Can CBD Help with Pain Relief?

Topical CBD Cream for pain relief

It’s been estimated that 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain. It’s also the most common reason adults seek health care. Unfortunately, traditional painkillers and opioids have dangerous side effects, causing many to look for alternate, healthier options. While it’s still a relatively new option, popularity is growing around Cannabidiol (CBD) for pain management. And although more research needs to be done to more fully understand abilities, initial research is promising.

A 2008 report examined recent research on CBD and other cannabinoids for pain relief. Compiling studies from the late 1980s to 2007, they concluded that adding CBD to one’s treatment plan for pain relief “shows great promise.” It’s not surprising then that according to a 2018 cross-sectional survey of CBD users, pain was the most common medical reason for using CBD.

By intercepting the transmission of pain signals in the body, CBD works with the body’s nervous system. It helps provide natural pain relief without the nasty side effects of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and opioids.

CBD as an Anti-Inflammatory

Inflammation is the body’s defense mechanism against infection and vital to our immune system. However, prolonged inflammation can lead to serious health issues, including pain. But by suppressing the inflammatory response, CBD may provide relief for many of the symptoms related to inflammation-based problems, including alleviating pain and reducing swelling and soreness.

A study on mice and rats, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicinesupports these theories. Additionally, their study suggests that individuals are unlikely to build up a tolerance to CBD. Meaning that, unlike typical anti-inflammatories and painkillers, CBD likely poses no threat of addiction and increased dosing won’t be necessary for continued results over time.

CBD for Pain Relief

Recently, osteoarthritic rats were part of a study evaluating CBD’s potential to relieve inflammation, pain, and joint neuropathy. Findings revealed decreased joint inflammation as well as improved weight bearing in the rats with CBD use. Researchers also noted CBD’s potential to actually prevent the development of joint pain from occurring in the first place, concluding:

This study showed for the first time that local CBD administration inhibited pain and peripheral sensitisation in established OA. Topical treatment with CBD reduced leukocyte trafficking and joint hyperaemia during the early stages of MIA. By attenuating this initial inflammatory response with CBD, end-stage OA pain and peripheral neuropathy were abrogated. Thus, CBD may be a safe therapeutic to treat OA pain locally as well as block the acute inflammatory flares that drive disease progression and joint neuropathy.

2016 study also examined arthritis pain in rats.  After applying a topical CBD gel to the rats for four days, researchers saw reduced joint swelling and decreased measures of pain and inflammation. They found that topical CBD applications may provide relief for arthritis pain without the many side effects of traditional pain relievers.

CBD Topical Creams

As emphasized by the above studies, CBD topical creams and balms can be an excellent addition to relieving localized inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles. Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD Infused Skin Balm delivers a soothing dose of relief for pain induced by inflammation. It’s especially great for sore and strained muscles, skin irritations, or anytime you need to relax. Proper Hemp’s CBD Joint Creme + OptiMSM helps every user manage their localized pain and cut down on inflammation. Rub instant relief on your knuckle, elbows, ankle, or any other area of pain and get back to doing the things you love. Pain-free.

Curcumin + CBD for Pain Relief

You’ve probably heard of turmeric and its impressive anti-inflammatory and pain fighting properties. But did you know that curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric? Curcumin has actually been shown to be the ingredient responsible for all those great benefits that have made turmeric a staple in our wellness cabinets.

However, due to the curcumin’s poor bioavailability–meaning the body has a harder time absorbing it–positive results are best achieved when curcumin is combined with other agents, such as seen with Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD + Curcumin Pain Relief Softgels. While chronic inflammation contributes to many common Western diseases, curcumin can suppress many of the molecules known to play major roles in inflammation. This results in a phenomenal source of natural pain management, especially when paired with CBD. This magical combination creates a natural inflammation fighting powerhouse. Together these ingredients help alleviate pain from migraines, menstrual cramps, joint aches and several chronic conditions.

CBD for pain relief

Disclaimer: Though the current CBD research as a pain reliever is encouraging, further examination is needed. Additionally, Proper Hemp always recommends discussing with a physician prior to adding new dietary supplements to one’s routine. 

CBD for Asthma Relief

asthma statistics

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology defines asthma as a chronic inflammatory disease that causes a narrowing of the bronchial tubes and constricted breathing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 13 people has asthma. In fact, it’s estimated that 26 million Americans suffer from asthma symptoms, six million of those being kids. So not only is asthma an extremely common malady, it’s the most common chronic disease in children. Yet despite its prevalence, it’s unsure what causes asthma as many factors play a role.

How to Treat Asthma

Currently there is no cure for asthma, however, medications can help provide relief from symptoms. Conventional asthma treatments typically include quick-acting rescue inhalers that can treat symptoms and long-term management through inhaled corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and open airways. While medicine can often help allergy sufferers, they alone are often not enough.

