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With the rising popularity of cannabidiol, or CBD, an increasing number of people are turning to the compound as a natural health remedy. More and more people are actually reporting beneficial results from consistent use and seeing improvements in an ever-expanding list of symptoms.
However, CBD is not the only hero involved in providing these results. There are other, less known compounds working in synergy with cannabinoids that also play a role in delivering relief. Research in the industry shows that there are important interactions happening between CBD and the hundreds of other organic compounds found in the hemp plant – most notably, terpenes.
Terpenes are those aromatic, natural scent compounds that plants produce to repel pests and attract pollinators. Think of the aroma of flowers in a garden, the smell of fruits in your home, or even natural house-made cleaning products. These compounds create the characteristic scent of many plants such as pine, lavender and lemon peels.
Studies indicate that one of the richest sources of terpenes in the plant kingdom is actually found in hemp. These compounds are responsible for the aroma of and are thought to help increase the healing properties of the plant as they are also antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.
If you’re familiar with essential oils, terpenes work in a similar fashion. For instance, peppermint oil can help relieve headaches, and lavender oils can help you relax, and even stop the itch from bug bites.
Terpenes are similar in that they are attributed to uplifting, relaxing or healing effects.
They are found in many plants, including the hemp plant, and can therefore be found almost anywhere in your daily life. Consider the smell a pine tree gives off; that is from a terpene called pinene. The smell of orange peels comes from the terpene limonene.
Amazingly, there are over 200 different types of terpenes that have thus far been identified in the hemp plant alone and each one is associated with its own unique effects. Even though the medicinal benefits of terpenes are still being researched, recent studies have shown that they work in synergy with CBD and other cannabinoids to improve the benefits.
Terpenes are known to be bioactive, or to affect the body. The way it affects an individual is based on the concentration or potency of terpene itself and how a person uses it in their routine.
Have you ever taken a scented bubble bath or used lavender soap? A massage with fragrant oils or walked through a field of scented flowers? Those experiences surely affected your mood, making you feel more relaxed and calm. These feelings were brought on by the terpenes and the beneficial effects of aromatherapy.
In addition to the simple aromas that come from terpenes, many have been found to have a direct health benefit when ingested or applied topically (Do not ingest essential oils. Their benefits are limited to aromatic or topical use.).
In fact, research shows that the terpene linalool might actually reverse some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Another terpene, myrcene has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. In other words, research consistently suggests that terpenes alone may have some incredible health benefits that reach far beyond their aroma.
In short– entourage. And no, not the HBO show. Rather, the entourage effect.
In the show, a celebrity runs around with a big crew everywhere he goes. Similarly, in nature, certain compounds do the same thing. In this case, the entourage of compounds that CBD brings with it has an impact on how it works for you.
The entourage effect is the idea that some compounds work better as a group than they do by themselves. It occurs when terpenes, cannabinoids (CBD), and flavonoids all work synergistically to produce a more significant effect in the body than if the compounds were taken separately.
The idea is that if a cannabinoid and a terpene each produce a similar therapeutic effect on their own, when combined, their effects are that much more potent. In other words, terpenes can actually turn up or turn down the volume on the way CBD affects you.
So if you are looking for CBD for sleep, it is a good idea to find a product that combines CBD with terpenes like myrcene and terpinolene, like in the tincture, Dream.
The SOOTHE topical product has a stimulating scent that comes from the inclusion of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint and menthol. People often rave about the scent of this topical relief balm.
While there are many terpenes in the natural world, scientists have only studied a handful. The terpenes currently most well-known for their strong effects are:
Let’s break down the most prevalent terpenes by how they affect the body and their benefits:
Studies suggest that myrcene has the following properties:
This terpene is often used in natural remedies for sleep, inflammation and pain.
As its name suggests, limonene is frequently found in nature as the oil found mainly in the rinds of citrus fruits. This terpene is most often used to ease stress and promote a sense of calm and elevate one’s mood.
This terpene is the most widely-distributed in nature. Pinene is responsible for the distinctive aromas of pine and fir. It has anti-inflammatory properties, but the most compelling aspect of this compound is its newfound potential to support memory.
Terpinolene is commonly found in plants known for pleasant fragrances such as rosemary, lilac and apples. Human studies have identified terpinolene as a potential antioxidant and to have sedative properties. This terpene is being studied to have potential to decrease cell proliferation associated with cancer.
This terpene is best known for creating lavender’s signature relaxing aroma, and is very common in hemp. CBD containing linalool is known to help people relax and have a sense of soothing because of its modulatory activity on glutamate and the neurotransmitter systems in the body.
Humulene is a terpene that many people use to help manage their weight. There are some studies showing that humulene may help decrease appetite. It is also often taken as a pain reliever.
