SO WHATS THE HYPE?
For those who know me, they know that my morning routine ritual is my jam. It is usually the highlight of my day. CBD plays a large role in that morning magic. Every single day I supplement with CBD oil and treat it as I would any other morning vitamin or daily superfood smoothie. CBD is something I have only recently incorporated into my diet (within the last 3 months) but it is now one of my most loved daily doses. Ideally, once I've finished exercising and getting outdoors in the early morning, I come home to shower, stretch and enjoy a fresh green juice or my new favorite - cbd cocktail - while I take my other vitamins/supplements. Approx. four days a week I supplement with Max B Vitamin, Magnesium, Spirulina and Vitamin D. You can find these products and more here. I drink a ton of 9.5 pH kangen water throughout the morning and sip on my cbd juice while I begin my work day and check my cellphone for the first time. I usually intermittent fast until 12 noon or 1 o'clock and then prepare a smoothie bowl or big savory veggie bowl for myself.
CBD promotes my mental clarity, concentration and well being. It ensures I feel relaxed, focused and energetic throughout the day. It also promotes an amazing night's sleep. A solid hit of 8-9 hours ensures I wake up feeling rested and rejuvenated. Fortunately, I am not currently dealing with any medical conditions or ailments - which is a beautiful blessing. That being said, I continue to take CBD daily to promote long-term preventative health. I am an avid believer in the health benefits of high quality cbd.
I recommend CBD to every one of my closest friends, family members and private health coaching clients.
WHAT TO KNOW FIRST...
1. CBD oil does not get you high. Not even a little bit.
Although CBD, or cannabidiol, comes from the same cannabis plant that you would trim buds from to smoke, CBD contains only trace amounts (less than 0.3 %) of THC—the chemical component in marijuana that has psychoactive effects (makes you high.) CBD Oil is not cannabis or weed oil. (Although I do love and actively use both CBD and cannabis oil.) CBD contains cannabinoids, which are the naturally occurring chemicals within the hemp plant that are anti-inflammatory and patented by the U.S. government as a neuroprotectant and antioxidant.
According to Anjali Dsouza, M.D., of the District Center for Integrative Medicine, "Cannabinoids like CBD can help achieve and support a stable balance in our bodies. CBD is currently used in a wide range of clinical scenarios including cancer, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injuries, insomnia, anxiety, and PTSD."
2. CBD hemp oil is not illegal. Not even a little bit.
Cannabidiol oil is legal under United States federal law, regardless of a prescription or doctor's referral. You don't need to be a certain age of require a doctor's recommendation to use CBD oil daily. CBD oil is legal in all 50 states and over 40 countries around the world. It is most commonly sold in a concentrated tincture with oil and occasionally some extra flavoring, such as turmeric.
3. Is there such thing as Vegan CBD oil?
As long as the CBD oil you're using is not combined with an animal derived oil (i.e. fish oil) most CBDs are 100% vegan. You'll want to look for all natural CBD with no additives or preservatives. This is very important. Your CBD should contain no synergistic cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils or other compounds of the original plant. The CBD you use should be the highest grade product in the most pure and simple form. Glass bottles are best to avoid excessive plastic waste and maintain the freshness and quality of your oil. I share the exact brand of CBD oil I use below.
WHY SHOULD I USE CBD OIL?
If nothing else, my hopes with my website are to encourage you to always consider a more holistic and natural option when seeking help or results from an exterior factor.
In all aspects of your life - you contain the power and knowledge within you to act and live intuitively and in align with your body's natural ability to be healthy and whole.
Eat the foods that make you feel the best physically, morally, spiritually and energetically. Spend time with people who flow naturally into your life and inspire you to become the highest version of yourself. Spend time in nature and opt for plants, water and positive human connection over and above all else. When considering supplementing with anything in this life, be open minded and in tune with your body's wants and needs. There is no pill, powder, supplement or shake that is going to be your one answer. To change your inner state of physical/mental health and wellbeing, we often must change our external environment.
In my eyes, there are two forms of nourishment to be considered at all times. Primary food and secondary food. Secondary food is the food we eat and water we drink. The plant foods - fruits, nuts, seeds and grains. And the high quality, living water. Primary foods, however, are more than what is on your plate. Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career, a fulfilling sex life and a consistent spiritual practice can fill your soul and satisfy your health and hunger for life. I am not sharing this blog to tell you that CBD is your cure for one (or few) of the various health issues listed below. I am sharing with you that it is one healthful and holistic option.