CBD for Asthma Relief

It’s important to note that Cannabidiol (CBD) research as a whole is still in its infancy. However, preliminary findings are especially positive toward CBD’s ability to minimize both acute and chronic inflammation. Because asthma is characterized by chronic lung inflammation, use of CBD for asthmatic symptom relief seems promising.

CBD to reduce asthma symptoms

CBD May Help Prevent Asthma Symptoms

One 2008 study performed on guinea pigs examined the role of the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and its connection with asthmatic symptoms. Specifically, researchers evaluated the ECS’s cannabinoid receptors CB1 (primarily expressed in the central nervous system) and CB2 (primarily expressed in the immune system). Their research confirmed that both cannabinoid receptors are involved in lung protection and that targeting and activating these receptors on the lungs with cannabinoids such as CBD, could potentially prevent many asthma symptoms from occurring.

Additionally, their findings showed that CBD was able to reduce the activation of mast cells. (Mast cells are those responsible for the release of histamines, which are the cause of many allergy symptoms, including difficulty breathing.) This suggests that CBD was able to decrease lung inflammation even when a trigger occurred. Therefore, they concluded CBD to be a positive therapeutic addition to treating asthma and in decreasing the severity of asthmatic attacks. 

CBD May Improve Airflow

The University of Florence Italy conducted a follow-up study years later in 2012. They found that by activating these cannabinoid receptors located on the lungs’ bronchi, the effect was the same as a bronchodilator. Bronchodilators are medications that open one’s airway by dilating the bronchi and thus increase airflow to the lungs. In short, they help people who have difficulty breathing to breath better and are commonly used to ease symptoms of asthma. Because CBD works like a key to unlocking and activating these receptors, their findings indicate CBD may help reduce airway inflammation and improve airflow.

CBD as an Anti-Inflammatory

As previously mentioned, CBD has consistently been shown to reduce inflammation. It’s ability to decrease lung and airway inflammation was corroborated by a recent study published in 2019 in the European Journal of Pharmacology. After inducing mice with allergic asthma, the findings revealed that “CBD treatment, regardless of dosage, decreased airway hyperresponsiveness” and reduced inflammation.

CBD May Inhibit Mucus Production

Increased mucus production is a severe asthma symptom that can contribute to blocked airways and difficulty breathing. A major cause of this excess is caused by cytokines, proteins which promote cell signaling. In 2015, researchers examined asthma-induced rats and found an increase in all cytokines levels compared to the control group. After administering a CBD treatment, all cytokines decreased. The cytokine protein IL-13 is specifically considered to stimulate overproduction of mucus. Fortunately, the study found CBD reduced IL-13 in the lungs.

Although this study was performed on rats, these same cytokines are also found in human asthma. This gives promise that results will translate and CBD will help decrease mucus and inflammation in human asthma sufferers.

It’s important to note that CBD is not a cure for asthma. Nor should it be one’s sole form of treatment. Rather, CBD is showing to be a powerful and natural adjunct for relief from asthma symptoms. Current CBD research as a treatment for allergy symptoms is encouraging, however, further examination is needed. Additionally, Proper Hemp always recommends discussing with a physician prior to adding new dietary supplements to one’s allergy treatment routine.

Does CBD Reduce Inflammation?

Inflammation is a vital and fundamental aspect of the body’s immune response. It defends against illness and infection, signaling to the body to heal and repair itself. It’s also a defense against foreign viruses and bacteria. Basically, we need inflammation to stay healthy. But you know what they say about too much of a good thing. While acute inflammation can promote healing and protection, chronic inflammation can lead to organ damage and illness. In fact, most chronic pain is even linked back to high levels of inflammation.

Reduce inflammation with CBD

Acute Inflammation

Most of us are familiar with acute inflammation. This short-term, localized type of inflammation occurs when we experience a sprained ankle, a cut on our hand, or a sore throat. When an injury or illness occurs, blood vessels dilate to increase blood flow and the body’s white blood cells release a chemical into the bloodstream. This signals to the body to protect against infection and promote healing. Acute inflammation may manifest as redness, heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function. Onset is often rapid and is resolved quickly once healing is complete or the threat is diminished.

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, persists over an extended length of time. Also known as persistent or low-grade inflammation, this type isn’t part of the body’s healing process and is experienced throughout the whole body. Pathogens, an overactive immune response, or long-term exposure to an irritant are a few of the causes of chronic inflammation.

The primary concern is that this type of prolonged inflammation can lead to serious health issues. Science indicates that diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, hormonal issues, digestive problems, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders may all stem from inflammation. Even fatigue and mood disorders show a correlation with chronic inflammation. 