It is clear that terpenes are not only essential to hemp, but to plants and nature as a whole. From smelling specific essential oils, ingesting terpene-rich plants, or even just spending time in areas with high-terpene content may provide some amazing health benefits.
When combined with CBD, they provide a critical boost that achieves more targeted, desired effects, such as pain relief, help sleeping, increase in focus, and more. They are natural compounds and a critical aspect to help receive the full range of benefits CBD has on the body.
If you want to experience the effects of CBD with terpenes, be sure to invest in organic, high-quality CBD products that are backed by authentic third-party lab reports.
Aging is a state of mind… or is it?
According to a lecture by Jill Helms from the Stanford School of Medicine, there is what we call “chronological aging” and “biological aging,” or how old our cells think they are.
Your chronological age is simply how long you have been living your life. It’s your age, strictly in terms of time: “65 years old”. This is the primary way people define their age. We often use chronological age in healthcare settings as the primary risk factor for things like chronic diseases, mortality, impairments, etc.
Biological aging, however, is the idea that aging occurs in your body based on the physiological changes that occur. Unlike chronological age, it takes into account several factors outside of just the day you were born, such as genetics, lifestyle, nutrition, current diseases, and more.
Here’s an example, if you’re a 40-year-old male who does not exercise, only eats fast food, and has smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for most of your life, your chronological age is 40. However, your biological age is likely to be a lot greater than 40.
Let me explain: in the 1900s, the average life span was 31 years. In the 2000s, that increased to 71. In 2020, there were an estimated 727 million persons aged 65 years or over worldwide. This number is projected to more than double by 2050, reaching over 1.5 billion persons.
In other words, we are living longer than ever before. And it doesn’t seem that this trend is about to go anywhere. Groups like Stanford, MIT, AARP, UCSD Center on Healthy Aging, the Milken Institute, the National Institute on Aging, and more are all writing and reporting on the impact of this trend on our world and our lives.
It’s why we at Wisdom Essentials talk so much about the Modern Midlifer and why it’s important that we –and others like us—are committed to, as Dr. Helms says, “thinking, rethinking and redefining the last 1/3 of our lives.”
The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the “double whammy” of living, long, healthy lives: stress.
From making us ill to making us look older, stress is known to have adverse effects on our overall health. For example, I recently saw two portraits of James K. Polk, the 11th President of the United States. They were painted within three years of each other and in just three years of his raucous presidency, the man visibly aged. He actually died just months after leaving the White House after one term.
Former President James K. Polk in 1846 and 1849
Even more recently, if you compare images of Former President Barack Obama in his first year of presidency compared to his last – whew! The toughest job of the land is the perfect example of how stress can affect how you age, especially on the outside.
Former President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2016
Dr. Jill Helms describes this process of biological aging scientifically in her lecture. She explains that our DNA actually changes with stress. On the top of each strand of DNA are proteins called telomeres. Like the plastic tips on the top of your shoelaces, they are meant to protect our DNA and allow for cellular health.
However, when stress is added to your life and to your body, it actually shortens these telomeres and wears them down until there is little to no protection for your cells. Ultimately undefended, our cells can’t function properly and start to age and die.
Simplified, here’s what that looks like:
Stress → Shorter Telomeres → Cells Stop Functioning → Aging
Therefore, stress → aging.
In fact, research by Cambridge University shows that overreacting, constantly worrying, and living in a state of perpetual anxiety can reduce life expectancy. This is because stress and anxiety trigger your body’s flight-or-fight response, which causes you to secrete a hormone called cortisol.
Too much cortisol has been shown to lower the immune system and affect heart health. In other words, when our fight-or-flight is triggered, whether by real danger or by anxiety or stress, our bodies react physically.
What does this mean? It means that with the right lifestyle changes, you could actually mediate your body’s response to stress and anxiety and develop a younger biological age than your chronological age.
It’s all about how you live your life, how you continue on in this Second Act.
In the words of Dr. Helms, balance constitutes youth. A stable equilibrium within the body can help defend against biological aging. To do this, we have to maintain the mental strength to remain mentally engaged and to continue learning. With a regularly stimulated mind, those extra years we are getting can be well-spent.
Here are some other ways you can keep a lifestyle that exercises your biological age:
As Modern Midlifers, we keep these practices at the forefront of our minds and infuse joy into our lives by making these habits. It’s how we can live our best lives on our own terms.
We develop our unique products with all this in mind, so you can enjoy your life and regulate the impact of stress on your body. Check out our CALM tincture to help to maintain well-being, reduce symptoms of anxiety, and give voice to your inner wisdom that knows exactly what to do (or what not to do).
There was a time in our lives when we could go right to sleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow. We’d wake up refreshed and in a state of bliss the next day. Good times, right?
