Hello, CNC friends!
I’ve been experimenting with something new these days, and I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it. Have you heard of or tried Hemp (CBD) oil? It's all the rage right now, especially since it's become legal in all 50 U.S. states.
So, what is Hemp/CBD oil, exactly? CBD is one of the compounds found in the cannabis plant, and no, it’s not the same thing as marijuana. Basically, where they differ is that marijuana contains both THC (psychoactive - affects the mind) and CBD (non-psychoactive).
When we think about the traditional term of getting “high,” that’s referring to THC. CBD does not alter state of mind, but it does have some positive impacts on the body.
Kristen from Thrive by Food recommended CBD oil to me for two reasons: It could positively impact both digestive issues and my anxiety. So I thought, what do I have to lose? Turns out, she was totally right, and I’ve seen so many positive impacts! But more on that later - let’s get into the nitty-gritty science for those of you who like to geek out like I do!
It all starts with the endocannabinoid system (I didn’t even know this even existed - derp). Our bodies have cannabinoid receptors that bind to neurotransmitters - which then express themselves in so many ways, from pain modulation, our moods, to even fertility. These neurotransmitters are able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier - meaning they not only impact our brains, but our bodies as well.
Cannabinoids have been shown to impact our immune systems and the part of the brain that regulates stress - and as someone who suffers from both anxiety and an autoimmune disorder, I was all about this. What’s even cooler is that cannabinoids play a positive role in our ability to “rest and digest” - key for IBD sufferers! CBD oil aids our internal endocannabinoid system to function properly because it helps us switch from being go,go,go to calming down and chilling out. I’m super Type A and a worrier in general, and while I’ve come a long way in my anxiety battle, sometimes I need a little extra help.
So what benefits have I noticed since I started using CBD oil?
I’m definitely much calmer and less anxious. I’m less irritable and snappy, and I'm even surprised by my response to situations - like, wow, I'm weirdly chill about what's happening right now. Haha! My sleep has also really improved. I used to toss and turn a bit during the night, but now I sleep like a LOG. The sleep is definitely the most noticeable change I have experienced. I wake up feeling really well-rested too. During the shift from ovulation into the luteal phase, a time when I get notoriously moody, even Mal has noticed how much more predictable my moods are. I also think being less anxious and stressed has probably helped my hormone issues - more on this below! Overall, my outlook has really improved, and I’m far more positive. Needless to say, I’m a believer!
Interested in trying it yourself? If you google CBD or Hemp oil, you will literally come across hundreds of products and brands, making it difficult to distinguish what’s legitimate (and worth your money) and what’s not. I’m currently using PrimeMyBody Nanoenhanced Hemp Oil, and I’ve been loving it. If you’re perusing options, here are a few things to look out for.
Make sure you choose a brand that discloses where all of their ingredients come from because some won’t and its far better to know what’s in your product then to be left wondering. That’s why I love PMB - they do source from the best places, and go the extra mile when it comes to bacteria testing. Stuff like e.coli and mold can show up in CBD oil (gross), so it's worth your time and money to find a product that's made with extra care.
You want to find a product that promises a proper delivery system, meaning that most of the oil finds its way into your bloodstream, and not, well, into your toilet. PMB offers liposomal delivery, meaning that the oil broken down into the smallest particles so that it can be easily absorbed by your body. If you’re going to spend money on an oil, you want to make sure it at least gets where it's supposed to be going, right?
Hemp/CBD oil is not cheap. And that’s why you want to make sure the above two components (ingredient quality and delivery mechanism) are spot on. One of the reasons I decided to try PMB was the the oil is made with phosphatidylcholine (basically sunflower oil) to stabilize the droplets rather than something like xanthan gum, which definitely would not be as effective as an emulsifier. This particular ingredient is a tad bit pricey, but well worth it in my eyes for a higher quality product that i know is going to deliver as promised.
There’s a lot of info and options out there on the internet when it comes to choosing a CBD or Hemp product - but what it really comes down to is quality, quality, quality! If you’re interested in trying CBD oil out for yourself, definitely check out PMB as an option! So far, so good, and I’m super glad to have found an all-natural way to deal with my anxiety!
In addition to CBD oil, Kristin also recommend that I use The Ultimate Detox System (pictured above), which is from the same company. If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you might have heard me talk a little about the detox system that I recently started using - this is it! I've used it for a little over 2 months now, and I'm blown away by what it's done for my hormonal issues.
You guys probably remember how much I struggled with hormone issues since Quinn was born more than 4 years ago. I dealt with acne, anxiety, eczema, weight gain, mood swings, sore breasts, painful cramps, heavy periods, breakthrough bleeding, night sweats, and more. It was definitely a rollercoaster. My symptoms have gotten SO MUCH better overall, but I still struggled at certain times of the month. I'd feel mostly fine during the first couple of weeks of my cycle, but then all of those terrible symptoms would hit from mid-cycle until the first or second day of my period. It was so annoying because I'd feel like myself and then feel awful every.single.month, and I couldn't figure out how to fix it.
I've worked with Kristin since the beginning of the year, and so when she suggested the DUTCH test to figure out what was going on with my hormones, I was all about it. My results said that my hormones (surprise!) are totally fine, but my body has trouble detoxing them. And if your body can't rid itself of extra hormones, you are going to feel like crap and experience all of the not-so-fun related symptoms. She recommended The Ultimate Detox System from PrimeMyBody, and I've had the BEST results. The past two months have been amazing!
First of all, ovulation was a dream. It didn't have all of those annoying symptoms, and my skin (*knock on wood*) has been phenomenal. Acne can also be caused from detox issues, and coupled with hormones, it can really be a disaster on your skin. Since starting the detox system, I literally haven't had one pimple. It's incredible - and, hopefully, I didn't jinx myself by saying that! I've really enjoyed having clear skin since I've struggle with acne on and off since I was a teenager.
I just threw a lot of information at you, so feel free to ask me any questions you might have. If I can't answer them, I'm sure Kristin can, and I'll reach out to her. I'm really happy with my experience using both of these products and can't recommend them enough. They're not cheap, but definitely worth it for the results.
Speaking of which, today through the end of September, you can save $30 OFF the Ultimate Detox System. If you're interested in becoming an Affiliate (just let me know if you want the details - lots of discounts), you can save an additional 10%.
Question of the Day
Have you tried Hemp/CBD oil?
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