CBD to Reduce Inflammation

Just as there’s plenty of science indicating the connection between inflammation and health problems, research is also revealing several means of reducing inflammation and returning the body to homeostasis. Diet plays a significant role in this process, linking heart-healthy fats, leafy greens, and turmeric as inflammation fighters. However, studies are also showing Cannabidiol (CBD) to be a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory. In fact, perhaps one of the most heavily studied effects of CBD is its potential to reduce inflammation. While research on this forefront is still new and CBD’s long-term effects need to be studied further, the results of CBD as an anti-inflammatory are promising.

Recently, osteoarthritic rats were part of a 2017 study evaluating CBD’s potential to relieve inflammation, pain, and joint neuropathy. Findings revealed decreased joint inflammation in the rats with CBD use. Researchers also noted CBD’s potential to actually prevent the development of joint pain from occurring in the first place. 

Research has also begun on CBD in relieving symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). This debilitating chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract includes Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis. However, one promising study demonstrated CBD reduced colonic inflammation in colitis-induced mice and in cultures derived from colitis patients. This moderated inflammation also led to a reduction of detrimental intestinal damage.

Pain Relief with CBD

By suppressing the inflammatory response, CBD can also provide relief for many of the symptoms related to inflammation-based problems. CBD may especially be of great assistance for alleviating pain and reducing swelling and soreness.

A study on mice and rats, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicinesupports these findings. Additionally, their study suggests that individuals are unlikely to build up a tolerance to CBD. Meaning that, unlike typical anti-inflammatories and painkillers, CBD likely poses no threat of addiction and increased dosing won’t be necessary for continued results over time.

Topical CBD Creams

CBD topical creams and balms can be an excellent addition to relieving localized inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles. A 2016 study done on rats found that “topical CBD application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviours and inflammation without evident side-effects.” And thanks to its recent removal from the World Anti-Doping Agency‘s list of banned substances, CBD (especially in topical form) has grown in popularity amongst athletes and fitness enthusiasts. 

Proper Hemp’s CBD Infused Skin Balm and CBD Joint Creme + OptiMSM are both recommended for helping loosen muscles and reduce blood pressure, which alleviates pain and inflammation. These balms deliver soothing doses of relief for pain induced by inflammation. This makes them ideal for joints, sore and strained muscles, or anytime you need to relax.

Reduce inflammation with CBD skin balm

Curcumin

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to be responsible for impressive anti-inflammatory and pain fighting properties. However, due to the curcumin’s poor bioavailability–meaning the body has a harder time absorbing it–positive results are best achieved when curcumin is combined with other agents, such as seen with Proper Hemp Co.’s CBD + Curcumin Pain Relief Softgels. While chronic inflammation contributes to many common Western diseases, curcumin can suppress many of the molecules known to play major roles in inflammation. This results in a phenomenal source of natural pain management, especially when paired with CBD. This magical combination creates a natural inflammation fighting powerhouse. Together these ingredients help alleviate pain from migraines, menstrual cramps, joint aches, and several chronic conditions.

Stress Relief with CBD

Long-term stress has been shown again and again to also be a contributing factor to inflammation. Not surprising considering the toll we know it takes on our overall health. Interestingly enough, though, research indicates that the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) plays an integral role in how we respond to stress. This suggests that by achieving and maintaining a healthy, functioning Endocannabinoid System, we may be able to better manage stress and therefore reduce some of the body’s existing inflammation. A daily CBD supplement can be an easy and effective boost to reducing one’s overall stress.

Disclaimer: Though the current CBD research as an anti-inflammatory is encouraging, further examination is needed. Additionally, Proper Hemp always recommends discussing with a physician prior to adding new dietary supplements to one’s routine. 

Understanding the Endocannabinoid System

Lately, Cannabidiol (or CBD) oil has been making headlines for its therapeutic effects. But many are wondering what the hype is all about. Simply put, CBD naturally aids and nourishes the body’s Endocannabinoid System. Though you’re likely unfamiliar with it, this biological system is found inside all of our bodies. So instead of introducing synthetic substances that oftentimes involve side effects, CBD interacts naturally with the body’s systems.

The Endocannabinoid System

Despite its integral role in maintaining a healthy and balanced body, many are unfamiliar with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and what it does. This biological system is an important communication network. It’s composed of cannabinoids (naturally occurring chemicals) and receptors throughout the body. Additionally, more and more scientific research is beginning to show the vital role the Endocannabinoid System plays in supporting various vital biological tasks. This may include the regulation of appetite, mood, memory, immune function, energy, and sleep patterns.

Dr. Vincenzo di Marzo, Research Director at the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry of the National Research Council in Italy, has been studying the Endocannabinoid System for over 20 years. As one of the world’s leading cannabinoid scientists, he explained, “The endocannabinoid system so far is the only endogenous system of chemical signals that is involved in everything.”

