There is widespread concern, fear and stress all over the world right now because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, as well as the unpredictable nature of the virus and its ease of transmission.  According to the World Health Organization, it’s crucial to maintain psychological resilience and mental health during this pandemic.

Many people will unfortunately resort to the use of alcohol or illicit substances during this time, exacerbating the existing mental health and substance abuse crisis that we were already facing.  And even for those who don’t resort to unhealthy vices, it can still be hard to escape the constant weight we all feel on our shoulders today.  Which is why we seek to educate others on a multitude of integrative options such as the use of high quality CBD and its ability to help achieve balance in the body and calm the mind.  Many also describe CBD as helping them to face difficult tasks, emotions and conversations while remaining calm vs. running away from or trying to numb their fears.  Which is important to note as suppression of emotion is known to cause a multitude of physical and mental health issues.

For many years, cannabidiol (CBD) has been know as a powerful cannabinoid or cannabis compound found in cannabis plants.  It’s fully legal, widely used, not addictive and cannot make you “high”.  Hemp-derived CBD is often confused with marijuana, the more widely known and stigmatized cannabis plant that contains high levels of THC, the psychoactive compound that actually can make you “high”.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signaling system identified in the early 1990s by researchers.  Often referred to by scientists and researchers as “Our Universal Regulator”, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a very important role in your survival. This is due to its ability to play a critical role in maintaining homeostasis in your human body, which encompasses the brain, endocrine, and immune system, to name a few.

What are Endocannabinoid Receptors?

These receptors are found throughout your ECS. Endocannabinoids bind to them in order to signal that the ECS needs to take action.

There are two main endocannabinoid receptors:

  • CB1 receptors, which are mostly found in your central nervous system
  • CB2 receptors, which are mostly found in your peripheral nervous system, especially immune cells

How does CBD interact with the ECS?

One of the most coveted cannabinoids is cannabidiol (CBD) and it  boasts many reported benefits.  Experts aren’t completely sure how CBD interacts with the ECS, but many believe it works by preventing endocannabinoids from being broken down. This allows them to have more of an effect on your body. Others believe that CBD binds to a receptor that hasn’t been discovered yet.

While the details of how it works are still under debate, research and countless users suggest CBD can have numerous benefits by bringing homeostasis to your body. And for those that believe that THC is the only compound in the cannabis plant that has powerful benefits, that’s simply not true.  It’s a common misconception that the benefits of cannabis come only from THC.  You don’t have to get high from marijuana to receive the benefits of the cannabis plant, unless that’s a personal choice that you choose to make.

Just to be sure, can we get clear on the THC? 

Marijuana and Hemp are different types of cannabin plants.  Marijuana contains 20-30% THC.  Hemp contains <0.3% THC by legal definition, also referred to as “trace amounts of THC”.  That being said, we recognize that many people have concerns over any amount of THC being in their products.  Which is why we use a special purification process to remove trace amounts of THC from our hemp-derived CBD oil.  We then utilize third-party laboratory testing to ensure every batch contains 0.0% THC or less.

Here are the important things you should check for when buying CBD oil.

  • Third-party lab testing: Make sure that you’re buying a CBD product that has been lab-tested for purity and potency and has a certificate of analysis (COA). It is best to buy CBD oil that contains broad-spectrum CBD or cannabinoids.
  • Made of natural ingredients: Only buy CBD oil that is made of 100% natural ingredients, like CBD oil with MCT or hemp seed oil, which are both rich in essential fatty acids.
  • Organic and non-GMO: Choose organic CBD oil without preservatives, fillers, dyes or additives, as well as non-GMO.

Conclusion

During this difficult time we are facing as humanity, using CBD daily is a great way to help you stay calm and cope with your emotions. It’s also great to combine with a meditation practice or nighttime routine to help relax your body.

You can use CBD oil under the tongue or in a beverage by using drops, or you can use softgels or gummies if  you prefer simplicity and ease of use.

And if you’re stuck at home, a fun way to enjoy CBD while helping cope with boredom is by creating your own CBD edibles.  Check out this CBD Lemon Mango Bar recipe and advice on cooking with CBD.

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