When a new ‘superfood’ or health craze starts I typically opt out, with the view that this is just a marketing ploy to get me to spend money on things I don’t really need. But with CBD I feel very differently.
I personally came to find out about this miracle supplement via my friends at the Feel Good Café. Their reviews and positive experiences was enough to spark curiosity. They claimed better sleep, freedom from anxiety, pain relief, and help with inflammation amongst other benefits.
I bought my first bottle that very day and have loved their CBD ever since.
For me personally I experienced a deeper sleep, reduced anxiety and a calmer feeling within myself. I noticed how whenever I consume it at bedtime my dreams are far more memorable and lucid – if you’re into that, it helps. I also have a tendency to suffer with anxiety; a few drops of CBD and my anxiety disappears within minutes. Not to mention the relief I have felt after suffering with muscular aches and pains.
I recently attended a talk on CBD held at the Feel Good Café in Chingford (one of my favourite Vegan spots, the Buddha bowls are amazing!) and I wanted to share the information I learned to help spark your curiosity.
First up, what is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of the two principle active components of the hemp plant family. I was intrigued to discover that the body makes small amounts of CBD, in the same way that we make dopamine for example.
The cannabis plant naturally produces around 200 different kinds of organic hydrocarbon compounds known as ‘terpenes’. The terpenes are a very valuable part of CBD oil, each having powerful remedial properties in themselves.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant/ epilepsy, calming, muscle relaxant, anti-fungal, sedative effect, sleep promoting, anti-bacterial amongst so much more. There is growing evidence that CBD is successful in treating a number of symptoms. However, it is important to note that the UK law does not permit CBD oil to be described as a medicinal supplement therefore, CBD oil can only be offered for sale as a dietary supplement.
How to consume CBD?
Ideally 3-5 drops per day, it’s possible to take more once you are familiar with it. CBD is poorly absorbed in the digestive tract, so it is best to take it under the tongue – hold for a minute or so before swallowing.
Ensure that you are purchasing CBD from a reputable seller who sells a full spectrum CBD.
Will CBD make me feel high?
This was one of my main concerns, since I am not keen on using drugs for recreational use and was worried this might make me feel high. Luckily, CBD is not psychoactive, so you cannot get high by consuming CBD.
Can I travel with CBD?
It is important to remember that CBD has not been legalised in all countries, therefore it is best to double check if you plan to travel with CBD.
Have you tried CBD? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear.
If you are curious and would like to try, I have teamed up with FeelGood Essentials who have provided a 10% discount code "FeelGood10%" which is valid until the end of March on all orders.
With love & gratitude,