The system’s widespread impact may be due to its overarching goal of homeostasis. In other words, the ECS is activated to help keep things functioning just right.

Endocannabinoid system creates balance

Cannabinoid Receptors

The Endocannabinoid System is comprised of cannabinoid receptors located all throughout the body. They were first discovered within the human body by scientists in the 1990s and are found on almost all vital organs and immune cells. Type 1 (CB1) are found primarily in the brain, central nervous system, connective tissues, and related organs. Type 2 receptors (CB2) are found in higher concentrations in the immune system and related organs. These cannabinoid receptors work much like a lock and key. They respond to our environment and thus, in turn, initiate various changes in response to said stimuli. 

Cannabinoids

If the ECS receptors are the lock, then cannabinoids are the key. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that trigger various physiological actions. The body naturally produces endocannabinoids, which help with cell growth, inflammation, and regulating the nervous system. These endocannabinoids stimulate key receptors to help balance responses in the body. Certain endocannabinoids, such as Anandamide (aka the bliss compound) and 2-AG, are integral to our mental function, stress management and immune health.

Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant, and Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the most widely known. However, 85 other phytocannabinoids have been identified. These chemical compounds are key players in normal immune and central nervous system functioning. They boast many therapeutic benefits and when cannabinoids work together these benefits are greatly enhanced. This synergy, found in Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum CBD is referred to as the entourage effect.” It’s also why we recommend whole plant CBD products over CBD isolate.

Maintaining a Healthy Functioning Endocannabinoid System

No matter what function the ECS is playing throughout the body while performing its different tasks, the goal is always the same: homeostasis. So supporting your body’s Endocannabinoid System will benefit your overall health and well-being. There are several ways you can promote a healthy functioning Endocannabinoid System.

  1. Exercise
  2. Reduce Stress
  3. Daily CBD Supplement
  4. Sleep
  5. Healthy Diet

With a variety of CBD products available, individuals can choose a product that fits best with his or her lifestyle and personal needs. Similar to taking a multi-vitamin, a daily CBD supplement is a simple way to support the body’s naturally produced cannabinoids and give your Endocannabinoid System a boost. Maintaining a healthy ECS, in turn, results in an overall healthier you. 

Cheat Sheet

ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM (ECS): A network of receptors spread across our body that help regulate homeostasis across all other major body systems

CB1: ECS receptor primarily found in the brain and central nervous system

CB2: ECS receptor primarily found in the immune system and related organs

CANNABINOIDS: Key to unlocking ECS receptors throughout the body. Two types of these naturally occurring chemical compounds

ENDOCANNABINOIDS: Natural cannabinoid found within the human body

PYTHOCANNABINOIDS: Natural cannabinoid found in the hemp plant

CBD: A major cannabinoid found in Hemp plants which has no psychoactivity but plays a major role in supporting health and wellness, and promotes homeostasis

THC: A major psychotropic cannabinoid found in high amounts in the Marijuana plant that can get you high but also has several medicinal benefits

Easing Sleep Disorders With CBD

Promote restful sleep

A Serious Public Health Concern

In the United States, poor sleep is the number one reported medical complaint. Over 60% of American adults report difficulty sleeping several nights per week. And according to the American Sleep Association, it’s estimated that 50-70 million Americans are suffering from sleep disorders. While insomnia is the most common of them, over 70 other sleep disorders currently exist. For example, sleep apnea, REM sleep behavior disorder, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and sleep paralysis.

And unfortunately, daytime sleepiness isn’t the only consequence of not getting your recommended 7-9 hours. Not only does consistent sleep deprivation affect one’s current functioning levels, but it can also lead to obesity in children and adults, anxiety and depression, impaired judgment, and diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

The Dangers of Sleep Aids

With the decline of nightly sleep hours and quality, the increase in sleep aid use is not surprising. Prescription drugs like Lunesta and Ambien are becoming more and more commonplace and can provide temporary solutions to sleep problems. In fact, between 2006 and 2011, nearly 38 million Ambien prescriptions were written. In the U.S., over 4% of adults reported taking medication or sleep aids in the last 30 days.

However, these drugs are approved for short-term use and should be used with extreme caution. As with any prescription drug, sleeping pills may present users with a wide range of side effects. This may include headache, stomach pain, tingling in hands and feet, grogginess, unusual dreams, diarrhea, and dizziness. Some side effects–such as parasomnia (behaviors that occur while one is asleep and therefore is not aware are happening such as sleepwalking, sleep eating, sleep driving, etc.), dependency, and addiction–are far more dangerous and harmful. In fact, a study published in 2012 reported that those using sleeping pills were 35% more likely to develop cancer. Additionally, the study found that even casual sleep aid users (fewer than 18 doses per year) experienced greater mortality rates than nonusers.