Unfortunately, nowadays, it seems like those times may never come back.
There are many causes for lack of quality sleep, and oftentimes, you’re experiencing more than one. You’ve probably even tried a number of different “remedies” such as going to sleep early or even changing out your mattress. Regardless of what you try, you might find that true, restful sleep continues to evade you.
So what can you do to improve your sleep patterns?
Many Modern Midlifers are finding rest and wellness with the help of CBD tinctures for sleep. If you’re wondering what CBD oil is and how it can help you get more quality rest, here is what you need to know:
CBD –or cannabidiol– is a component of the cannabis plant. CBD oil is made by extracting that component and then diluting it with a carrier oil, such as coconut or hemp seed oil.
This process brings about many potential benefits to the human body when used, both topically and when ingested. For instance, there are several brands that specialize in CBD-infused products, ranging from lip balms and lotions to body wash and foods.
The benefit of CBD is that it provides positive reactions that range from reducing symptoms of anxiety to appetite control. Of course, it is also thought to help with sleep, depression, and other problems you may face in your life as well.
A slew of studies has shown the effectiveness of CBD over several methods. For instance, various research and studies indicate that CBD impacts cortisol levels, a stress chemical, within your system.
Generally speaking, cortisol levels should increase in the morning and decline over the day. However, individuals who suffer from insomnia or restlessness may see higher levels of this hormone at night, hence the difficulty in falling asleep.
Further, scientists have found that if individuals take under 700mg of CBD before sleeping, they could find more comfort and sleep well. A few studies have also combined insomnia medicine with CBD and found that it can provide improved sleep compared to merely taking the insomnia drug by itself.
In other words, the effects of CBD could potentially be more effective than prescription insomnia medications. As such, people are increasingly taking advantage of custom-formulated CBD products that target specific needs, such as Wisdom Essentials’ Dream for improved sleep or Focus for mental clarity.
At the end of the day, sleep is a critical part of your life and your health. Better rest leads to a more holistic and happy life. It is important to address the root causes of your sleep problems and treat your troubles to avoid a range of health problems, such as diabetes, obesity, and even long-term sadness – all of which stem from a lack of proper sleep.
The suggested benefits of CBD help to calm the mind, lower stress hormones, and ultimately, provide better sleep. If you’re interested in exploring CBD for sleep, check out our Wake Up & Wind Down bundle.
You’ve read the articles and heard the stories: Cannabidiol (CBD) changes people’s lives. From calling it “Nature’s Xanax” to the baffling amount of products out there, you figure ‘Why not give it a try?”, right?
You do your research and find that CBD may reduce inflammation, ease painful muscles and joints, help you sleep, relieve anxiety, and even give you a sense of calm. So, there, you’ve decided. You want to see what all the buzz is about and experience the magic for yourself.
You find a brand, you buy the product, you get that package on your doorstep, and then…NOTHING.
Now, you’re thinking, is all this CBD hype just a scam? Is it just “snake oil”? You’re wondering if you just wasted your money.
If you have tried CBD without getting the desired effect, know that you are not the only one. However, that does not mean CBD is fake and the industry nothing but a scam. Before you give up completely and think people who are into CBD are just full of it, consider that there may be a reason the CBD supplement you bought may not be working for you.
This article will guide you through 8 possible reasons you are not getting the life changing benefits CBD has brought to so many others.
The 8 reasons CBD may not be working for you;
1- You purchased a poor-quality CBD product
2-You’re taking the improper CBD dosage
3-You haven’t used CBD long enough
4-CBD can’t fix an unhealthy lifestyle
5-You have unrealistic expectations
6-You’re not using the proper consumption method
7-You may have a tolerance to CBD
8-You’re endocannabinoid system is adjusting
As it grows in popularity, CBD supplements are popping up everywhere, from gas stations to quick-service retailers. You may have even been offered free samples if you just pay shipping.
Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of people and not labeling products honestly or accurately. In fact, many of these products are very low quality and may not even have any CBD in them!
One group of researchers did a study of 84 CBD products and found that only 31% of them contained the amount of CBD that had been advertised. The FDA actually sends warning letters to these companies, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
The next time you are looking for a CBD product, the number one thing you need to check for is third-party lab results. If a company does not share lab results of their products, it’s very possible their products are not trustworthy and they may be misrepresenting the amount of CBD contained or have harmful contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides.
CBD companies should be fully transparent and share a certificate of analysis for every product they have so consumers don’t have to blindly trust their CBD products contain the promised amount of CBD and are free from harmful contaminants. In fact, the best brands typically have a QR code on their products to make it easy to see these lab results.
