CBD Lifestyle

Sore Muscles & CBD

November 3rd, 2021 by Brandy Palmer

The concept of May Day (May 1) dates way back to ancient agricultural rituals in Greece.  It’s traveled through medieval and modern Europe, to us here today – celebrating the return of Spring. Spring has definitely sprung – even here in West Michigan.  I definitely think we are all ready for the new life and growth that we’re seeing after what felt like the longest. Winter. Ever. At least since last year. 

What else comes with all this new life and growth? Our desire to get out into it!  We are definitely spending more time outdoors, both working and playing! We’re prepping gardens, cleaning up yards, playing spring sports.  You name it, we’re doing it.  If you’re anything like me, you hibernate a bit in the winter.  I’m moving my body less and camping on the couch more.  So when that Spring activity level kicks into gear, it’s a big change! Sometimes, it’s a big, painful change when those muscles and joints start getting stressed.  Luckily, I have CBD to help – and I’m hoping you do, too!

Why does CBD help with muscle recovery?

We’ve talked a great deal about the endocannabinoid system (ECS) over our blog history. The ECS works to promote balance in our bodies – keeping everything in neutral. It’s made up of a system of CB1 & CB2 receptors that cannabinoids can bind to. 

endocannabinoid system

CB1 receptors – found primarily in our central nervous system

CB2 receptors – found in peripheries like skin

Cannabinoids can bind to either receptor. The neutralizing effect that they have depends on where that receptor is located. So, if it’s a CB1 receptor in the brain, the result may be a reduction in anxiety. If it’s a CB2 receptor in a joint, neutralizing will mean pain and inflammation relief.  

Should I use CBD on the outside or inside?

Both! They even work really well together. 

  • Outside – Cannabinoids and our skin are primarily made up of lipids, so one melts quite nicely into the other. That allows you to get that anti-inflammatory right to the source of your pain. CBD applied to your skin gets to work quickly (within 15-30 minutes), and will last about 4-6 hours.  Lotions and balms don’t get all the way into your bloodstream – they stay local, working their neutralizing magic on those muscles and joints. 
  • Inside – Anything that you take in orally will get into your bloodstream and travel to those hard to reach receptors, resulting in internal benefits. Those capsules, liquids, gummies, etc will take more time to get to work for you (60-90 minutes) but they will bind and keep working for you for at least a full 24 hours.  

Do I have to take it all the time?

Yes, and no.  

  • In order for you to see the best results from an internal CBD, consistency is key.  You want to build up a reservoir that your ECS can keep tapping into.  When we’re talking about sore muscles and joints, CBD can really be taken “as needed.” It gets right to the source of the soreness quickly and easily – and doesn’t need to be taken every day.  You’ll just want to reach for it after a long day in your yard spreading that mulch or pulling those weeds. 

We’re not the only ones coming out of hibernation in the spring – the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees are, too! (Isn’t that a song?) That means a return to bug bites and allergies.  Good times! Luckily, CBD can help there, too. Those same salves that can sink in and soothe sore muscles can offer a break for irritated skin. Anytime that you are looking for a skin soother, pay close attention to those ingredients.  You want to keep the list limited and it’s generally a good idea to avoid things you can’t pronounce! Stick to natural options.  The last thing we want to happen is to irritate the skin more when we’re trying to soothe it.  Make sure that you have a great natural bug spray in your arsenal as well.  You’ll need it for your celebration of spring. Happy May Day! 

Do you have any great tips for soothing tired muscles or angry skin? We’d love to hear them and we’re always here to help! You can find us on social media, live chat, by email at support@greenwellnesslife.com or by phone at 616-275-1039 (toll free 888-772-7875)  Stay well!


Terpenes, Terpenoids and Terps – Oh My!

November 2nd, 2021 by Cara Oorbeck

Terpenes have become the new buzz word.

Terpenes, terpenoids and terps, oh my! It is true that currently these terms are seeing a lot of hype around them, but why? As the cannabis (cannabis meaning both hemp and marijuana plants, which are two distinctly different plants) industry grows and changes, people are becoming more and more aware of these special compounds.  They want to know more about cannabis terpenes. But did you know that there are more than cannabis derived terpenes?  There is a lot of buzz around the terpene compounds that make up hemp, marijuana, and virtually every other plant on the planet. Studies are being done and new information is emerging daily about potential benefits.

