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      Using CBD to aid menstrual cramps

      Using CBD to aid menstrual cramps

      It’s that time of the month again and this time it’s no joke. You’re moving from fetal position on one side to fetal position on the other and the pain just doesn’t seem to subside. Ladies, being on your period, especially when it’s heavy and painful is truly something commendable. But some days, it does get too much for some of us and that’s when we resort to pharmaceuticals to mitigate or take away the pain. Although it does work almost immediately, it’s not a healthy mechanism to fall back on. What if, instead, you had a natural alternative that does what a pain killer would do without the harmful long-term side effects? This is where CBD comes in.

      CBD or Cannabidiol is one of a hundred compounds that are extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant. CBD binds to the Endocannabinoid receptors in your body. The Endocannabinoid system is responsible for many functions such as appetite, inflammation, pain and sleep. When it comes to menstruation, the hypothesis is that CBD helps alleviate the pain and inflammation that is caused when the uterus contracts to expel the lining. 

      There are no official studies that link menstrual cramps and CBD directly; however, there are plenty that show that CBD plays a key role in reducing inflammation and managing pain. There is also anecdotal evidence that points to the reduction of the severity in symptoms after 3 months of consistent CBD use. 

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      If you want to start with CBD for menstrual pain, the rule is to start off at lower doses until you find the sweet spot, the dosage that works for you. Some women who have tried it, reported a reduction in pain as well as a decrease in other symptoms such as headaches and emotional turmoil. Simona, a 24-year old model from north London recalls her experience with CBD: "During my periods I would have really bad headaches and, like everyone else, I was using pain relief. But that would barely scratch the surface. I often couldn't go to school or university or work because of the pain. I would have to leave in the middle of the day and it really affected my quality of life. I'd be crying from the pain. I couldn't stand up or breathe normally. It was horrible. I felt angry a lot of the time, probably because I was so frustrated with my circumstances." 

      The bottom line is that different things work for different people. If you’re looking for natural ways to aid your period cramps, CBD is definitely worth a try. We’ve even got a product from Sisters Of The Valley concocted especially for women who want to alleviate period pain. Check it out or consult our Doctors to receive a recommendation!

      Hemp and Heart Health – the undeniable correlation

      Hemp and Heart Health – the undeniable correlation

      When we discuss heart health, we can sometimes find ourselves thinking – it’s not for us, it’s for the older folk. Although this may be partly true, the reality is that habits from our early thirties start impacting our heart health, either positively or negatively. Today, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women all over the world. Although this may be quite sombre to hear, it is the unpleasant truth of our generation. With the growing popularity of a fast life fuelled by fast food, we can’t help with stop and revaluate the path we’re headed on. 

      While allopathic and naturopathic medicine might be a quick fix, it’s something to turn to when there’s no other option. If you’re looking for ways to maintain heart health – because it runs in your family or just because you want to live consciously, hemp products are an amazing and effective alternative to turn to. The below points are based on conversations with Dr. Joel Kahn, a preventative cardiologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University, and here’s what we learnt. 

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      Cannabinoids and blood pressure are closely related

      High blood pressure is the number one indicator and risk factor for hypertensive heart disease. Blood pressure, as we all know (and can feel), rises under stress. This is where CBD products and hemp oil come in. Hemp and CBD work on decreasing blood pressure in your daily life or during stressful situations. 

      Hemp may play a role in decreasing damage to the cardiac muscles

      The inner linings of the heart’s chambers can swell up and this can turn into a serious condition. The healing powers of hemp have shown great potential in reducing this type of swelling. The National Institutes for health in USA, classify CBD as “a phytocannabinoid with analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic and chemopreventive” properties. 

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      The abundance of fatty acids in hemp may contribute to heart health

      Omega-3 fatty acids, according to healthline.com provide a wide range of benefits that are directly related to protecting the heart in the following ways:

      • They significantly reduce triglycerides. High triglyceride levels cause your arteries to thicken. 
      • It significantly reduces blood pressure.
      • Reduces unhealthy cholesterol in the body
      • Prevents the formation of blood clots in the heart

      In addition to all this, consuming nutrient rich foods in small quantities and including heart healthy seeds and vegetables such as hemp hearts, hemp seeds and hemp oil can help get you on the path to better health and keep you there. We’ve got a number of CBD products that you can turn to and elevate your health. Browse them all and we’re sure you’ll find something that looks promising. Keep that heart healthy, you have a long way to go!