There are many misguided expectations about what the effect of CBD is and how long it takes to experience these feelings. While it’s true that some users feel noticeable effects right away, this is not usually the case. Like most nutritional products, it usually can take a few weeks of consistent daily use to observe a real impact.
The misconception that CBD is a miracle cure and works immediately is damaging because many first time users find themselves disappointed when they don’t get the desired effect right away. When using CBD supplements for health benefits, it’s important to set realistic expectations and recognize it takes time, patience, and awareness.
CBD is very individual and trial and error is required.
Many people report that a good starting CBD dosage is somewhere between 20 to 50mg per day, while others take upwards of 100mg a day. This brings us to the question of bottle potency. Many products contain around 10mg per dropper, so trying to take an effective dose is challenging, expensive, and overall ineffective.
In other words, that cheap bottle containing 250 to 500 mg of CBD is giving you what you pay for. To work out the dose of the product you are looking to purchase is fairly simple. Take the full CBD value and divide it by however many milliliters is in the bottle.
For example, Wisdom Essentials CBD tinctures all have 1000 mg of Cannabidiol in a 30ml bottle.
1000 / 30 = 33mg of CBD per dropper.
Give yourself time. Adjust your doses and try to keep a journal of your daily doses and any changes. You will find your sweet spot once your endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is in balance.
Again: one size does not fit all. Patience is key, and while it may be frustrating to keep trying with little results, you may end up feeling very grateful that you didn’t give up.
The fact is, the long term effects of CBD, such as its anti-inflammatory properties, require daily use for two to four weeks for the benefits to be felt. It takes a little time for CBD to interact with your body’s cannabinoid receptors and the immune system to trigger a response from your cells creating pain-killing, anti-inflammatory effects.
According to Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, MD, Ph.D. Professor of Neurobiological Psychiatry, “The most effective neuropathic pain relief occurs after at least one week of daily CBD treatment”. In other words, even though some people have quick reactions and success, CBD supplements take a little time to affect balance in our bodies.
Harsh, but true. CBD supplements, as the name implies, build on top of your diet and lifestyle. It’s not a cure-all.
It helps support your bodily balance, but it can’t make up for everything, especially a bad diet, lack of exercise, over-drinking, and so on. In order to get the full benefits of CBD and maintain true wellness, you need to take care of all the pieces of the puzzle. Learn more about mind, body, spirit health.
Are you expecting to feel a buzz? You may be mistaking CBD for its cousin, THC.
CBD is non-psychoactive and, therefore, will not give you a “buzz” or make you feel “high”. CBD is not intoxicating in any way. Instead, it can give you a sense of calm, or relaxation which some people may equate to a “body high”, but you will not get “stoned”.
Most report that CBD doesn’t make you feel anything, and that it’s more of what you don’t feel. It takes away feelings of stress, discomfort, or anxiety. It leaves you with less tension, inflammation, and pain, which results in a sense of wellbeing and relaxation. It may be subtle for some but profoundly impactful.
It seems like there is a new CBD product coming out every day. You can find everything from CBD toothpicks, pillows, coffee, and lube. So, if you have been trying a consumption method with lackluster results it’s possible a different form may work better for you.
Here are some common forms of CBD:
A factor to consider is bioavailability which refers to how much of the CBD you take actually gets into your bloodstream. For example, if you eat or drink a CBD product, it has to go through your digestive tract and liver before you absorb it and the amount that ends up in your system is going to be low.
On the other hand, if you take a CBD tincture sublingually (which means under your tongue), you’re absorbing it directly into your bloodstream. This way, you will get a higher dose which will affect your body quicker and get more noticeable results with a tincture than a product that has to go through your digestive system to process it.
The most effective method also varies on what type of relief you are looking for. For instance, a topical balm won’t help you with stress or anxiety where a tincture could but that same topical balm could give you great relief for your sore muscles or aching joints.
As with dosage, timeline and strength, you may have a high tolerance to CBD naturally. This could be because of genetics or metabolism. In fact, a psychiatry professor noted as many as 20% of people may have a genetic mutation that makes them naturally produce more endocannabinoids which is similar to cannabinoids but produced by your body. If this is you, you will likely want to increase your dose a little more.
If you’ve been taking CBD for some time and it suddenly stops working, you may possibly have hit your tolerance level. You can fix this by taking a short break for a few days and then going back to your regular dosing routine. Reset breaks have been reported as a beneficial strategy for those who often use CBD.
Just like a fingerprint, each person has a unique endocannabinoid system (ECS) that responds differently to CBD. The ECS is one of the largest systems in the human body and is made up of millions of cannabinoid receptors throughout your central and peripheral nervous systems. It supports your body in maintaining equilibrium in response to environmental changes including stress.
