The idea of putting others' needs before your own is a respectable quality, but it can often lead to burnout and a decline in your personal health. By taking the time to manage your own physical, mental, and emotional needs, you’ll not only be helping yourself but everyone around you!
Pain Management and Recovery
Whether you need help bouncing back after the gym or an aid to manage aches and pains, CBD and other cannabinoids such as CBDA are here for you. In a 2015 study, CBD was shown to promote the release of arachidonic acid which leads to greater healing capabilities in skeletal and muscular cells. This in addition to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties has made it increasingly popular among athletes. For those who need help getting to the gym, CBDA might be more effective than the more popular CBD. CBDA is essentially the precursor to CBD still in its raw acidic form. This small difference can have a huge impact as it increases the bioavailability of the molecule. In other words, when you consume CBDA your body is absorbing up to 11 times more than a CBD formula. This can result in more pronounced anti-inflammatory effects and potentially a higher level of relief.
You just can’t ignore that gut feeling especially when your gut isn’t feeling good. Digestive health has a profound effect on overall health (whether that be physical or mental) yet it often goes overlooked. Finding a diet that caters to your individual needs is a huge piece of the puzzle but CBD, and in particular CBG, can help to relieve digestive issues. In a 2013 study by the University of Naples, CBG was shown to reduce inflammation associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Even in individuals without IBS, reducing inflammation in the digestive tract can reduce bloating and constipation. Mental health is also largely impacted by this region as 95% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gut by good bacteria. Evidence suggests that cannabinoids help to bring balance to gut bacteria allowing for healthy levels of serotonin production.
Hormonal and Sexual Health
Central to everyone’s overall health are hormones. These chemicals are essential to our body’s ability to regulate metabolism, growth, sleep, and sexual function just to name a few. Studies have shown that CBD may help to reduce the secretion of cortisol which can interfere with the body’s ability to produce thyroid and sex hormones. The relaxing effects of CBD also make it a popular ingredient in many topicals including lubricant. With lower cortisol levels and a greater sense of relaxation, cannabinoids can really help set the mood.
The cannabinoid receptors found in the female reproductive system allow for CBD to help regulate and reduce symptoms associated with menopause and menstruation. Evidence suggests that CBD may help to balance moods, improve sleep, and lower the rate of bone density loss caused by menopause. The anti-inflammatory properties of the cannabinoid have also shown to help alleviate pain caused by menstrual cramps. With CBD formulas available in such a wide variety of products both topical and ingestable, adding a natural remedy to your medicine cabinet is easier than ever!
Neurological Health (CBD and Adaptogenic Mushrooms)
If you’re familiar with CBD, there’s a good chance you’ve also seen adaptogenic mushroom products but what are they? Adaptogenic mushrooms are not hallucinogenic nor will they alter your state of consciousness. These mushrooms are incredibly beneficial as they increase your body’s resistance to physical, biological, and chemical stress. Different species also have different benefits as reishi mushrooms tend to boost immunity while lion’s mane mushrooms improve brain function. Recent research shows that certain species of mushroom can offer a potential preventative measure against Alzheimer's Disease. They do so by increasing the brain’s nerve growth factor, lowering neuroinflammation, and improving neuron repair.
When you pair the benefits of these with all the amazing properties of CBD you get some seriously powerful products.
So what if mushrooms aren’t your thing? How do cannabinoids affect neurological and/or mental health? CBD has shown to be a safe and effective treatment for drug-resistant forms of epilepsy such as Dravet syndrome, Lennox Gastaut syndrome, and tuberous sclerosis complex. In recent years, a growing number of people have discovered the benefits CBD can have on improving mental health. While research is still limited, CBD is promising in the reduction of symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Every year more and more clinical studies become available analyzing the various properties of cannabinoids and the potential uses. The possibilities seem endless and it is truly an exciting time to be alive!
Show Yourself Some Love: Products We Recommend
Wave Keep Moving Tincture This extra strength formula comes with a whopping 2000 mg. Extra relief is added with the raw CBDA included. Research has confirmed that together these cannabinoids act as anti-inflammatories, which is the main source of pain. This Wave is a must have for staying active. Shop here!
Welliva CBD:CBG Gummies This vegan formula has become a favorite of our staff and customers for daytime mood support. The added CBG can help with daytime anxiety while promoting calmness and focus. For an added bonus they can also help with inflammation and pain to reduce tension that can build throughout the day. Shop here!
Welliva Women’s Health This wonderful cooling formula is specially formulated to provide natural support for menopause symptoms like Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Mood, Pain and Inflammation. Shop here!
Foria Teaser Meet the dynamic duo to take your intimacy to the next level. Use Awaken Arousal Oil for increased pleasure and Sex Oil for long-lasting lubrication, both come in 15ml travel sizes. Shop here!
Period Patch Ease menstrual cramps and discomfort the the Period Patch from Good Patch. These topical patches offer a steady release of Premium Hemp Extract and other key ingredients lasting 8-12 hours. Shop here!
Mr. Moxey Relief Mints Delicious and convenient, these mints deliver the relieving combination of 5mg of CBD, 5mg of CBG, holy basil, chamomile, and lemon grass in each refreshing mint. Shop here!
Batch Mushroom Gummies A delicious and convenient way to get a daily dose of adaptogenic mushrooms. Each gummy comes packed with reishi, lion’s mane, and cordyceps extracts to give you the immunity and mental boost we all crave. Shop here!
Apothecary Digest Digest big meals with ease and recover faster with this gastrointestinal support blend of herbs and CBD. This blend of Licorice root, Ginger root, Peppermint, Fennel, and CBD come together to reduce inflammation, reduce gastrointestinal pain and discomfort, repair stomach lining, and decrease bloat. A purse must-have after big meals. Shop here!
Apothecary Forager’s Java
This is not your average cup of coffee. Each cup provides a smooth & rich coffee flavor that’s complemented by invigorating fungi, including Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Lion’s Mane. This instant coffee comes ready to drink – just stir into your favorite milk or water, and enjoy hot or iced! Shop here!