Sleep aid

CBD and Sleep Research

Studying and treating sleep disorders is a complicated task. Many sleep disturbances are symptoms of other chronic conditions (such as pain and illness) and vary from individual to individual. However, promising work involving the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), Cannabidiol (CBD), and sleep are showing optimistic results.

Recent research on CBD and sleep indicate that it can be both sedating or energizing, depending on the dosage. One 2014 study showed that smaller doses (>15mg) of CBD can actually increase alertness while larger doses of CBD have powerful relaxing properties. This may mean CBD can be a powerful tool in alleviating insomnia as well as fighting daytime sleepiness. By taking a larger CBD dose before bedtime, research suggests one may be able to increase total sleep time. (Meaning no more waking up in the middle of the night unable to fall back asleep.)

CBD is often referenced for its ability to soothe anxiety and relax the mind, making it effective at improving sleep quality. Insomnia and other sleep disturbances are frequently linked to anxiety and depression, having a cyclical effect on the other. However, CBD’s ability to ease these feelings of anxiety and stress may be a factor in how it helps induce sleep. A new study examining cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep found that CBD decreased anxiety in 80% of participants and improved sleep in 66%. By working with the body’s Endocannabinoid System to naturally calm the central nervous system, CBD has a relaxing effect.

CBD as a Sleep Aid

While not a “cure” for insomnia, the evidence is mounting in favor of CBD as a sleep aid. Its relaxing and anti-anxiety properties make it a safe and natural option. Unlike traditional sleeping pills, CBD poses no risk of addiction and won’t leave users feeling groggy the next morning. These reasons may make CBD a better long-term alternative to traditional sleeping pills.

Improve sleep with CBD

Further research on CBD as a sleep aid is still needed to determine long-term results, individual variations, dosing, and more. However, the initial findings are promising. So for individuals struggling to get restful sleep, CBD could be a low-risk and natural option to try. Proper Hemp’s CBD + Melatonin Sleep Softgels combine the relaxing properties of CBD with the sleep-inducing benefits of melatonin, resulting in restful and restorative sleep. Proper Hemp recommends consulting with your physician before adding new dietary supplements to your regimen. 

Anxiety & Overwhelm: 5 Natural Products that Help

Daily CBD for Anxiety

Meditation for Reducing Stress and Anxiety

Over 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety disorders. These are serious conditions that fall on a wide spectrum in their severity, sometimes even interfering with everyday life. However, everyone experiences some form of anxiety from time to time. This typical low-level anxiety is normal and can benefit from healthy lifestyle choices. Exercise, diet, and relaxation can play a prominent role in reducing stress and anxiety as well as one’s overall wellbeing. Not just physically, but mentally as well. Additionally, many natural products exist that humans have used for centuries to help ease symptoms of anxiety and overwhelm.

1. Lavender oil

Lavender oil is known for promoting relaxation. It’s extremely versatile and reduces feelings of anxiety when used aromatically, topically, or internally. Inhaling the soothing scent of lavender oil is one of the most popular methods of use and aromatherapy has consistently been shown to have a powerful effect on decreasing stress and anxiety. As insomnia and poor sleep habits are often symptoms of anxiety, diffusing lavender oil prior to bed can help relax the body and promote sleep. Topical application to the bottoms of the feet, adding a few drops to a bath, or rubbing a drop between the palms and inhaling are other ways lavender oil can conveniently be used to reduce anxiety and feelings of overwhelm.

2. CBD

Incorporating a daily CBD supplement is a simple and great addition to your daily health and wellness regimen. More and more research is indicating the positive benefits of CBD on lowering stress and anxiety and promoting homeostasis. In a 2011 study, CBD was found not to just reduce symptoms of social anxiety, but also to alter the way the brain responded to anxiety. Proper Hemp Co.’s high quality, broad spectrum CBD products give you a wide variety of options to choose from including softgels, gummies, sublingual tinctures, powders, topical creams, and more, ensuring you find the easiest and most effective method for you.

Daily CBD for Reducing Stress and Anxiety

3. Valerian

Used for centuries to help with nervousness and sleep disturbances, “nature’s Valium” is one of the most widely recognized natural remedies for inducing feelings of peace and tranquility. Valerian Root can be taken as a tea. However, the scent can be off-putting to some individuals, so a capsule or tincture form is usually recommended.