CBD + ANXIETY RELIEF
Record numbers of people in modern society, predominantly women, suffer from mild to extreme anxiety. Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is one of the most common forms of anxiety disorders that impair quality of life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 15 million adults in the United States have social phobia and about 6.8 million have a generalized anxiety disorder. Billions of dollars are spent every year on traditional treatments usually involves counseling and addictive tranquilizers to treat this condition, yet as the doctor writes out a prescription, he or she knows that the cause of the condition is unknown. Since human beings have lived with the fear response for all of time, we know there should be a way to heal anxiety naturally and healthfully. In my eyes, the best way to approach the mild-to-moderate types of anxiety is to treat it not as a disease, but as a challenge. I believe that you should use your emotions, not allow them to use you. The challenge for many is to bring the fear response back under control. Otherwise, anxiety can quickly becomes ingrained and over time, spiral downward. The anxious person begins to be afraid of being afraid, because he or she knows that they have no power against it.
In order to find the "answer" to anxiety, we must start by dealing with anxiety by healing its underlying causes. According to Deepak Chopra, If you suffer from anxiety, your mind has gotten into the habit of holding on to fear instead of letting the response follow its natural cycle. What you need to do is to get it back into its normal rhythm. Your body wants to respond naturally but is being held back. Left to itself, the fear response isn't mental; it's physical. There are three steps to get the body accustomed to being in charge of fear again.
1. Get out of your mind and back into your body.
2. Clear the fear response.
3. Calm the body into its natural state of relaxation.
As mentioned above, there is not one pill, powder, superfood or supplement that is going to be your answer for anxiety. Although, CBD may not be your "cure all" for anxiety, it may be the perfect all-natural, non-addictive supplement that will help you find calmness and clarity while you work on the underlying issues causing your anxiety in the first place.
In a 2011 study, scientists wanted to study the effects of CBD on people with SAD. The scientists selected 24 people with this condition who had never received treatment for SAD then divided participants into two groups. One group received 600 mg of CBD while the control group received a placebo. The scientists then asked study participants to take part in a simulated public speaking test while researchers measured blood pressure, heart rate and other measurements of physiological and psychological stress.
The CBD group showed significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance. In comparison, those in the placebo group presented higher anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort.
CBD and other cannabis products have played a huge role in my recovery from anxiety and onset insomnia. CBD and meditation is the first recommendation I share with any friends, family or private clients who are dealing with anxiety or depression. Use CBD to create an environment for yourself that allows inner reflection and personal growth, and observe as your anxiety begins to dissolve from your current reality.
CBD + Digestive Aid
When the human body is out of homeostasis and it’s immune system is compromised, a number of things can happen. Due to chemotherapy and radiation, inflammation often runs rampant, and oxidative stress takes a toll on even the healthiest of cells.
A healthy appetite is vital to a healthy body, especially when the body is healing from illnesses that may decrease the appetite to the point of preventing the body from healing itself. CBD oil can be used to stimulate your appetite, according to the National Cancer Institute, because CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors in the body. Scientists believe these receptors play an important role in regulating feeding behavior. CBDs stimulate appetite when they dock onto these receptors.
A study conducted in 2011 shows that CBD has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help those in cancer treatment. Additionally, as a patented neuro protectant and antioxidant, CBD helped to calm the body’s nervous system. This aids those suffering from a loss of appetite by slowing down firing signals and calming the digestive tract.
CBD + NAUSEA, VOMITING + PAIN
CBDs bind to CB1 receptors in the body to relieve pain and soreness. CBD also has an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces swelling.
CBD eases nausea and vomiting. This is especially helpful for individuals enduring chemotherapy and other treatments for serious diseases, as well as pregnant woman who may be suffering from morning sickness.
CBD + CANCER
The National Cancer Institute details several studies into the anti-tumor effects of CBD. One study in mice and rats suggest CBDs “may have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors.” CBD oil may do this by inducing tumor cell death, inhibiting cancer cell growth, and by controlling and then inhibiting the spread of cancer cells in our body.