Scientists around the world are still studying to understand the ECS fully. Nevertheless, studies show that our ECS is responsible for vital human functions and processes such as:
Our bodies are filled with neurotransmitters and receptors (CB1 and CB2) mostly primed to interact with cannabinoids. However, for many reasons some people have deficient ECS that take time to “activate” to a level where cannabinoids and the ECS interact at a high enough level to create change.
In other words, everyone’s ECS is unique in its makeup and functionality. Just like anything else in your body, you may have more or less receptors than the person next to you and those receptors may even function differently as well.
Overall, you can have the wondrous effects of CBD that everyone else is raving about. If you have yet to experience it, just be patient. Give your body time, adjust your dosage, and keep track of any changes. You will find your sweet spot once your body is in balance with your new regimen.
If you are interested in giving CBD a try, take a look through our shop of carefully curated CBD products.
According to the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, 100 million Americans live with chronic pain every day. In addition to drastically reducing a person’s quality of life, chronic pain increases health care costs and has a detrimental effect on productivity at work.
In fact, it can often lead to depression, anxiety, and sleep deprivation with nearly half of those who suffer from chronic pain reporting having trouble sleeping, and a quarter being diagnosed with clinical insomnia.
Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pain medications or even opioids are often recommended or prescribed to treat this type of pain. However, using these types of medications involves a number of risks, such as
Particularly after the increasing severity of the Opioid Crisis, many people are seeking out alternative natural forms of relief such as plant-based therapies or more recently, cannabidiol (CBD).
The use of CBD for pain relief actually dates back to ancient China. In 2900 B.C., many civilizations have documented their use of cannabis for a variety of conditions, from joint pain and muscle spasms to conditions such as gout and malaria.
Using CBD for pain is actually just going back to the methods that withstood the test of time. For those who are still skeptical, a balanced review of clinical and preliminary studies showed that the use of CBD is context-specific.
The review concludes that when examining trial results in which CBD is used as a treatment for chronic pain, there are promising results to suggest that its benefits provide a pain solution that does not have the negative effects that are associated with other drugs. When it comes to arthritis pain, it is no different. Another study indicates that CBD efficiently reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviors in the body.
In other words, for many people experiencing pain, CBD is steadily gaining popularity as an all-natural solution to pain relief.
The short answer is that CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Along with contributing to brain functions like memory, mood, and sleep, the endocannabinoid system influences how we experience pain. Think of your endocannabinoid system as a spider web of receptors that promote homeostasis, or balance, within your body.
In this way, CBD eases pain by reducing inflammation and helping promote sounder and better sleep which, in turn, helps with sleep disruption commonly experienced by people with pain.
Research also indicates that topical CBD can reduce joint swelling and reduce pain and inflammation. Applying CBD topically works in the area of pain because it is absorbed in the body transdermally –through the skin– which makes topical CBD a great option for localized pain.
The best part of all this? There is no clinical evidence that CBD causes any serious side effects. It doesn’t cause stomach issues, itching, or constipation the way anti-inflammatories and opioids can. It is proven not to be addictive in any way and has no intoxication or psychoactive effects.
In other words, it does not make you ‘high’ or impair you in any way.
Be careful to verify the source, potency, and credibility of the CBD you are taking. Unfortunately, CBD, like many supplements, is not highly regulated.
Whether you are a CBD pro or a beginner, you should be aware that many CBD products for pain may not contain what is promised and may even include harmful substances in their formulation.
Make sure you only buy from companies that provide third-party lab-tested products (like us!) so you can be sure you receive legitimate CBD and get what you are paying for.
All in all, using CBD for pain has been effective for centuries and science is catching up as well. From topical CBD balms to calming tinctures, there is something out there for everyone. Shop our products to explore which option is right for you.
Surely, you have seen CBD in a wide array of products, from skincare to beverages to tinctures, this cannabinoid is almost everywhere you turn – and for good reason. A number of studies indicate that CBD could potentially treat a wide range of conditions and ailments, including:
No matter what you are looking to treat with CBD, taking the correct dosage is key to get the results you want.
Figuring out how to include CBD in your daily routine is not as complicated as it sounds, we promise. Here is all you need to know about figuring out how much CBD to take.
The beauty of alternative wellness is that there are so many different CBD supplements available on the market. From tinctures and oils to edibles and topicals, each form of CBD requires different considerations to determine optimal CBD dosage.
The most common form of CBD to relieve your ailments is a tincture or oil. To get the full benefit of the tincture, use the oil dropper to place drops underneath your tongue. Holding it here is the best way to experience the full effect of the formula and understand what dosage works best for you.
Dosage is going to vary from person to person. Your height, weight, medical history, body chemistry, the severity of the condition being treated, and so much more, factors into the optimal CBD dosage for your body. In fact, a 2017 review of clinical data on CBD emphasized that different people respond to different dosages of CBD. The majority of the human studies cited used dosages anywhere between 20 and 1,500 milligrams (mg) per day.
