Hemp
(Cannabis Sativa)

Super Multi-tasker

Hemp extracts are believed to help soothe experiences of stress, anxiety and depression while easing physical discomforts and promoting restful sleep. Some report feeling more overall joy, invigoration, and a sense of balance throughout the day when taking hemp extracts such as CBD and CBG. 

Research shows that hemp may demonstrate the following benefits:

  • Ease physical discomfort
  • Calms stress and anxiety
  • Enhances mental focus
  • Gently boosts energy
  • Smoothes and balances skin health

Wow, hemp sure does a lot in a day! Think of the level of multitasking you typically do on any given morning – making breakfast and lunches, finding lost shoes, combing tangled hair, reminding everyone to brush their teeth and check their backpacks. Oh, and then there are your own needs to address, right?! Now imagine you could do all that with ease, flow, grace and perhaps even a smile. That’s kind of how hemp operates in our bodies, multitasking with ease and flow. Coincidentally, many people believe that their daily routines and tasks have much more fluid ease when taking hemp supplements. 

CBD, THC and Hemp

Hemp is a remarkable plant! It has been cultivated for thousands of years in various regions all over the world, with some of the earliest reports of hemp’s cultivation coming from China in 2800 BCE. Hemp, or industrial hemp as it is known in modern day, is a relative of marijuana but has distinct differences. The most relevant difference being the content of THC found in the plants. Industrial hemp plants produce trace amounts of THC (.3% or less) compared to marijuana plants, and the CBD content of industrial hemp is much greater than the amounts typically found in marijuanna plants. CBD (Cannabidiol) and other extracts such as CBG (cannabigerol) do not cause a high when ingested but they do seem to do some “rewiring” in our brains by working to drop us out of a stress induced fight or flight state while also stimulating some remarkable and widespread effects throughout the body.

Anxiety and Depression

Research has shown that consuming CBD supplements can have a positive effect on feelings of anxiety and depression. In fact some research has shown CBD to be helpful for a variety of anxiety experiences from generalized anxiety to social anxiety and obsessive compulsive experiences. We all know how much is expected from us on any given day! Many believe that CBD offers key support in the overall management of daily stressors and pitfalls and find this botanical supportive during times of deeper challenges. 

Physical Discomforts

Physical discomforts are another area of interest for CBD users and research suggests that this plant compound may help those who suffer from a variety of physical aches. Studies also indicate that CBD has significant effects on inflammatory pain. Pain is certainly a common reason many reach for CBD supplements and we all know it’s no fun being mama when your body is yelling louder than your kids! 

Some research also indicates that there is little evidence to suggest a need for increasing the amount of CBD used to address physical discomfort because there does not appear to be a tolerance build up that would require increased usage of the plant compound over time.  

Skin Health

Another exciting discovery about CBD benefits is the effect it could have on skin balance. Healthy skin is an important aspect of health and can play a significant role in our overall sense of confidence and wellbeing. Some research indicates that ingesting CBD extracts has a positive effect on the health of skin glands, called sebaceous glands, and it has been shown to assist with various kinds of acne. This could be great news for those prone to hormonal acne, which can strike at any age!  

What is CBG?

CBG is CBD’s mama:) CBG (cannabigerol) is newer to the supplement scene, so there is less research available when compared to CBD. CBG is one of the most recent superstar compounds found in hemp. It is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has been demonstrating some exciting actions in current research efforts. CBG is often called the “mother cannabinoid” because it is the precursor to CBD and THC in the living plant. It has many effects that are similar to CBD and some reports show promising effects on cancer cells. CBG is also known to increase dopamine levels, which can have positive effects on sleep and mood. CBG has also been reported to keep serotonin and GABA circulating through the body. GABA is an amino acid produced in the brain that works to calm the brain, which can ease stress response, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trouble with memory and concentration.  

CBG Brain Boost

In addition to working with pain relief, sleep quality, anxiety and depression, many believe this hemp rockstar helps to enhance focus and invigorate energy.  These are all areas of support we mamas need on a daily basis as we exercise our inner multi-tasking rockstars! 

So, it really doesn’t matter if you are a mama to 1 or ten, a stepmama, a grandmama, a dog mama or a mama figure in your community, we all could benefit from the support of this incredible plant multi-tasker in our lives. Rock on mama 🙂   

products containing Hemp
(Cannabis Sativa)

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