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      CBD and Mental Health

      How CBD helps through the PMS stage in a woman’s cycle

      Every woman knows and understands the mood swings, discomfort and irritation that happens during the PMS stage of the menstrual cycle. It can truly be something that knocks us off our feet and gives our mental health a blow. Even though it is inevitable and we see it coming, it can certainly still have a huge impact; one we can’t control and one that may have us spiraling into states of depression and anxiety. For most women, pharmaceuticals are never the answer and we prefer something more natural. This is where CBD comes in.

      The good news is that CBD or Cannabidiol provides some relief for women who are suffering due to their PMS. The effectiveness entirely depends on your body and its uptake but here’s what we know about this. In studies done in 2014 and 2015 for depression and anxiety respectively, CBD has found to be a viable cure and can help with alleviating various symptoms of the two and may have anti-depressant like effects.

      CBD also helps with ensuring you get good sleep as sleep problems are a common part of PMS. It helps with the tossing and turning, waking up fatigued, and general sleeplessness too. It also helps ease nausea and vomiting for those who have trouble with the two during PMS. Lastly, it also helps with acne as it is a potent anti-inflammatory, and this plays a big role in helping ease acne.

      CBD does not get you high like THC does. It puts you in a state of well-being so you’re in a better place to help yourself. As per the dosage and modality of consumption, our Doctors are available to guide you through the process. With a simple consultation, you can get started and ease your worries and mood during the PMS stage.

      How CBD can be the perfect accompaniment to therapy

      It sure is overwhelming to think about the number of people affected by mental health disorders and those whose life is severely affected by it. Although a lot of us are seeking continuous help, it takes a lot of consistent effort to ensure we are on the right path and we stay healthy and one of the major ways we can do that is through therapy. A therapist is of great help to ensure you stay balanced and well, and that your mental health is on the right track. And CBD is one of the best accompaniments to therapy. Here’s why!

      For years, depression and anxiety have been the most common mental disorders. And, for the longest time, the only effective treatments have been psychotherapy and medication. But now, people are looking to complementary and alternative therapies to help with their symptoms.

      Studies show that CBD may have the potential to be a fast-acting antidepressant drug. It’s believed to work in a similar way to antidepressants, in so far that it impacts how your brain’s chemical receptors respond to serotonin, the chemical that helps regulate anxiety, happiness, and mood.

      While CBD doesn’t increase serotonin levels, it does slightly affect how the brain responds to the serotonin already present in your body. CBD also helps reduce PTSD symptoms. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is characterised by symptoms like intrusive thoughts, re-experiencing traumatic events, avoidance of things that trigger memories of trauma, and nightmares.

      While CBD has proven to be effective in treating mental health conditions, we recommend using CBD along with seeing a mental health professional. Self-medicating with supplements like CBD can lead to delays in your treatment or make your symptoms worse, as it has the potential to aggravate such symptoms as sleep problems, psychosis, and anxiety. Hence, it is crucial to work with a healthcare provider who can help to monitor your symptoms while on CBD.

      Our doctors will carefully recommend the dosage or product that is most appropriate for your condition, symptoms, and any medications you could be on. Be on the lookout for any adverse side effects, and let your doctor be aware of them before you abruptly stop taking CBD.

      CBD products like tinctures, patches, and topicals don’t need direct consumption and can be a good option for those who don’t enjoy direct consumption. So be sure to discuss with your doctor what CBD form is best for you! 


      CBD for your racing mind – does it work?

      We have all dealt with an anxious mind, racing thoughts, and an inability to focus. A lot of this can be attributed to anxiety and the effects it has on out thought process. There are a number of ways to reduce this, from lifestyle changes to pharmaceuticals and therapy, but did you know that CBD has also contributed greatly to this conversation? There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the claims that CBD helps calm anxiety and since it is an all natural and legal way, it has shown up in the radar of a lot of mental health enthusiasts.

      Here’s an experience that may help you take a call on whether you should give CBD a chance!

      “I have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember - I was that kid who was too afraid to go on the monkey bars and conveniently had to go to the bathroom as soon as it was my turn to ride a roller coaster. It wasn't until I was officially diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was 14 that I started taking medication for it. Fast forward to my mid-20s when I was diagnosed with bipolar II and started taking a different cocktail of medication, which helped many of my bipolar symptoms (including anxiety) but isn't a cure-all.

      When I first started taking CBD for anxiety, I would only take it as I needed it. As in, when my symptoms were bad; I'm talking horrible intrusive thoughts, increased heart rate, inability to concentrate, and catastrophizing everything. Although I noticed a little bit of a difference, it wasn't nearly enough to really help. My mind would still be racing, and I would still have butterflies in my stomach. It wasn't until I attended a CBD-themed dinner that I started talking to others who take CBD for anxiety.

      "How often do you take it?" someone asked. I told her just as I needed it, which ended up being a few times a week. She suggested I take it every day to allow it to build up in my system. Although I wasn't exactly sure of the science behind this - a Google search didn't yield any well-vetted reliable info - I decided it wouldn't hurt to try. When my anxiety gets to borderline debilitating, I'm willing to try anything. And since I hadn't had any side effects from CBD thus far, I was willing to experiment on myself and take CBD every day.