One study by California Pacific Medical Center suggests CBD “turns off” the gene involved in the spread of breast cancer. These scientists found CBD inhibits ID-1, an action that prevents cancer cells from traveling long distances to distant tissues.
CBD AS AN Antipsychotic
CBD continues to surprise medical researchers with the variety of common health benefits it provides. An increasing number of scientists, physicians and consumers are learning about these health benefits and incorporating CBD into a healthy lifestyle plan. CBD also combats other psychological issues, including working as an antipsychotic to combat psychosis. Additionally, CBD works to reduce chronic anxiety and depression disorders. These benefits of CBD are also helpful for patients struggling with temporary anxiety and depression resulting from a more serious medical condition.
SO WHAT TYPE OF CBD DO I USE?
After months of research and personal experimentation, I am excited to share that NuLeaf CBD is the best CBD I have come across.
NuLeaf Naturals wellness products are derived from specially bred therapeutic hemp (Cannabis Sativa) plants grown on licensed farms in Colorado, USA.Their products are whole-plant extracts, not synthetic and not an isolate of any kind. The plants used to manufacture their products are grown using organic and sustainable farming practices. NuLeaf utilizes advanced engineering processes to create premium cannabinoid wellness products with a full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes. They also use CO2 extraction systems as our primary tool for extracting the photo-nutrients from each plant. This method does not require heat or solvents, and the entire spectrum of cannabinoids are retained in the blend. They see their products from cultivation and processing to formulation and sale.
NuLeaf Naturals CBD wellness products are all natural with no additives or preservatives, and contain all the synergistic cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils and other compounds of the original plant.
The company is also owned and run by close friends of mine who are equally as passionate about veganism and sustainability as myself. If you're going to make the investment in your immediate and lasting health with CBD products, NuLeaf CBD comes highly recommended by me and many others. You can shop their products below and use my name "amelia" at checkout to save 20% off your entire order. NuLeaf CBD is purchased by thousands around the world and shipped internationally. They offer free shipping for all orders within the US. Most orders are delivered within 2 – 3 business days.
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HOW MUCH SHOULD I TAKE?
The most important thing to remember is that every person's endocannabinoid system is unique. I reccomend experimenting with CBD to find a dose that works best for you and your body. Most people (myself included) report success with CBD with 10 drops of CBD which equals about 25mg of CBD.
HOW SHOULD I USE IT?
My favorite way to incorporate a healthy hit of vitamins, nutrients and cbd in my morning routine is my CBD Cocktail. This recipe is simple, easy to make and will flood your body with an abundance of mineral rich goodness. If you're not yet familiar with Dr. Anthony William, I highly suggest you read his book "Life Changing Foods" here. It is the best of the best on the market today. If you're already familiar with Dr. William's work, you know that fresh celery juice is the savior when it comes to chronic illness. Although Dr. William usually reccomend drinking celery juice plain, on an empty stomach, I sometimes get a little creative and incorporate one teaspoon of Hawaiian spirulina powder into my CBD Cocktail. This additive is completely optional and not needed to receive the full health benefits from the CBD and Celery. Here we go...
1/2 - 1 LARGE HEAD OF ORGANIC CELERY
10 DROPS OF 2485 or 4850 Mg of full spectrum NU LEAF CBD
1 TEASPOON HAWAIIAN SPIRULINA (OPTIONAL)
BLEND CELERY AND SPIRULINA IN A HIGH SPEED BLENDER AND STRAIN THROUGH A NUT MYLK BAG OR CHEESE CLOTH. YOU CAN ALSO USE A JUICER TO JUICE THE CELERY AND THEN STIR IN THE SPIRULINA AFTER. I LOVE TO POUR MY CELERY JUICE OVER ICE AND THEN DROP IN 10 DROPS OF NU LEAF CBD BEFORE ENJOYING
Additional Celery Juice Tips:
Depending on how much celery you juice, you may have a larger serving than you're able to finish. If this is the case, you can safely store your extra juice in a tightly-sealed container and refrigerate it. Remember to consume this within the next one-two days. You can also use your celery juice as an additional ingredient for soups or mix some in salad dressings or add some other vegetables and fruits to it to make a smoothie.
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