What is a Terpene?

I started working for Green Wellness three years ago. Before I worked for GWL, I knew nothing about cannabinoids or terpenes. If you would have asked me what terpene is helpful for what, I would have thought you were discussing alien abductions! Since then, I have learned all about the hemp plant and what it is made up of. One of those key lessons included the word Terpene. So what are they and why are they important to learn about you ask? Lets take it from the beginning. 

You have been acquainted with terpenes your entire life, you just don’t know it. Terpenes are the naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants. They can be referred to as terpenoids, terpenes, and terps. These plant compounds are responsible for giving a plants their distinct aromas, flavors and sometimes pigment. What I thought was most interesting about terpenes is why they exist in plants. Plants actually “create terpenes to protect themselves from predators or to lure pollinators. Each different strain or chemical variety of cannabis, sometimes called a chemovar, has its own signature of terpenes and cannabinoids. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of these chemovars(chemical breakdown of the plant), each with random-sounding names that often allude to the kind of sensory experience a user may feel.” Many of these terpenes are gaining fame for bringing certain benefits to the user.

Understanding Terpenes:

All of this talk about terpenes, but the real question is – how does this impact me? There are several hundred terpenes and they are found in almost every plant. and they are we are beginning to be more familiar with them in the general public. When we are talking about cannabis and hemp it is well known that both plants have an abundance of terpenes and cannabinoids. Both of these compounds are found in different concentration levels due to where the plant is grown, how it is grown and the genetics of the plant. This is so important because not every CBD product is the same! What may assist someone may not be helpful for someone else.

At Green Wellness, we are strong proponents of whole plants. That is why when talking with people, we often recommend full spectrum products. That is because they have all the compounds of the plant including all the terpenes. There is a concept called the entourage effect. This is the idea that the molecules that are together in nature interact with one another in a synergistic capacity. In other words, they work better together than they do separately. Kind of like people.

If you are looking for products with the entourage effect then you are looking for a product that is considered full spectrum. The terpenes found in full spectrum products will have that synergistic characteristic due to the fact that they are keeping the entire plant together.  Terpenes can also be found in broad spectrum products but they are beginning to manipulate the plant by taking some of the plant matter out. Broad spectrum can also contain numerous compounds from the plant and can have a synergistic effect as well but will have less of an entourage effect because they are removing parts of the plant compounds.  If you are looking at an isolate product this form of processing will have the least amount of plant matter. An isolate product is isolating only the CBD in the product. Because they have removed most of the compounds from the plant you will not see the synergistic effect that you do with full or broad spectrum. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t benefits with isolated CBD products – there are – but you won’t get those terpenes.

Types and Benefits of Terpenes:

Here’s a great terpenes chart from Hydroponique that lists some of the most common terpenes benefits.

  • Linalool
    • Soothing aroma commonly found in lavender and known for stress relief and relaxation
  • Limonene
    • 2nd most abundant terpene in cannabis
    • Used for enhancing properties of other terpenes, enhancing mood, antibacterial properties
    • Studied for its ability to impact both chronic and acute inflammation
  • Tea tree
    • Antifungal, antibacterial properties
  • Thyme, Myrcene, Citral, Beta-ionone, Geraniol
    • Antibacterial & Antifungal, Anti Inflammatory
  • Pinene
    • Insect repellent
  • Humulene
    • Versatile terpene being studied for antibacterial and anti-inflammatory promise
    • Cannabis strains that contain a high level of humulene do not produce a pronounced appetite boost

Making Sure Terpenes are in my CBD:

So how do I know if these amazing, healthy, beneficial terpenes are in my CBD products? Well, you’re going to want to look for products that are labeled or known as “full spectrum.” But what is “full spectrum?” It refers to how the CBD oil that is extracted from the cannabis plant maintains all of its cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients; nothing is left out, so all of the terpenes are present (along with their benefits!).

