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The benefits of CBD for calming stress and anxiety, assisting you to get to sleep and stay asleep, and recovering from exertion from a strenuous workout or sports practice are widely researched. Taking CBD is becoming part of many normal regimens for thousands upon thousands of Americans who find it to be helpful for a wide spectrum of holistic wellness goals.
To understand how CBD can act as a beneficial health supplement, it’s important to understand where it comes from, why it reacts with the human body, and what to expect when you start taking CBD regularly.
CBD is a cannabinoid, which is a chemical compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant. There are many cannabinoids as well as other compounds like terpenes found in the plant; several hundreds, in fact although CBD is the most prolific cannabinoid. What’s more, it is able to interact with the human body through a system in the body called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
The ECS is designed to work with cannabinoids that the human body makes, which help regulate mood, sleep, metabolic functions, and pain signals sent from nerves to the brain. The body makes endocannabinoids, while CBD is a phytocannabinoid, since it comes from a plant.
Cannabinoids interact with receptors that are found throughout the body. These are connected to the central and peripheral nervous systems, and can mainly be accessed through the bloodstream.
Extracting CBD from the hemp plant and taking it either as an oil (sublingually under the tongue) or as a gummy (chewed and swallowed) allows CBD to enter the bloodstream and interact with the ECS system receptors.
It’s important to get CBD products that contain CBD from authorized industrial hemp. Hemp is a strain of cannabis that contains high levels of CBD but low levels of another cannabinoid, THC. Most people know THC as the cannabinoid that has psychoactive properties, meaning it can make you feel high. On the other hand, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects.
In order to be federally legal and classified as industrial hemp, the plant used for CBD products must contains less than .3% THC. CBD extracted from the hemp plant can be infused into oil or gummies and sold as CBD prodocts. When you use these products, they won’t have a psychoactive effect. Instead, you’ll just be getting CBD for calming, sleep, and recovery benefits.
Yummy CBD products are made with CBD extracted from industrial hemp plants grown and harvested in the USA. Moreover, unlike some companies, we use all of the plant extract, meaning you get CBD plus other cannabinoids, including terpenes and additional chemical compounds with beneficial effects. This is called “full-spectrum” CBD. Research has shown that full-spectrum products create an entourage effect, meaning they work better than CBD isolate, which includes only CBD extracted from the plant.
One of the top reasons people take CBD is for its calming effects. It’s been shown that CBD can help reduce or relieve anxiety when taken regularly in small doses.
There have been multiple studies on groups of people who suffer from socialized anxiety disorder or generalized anxiety disorder that have had hopeful results. In addition, people who take CBD before public speaking found it to have a calming effect as well.
CBD has been studied both as a way to help people with specific anxiety disorders as well as for people who have anxiety as a symptom. In one study, four out of five people said their anxiety seemed to decrease after using CBD.
Of course, with CBD now legalized in all fifty states, more indepth research around its use as a health supplement is taking place. Much of the data about CBD comes from people who self-report their good results after taking CBD for anxiety or stress.
There are many studies under way or just completed showing correlations between CBD use and certain outcomes. Many scientists think CBD has a positive calming effect because it interacts with serotonin levels. Low serotonin has been linked to depression and anxiety. It’s thought that CBD might be able to positively impact serotonin, so it could have an anti-anxiety and calming effect.
Using CBD for anxiety in lieu of getting needed medical help isn’t recommended. However, CBD as a supplementary therapy might be beneficial.
If you are under a doctor’s care, be sure to check with them before you start taking CBD to make sure it won’t interact with any of your current prescribed medications. CBD seems to have a similar effect as grapefruit, which is known to impact the efficacy of certain medications, so check your list of meds against contraindications for eating grapefruit and get further medical advice if there seems to be overlap.
Severe anxiety symptoms or a diagnosed anxiety disorder are best treated with a well-rounded approach that includes anti-anxiety medications under a doctor’s supervision, therapy, and self-care. However, you may find CBD can help deliver the calm you need after a hard day’s work when you just need to relax.
CBD might be even more effective for sleep habits than for anxiety. If you lie in bed at night struggling to drift off to sleep, or find that you wake up over and over with your mind racing and can’t fall back asleep, CBD might be a way to help alleviate symptoms of restless sleep and help you get more consecutive hours of rest.
As with anxiety, research on the effects CBD might have on sleep disorders is still preliminary. A lot of people using CBD to help them sleep are also using it for other purposes, so it can be hard to tell if the CBD is directly or indirectly useful for the purposes of better sleep.
Research currently on the books suggest that very low doses of CBD might not be as effective as higher ones for sleep benefits. Others show that CBD can be more effective when paired with a known and proven sleep aid, like melatonin.
