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WHY SHOULD I TAKE CBD? EXPLAINING THE HEALTH BENEFITS AND MORE

You’ve probably heard of some of the benefits of CBD oil by now. Maybe from a friend or colleague, someone in the health and wellness industry, in documentaries, anecdotes, or in scientific research papers and from your own research.

But you might not have made up your mind if it’s something you’d like to try for yourself. Answering frequently asked questions by our experts, we’ll go through and clarify some of the most important benefits that taking CBD can have and how it might make you feel, to help you decide if it’s for you, or not.

At a glance:

Why should I take CBD?

Taking a CBD supplement every day is a great way to optimise our overall wellbeing. According to Julie Moltke, a medical doctor specialising in sleep and stress management:

"CBD helps to keep the haemostasis - the balance in the body.” - Dr Julie Moltke

What are the health benefits of CBD? 

CBD is a fantastic health supplement that can make all facets of our lives more manageable. We’re still learning more and more about the effects CBD can have on both the body and mind.

Personal experience and early research indicate it may assist with stress, anxiety, sleep, short-term pain relief, inflammation, muscle recovery, epilepsy, seizures and much more, but these studies are still preliminary and more research is needed.

CBD is a herbal accompaniment to take alongside your existing routine and although it can have some positive impacts on your health and wellbeing like those outlined above, like any supplement it works best alongside other positive changes.

Mary Biles, author and cannabis writer, explains: “Right now, everyone should be taking CBD to support their wellness so they don’t actually make themselves ill as a result. It’s a great tool for wellness, as long as it’s accompanied by other things.”

If you’re curious about taking CBD for wellness, we’d recommend incorporating it into your morning or evening rituals to see the difference it can make to your life.

Everyday wellness

One thing many people who take CBD, or who are considering taking CBD don’t realise is that CBD is not just a reactionary tool, only to be used as and when you feel you need it.

While many people take it for things like sleep and anxiety (clinical studies still pending), it’s actually a great herbal supplement to incorporate into your daily self-care ritual to help you feel your best every day.

It’s slower build up in the body means that it’s most effective when taken regularly. And it’s likely that the longer and more regularly you take it, the more difference you’ll notice.

CBD and mental health

The pressures of modern society have brought about a mental health crisis, with waiting lists for therapy longer than ever. In such a stressful and demanding world, many of us are working longer hours than ever, spending less time with our families, on hobbies, sports and other things that help us relax and de-stress.

Often, things essential to our wellbeing as humans such as physical exercise, spending time in nature, spending time with the people we love, relaxing or having the time to indulge in other things we’re interested in are put to one side because work or day-to-day demands of life get in the way. This extra stress can also prevent the restful sleep our bodies need to function properly and have a negative effect on our brain and mental health.

Understandably, wellbeing and meditation apps are becoming more popular in an overstressed population, but even then, we sadly seem not to have enough time.

Poppy Jamie, co-founder of mindfulness and wellbeing app Happy not Perfect, found that less than 15% of the people she interviewed in her own market research could stick to the demands of meditation, a common recommendation for mental wellbeing. She believes that CBD, along with a good self-care ritual is important for mental health.

 “The great thing with CBD is that it is tactile. You can touch it and feel it, whereas mental health is quite in the head. It does aid relaxation, it’s that ritual element and I think rituals are really important to support mental health.” - P.J

Can CBD help with anxiety and sleep? 

Preliminary research as well as overwhelming anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD’s soothing properties can help us manage our anxiety and sleep. In a study of 72 adults that battled with anxiety and poor sleep, 57 (79.2%) saw decreased anxiety while 48 (66.7%) had improved sleep after taking CBD.

Another study by Dr Julie Moltke, a medical doctor who works with stress reduction found that over 40% of people she worked with use CBD for stress or anxiety.

Meanwhile, Dr Chandni Hindocha, an internationally award-winning research fellow in clinical psychopharmacology at UCL, says:

In terms of psychopharmacology, we do know that CBD definitely, at high doses, affect sleep and anxiety.” At lower doses CBD will not sedate you, but it might help you relax in a more holistic way."

Does CBD really do anything? 

While clinical research is still fairly limited at this stage, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that CBD can be beneficial for our mental and physical health. However, it’s not a medical cure-all or and should be incorporated alongside a healthy lifestyle for the best results.

How does CBD make you feel?

Since everyone is different, there isn’t one singular way that CBD can make you feel. It can also depend on what you’re taking CBD for. For some people, it may make them feel less anxious, quieting the daily noise and worries that whiz around in their head.

For others, it can help them get a more restful night’s sleep, helping them feel less tired in the day and as a result more energised and able to concentrate. It really depends on your own individual body chemistry and reasons for taking CBD.

This is why we always recommend that if you’re new to CBD, you trial different strengths first using a starter kit before making a decision on the best dosage for you.  

Mary Biles, holistic practitioner and author of ‘The CBD Book: Essential Guide to CBD Oil’, says:

“It’s feeling in a balanced mood. It’s your body doing what you want it to do. You don’t ache when you get up in the morning, you’ve got energy. All these things are about balance, and that’s what CBD is about.” 

Curious about CBD and excited to start your own journey? Try it without committing with our CBD starter kit for just £19.



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