the psychoactive effects of THC.
CBD isolate oil contains CBD-only. The absence of THC ensures you gain CBD’s health benefits without exposure to THC. This is the option we at Cannabotech incorporate so we can provide you with our Pure CBD Guarantee!
Tip: If you’re unsure how to gain the remarkable benefits of CBD and remain legally compliant, we recommend you read our article, CBD Laws In The Uk: What You Need To Know Before You Purchase CBD?.
How can you easily integrate CBD for wellness routine success?
Wonderfully, there is a range of choices. Thanks to modern technology and scientific blending, CBD comes in a variety of products.
Here’s what to expect on the shelves.
- CBD ingestibles, consumables, edibles
- CBD powder
- CBD tea
- CBD tinctures or drops
- CBD oils
- CBD skincare products including creams, lotions, serums, cleansers
- CBD topicals including ointments, balms, and creams
CBD topicals are health and wellness faves due to their easy application and efficacy.
Cannabotech’s topical line offers advanced solutions for today’s common skin complaints such as dry, red, itchy skin using scientifically proven ingredients that benefit the skin including medicinal mushrooms, CBD, and botanical ingredients. These plant-based products are suitable for sensitive skin and people who may be prone to psoriasis. In addition, we have developed a formula to help cool tired and tight muscles. This is the next generation of topical formulations.
CBD skincare products
CBD has become one of the hottest trends in skincare, particularly among the 30+ crowd concerned about premature ageing. Yes, UV rays can damage your precious skin even in the London fog.
Cannabotech’s skincare line offers advanced solutions for today’s environmental stressors on the skin that cause premature ageing using a combination of medicinal mushrooms, CBD, and other botanical ingredients. These antioxidant-rich, ultra-hydrating formulations can help the skin fight free radicals, the sun’s harmful rays, pollution, and more with a protective skin barrier to promote radiant skin.
CBD food supplements
Cannabotech’s offers specialist food supplements that contain medicinal mushrooms and premium CBD alongside authorised botanical ingredients or essential vitamins to support modern health concerns including sleep, stress, energy, ageing, liver function, heart function, glucose levels, and more. Our supplements are currently available in liquid drops. Stay tuned for our upcoming tablets too!
As with any new health and wellness routine, it is important that you speak to a trained healthcare professional if you have a specific condition you are managing.
Choose the right CBD concentration and dosage for you
We are each unique, as are our bodies and the way we respond to nature’s compounds. So, as with all nutritional supplements, trial and error may be required. The way you take or apply CBD also matters, as does the health challenge you wish to relieve.
As a general rule, start with a small dose and work up to find the right amount for you.
- For internal use, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) advises healthy adults to take up to 28 drops a day of a 5% CBD ( 70 mg) unless recommended otherwise by your doctor.
- For external use, we suggest working starting with about the size of a pence for a small area (Just enough to rub in smoothly without leaving a thick film in the area of concern).
Remember, it is best to speak to a healthcare provider if you are concerned about a specific condition.
The CBD for wellness routine takeaway
Growing insight into the many benefits of CBD has led to an overdue revolution. People are incorporating cannabidiol in their wellness routine en masse. Is it time you join this road to health and wellness too?
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