5 ways brands are boosting the effects of CBD
As CBD gets more and more mainstream, brands are looking for new ways to capitalise on and enhance its potential benefits, including its inflammatory effect and capacity to reduce stress and improve sleep. Let’s take a closer look.
1. CBD + ADAPTOGENS
Adaptogens are plants that help our bodies resists stress. Many of these mushrooms, herbs, and roots, like maca and ginseng, have been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing. Since the 1970s, they have been revived as “superherbs”.
How do adaptogens work?
When we feel stressed, our bodies release cortisol. In large quantities, cortisol can have a negative impact on the endocrine and immune system, as well as the brain, sex drive and skin. Adaptogenic plants have the potential to regulate hormone production - in the adrenal, pituitary, and hypothalamic glands - to balance physiological stress.
What happens when they are combined with CBD?
CBD and adaptogenic plants seem to provide natural, complementary ways to deal with stress. Research increasingly suggests that CBD also helps restore balance and fight stress. Through its interactions with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), CBD helps regulate different body functions and maintain homeostasis, as well as the endocrine and immune system.
Adaptogenic CBD products, like Kaya’s anti-stress supplement with 10mg of CBD and 6 adaptogens, aim to fight chronic stress, strengthen the immune system and boost energy.
2. CBD + CBG
As the cannabis plant matures, CBGA (acidic, inactive form of CBG) is broken down by plant enzymes into the base molecules from which all cannabinoids are formed including THC and CBD. Any of the CBGA that isn’t converted becomes CBG through decarboxylation.
How does CBG work?
CBG is thought to interact directly with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Research on CBG is still limited, but in-vitro and rat studies suggest that CBG has an array of properties that could help with conditions ranging from colitis to neurodegeneration, and cancer.
What happens when it is combined with CBD?
When combined with CBD, many researchers believe the effects of both are enhanced (entourage effect). Taking CBD and CBG together should be complementary, as they interact with your endocannabinoid system in different ways - CBD has a relatively low affinity with cannabinoid receptors meaning it acts mostly through indirect interactions.
“Our Full Spectrum CBG Oil is made up of a potent 10% of CBD, alongside CBG - a powerful cannabinoid precursor that has proven highly beneficial for sleep and stress-related conditions.”
3. CBD + CAFFEINE
Many brands are now combining CBD with coffee (caffeine), which stimulates our nervous system and makes us more alert. However, it also increases our heartbeat and can cause headaches and nausea leading to anxiety. CBD, on the other hand, has been linked to decreased levels of anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.
The positive effects of CBD seem to cancel out the negative effects of coffee for an anxiety-free energy boost like 25mg CBD Boost Lemon Ginger Sparkling Water (14 Pack) from AVER with high natural caffeine content to help you stay focused.
4. CBD + VITAMINS
We all know that vitamins are good for us. CBD brands are harnessing these natural benefits to develop products with a positive holistic effect on our wellbeing. From vitamins D & B12 to balance the nervous system and promote melatonin (& shorten the time it takes you to fall asleep) like VAAY’s 300mg CBD Night Capsules with 5-HTP ….
….to Kith & Kin’s CBD Skin Cream with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to help the skin regenerate.
5. CBD + BACTERIA
Elixinol is even combining CBD with friendly bacteria! Their 150mg Full Spectrum CBD Digest Capsules (30 pcs) contain acidophilis, a bacteria that occurs naturally in the human digestive tract + Bifidum, another naturally occurring 'good' bacteria, to help maintain a healthy digestive system and boost digestive enzymes.
CBD brands just keep coming up with new ways to promote wellbeing and try to make us feel better. It's hard to keep up!