If you’re not sure if your cannabis product has terpenes in it, take a peek at the certificate of analysis.  That certificate of analysis, or COA, should have multiple pages.  The first page will reference the cannabinoid count and the secondary testing will show you those terpenes.  Here are our COAs for some examples.

The Green Wellness Difference

There are so many options out there for buying CBD products. At Green Wellness Life, we are always happy to talk through your options and help you find the best product for your needs. We have a 30 day guarantee on all of our products and we pride ourselves on being different.

We only sell products that have been independently tested for quality. When you shop our online store, you can rest easy knowing that you are getting the highest quality products. While we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any condition, we can offer you the latest research on CBD so you can make an informed decision for yourself. 

If you’d like to learn more about CBD or need help picking out a CBD product, give us a call anytime at 888-772-7875. You can also reach the Green Wellness Life team via email, or by pressing the live chat button. 

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Managing Test Anxiety-Can CBD Help?

October 13th, 2021 by Hannah Laing

CBD & Test Anxiety

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My Experience With Test Anxiety

We schedule the things that we write about quarterly.  This quarter when the three of us (Brandy, Cara, and myself) were planning out our blog schedule and looking at potential topics to help people learn more about CBD, the topic “CBD & test anxiety” came up, and I knew this was my time to shine. Currently, I am in my senior year at Grand Valley State University as a Health Communications major and I feel intimately acquainted with my foe: test anxiety.

At this point in my life, I have been a student for 17 years of my 21 years of life and there has yet to be a year that I do not struggle managing my test anxiety. As a young child, I used to get so stressed about tests that I would spend hours doing the math to figure out how different test scores would affect my grades. I would memorize every study guide from top to bottom, and if the test was hard I would pull on my hair and pick at my scalp for the entire duration of the test. I used to have this weird test ritual, (especially for chemistry,) where I would take a deep breath, crack all of my joints (to my classmates’ horror), and chew gum in an attempt to avoid my anxious hair pulling. What was arguably even worse than taking the test, was the anxiety I experienced when tests were being handed back. As soon as I turned a test in, I would check my grades daily, religiously, in hopes that my grade would be entered into the grade book. If a teacher hand graded, I was always desperate while I waited for the teacher to pass the tests back. I would feel like I was waiting for the Grim Reaper.

I feel the need to note that I’m a good student who gets good grades, but my track record never guaranteed that sacred “A” grade. So much of my young years were centered around school and grades, it became a measure of my own self-worth.  This pattern of extreme stress and worry for each test continued until I graduated high school. I had a 4.3 GPA, but I look back with nothing but regret over the hours lost to anxiety and the stress I put myself through. Test anxiety was unavoidable for me then, but that is no way the case now.

Deep Breathes Actually Matter

One of the very first things that others told me to do with regards to my test anxiety was to take a deep breath. If you’ve ever been a person in a state of panic, you know how in=credibly hard it is to “just take a deep breath.” I used to scoff that comment off as something people say when they don’t know how to help. How do you help a good student to stop being terrified of tests, an essential part of being a student? Well…it turns out that taking a deep breath is actually really good advice. I read an article on PubMed, my favorite database for medical journals/research, that discussed the effects of deep breathing on attention and stress. People much smarter than I am have done research on the effects of deep breathing and there is a clear correlation between breathing deeply and the reduction of negative affects. I have since included a few deep breathing exercises to calm and center myself before any test. I will breathe in while counting to 4, in my head of course.  and breathe out while counting to 8. I will repeat this 4 times and then depending on if my hear still feels like there’s a mini earthquake in my chest, I may continue by breathing in to the count of 8 and out to the count of 8. I will also repeat that 4 times or until my heartbeat slows. Once I have quieted the typically frantic drum pumping blood in my chest, I also typically like to do a few stretches in my chair. If I am uncomfortable, I will fixate on how my back is bothersome instead of the test questions in front of me. Just a simple back twist while holding on to the back of the chair while turning to stretch/crack my lower back often does the trick. I’ll bring one leg up to my chest in the chair and pull it in and then stretch my other leg similarly. I may look like I am preparing for some sort of physical activity for a very stationary task of taking a test, but the mental gymnastics required to get the right answer, for me, requires physical preparations. Sometimes that routine just isn’t enough though.

