Stress. Poor diet. Too much alcohol. Too little sleep. If this all sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Life in America is crazy these days, and perhaps especially so for working women and mothers.
At any given moment, you’re juggling a laundry list of work and family responsibilities—not to mention actual laundry! It’s hard to keep up with the chaotic pace, much less find time for self care. That’s why many busy women are seeking relief through holistic health solutions.
One that’s gaining mass attention is cannabidiol, or CBD, an all-natural, non-intoxicating compound of the powerful hemp plant. CBD is commonly available in tincture, capsule, gummy, and topical cream forms.
How does CBD work?
Every human and animal is born with an Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, which relies on a naturally occuring endocannabinoid called anandamide to direct a number of biological processes. Simply put, when the ECS has sufficient levels of anandamide, it can more easily regulate sleep, reproduction, immunity, energy, appetite, and a host of other processes.
One of the quickest and most effective ways to boost anandamide levels in the ECS is by regularly consuming CBD. While this compound exists naturally in foods like walnuts, sardines, and certain eggs, it is particularly abundant in the hemp plant, from which CBD oil is derived.
What makes CBD good for women, specifically?
Given everything we know about how the ECS, health professionals are now taking a closer look at CBD’s potential benefits for women. For starters, research shows that CBD activates the 5-HT1A receptor that dictates production and release of serotonin, insufficient levels of which are directly related to these and other everyday ailments:
- Mental “fog,” anxiety, and brain fatigue
- Occasional nighttime restlessness and insomnia
- PMS and menopause symptoms
- Muscle and joint pain
- Autoimmune conditions
While some of these conditions affect all living creatures, many women report feeling bombarded by the “whole package” of negative symptoms as menstrual cycles ebb and flow.
Which CBD product should you take?
As with any health supplement, the quality of CBD you use is extremely important. You should only take CBD that’s derived conscientiously from organic hemp. When in doubt, check the maker’s website, and make sure their Certificates of Analysis are prominently featured and available for download.
Depending on which symptoms you’re using CBD to treat, format matters, too. For joint and muscle pain, topical/transdermal creams are usually the best bet. For those seeking better sleep or anxiety relief, tinctures and soft gels provide a more buffered internal release throughout the day and night.
If it’s your first time trying CBD, the conventional wisdom is to “start low and go slow.” Unlike some over-the-counter drugs, when it comes to CBD, more doesn’t always equal better. We recommend starting with a small, 5mg dosage twice daily, and increase from there until you begin to see desired results.
At the end of the day…
Much research still needs to be done on CBD, but new information is emerging every day—and it’s extremely positive. There is currently only one prescription formula CBD available on the market, but a growing number of healthcare providers recognize its potential. Some even encourage their patients to explore reputable, non-prescription CBD providers like The Happy Camper for everyday pain and stress management.
Of course, none of this is a surprise to us. Every day, we hear positive reviews from women who choose to incorporate high-quality CBD in support of their overall wellness goals.
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