4. B Vitamins

Sometimes dubbed “happy vitamins,” Vitamin B complex can help improve energy and reduce anxiety and stress levels. For anxiety sufferers, Vitamin B6 is particularly important. A deficiency in the vitamin includes symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, depression, fatigue, and erratic mood. Incorporating foods like chicken, fish, eggs, peanuts, and whole grains into your diet can help you get your recommended daily dose of B6. The benefits can include stabilized mood, balanced blood sugar levels, and a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B12, found in meat, salmon, milk, cheese, and eggs, can also be useful for fighting stress, anxiety, and depression.

5. Chamomile tea

There are countless health benefits to chamomile. Due to its relaxing effect, chamomile is a great natural resource for those managing their anxiety and depression. In fact, one 2016 study indicated that long-term chamomile use safely and significantly reduces moderate symptoms of anxiety. It also aids in digestion, relaxes muscles, and can help encourage sleep. And while it is most commonly consumed in tea form, chamomile capsules can be just as beneficial in reducing anxiety.

Chamomile tea for reducing stress and anxiety

 

As always, Proper Hemp Co. recommends discussing any new supplements or medications with your doctor before beginning a regimen. 

11 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

We’ve all heard by now the negative effects long-term stress can have on our physical, mental, and emotional health. Chronic stress throws the body out of homeostasis and can wreak havoc on the body and mind. It can lead to exhaustion, depression, weight gain, sleep disruptions, and eventually disease. Fortunately, there are countless small ways to help reduce stress. Incorporating even a few of these simple stress reduction suggestions into your daily routine, can have profound effects on one’s overall health and happiness.

Exercise to reduce stress

1. Exercise

I’m sure you’re not surprised to see this answer on this list. We hear about it all the time–the positive effects exercise has on our physical, mental, and emotional health. Yet many of us still claim we’re too busy, too stressed out, too [insert any excuse you’d like here and we’ve probably used it]. But the thing is, a little exercise can go a long way in reducing your stress levels.

2. Listen to music

Music is a powerful tool in its ability to decrease stress and turning on a favorite tune can do wonders for boosting your mood. In fact, some studies even indicate music’s ability to increase pain tolerance. Create a sense of calm by playing slower, melodic music, which for some individuals can also help improve sleep. Bonus Points: Dance it out to your favorite song and get your heart rate up.  

3. CBD Supplements

Incorporating a daily CBD supplement is a simple and great addition to your daily health and wellness regimen, and more and more research is indicating the positive benefits of CBD on lowering stress and anxiety. Proper Hemp Co.’s high quality, broad spectrum CBD products give you a wide variety of options to choose from including softgels, gummies, sublingual tinctures, powders, topical creams, and more, ensuring you find the easiest and most effective method for you.

Reduce stress with CBD

4. Meditate

Anyone can practice meditation and the results don’t take long to be felt. Plus, they last long after you stop meditating. If you’re a newbie to the practice, schedule into your day just five minutes to start–you can always increase time as you get more comfortable–and find a method that works for you, whether that’s repeating a mantra, body scans, yoga, Tai chi, or mindfulness meditation. If you’re unsure of how to get started, guided meditation apps are a great source to use and many are free. And remember, there’s no wrong way to meditate, so stick with it! For most of us, meditation is especially difficult and uncomfortable at the start.

5. Laugh

Laughing ranks as probably one of the last things we want to do when we’re stressed to the max. (Because really, what’s funny about feeling like you’re on the verge of snapping?) But science indicates laughter can boost your immune system and lower blood pressure. So take a few minutes out of your day to watch some hilarious YouTube videos, follow a few funny people on social media, or read a funny book.

6. Create a morning routine

We’ve all had those days. The ones where you wake up late, only notice the stain on your shirt as you’re walking out the door, and it all goes downhill even from there. Starting your day off right can set the entire tone for the rest of the day. Start small with a single change you’d like to incorporate into your morning routine. Whether you choose to kick your day off with an early morning 30 minute yoga practice or a quiet cup of Proper’s CBD infused coffee, creating (and sticking to!) a morning routine can greatly impact productivity and stress levels.

7. Write it down

For some, getting our emotions out can be extremely therapeutic as it provides an opportunity for self-reflection. While consistent journaling is often the most effective, even sporadic writing that goes into detail about your feelings and thoughts surrounding stressful events can reduce stress levels. A gratitude journal is another option that has been shown to help increase optimism and emotional resilience, and therefore overall wellbeing. The simple act of writing down three things you’re grateful for each day will cultivate gratitude and result in a greater sense of happiness.

8. Take a nap

Sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on your physical health and result in a myriad of health issues, lead to depression and weight gain, decrease sex drive, and more. Now for most of us, taking a quick afternoon nap at work will likely be frowned upon. So if incorporating a 15-20 minute power nap isn’t a realistic expectation for you during the week, make it a priority on the weekends. Schedule in a little extra shut-eye midday on Saturday and Sunday, then strive to get the recommended 7-9 hours through the work week. And set yourself up to ensure the sleep you do get is restful and deep. Cutting back on screen time before bed, taking melatonin, regular exercise, and creating a dark, cool environment may help improve sleep quality.