Tests And CBD – Introduced to CBD

Since going to college, I learned about CBD through one of GWL’s staff members, Cara. I have known Cara a long time.  Before I came on staff at GWL,  Cara introduced me originally to Green Wellness Life, and my academic career was irrevocably changed. Cara had sent me a few of GWL’s blogs to read when I was a freshman at the University of Arizona. I was struggling with stress and anxiety in my journalism class (it was an advanced class known for some of the hardest journalism tests in the whole department). I did not know this when I signed up for the class, but quickly learned it was going to be harder than ever for me to be able to take this class without pulling my hair out.  Literally. I needed a new plan and Green Wellness offered some assistance.  Below are two of the blogs Cara sent me regarding stress and some possible insight.

Dealing With Stress – Now what?

After reading both of the above articles, I picked out a few products to try out to help me manage my test anxiety. I ended up choosing a water soluble CBD drink mix  and CBD gum as a booster. I wanted something I could take the morning of that would act quickly to help calm any shakiness or worry that would cloud my ability to study and focus. The drink mix that we carry is from cbdMD and comes in either lemonade or fruit punch. Each packet is 25mgs of broad spectrum CBD to help me relax without any THC. The gum that I used in Arizona was the MedCBDX gum that is 10mgs of isolate CBD per piece of gum. Now I prefer to chew the Medterra gum which has 20mgs of CBD per piece with added ingredients like B6, L-Theanine, and L-Tyrosine to further aid in calm and clarity.

medcbdx gumI use both products before every test I take today, as my own personal “it’s gonna be okay” cocktail. I genuinely feel that both the gum and drink mix have assisted me in my quality of life as a student and improved my performance in my academic career.

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to stoichiometry, while simultaneously fixating on the fact that if more than 3 questions are wrong your grade will drop a letter.  It’s stressful. Trust me.  Sometimes I find myself thinking about what my life would have been like as a younger student had I known what I know now. Hindsight is 20/20 and now so are my test scores (I’m very much  kidding). If you struggle with test anxiety like I do or if you are curious about CBD boosters, we are always here to help guide you. Give us a call at 1-888-772-7875 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm EST), or fill out our online contact form.  You can also click the “live chat” button at any time!

Author’s Note:

While writing this, it is currently midterms week at GVSU and I cannot emphasize enough how stressed I have been. I mean nightmares about failing college type stress, and I am more thankful than ever for my test anxiety go-to’s. My senior level health care management class has a 7 page long study guide of questions. Wish me luck!

 

 


Why Would I Smoke CBD Hemp Flower?

September 28th, 2021 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD Hemp Flower Topics Covered

CBD Hemp Flower –  What is it?

Hemp Flower is the unprocessed bud from the hemp plant. The hemp plant naturally contains many cannabinoids (fancy word for compounds)including the well known cannabinoid CBD and terpenes. The hemp plant is similar to marijuana in that it has all of the same compounds, but the amount of each of these cannabinoids varies tremendously.

The biggest difference between the two plants is that hemp has much higher percentages of CBD than marijuana. Additionally, the THC cannabinoid, that compound that gets you “high”, naturally occurs with only 0.3% or less present. You can receive the full neutralizing benefit of the hemp plant through the pulmonary system (lungs), without any concerns of the head fuzziness associated with marijuana.

You can buy CBD hemp flower in all 50 states legally unlike marijuana.  The hemp flower strains come in a multitude of varieties with some fun names including Bubba Kush, Blueberry Diesel, Skywalker, Sour Space Candy, White CBG, Cherry Wine and many more premium strains and many people enjoy the different varieties! CBD hemp flower can provide relaxing effects in a matter of minutes when smoked or vaped. CBD flowers do not get you high and may be able to provide some assistance with a variety of physical complaints including sleep, anxiety and stress, and pain relief.

