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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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To put it bluntly—2020 was a real bummer. When we entered the year, we all had that “20/20 vision” mindset of making the year one of travel, joy, discovering new hobbies, and conquering our fitness goals. But come March, that vision became a blurry mess of sheltering-in-place and being forced to throw our normal routines and our aspirations out the window.
Who would have thought that something like getting a haircut would be off-limits? Or that those monthly massages wouldn’t be around to help us unwind? 2020 forced us to get creative, and you blew us away with your stick-to-itiveness.
We recently polled you on Instagram to see which beauty and wellness services you missed the most and how you’ve re-vamped your self-care routines to stay sane during this train wreck of a year. And I must say, as I read your responses in my sweats, rocking the messiest top knot of all time, I definitely felt like I need to take it up a notch when it comes to getting ready for the workday.
Seriously—an alarming number of you have been on point when it comes to sticking to your daily morning routines and actually wearing work clothes while on Zoom calls. Kudos to you!
Curious to see what the takeaways were from our Instagram poll? Keep reading.
According to your responses, you're all sick of your exposed roots and split ends equally, with 51% of you preferring to get a haircut and 49% opting for hair color. The numbers were also pretty close when it came to your nails—with 52% of you opting for a manicure over a pedicure. Due to the pandemic, the state of the beauty industry has been on a rollercoaster of openings and closings—and they need our help and support now more than ever. If you happen to live in an area where you’re able to enjoy beauty services, make sure you show your stylist or nail artist a little bit of extra love when tipping them.
Anybody who knows me will tell you the thing I miss the most is getting a monthly massage—and 71% of you seem to agree. With most of us working from our beds or hunched over our laptops on our couches, our posture (if not our comfort) has taken a serious hit. While most of us either live in an area where massages are off-limits or we just don’t feel safe going in for one quite yet, there are some touchless spa treatments you're ready to try.
Call it wishful thinking, but I was fully expecting most of you to say, “Zoom camera off” as your go-to beauty tip—but I guess that’s just me. Instead, you've all been pretty consistent with your morning routines—working out, showering, and dressing like you're actually going into an office. Some of you are even going the extra mile and putting on a red lip and some earrings. I’m taking notes.
And even though this year’s challenges put a damper on our normal routines, it's inspired us to get creative with our skincare regimen. Some of you have added new serums and masks to your skincare arsenal, while others have tried out at-home facials for that quarantine glow. By far, one of the most popular answers was the incorporation of Gua Sha to help detoxify, brighten, and tighten your skin.
This year was one for the books. But I think it made us realize there is always wellness—and that taking care of ourselves is crucial. If you're in an area where in-house beauty services are an option, book that appointment (if you feel safe to do so). If your only option right now is to stay at home, keep carrying on with your feel-good, at-home routines.
If you're curious to see what some other wellness trends you should take note of in 2021, check out this blog.