To start, try a smaller dosage and gradually increase it by about 5-10mg until you feel the product treating your symptoms. The feeling will be more about what you no longer experience –pain, soreness, anxiety, etc.– than anything else.
For instance, suppose you experience frequent body aches and purchase our CALM formula to help ease the pain. Start with about ¾ of the dropper (approximately 22.5 mg dosage) a day and note how you feel with each dosage.
After a week, if you feel that your pain has not subsided enough, increase the dosage to the full CBD oil dropper (approximately 30mg) and continue this in quarter-dropper increments until you feel that the dosage is optimal for your needs.
Alternatively, you could go for an infused edible, like our CALM Gum Drops. With edibles, you can start with the serving size recommendation as listed on the nutrition label. Our CBD gummies are specifically formulated to be naturally flavored, vegan, and tasty!
Regardless of the CBD product you choose to try, we recommend that you keep track of how much CBD you’re taking and whether your symptoms are getting better. Write everything down in a notebook or in the Notes app of your phone.
The most effective dosage will not only depend on the individual but also the condition being treated. Different CBD products may be better than others depending on what your needs are.
For instance, to combat physical pain, a CBD topical for pain relief, like our Soothe balm, applied directly may prove to be more beneficial to you than a tincture or oil. In a 2016 study, researchers found that topical CBD may be more effective when it comes to treating inflammation or pain in a specific area, such as arthritis or muscular aches.
That is why we intentionally craft our products with a proprietary blend of CBD and all-natural botanicals. With added ingredients like lion’s mane, ginkgo biloba, myrcene, and more, we ensure that you are nourishing your mind, body, and spirit, regardless of which product you select. So now, you can take your CBD the way that makes your heart happy without losing any benefit.
Additionally, it can take a little time for the CBD to build up in your endocannabinoid system. So, we recommend that you give CBD at least 30 days to work, using it daily for the best results.
It is always worth speaking to your physician about recommended dosages for your needs. While not all doctors will be able to provide information on CBD, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor before trying CBD for the first time, especially if you are currently taking any prescription medications or other supplements.
Have more questions about CBD? Check out our FAQs to learn more.
Did you know anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S.?
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety affects 40 million adults, or 18.1% of the population, every year – and that is without a pandemic.
With this in mind, now is the best time to truly pay attention and take care of your mental health. In fact, symptoms of anxiety disorder can also manifest in physical health problems, such as headaches, muscle tension, insomnia, digestive issues, chance of stroke, early memory decline, and more. So when you manage your anxiety, you are also taking care of your physical health.
Here are five life-changing tips to manage your anxiety:
Find exercises that are fun or enjoyable. From morning yoga to intense HIIT workouts to taking a daily walk, the opportunities to integrate fitness into your life are endless.
According to Harvard, “Exercise activates frontal regions of the brain responsible for executive function, which helps control the amygdala, our reacting system to real or imagined threats to our survival. Exercising regularly builds up resources that bolster resilience against stormy emotions.”
If you are at a beginner’s level of fitness, don’t worry. Everybody starts somewhere. Be patient when you start a new regimen. Most sedentary individuals require about four to eight weeks before any given exercise feels easier.
Adding different exercises to your routine is also another way to help you stay motivated and interested in your fitness as you get your body moving.
Anxiety and stress often come from intrusive thoughts of a terrible future – that hasn’t happened yet. Try to bring yourself back to where you are now, in the present moment. This is where mindfulness comes in.
In fact, research shows that mindfulness is effective for improving anxiety and mood symptoms. The best part is that mindfulness can be practiced in a number of different ways, from meditation to journaling.
Learn more about how to practice mindfulness in our Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness.
Breathwork is a meditation term for breathing exercises. Among other meditation techniques, breathwork can help significantly reduce your heart rate and overall stress response in situations where you find yourself stressed or anxious.
This can be as simple as breathing in for four counts, holding it at the top, and breathing out for four counts. Another example of this is the 4-7-8 method, developed by Dr. Andrew Weil.
Alternatively, there are different exercises that encourage you to focus on one aspect of the breath cycle, such as by counting only your exhales from one to five, and then starting again.
Ultimately, this type of breathing forces your body to regulate any response to anxiety, such as panic attacks, muscle tension, and so on. Try out different forms of meditation and breathwork techniques and see what works for you.
Another way to manage stress and anxiety is to use all-natural CBD supplements for anxiety that help regulate your body’s response and potentially prevent symptoms such as trouble breathing or migraines.
We started Wisdom Essentials with a goal to create exactly this type of product – to lessen our anxiety with everything that is going on in the world. We custom created CBD products like CALM to help create a sense of well-being.