9. Aromatherapy

The sense of smell is perhaps the most mysterious and underrated of the senses. However, most won’t dispute its power to evoke certain emotions and recall past memories. Soothing scents like lavender and rosemary have consistently been shown to have a powerful effect on decreasing stress levels. Try lighting a candle, diffusing essential oils, or spraying a favorite scent.

10. Take a quick walk outside

Just like with regular physical exercise, a brisk walk triggers the release of endorphins. (And thanks to Elle Woods, we all know the positive effect these hormones have on our brains.) Taking a few minutes midday to move around, breathe deeply, and step outdoors to get some sunshine and fresh air will have immediate calming effects.

11. Talk to someone

Sometimes venting and simply getting things off our chests can dramatically help. Whether it’s a good friend, a counselor, or a family member, spending time talking and empathizing connects and bonds us with others. Try setting a timer for 5 minutes. Then rant to a friend about everything related to what’s causing stress in your life. And after those 5 minutes ask your friend to help you redirect and start focusing on positives and action items. This will constructively help to keep you from dwelling in the negativity.

CBD: A Better Way to Get Restful Sleep

Improve sleep with CBD

CBD for improved sleep

We’ve all heard by now the havoc sleep deprivation can wreak on our health. Not only does it affect our current functioning levels, it can lead to depression, weight gain, decreased sex drive, and disease. But it’s not always as simple as getting more sleep. In fact, getting better sleep might be even more important than the amount. While not a “cure” for insomnia, evidence is mounting in favor of CBD as a sleep aid. Its relaxing and anti-anxiety properties make it a safe and natural alternative to other options. Improving your sleep quality will dramatically improve the quality of your health and overall wellbeing.

CBD for Improved Sleep

While there are many options out there that claim to help with insomnia, most aren’t a perfect solution. But unlike traditional sleeping pills, CBD poses no risk of addiction. You also won’t wake up groggy the next morning and it’s all natural. These reasons alone make CBD a better option for long-term use for sleep.

The body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is comprised of receptors. It plays a vital role in maintaining homeostasis within the body and in supporting various vital biological tasks, including sleep patterns. Cannabinoids, like CBD, are the key to unlocking these receptors. At least one of these receptors is believed to moderate the body’s sleep cycle which explains why CBD can positively influence sleep.

A common misconception, though, is that CBD is a sedative. (It’s not. However, THC is.) In fact, one 2014 study showed that smaller doses (>15mg) of CBD can actually increase alertness and wakefulness. But in larger doses, CBD has powerful relaxing properties. It is often referenced for its ability to ease anxiety and relax the body and mind, making it then more efficient for improving sleep quality.

Proper’s CBD + Melatonin blended Products can create a synergistic effect to improve sleep. CBD is great for general relaxation and the melatonin helps one drift into REM sleep better. We recommend taking the softgels 30 minutes before bed to relax, reduce stress, and prepare the body and mind for sleep. Then you’ll be ready for a solid night’s rest and wake in the morning ready to tackle the day.

CBD and The Entourage Effect

Every star needs an entourage. While Cannabidiol (CBD) often plays the leading role due to its therapeutic benefits, it isn’t the only beneficial part of the hemp plant.

CBD and the Entourage Effect

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

Industrial hemp contains many different elements–terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and, of course, cannabinoids. While individually beneficial, they are especially powerful when working together synergistically. This creates what’s often referred to as the “entourage effect.”

Holistic health has long touted the benefits of “whole plant medicine,” believing that rather than isolate specific ingredients or single parts of a plant, you use the plant in its entirety. By combining compounds in their natural state we get a multiplying effect. The elements work to amplify one another, resulting in a more effective product.

Breaking it all down

Cannabinoids are like the key to unlocking the receptors of the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). These chemical compounds are key players in normal immune and central nervous system functioning and trigger various physiological actions. Currently, there are over 85 cannabinoids identified, with CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) being the most widely known. Though heavily stigmatized with the United States and other countries, THC does have an abundance of medicinal benefits. It’s been has shown to be a supreme pain reliever, to dramatically reduce symptoms that accompany chemotherapy and radiation, to improve sleep, and more.

Flavonoids are found in plants and are present in many foods we consume daily. These compounds give plants (including cannabis), fruits, and vegetables their color. They also work with Terpenes to produce the odor and flavor of hemp. Approximately 20 flavonoids are found in cannabis. They have been shown to have several health benefits due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Terpenes are another group of natural chemicals and are what give plants and fruits their distinct smell. With over 100 different terpenes found in cannabis, these aromatic oils have been shown to aid the cannabinoids (like CBD) pass through the bloodstream easier. And while they do play supporting roles to the other elements of the plant, terpenes have their own therapeutic effects, including the calming effect they have on the body.

