Can CBD Actually Help with Anxiety?
In this podcast (episode #367) and blog, I talk to NED founders Ret and Adriaan about CBD, treating mental health issues holistically, natural remedies for anxiety and stress, and more.
CBD is just one part of the hemp plant that has multiple health benefits. This is why the team at NED focuses on using only oil extracted from USDA Certified Organic hemp plants, grown by an independent farmer named Jonathan in Paonia, CO. (If you have a minute, do an image search for Paonia, Colorado—it is gorgeous!) This is one of the main reasons they are able to produce full-spectrum hemp oil from high quality hemp flowers that contain both cannabidiol (CBD) and its accompanying phytocannabinoids.
Why is this so important? Focusing on the whole plant helps us better digest and use all the health benefits that the hemp plant offers by allowing the cannabinoids to bind to our extra-cellular receptors—it’s not just about CBD! These receptors are found throughout the body and help absorb naturally-occurring endocannabinoids in the body, which are important when it comes to regulating pain, moods, brain function and more.
As often happens in life, sometimes these endocannabinoids don’t get produced, and we need to supplement with natural products to put our systems back into balance. If the endocannabinoid system is functioning well, it helps create homeostasis (or balance) throughout the brain and body at a base level. Cumulatively, this helps to prevent inflammation in the brain, foggy thinking, emotional burnout, lack of cognitive fluency and other brain issues.
This is also the case with mental distress and anxiety. Many people have found that CBD products help them calm down and think more clearly in stressful situations by harmonizing the mind and helping balance the many systems of the brain and body.
It is important to note here that CBD is not the same as weed/marijuana. Weed contains the active ingredient THC, which is what makes people feel high when they ingest or smoke it. CBD, on the other hand, is one of the two major cannabinoids in the hemp plant, and only contains trace amounts of THC from the extraction process—it is the plant that gets you “well”, rather than high.
I personally use Ned’s CBD products to de-stress and improve my sleeping habits because they are chock full of premium CBD and a full spectrum of active cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and trichomes. Ned’s full spectrum hemp oil helps nourish and enhance the body’s endocannabinoid system to offer functional support for stress, sleep, inflammation and balance.
I especially love Ned’s De-Stress Blend, which has so much more than just CBD. Like all their products, they designed this blend to help people feel better using what is available in the natural world. The 1:1 formula of their sleep blend uses CBD and CBG made from the world’s purest full spectrum hemp and features a botanical infusion of ashwagandha, cardamom and cinnamon, which have the following properties:
- CBG is known as “the mother of all cannabinoids” because of how effective it is at combatting anxiety and stress by inhibiting the re-uptake of GABA, the neurotransmitter responsible for stress regulation.
- Ashwagandha is an amazing Ayurvedic adaptogen that enhances your body’s resilience to stress.
- Cardamom and cinnamon make the blend taste delicious! Cinnamon is also a powerful prebiotic that supports your gut health, a key player in your mental health, while cardamom combats stress by helping reduce your blood pressure and cortisol levels.
Another NED product I love is their Mellö Magnesium supplement blend with 3 forms of chelated magnesium, GABA, L-theanine, and over 70 trace minerals. This blend is specifically designed to support memory, mood, brain function, the stress response, nerve and muscle health and sleep. I love that it is a full spectrum magnesium supplement that blends three of the most bioavailable and absorbable forms of chelated magnesium to ensure the widest range of whole body benefits, because there is no point in taking a supplement that passes straight through you before your cells can use it. This blend includes magtein® magnesium l-threonate as well. This was developed and patented by MIT scientists for its unique ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and increase intracellular magnesium levels in nerve cells, or neurons, which helps support brain health.
Of course, healing and restoring balance in the brain and body is not a quick-fix, one-supplement thing. It takes some time for homeostasis to be achieved, which is why I constantly emphasize that true mental self-care is a lifestyle.
This will also look different for everyone, so be careful of thinking that if you take CBD for a week you will feel great because you had a friend who said it helped them immediately. You should always start with the smallest recommended dose of CBD and increase it only if you feel you need more, preferably with the guidance of a professional. You should also make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the CBD product you want to take. Regular blood tests and consultations with a medical professional can also help you figure out how much CBD is best for your body type and lifestyle, making it most effective.
We need to recognize that CBD is not a panacea. It is just one tool in our holistic mental self-care toolkit, alongside detoxing the brain, eating well, spending time in nature, exercising regularly, building the brain, self-regulating our thinking, and the many other mind-management lifestyle techniques I talk about in my books, podcast and blog.
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2:20, 11:11, 16:50 Why Ned’s products are so unique
4:20 Why CBD is not just about CBD
5:20, 8:00 The importance of CBG
6:00 Ashwagandha & mental health
9:00 The science behind Ned’s products
9:20 Full spectrum CBD is not bad for you, unless you have specific allergies
10:10 The difference between CBD & THC
12:45 The mental health struggles of creating your own company
15:00 The power of the natural world
18:50 CBD as part of a holistic lifestyle
21:30 Magnesium & mental health
30:00 Natural remedies for stress & anxiety
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