In many cases, when CBD is being taken for another purpose, such as anxiety or pain management assistance, people report that they sleep better. It might be that the CBD is improving sleep directly, or that the relief from pain or anxiety is allowing for better sleep, or that both or all are true at the same time.
For example, one study revealed that 65% of people taking CBD specifically for its effects on anxiety found that there was a happy side effect in that they started to sleep better in addition to having their feelings of anxiety reduced in even a larger subset of participants.
People whose pain keeps them from sleeping often find that taking CBD before bed relieves it and allows for better sleep, indicating the possibility of a dual effect. Once pain is lessened, the mind and body are more readily relaxed and peaceful sleep may be achieved.
Individuals who take CBD specifically for insomnia may also benefit, both from the possibility of falling asleep faster and sleeping more deeply, and from relief of anxiety surrounding sleep, which can exacerbate the insomnia. Just knowing that you’re more likely to get a good night’s sleep can make you less likely to be anxious about not getting enough sleep and being tired the next day.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Disorder (EDSD) as an after-effect of sleep disorder or insomnia can also take a toll. CBD may be useful as a sleep regulator, working both to help generate a sleepy mood at the appropriate time in a larger dose, than help promote wakefulness in the morning with a small dose along with a small meal or caffeinated beverage to kickstart the day.
If you believe you will be able to sleep better and do in fact experience a more restful sleep cycle and wake refreshed, worries about being able to perform well at work or school may be alleviated. Plus, after a good night of sleep, there is less concern about nodding off or being drowsy throughout the day.
There has also been research into CBD and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep relating to Sleep Behavior Disorder (SBD). A person displaying symptoms of REM SPD will make aggressive body movements and vocalize during REM sleep. This is very common in older people who have neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. One study of Parkinson’s disease patients indicated that CBD might help manage the REM sleep behavior disorder symptoms. The reduction in that study was a drop of symptomatic episodes from 2-7 per week down to 0-1 times per week once the patients were administered CBD.
Finally, if you experience muscle fatigue, soreness, or pain after a workout or sports practice, CBD may be able to help with that as well. Research shows that CBD has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, making it an ideal recovery supplement to ease you back down after intense physical exertion.
After your usual cooling off routine, including any stretches recommended by your sports coach or personal trainer and heat or ice as recommended by your doctor, some CBD may help deliver extra relief from muscle and joint aches and help you wind back down and relax.
You can take your CBD as a sublingual oil tincture, or pop a gummy or two for a slower, longer-lasting effect. Making this part of your after workout routine has the potential to help teach your body to come down from the high level of exertion while easing the post-exercise crash.
You can also consider the multiple effects of CBD when choosing it for a recovery aid. If you experience anxiety before a big game, some CBD might help you level out and get into play mode. By relieving anxiety and calming nerves, you can better prepare yourself to perform at peak potential.
Likewise, if you can’t seem to get a good night’s rest before a big event, some CBD to help you sleep might be a great option. Unlike strong sleeping pills, there is less risk of ending up groggy in the morning. You’re more likely to wake refreshed and ready to meet the day’s challenge.
You have your choice of a lot of different CBD products, from bath bombs and lotions to vapes and edibles, and various spectrum choices from pure CBD isolate to broad- or full-spectrum CBD. What is the best way to take CBD and receive the optimized effects?
Topicals can hit some of the ECS receptors in the skin, but they don’t get into your bloodstream so their effects work best when targeted (such as rubbing a CBD-infused lotion into achy skin). Smoking or vaping come with their own sets of challenges. Edibles can be all over the place in terms of CBD content, making it hard to dose accurately.
Likewise, CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, but it’s far from the most effective. Broad spectrum products have more chemical compounds from the hemp plant, and full-spectrum includes everything, even the trace amount of THC, for the most synergistic results.
Yummy CBD products are designed to achieve three things:
Our CBD products are very precisely manufactured and checked by third party labs to ensure the right potency in every drop of CBD oil or every individual CBD gummy. You’ll be able to dose yourself accurately using the included dropper that comes with the tincture, or by eating little gummies to reach the exact CBD dose you wish to consume.
Our CBD oil and gummies are all made with hemp-derived full-spectrum THC. This helps you get the most impact out of every dose, since the other cannabinoids and terpenes are working to make the CBD more effective. The sleep formulas even have added melatonin to increase the efficacy of the CBD for sleep benefits.
With our CBD oil tinctures, the dose goes under your tongue and enters your bloodstream quickly through the capillaries in the sublingual tissue, so you can feel the effects in as little as 30 minutes. With our CBD gummies, you eat the gummy and it goes through your digestive tract to enter your bloodstream, delivering a slower but longer-lasting effect.
Want more information about CBD for calm / sleep / recovery? Check out our helpful CBD Buyer’s Guide or visit our SHOP page to order our full-spectrum Yummy CBD products.
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