Our CALM tincture is a CBD treatment for anxiety that contains a natural blend of CBD and terpenes. It includes limonene, linalool, and geraniol for an overall effect that helps maintain well-being. It may reduce anxiety and quiet your mind so you can listen to your inner wisdom, more than those intrusive thoughts.
This tip is one that will determine whether these practices are life-changing or just regular tips. Frequency and consistency is the key factor that contributes to how effectively you manage your anxiety or stress.
Whether you exercise or meditate for 30 minutes or 5 minutes makes no difference. Instead, incorporate these practices into your daily routine and equip yourself with the tools you need to keep living life on your terms.
Anxiety is a broad mental health disease that affects every person differently. Whether or not you have received an official diagnosis for your disorder, there are excellent resources and hotlines available to help you better understand or cope with your mental health.
Why is CBD helpful in so many in so many ways, and how does it work?
The answer involves the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short, is a system within our bodies that’s responsible for homeostasis. That is, a body’s ability to maintain itself and function properly. Think of the ECS as a control mechanism that works through chemical communication in your body to achieve general well-being.
It regulates many of the body’s physiological processes, such as pain, inflammation, as well as the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and respiratory systems, metabolism, and immunity. The system also affects other body processes, like memory, mood, appetite, and sleep. Pretty fascinating stuff we think!
The endocannabinoid system is located in the central nervous system as well as on immune cells and in connective tissue. It’s made up of chemical receptors that interact with cannabinoids, which are signaling molecules, or neurotransmitters, that act on the endocannabinoid system.
Cannabinoids are produced by both the human body (endogenous cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids) and by the hemp or cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids). There are many different phytocannabinoids, but two of the most abundant are CBD and THC.
The endocannabinoid system was discovered in the 1990s, and some scientists describe it as one of the most important scientific discoveries ever.
The Path to Discovery
Cannabis has been known for its medicinal properties for thousands of years, but a deeper understanding of why came only recently. In the early 1940s, American chemist Roger Adams identified and synthesized cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN). In 1964, the psychoactive cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, was identified by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an organic chemist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a man responsible for much of the groundbreaking work on the endocannabinoid system. In 1988 cannabinoid receptors were discovered in the brains of animals, finally leading to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system.
While at first it was thought that the endocannabinoid system was limited to the brain and nerves, according to an article in UCLA Health, it’s now known that endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body, including in the skin, bone, fat tissue, liver, pancreas, skeleton muscles, heart, blood vessels, kidney, GI tract, and immune cells.
The purpose of receptors in the endocannabinoid system is to respond to endocannabinoids produced by our own bodies. But scientists also discovered that the endocannabinoid system also responds to cannabinoids produced by plants, or phytocannabinoids, such as CBD.
CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
While much is still being learned about the endocannabinoid system, research shows that CBD strengthens the endocannabinoid system, allowing your body to correct irregularities. CBD binds with receptors, activating them for therapeutic effects. It reduces stress, produces a sense of calm, and helps people focus. It can also reduce inflammation and support healthy sleep cycles. It’s also thought that manipulating the system through the use of CBD can help treat or prevent diabetes, cancer, and heart ailments.
According to the National Institutes of Health, CBD affects the endocannabinoid system in ways that may be useful in treating a number of ailments. These include:
· Heart Disease
· And much more
Research is ongoing, and scientists are learning more about CBD and the endocannabinoid systems every day. It’s thought by many that an increased understanding of the endocannabinoid system will lead to new therapies and important health breakthroughs in the years to come. Join us on this journey by incorporating CBD and other plant based therapies into your daily routine to help live your best life!
Ginkgo biloba, commonly known as maidenhair, is a plant that has been widely admired in the practice of plant-based and alternative medicine for its wide range of health benefits. It is an ingredient we studied closely to include in our FOCUS tincture formula and one we would like to share with you.
What is Ginkgo biloba?
Ginkgo biloba is a tree native to China that is the only surviving member of an ancient order of plants. In fact, some trees in China are said to be over 2,500 years old.
The tree has an esteemed status within Buddhism and Confucianism and was widely planted in Korea and parts of Japan. According to Yale Botanist, Peter Crane, Engelbert Kaempfer was the first European to discover ginkgo in the late 1600s during his time at a southern Japanese trading station with the Dutch East India Company. Later, in 1784, the ginkgo was
Sometimes referred to as a “living fossil”, ginkgo has been grown for thousands of years for a variety of uses. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health notes that members of the Chinese royal court were given ginkgo nuts for asthma, bronchitis, and kidney and bladder disorders.
While its leaves and seeds are often used in traditional Chinese medicine, modern research primarily focuses on ginkgo extract, which is made from the leaves.