      After a few days, I already noticed a major difference. I was more mellowed out overall and didn't have as many of my typical symptoms of anxiety. A couple weeks in, my intrusive thoughts virtually disappeared. My stomach was more calm, my heart rate got to a normal pace, and I didn't struggle with worrying about the worst-case scenario in every single situation. I would still have the occasional flare-up of my anxiety symptoms, but it wasn't nearly as consistent or severe as it was before.” - Christina Stiehl

      If you’re interested in starting your journey, shop CBD and hemp products on our website and consult our doctors to get started.

      How CBD helps you get physically fit & mentally well

      Looking to take your workout to the next level? CBD is an all-natural and effective way to do so. You are surely into supplements that can help you along your journey to getting more fit and CBD is definitely one of them. CBD products are becoming increasingly popular with athletes and gym buffs because of their myriad benefits and many of them point to getting the right kind of assistance on your journey to wellness. In this article, we tell you what CBD is, and when you can consume it for best results related to your workout and mental wellness.

      What is CBD?

      CBD  or Cannabidiol is one of many host of compounds present in the Hemp Plant or Cannabis Sativa plant. CBD derived from Hemp is categoried as non-psychotropic, meaning, it does not induce a feeling of ‘high’ because it contains only 0.3% of THC – the compound responsible for getting you high. The best part about full-spectrum CBD oil is that it also contains terpenes, flavonoids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that also contribute to your well being.

      What are the benefits of consuming CBD before a workout?

      CBD is known to calm you down and assist you in getting more focused before any activity you want to take on. Your blood pressure and therefore your stress is lowered before a workout, putting you in the right state of mind for the best results. When one ingests CBD, they can find themselves in an optimistic mindset that is essential to great workout sessions. It can also help with reducing muscle soreness, but this is more prominent when CBD is consumed after a workout.

      How does CBD help after a workout?

      There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that points to the fact that CBD has multiple benefits when consumed after a workout. CBD is thought to soften the delayed onset muscle soreness and the accompanying pain and immobility. This is thanks to its ability to help with inflammation that is sometimes the body’s response to exercise. CBD also has the potential to treat insomnia which means that good sleep can in turn aid in muscle recovery. Ask any athlete and they will emphasize on how important sleep is to recover and strengthen the muscles.

      CBD is completely harmless and does not have any side effects. Moreover, it is not considered performance enhancing in any way and is absolutely safe to consume. So give it a try on your wellness journey and enjoy the exciting benefits it has to offer.

      How Cannabinoids elevate our wellness!

      Cannabis, the wonder plant is gaining momentum yet again in the 21st century after its decline in the 20th century. The cannabis consumption in India has always had medicinal and religious overtones. It has been a part of our culture for centuries but has lost its place in society after its criminalization. The wonders and benefits of this plant have been buried under the moral and legal debate – but not anymore. 

      Cannabis is so versatile and can be used in a number of ways, more sustainably than any other materials available. It is currently used in the forms of hemp, cannabis and cannabinoids, with scientific evidence backing up the claim that they are stepping stones to healthier, more sustainable and happy lives. We’re here to talk specifically about cannabinoids and how they are inter-related with our wellbeing. 

      What are cannabinoids?

      Cannabinoids are the compound that is extracted from hemp – a variety of the cannabis sativa plant that is one of the fastest growing alongside bamboo. There is evidence that indicates hemp was used to make ropes since 10,000 BC.

      Today, what we use in the market is cultivated for its low THC quantity and is known as industrial hemp. CBD is also extracted from the leaves and flowers of industrial hemp and makes up almost 40% of hemp extract. Apart from CBD and THC, hemp is also rich in CBN, CBDA, CBG, CBC, CBL, CBCA, and CBGA, among many other less researched and popularized compounds. 

      How do these cannabinoids assist you in feeling uplifted?

      Our ECS or Endocannabinoid system is running the show. It regulates mood, appetite, temperature and motor perception, the immune system and much more. Essentially, it maintains the harmony and balance in our body. Our ECS does this by releasing endocannabinoids. While endocannabinoids are produced by our bodies, phytocannabinoids are produced by plants and they have been observed to interact the same way with the ECS. 

      The research that has been conducted so far, strongly suggests that cannabinoids are helpful in minimizing chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression, PTSD, addiction and epilepsy. It’s also being discovered that cannabinoids work more effectively when taken together, creating what is known as the entourage effect. If you want to experience the full potential of the healing properties of hemp, we suggest you experience the entourage effect! 

      If you’re interested and would like to purchase some Hemp/CBD products in the upcoming days, here are a few things to keep in mind while doing so because the market in India is still largely unregulated and you may be in for an unpleasant or unsatisfactory experience if you don’t go about this the right way!

      Firstly, always do your research and buy from a well-reputed and trustworthy brand! Get to know the brand and buy if you comply with their ethics. 

      Know the source of your hemp! Related to the point above, also research where the hemp used in your product comes from because hemp absorbs heavy metals and pesticides from the ground. You don’t want to be consuming adulterated or polluted hemp. 

      If the brand or product has a Certificate of Analysis or COA, you’re good to go! This shows that the product has been tested and the ingredients are clearly labelled.

      While CBD has already gained a lot of traction worldwide, there is still a long way to go when it comes to benefitting from the healing properties of hemp. But with such promising initial results, we are optimistic and excited about what the future holds. With natural medicine on the rise, it’s an exciting time to be alive!