      How hemp oil can drastically improve your massage experience

      How hemp oil can drastically improve your massage experience

      Massages are great on their own, but imagine introducing a natural herbal remedy and topical balm into the session! Hemp oil not only infuses nutrients into your skin, but also enhances the therapeutic aspects of your session. 

      How can one use hemp oil for massages?

      The hemp plant is composed of a number a full spectrum of cannabinoids that act in support of the endocannabinoid system. In order to experience a synergetic effect with your body, it’s best to use a medium that delivers all these essential cannabinoids and not just the most popular - CBD. The endocannabinoid system helps regulate the endocrine system that is responsible for sleep, mood, pain management & even immune functions. What’s even more interesting is that there are endocannabinoid receptors on your skin too so applying hemp oil on your skin is no less than feeding the largest organ on your body some much needed nutrition.

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      Out of all the delivery methods for hemp oil, we suggest the balm. Whether it is for sports purposes or relaxation, the balm is certainly your best option. It is an ideal enhancement for massage or muscle relaxation/injury. Additionally, when you apply these balms on your skin, it is not absorbed into the blood stream! Many studies have shown that applying either the balm or the oil topically has a plethora of advantages and are perfect for those who are looking for natural alternatives to pain relief, inflammation and swelling. It’s got highly beneficial soothing properties and even immunity support that assist someone who is struggling with skin rashes, muscle discomfort, pain burns and more. How much you apply is up to you; try it out a couple of times and continue applying based on your personal results.

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      Hemp oil is also an amazing choice for massage therapy. It is known to be replete with antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that work together to keep the skin smooth and supple. It has a very high absorption rate as well, making it a favourite for massage therapists. It’s light and spreads evenly without the excess oiliness you may have faced during a massage. Hemp oil is also rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 which work on decreasing inflammation and increasing moisture retention respectively. The Linoleic Acid or Omerga 6 in hemp oil also has potent anti-aging properties!

      While there are a number of choices for massage and massage therapy, hemp oils and balms are just holistic and natural choices that one can try to see if it aligns with your needs. It goes a long way to try it out, especially if there have been so many excellent reviews about using hemp oil! Next time you need relief from sports strain or are scheduling a massage session, make sure you give hemp oil a try!

      Everything you need to know about CBD Edibles

      Everything you need to know about CBD Edibles

      A CBD Edible is exactly what it sounds like – any type of food that’s infused with CBD. From CBD Gummies and Chocolates to Baked Goods, CBD edibles can be super versatile. It’s a great way to get your dose of CBD especially if you’re not too fond of carrying around tinctures or oils. CBD Edibles however, must not be confused with THC Edibles – the kind with the psychoactive effects that leaves you visibly paralyzed once you’ve consumed them. CBD Edibles on the other hand do not get you “high”. They instead have an uplifting and presence building effect on you. Let’s get deeper into it.

      What is the difference between THC and CBD edibles?

      The main difference as mentioned above is that CBD Edibles do not get you high and have a calmning effect on you instead. And as opposed to THC Edibles, CBD Edibles are legal as their THC levels are well below 3%, the legal limit. So you are able to purchase CBD Edibles online or over the counter, depending on where you live. 

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      Benefits of CBD Edibles 

      Just like any other CBD Products, CBD Edibles too present their own benefits that are actually similar to the former. They help promote better sleep, mitigate stress levels, and muscle aches and recovery due to exercise. The best part about CBD Edibles is that they are delicious and super convenient and portable. CBD Edibles, like all CBD products enhance wellness by supporting healthy brain function, quality of sleep and cognitive health. This in turn helps with maintaining a positive mood and outlook on life as all factors that contribute to wellness are correlated. 

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      CBd Products have the added benefit of being easily portable as compared to tinctures and oils. You can easily avoid any spills or accidents as CBD Edibles are mostly solid. One can also get really creative with CBD Edibles adding them into baked goods, candies or other foods that have a unique recipe with CBD as the star ingredient. The serving size is pre determined when it comes to CBD Edibles. You can get a uniform dose each time and everyone around can benefit from equal doses. 

      If you’re looking for a fun, convenient and yummy way to incorporate CBD into your daily life, CBD Edibles are your go-to. Check out some products here and find the one that catches your eye!