Why do people use it?
Ginkgo biloba is thought to offer a range of health benefits, though not all have been confirmed through research. It is most widely used for its ability to potentially improve cognitive function.
Ginkgo extract contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, which are compounds known for their strong antioxidant effects. Antioxidants combat or neutralize the damaging effects related to accelerated aging and disease development.
Additionally, the plant itself contains anti-inflammatory compounds that have been shown to reduce markers of inflammation in both human and animal cells in a variety of disease states. Some specific conditions in which ginkgo extract may help reduce inflammation include:
Our FOCUS formula tincture uses a custom formulation to help alleviate brain fog (problems with focus, memory, logic, and problem solving). In this formula, we have included CBD, humulene, pinene, lion’s mane, limonene, and ginkgo biloba. Overall, these ingredients protect the molecules that improve memory, increases attention and mental focus, and improves brain function.
The Bottom Line
Ginkgo biloba has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can increase cognitive abilities. While the science behind it has some catching up to do, the history of the plant’s use in herbal remedies is hard to ignore. If you are thinking of including ginkgo in your regimen, be sure to explore our FOCUS formula.
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over to America to the garden of William Hamilton.
As modern midlifers, we have already done a lot, seen a lot, and overcome a lot in life. Contrary to popular belief, this Second Act of ours doesn’t stop us from wanting more. In fact, the new challenges it presents us with are something we are happy to embrace.
For instance, you may have noticed some changes in your thinking. From misplacing items to losing the right word in conversations, we know we aren’t the only ones. That’s why we have compiled the three best ways modern midlifers use to stay as sharp as ever– so you can go on to your next thing with the same vim and vigor as you always have.
Harvard Health says that a higher level of education may help keep memory strong as mental exercise is believed to activate processes that stimulate brain cell communication. Prioritizing your brain by regularly challenging yourself in different ways will help you stay sharp as a tack.
You could read books or new academic research on topics that interest you, play games that improve memory, such as Sudoku or Concentration, or learn a new language (whether you plan on international travel or not!). Personally, we have been participating in online classes and seminars from the American Battlefield Trust, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and even recently learned to prepare Asian street food through an online course from the Food Network.
Challenging your mental capacity in these ways by learning new concepts and exercising your memory will allow you to better concentrate on remembering newer, more important information. That way, it won’t take as much effort on your part to remember where you left the keys or what time you made dinner reservations.
One of our personal favorite resources, the Stanford Longevity Center, focuses on a number of initiatives and infrastructures to give modern midlifers more agency in their Second Act. The Center offers countless news updates and resources that offer insight into staying mentally sharp, physically fit, and financially secure as a modern midlifer.
When it comes to staying mentally sharp through learning, the Center aims to create stimulating environments within current norms and social institutions. Their research and engagement look to increase opportunities for active engagement such as longer working lives and volunteering activities which ultimately benefit both individuals and communities.
The more of your body you use to learn or do something, the more your brain will be involved. By fully engaging your body and using all your senses, you are exercising your brain and teaching it to retain more.
We have spoken before about whole-body wellness; our minds and bodies are interconnected. What benefits the body benefits the brain. Consistent, quality sleep and diet are essential to your mental sharpness. Regular exercise, as simple as taking a walk, also goes a long way toward improving your memory and cognitive skill.
The Stanford Longevity Center reports that “Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day; only one in three adults receives the recommended amount of physical activity each week”. While the public at large recognizes the health benefits of more physical activity, activity levels are not actually rising. The Center aims to increase general physical activity through public policy and education to create a lasting impact on the modern midlife community.
You can incorporate simple exercises into your daily routine to get a boost in your body and your brain, such as:
A 2018 study published in Scientific Reports found that midlifers with consistently high or increased levels of socializing had a lower risk of developing cognitive deficits, such as dementia.
Spending quality time with friends and family, or even making new friends can significantly help improve your mood and mental agility. Additionally, while academic research explains a lot of the ‘why’ about the challenges we face as modern midlifers, your experience cannot be riddled down to just science.
There are a lot of complex and difficult emotions that go along with embarking on this Second Act of ours and it can feel lonely if you aren’t able to connect with others about those emotions. Connecting with the wonderful community we have built together will not only keep you mentally sharp but allow you to make new friends as well.
We invite you to join our community over on Facebook to tell your story, get advice, and meet other modern midlifers who aren’t about to let some stereotypes get in the way of our hunger for life and all it has to offer.
The challenges we face as modern midlifers are distinct from the challenges of disease-related aging. Resources like the Standford Longevity Center help to distinguish the two through its research and initiatives. It is important to talk with your doctor if you or your loved ones are exhibiting cognitive symptoms that interfere with normal activities and relationships.
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