It’s important to note that while hemp flower is a good fit for some people, it’s not for everyone.  Smoking anything is a bad idea if you have asthma or any type of pulmonary concerns.  It goes without saying that anyone under the age of 21 shouldn’t be considering smoking as a way to get their daily CBD intake. My friend the respiratory therapist says the only thing that should go into your lungs is air. She’s not wrong! But there are some situations where hemp flower may be really beneficial. Let’s talk them through.

Healthy Smoking: Is Smoking CBD Hemp Flower Really Better?

There is an ongoing debate that we hear regularly about the benefits of smoking hemp verses ingesting hemp daily. At GWL we are proponents of daily CBD use. The difference between ingesting hemp and smoking hemp can depend on what effects you are looking to achieve. Ingesting a hemp based(CBD/cannabinoid)capsule, tincture or edible daily, can take hours to see benefits and if you have never taken cannabinoids it can take as long as 5 to 7 days to begin to see full benefits. Where as smoking hemp flower is much more fast acting. When taking cannabinoids from hemp in through the lungs (smoking), the benefits can be felt and seen within minutes not hours. This can be helpful for people who are looking for immediate assistance. The negative part of smoking rather than ingesting hemp is that it can also wear off more quickly than when hemp is ingested. This is a nice option if you are just looking to experience some of the benefits from cannabinoids quickly.

We regularly get asked the question, “Can CBD help me quit smoking?” This is a loaded question. Millions of people struggle with nicotine addictions ever year and conventional treatments often leave many people or needing a lot more help! The short answer to can CBD help me quit smoking is maybe. CBD and cannabinoids will not counteract the addiction to tobacco. Hemp flower does not eliminate the physiological effects of addiction that nicotine brings. With that said, we talk to people everyday that are utilizing hemp flower/CBD Flower as a part of a more complete plan to attempt to quit smoking. It can offer a benefit in the physical feel of smoking and the habit.

Another way that smoking hemp flower can assist with the process of quitting smoking includes some with the oral fixation associated with smoking. Often smokers are so accustomed to having something in their hand to inhale, and smoking hemp flower can alleviate the desire to smoke nicotine, because it does give a smoker something to smoke in the process of quitting smoking nicotine. The other that accompanies the smoking habit. So in that regard hemp flower can assist as you are getting over the of desiring to some something without going back to the nicotine.

Why Would I Want to Smoke Hemp Flower?

There are a few reasons someone would choose to smoke CBD hemp flower over marijuana. The first and primary reason for choosing to smoke hemp verses marijuana would be the benefits to the body. Smoking hemp flower enables you to feel the same relaxing or calming effects of smoking marijuana without the “high ” or psychoactive effect. Smoking hemp flower rather than marijuana can also help to avoid some of the other negative side effects of marijuana including:

    • Munchies
    • Red eyes
    • Dry mouth
    • Slow reaction times

One of the other reasons people choose to smoke hemp includes an alternative to an after dinner drink or smoking marijuana. It can be enjoyable and can assist with unwinding at the end of a day. Because nicotine, marijuana and alcohol can be habit forming some people are choosing hemp flower, as a non-addictive alternative.

Understanding the Measurements of Hemp Flower:

Knowing how much CBD hemp flower to purchase can be confusing. Here is a quick guide to assist when you are trying hemp flower.

  • 1 pre-roll(size of a cigarette) is usually equivalent to 1 gram.
  • 1/8 ounce= 3.5 grams
  • 1/4 ounce = 7 grams
  • 1/2 ounce = 14 grams
  • 1 ounce = 28 grams

Terpenes, Do They Matter?

If you don’t know what terpenes are and you want to learn more, I would definitely recommend checking out our blog on terpenes. As more simple explanation as to what terpenes are is that they are aromatic compounds in the hemp flower. So, do these compounds matter? Absolutely! Terpenes contribute to the “entourage effect”, which essentially means that the cannabinoids found in the product will be more effective in the body than if those terpenes were removed in the hemp processing.

There are a few notable terpenes found in the hemp plant that may offer different benefits when smoked. The most widespread terpene found in hemp plants is known as Myrcene, another few terpenes are D-Limonene, Alpha Pinene, and Linalool. Many terpenes have been shown to be antimicrobial, meaning they have properties that potentially can aid in fighting potentially microbes, like bacteria and mold. Moreover, some terpenes have been shown to possibly aid in inflammation, relaxation, increasing focus/attention, and even promoting healthy digestion. Understanding the practical uses of these terpenes allows for different hemp flowers to have different effects on the body.