How this affects CBD products

To enjoy the benefits of the entourage effect, you’ll want to look for Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum CBD products rather than CBD Isolates. These two types undergo fewer processes in the extraction process and all the natural compounds found in the cannabis plant (cannabinoids, flavonoids, oils, and terpenes) are included in the extract. The difference between the two lies in the cannabinoid THC. Full Spectrum includes trace amounts of THC, while Broad Spectrum–like those offered by Proper Hemp–have removed the THC completely.

Use Proper Full Spectrum CBD to enjoy the Entourage Effect

Proper Hemp’s Broad Spectrum CBD extract is 85% cannabinoids, in which CBD makes up 90% of the cannabinoids present. We preserve the full spectrum of non-intoxicating phytocannabinoids and synergistic compounds. This includes cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), and over 40 naturally preserved terpenes. 

Nip it in the Bud: Common Misconceptions About CBD

Misconceptions about CBD

Misconceptions about CBD

CBD is creating quite a buzz lately. It’s popping up in a variety of products, including skincare, food products, and dietary supplements. And while the popularity of CBD products is skyrocketing, a lot of unknowns and misconceptions still surround it. Here are a few of the most common myths about CBD.

#1 CBD is medical; THC is recreational

One of the most common misconceptions is that the cannabinoid Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is solely the “fun, recreational part” of the cannabis plant. Though highly stigmatized throughout the United States and other countries, it does have several medicinal benefits. THC has been shown to be a supreme pain reliever, to dramatically reduce symptoms that accompany chemotherapy and radiation, to improve sleep, provide relief for PTSD sufferers, increase appetite, serve as an anticonvulsant for those with epilepsy, and more.

Additionally, CBD doesn’t need to be used solely for medical purposes. While it’s not intoxicating and doesn’t provide a “high” like THC, CBD can be incorporated into your day to day without serving to “treat” anything. Daily CBD use can help maintain homeostasis. And from CBD infused coffee to gummies, ingesting CBD can be fun.

#2 CBD will get you high

Though CBD and THC are both well-known cannabinoids with several similarities, they do affect your mind and body differently. THC can get you high to an intoxicating level, while CBD cannot.

#3 High doses of CBD are better than low doses

Dosing does vary from person to person and is affected by factors like weight, metabolism, health, and product quality. Nanoemulsified CBD products, like Proper Hemp’s, are roughly 5 times easier for your body to absorb. This means they’re also more effective than other standard CBD products. So you can take less and get the same desired effects.

#4 All CBD is the same

Similar to any product you can purchase, CBD can vary dramatically among manufacturers and companies. This makes it paramount to do your research prior to purchasing. Proper Hemp Co. goes to great lengths to maintain high standards and we guarantee the grade and high quality of our products, providing certificates of analysis upon request. Our CBD products are nanoemulsified and broad spectrum, meaning the milligrams you’re getting are full and active, and not reduced with hemp extract fillers.

#5 Single-compound, CBD Isolate is best

CBD Isolates are just as the name suggests–CBD that is isolated from all other cannabinoids. During the extraction process from the cannabis plant, all cannabinoids and additional plant compounds (oils, flavonoids, terpenes) are removed leaving the purest forms of CBD. However, CBD isn’t the only beneficial cannabinoid in hemp. While the benefits of cannabinoids can be experienced individually, the effect of all the elements found in the plant working together in synergy enhances their therapeutic benefits, creating what’s referred to as the “entourage effect”. This is why whole plant CBD products–both full spectrum and broad spectrum variations–are often recommended over CBD isolate.

#6 CBD is a sedative

Even though it does have powerful relaxing properties, often being referenced for its ability to ease anxiety and improve sleep, CBD alone isn’t a sedative. (However, THC is.) In fact, some studies have shown CBD to increase alertness and wakefulness. But CBD + Melatonin blended Products can create a synergistic effect to improve sleep, as CBD is great for general relaxation and the melatonin helps you drift into REM sleep better.

#7 Hemp and marijuana are the same thing

Oranges and limes are both citrus, but aren’t the same fruit. Similarly, hemp and marijuana are both cannabis coming from the same plant family, but have different functions, properties, and cultivation. CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana, but there’s a higher THC content in marijuana and a very low amount (<0.3%) in industrial hemp. Hemp is also used in dietary supplements, food products, skin care, clothing, paper, and more.

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#8 CBD will show up on a drug test

Drug tests screen for THC, not CBD. Because we remove any residual THC from our extract before formulating it into our products, you will not fail a THC drug test after using a Proper Hemp CBD product.