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The CBD buzz is everywhere. But what does this plant compound mean for your wellness? From seed to self-care, we asked the experts at Jasper Organics to educate us on this powerful plant.
Let’s look closer at what CBD is, what it does, and how it could specifically benefit you and your well-being!
Every year, it seems like the scientific world uncovers the amazing health benefits of some otherwise obscure natural compound. These findings generate a health craze, which in turn creates a marketing craze, and so on. In the process, entire industries rise and fall, touting their must-have, plant-derived products.
Just think of vitamin C. While this antioxidant has some amazing qualities, newer and more objective research is hinting that the benefits of routine supplementation may have been a little overblown. So, we couldn’t blame anyone for being skeptical of CBD. Although, there’s one fundamental concept that makes this particular plant compound different than most others. CBD has an entire physiological system—a system implanted within our own bodies—seemingly devoted to it.
CBD, or canna bi diol, is a plant compound native to hemp and cannabis. For obvious reasons, calling CBD by its abbreviated name is easier.
CBD is naturally produced within the flowering tops of the hemp plant as it reaches full maturity in the fall. It’s worth stating that hemp is not simply the male version of marijuana, as some reports say, but instead its own subspecies of cannabis. And though it’s just one of over a hundred similar molecules, called cannabinoids, found in the cannabis plant family, CBD is mentioned most because it’s the most prevalent one found in hemp. It’s common for premium hemp to be 15-20 percent CBD by dry weight, whereas the concentration of all the other cannabinoids combined is less than 5 percent total.
To produce retail-ready CBD, hemp plants are harvested, dried, trimmed, and then placed in specialized extraction machines. It’s somewhat similar to how essential oils are made. These industrial-grade machines extract the active ingredients (like CBD and other cannabinoids) out of hemp, from which point this “CBD concentrate” is diluted and placed into its most popular form: CBD oil.
CBD oil, as you may have noticed, is the product that’s currently taking the world by storm.
Now, here’s the interesting part: CBD benefits the hemp plant itself, yet it’s also greatly beneficial to us humans. Talk about symbiotic relationships! The important thing is that CBD truly, verifiably works. According to a 2,000-person poll done by Quartz, Americans are using CBD as “a cure-all for the modern condition”— and for many of them, it’s working.
CBD users report that the plant compound reduces anxiety, improves sleep quality, and relieves pain. Many are so impressed with CBD that they become full-blown advocates—and most of CBD’s popularity has spread by word of mouth.
These benefits, though anecdotal, are real. It may leave you wondering: how can one little plant molecule do so many apparently-unrelated things?
CBD’s mode of action lies in its holistic interaction with that highly important system we mentioned earlier: the endocannabinoid system. By unlocking the endocannabinoid system, CBD opens the door to an incredible number of health benefits.
You can think of the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, as the body’s orchestra conductor. All the different facets of our biology—everything from our muscular and skeletal systems, to our nervous system and endocrine system—are overseen by the endocannabinoid system. It’s what helps these other structures communicate and stay aware of each other, ideally in perfect harmony.
If this system is so important, then why hasn’t it been talked about more? An orchestra’s conductor, after all, can make or break its entire performance.
It’s because the endocannabinoid system was discovered just recently—at least by science’s standards. And the endocannabinoid system’s best description is still a simple one coined by Harvard Ph.D. and leading researcher Bradly Alger, who called it “a literal bridge between body and mind.”
When the body and mind are bridged, good things happen. By activating the endocannabinoid system’s delicate receptor networks, CBD helps with just that, strengthening a person’s connection to themselves.
The precise ways that CBD helps can get pretty complex—this is CBD 101 after all, right? What’s most important to know is that CBD’s impact on the ECS (and on the rest of the body) can promote balance and erase stress. If anything, stress relief is actually CBD’s most important effect. And though CBD’s been proven to lower stress hormones like cortisol, its impacts go fundamentally deeper than that.
CBD may help one’s body adapt to and overcome the stressors of life so that they can truly thrive. This adaptation initiates a cascade of positive health changes, which may include:
- Better sleep
- Less anxiety
- Reduced pain
- Increased energy
- Less Inflammation
- Increased immunity
- Improved life outlook
Do any of these benefits sound like what one experiences through practicing yoga? If so, there’s a reason for that—yoga aims to merge the body and mind in a way that only a healthy endocannabinoid system can make possible.
In light of these qualities, could CBD help you specifically? While the regulatory standards of the CBD industry prevent us from making medical claims, we can say this: If you have an endocannabinoid system, then your body could benefit from the inner balance that comes from CBD.
What if CBD was the missing link in your wellness routine? If you could use a little less stress in your life, that might be the case. Just think: if you were calmer and more peaceful, what more could you accomplish? How would it benefit your fitness? How might your everyday life become more meditative?
CBD’s benefits aren’t limited to just alleviating bad things, after all. The compound is also a perfect complement to good things, like your pursuit of fitness and wellness. CBD could provide the energy needed to help you reach your physical goals—the goals your mind has dreamt up, but not yet actualized.
Of course, CBD isn’t the only thing that promotes inner balance. It’s not even the only supplement that provides stable energy! But it could provide the perfect biochemical foundation on which to place all the elements of a healthy, vibrant, holistic life.
If you’re ready to take your wellness routine to a new level, consider adding premium CBD to your life. Of course, we’d encourage you to select a brand that’s open and transparent...and just as earth-conscious as those who first recommended hemp would’ve been.
Thousands have already rediscovered the benefits of CBD; thousands have already enjoyed placing it within their holistic lifestyle. Are you ready to join them? You might discover a more calm, centered, and focused version of yourself that was waiting to spring forth.
Providing the highest-quality hemp-based products, Jasper is a collection of carefully chosen CBD products that have been created through excellence and innovation. Unlocking the power of plant-based remedies that will improve and enrich your life is our mission. We believe in safety, transparency, and education to help support a healthy endocannabinoid system.
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Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.