CannaFlower has mastered this understanding of terpenes, which is how some pre-rolls are for Joy and others for Calming. Put me to the test by trying some of our amazing hemp flower that we carry and see how you feel after a few minutes. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

If you are ready to jump into the world of Hemp flower, we are here to help guide you. Give us a call at 1-888-772-7875 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm EST), or fill out our online contact form.  You can also click the “live chat” button at any time!

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https://jcannabisresearch.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42238-020-00051-z


Can CBD Help With A Hangover?

September 27th, 2021 by David Kranker

CBD For Hangovers

Everyone has their own special remedy for a hangover. Some people swear by Pedialyte and Gatorade. Others prefer pickle juice or a greasy burger. We have no doubt your hangover cure of choice works well, but there may be an alternative remedy that might be even easier than trying to stomach cherry tomatoes with a glass of milk (yuck). Can CBD help alleviate hangover symptoms? In this post we’ll be exploring CBD oil as a potential remedy for hangovers.

Hangover: About & Causes

Hangovers are a collection of signs and symptoms that range from uncomfortable to downright painful depending on the person and the level of alcohol consumption among other factors. Everyone knows hangovers are caused by an over-consumption of alcohol, but not everyone knows how drinking leads to the symptoms experienced with a hangover.

Ethanol (the alcohol in your drink) is a toxic chemical for your body that acts as a diuretic. What this means is that alcohol inhibits the body’s release of a hormone called vasopressin. Vasopressin tells your kidneys to reabsorb water rather than flush it out through the bladder. When vasopressin release is suppressed, the kidneys release more water, which creates a dehydrating effect. Dehydration is the main culprit for many hangover symptoms, but other symptoms arise from the changes in the body as it works to eliminate the toxins as quickly as possible.

Hangover symptoms will disappear on their own, but can take up to 24 hours to do so. Symptoms can typically be eliminated faster with proper care and attention.

Symptoms of a Hangover & CBD’s Potential Role

Headaches

As previously mentioned, alcohol is a diuretic. When alcohol causes fluid to move through the kidneys to produce urine, the process also flushes out some electrolytes such as magnesium, sodium, and potassium from the bloodstream into the urine. The combination of dehydration and nutrient deficiencies can produce splitting headaches, as well as brain fog.

Can CBD Cure a Hangover Headache?

Dehydration causes an inflammatory response in the structures that surround your brain, which results in the pain you end up feeling in your head. CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, CBD could have a positive effect in reducing the aches and pains induced with a hangover.

Nausea

A rise in alcohol levels in the bloodstream can set off an alarm in the portion of the brainstem known as the vomiting center (the part of the brain responsible for controlling nausea and vomiting). The vomiting center can trigger contractions in the smooth muscles lining the digestive tract to expel substances via vomiting. This action can prevent the absorption of toxic substances into the bloodstream.

Alcohol can also cause your stomach to produce more acid, which delays digestion and can lead to feelings of nausea.

Can CBD Cure Hangover Nausea?

Unfortunately, CBD can’t do much to prevent or remedy the effects of alcohol on stomach acid. However, CBD may be able to indirectly alleviate nausea symptoms through its effects on serotonin in the brainstem.

CBD acts upon CBD1 and CBD2 located throughout the body as part of the endocannabinoid system. Coincidentally, the vomiting center is regulated in part by that same endocannabinoid system. Research has shown that CBD indirectly exerts anti-nausea effects by activating the 5HT-1A receptors (otherwise known as the serotonin receptors) in the brainstem. Activation of these receptors is believed to lower the release of 5-HT (serotonin), which then reduces the sensation of nausea and the urge to vomit. Therefore, CBD may be able to indirectly help with hangover induced nausea.

Fatigue

The fatigue associated with hangovers is often due to low blood blood sugar levels. Many wines, beers, and cocktails are high in sugar. It may seem counterintuitive that drinks high in sugar cause low blood sugar levels, but the reason is insulin.

Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas as blood sugar levels rise. The job of insulin is to transfer sugar into cells where it can be used to produce energy for the body. Insulin reduces the amount of sugar in the bloodstream as it transfers sugar into cells. Thus, when we stop taking in simple sugars after a spike, there is a point where blood sugar levels crash for a period of time. The crash normally happens in your sleep, which can leave you feeling fatigued the following morning.

Can CBD Cure Hangover Fatigue?

There isn’t much CBD can do for your blood sugar levels in the short-term. However, prolonged use of CBD for a hangover, or for daily wellness, may help to protect the body from the negative effects alcohol has on blood sugar levels. Chronic alcohol use can cause frequent spikes and drops in blood sugar levels, which can lead to insulin sensitivities over time. One particular study found that cannabinoids can reduce insulin resistance by up to 17%. Regular consumption of CBD could provide long-term protective effects for your blood sugar levels.

Dehydration

Dehydration is a symptom that comes as a direct result of alcohol being a diuretic. Naturally, when you’re excreting more water than you’re taking in, the result will be dehydration. Dehydration would be the reason you may wake up dry-mouthed, lightheaded, and/or dizzy after a night of drinking.

Can CBD Cure Hangover Dehydration?

CBD can’t really do anything for dehydration and it has little to do with urine production. The best cure for dehydration is to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to offset the fluid loss caused by alcohol consumption.

Anxiety & Depression

There is some truth to alcohol being able to reduce stress. In fact, small amounts of alcohol can induce similar effects to anti-anxiety medications. However, excessive alcohol consumption can actually cause you to be more anxious and depressed. Alcohol changes the level of serotonin, cortisol and other neurotransmitters in the brain, which can worsen anxiety and depression.

Can CBD Cure Post-Drinking Anxiety & Depression?

Fortunately, the anxiolytic effects of CBD have been found to be similar to those of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. As previously mentioned, CBD interacts with the 5HT-1A receptors to regulate anxiety and fear. CBD can help maintain your cortisol levels and ease your brain’s response to stress.

Hangover Relief Without The High

CBD – or cannabidiol – is one of over a hundred different cannabinoids. CBD can often be confused with another popular cannabinoid, THC. However, the two cannabinoids are very different. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and won’t make you feel high or stoned. CBD products produced with industrial hemp can contain THC depending on the processing level. However, industrial hemp plants are legally required to contain no more than .3% THC. This trace amount of THC is not nearly enough to produce a high. You can also buy THC free CBD products if THC is a concern. Therefore, CBD can provide hangover relief without a high, so that you can get your day back on track as quickly as possible.

New CBD Hangover Kit

If you’re interested in trying CBD for hangovers, Green Wellness Life has created a CBD hangover kit you can purchase that includes everything you’ll need to relieve your hangover. The kit comes with CBD Beverage Packets in Lemonade or Fruit Punch, The Good Patch Revive CBD patch, MedCBDx CBD Chewing Gum, and a Green Wellness water bottle. The kit is perfect for parties, weddings, vacations, and bachelor and bachelorette parties.

View The Kit

Can CBD Be Mixed With Alcohol?

There are a few different substances that may produce an adverse interaction with CBD. However, alcohol is not one of them. Studies have found that CBD and alcohol can be consumed simultaneously without producing any adverse effects. That is precisely why you may have come across CBD-infused beer, which is growing in popularity. So, if you think you still have alcohol in your system, or you want to try getting a head start on fighting your hangover symptoms by consuming CBD oil while drinking alcohol, you can take CBD oil without any issues.

Explore CBD For Yourself

It’s one thing to read about what CBD could potentially do for you. It’s another to experience what CBD does for you personally. If you’re interested in exploring CBD for hangovers, feel free to browse our CBD shop.

At Green Wellness Life, we are not doctors. We can’t diagnose, treat, or prescribe any ailments. Nevertheless, we do report on scientific studies and customer testimonials to keep readers informed on CBD and the potential of CBD oil. If you have any questions about what CBD can do for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (888) 772-7875 or filling out a contact form.

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