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    The Ultimate Guide to CBD and Sleep - Huffington Post

    We came across a very interesting article on the Huffington Post website written by Dr. Michael J. Breus, a Clinical Psychologist; Board Certified Sleep Specialist. Dr Breus compiled a list of benefits he thinks can be had from CBD and explains why; 

    For sleep

    CBD has the ability to reduce anxiety, which can be helpful in reducing sleep difficulties and improving sleep quality. CBD may increase overall sleep amounts, and improve insomnia, according to research. CBD has been shown to reduce insomnia in people who suffer from chronic pain.

    In smaller doses, CBD stimulates alertness and reduces daytime sleepiness, which is important for daytime performance and for the strength and consistency of the sleep-wake cycle.

    CBD may help reduces REM behavior disorder in people with Parkinson’s disease. REM behavior disorder is a condition that causes people to act out physically during dreaming and REM sleep. Typically, during REM, the body is largely paralyzed, a state known as REM atonia. This immobilization keeps sleepers from reacting physically to their dreams. In REM behavior disorder, this paralysis doesn’t occur, leaving people free to move—which can lead to disruptive sleep and to injuring themselves or their sleeping partners. Cannabis may also work to reduce pain and improve sleep quality in people with Parkinson’s disease.

    CBD may help improve REM sleep abnormalities in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    For depression and anxiety

    Cannabis has been used for centuries to treat nerves and anxiety, as well as other mood problems. CBD may help to improve both depression and anxiety, at least in part through its interactions with serotonin receptors in the brain. Research shows that CBD can reduce both mental and physical symptoms of anxiety. A study of CBD given to people before a public-speaking event indicates that CBD can help reduce stress—this and other research has shown that CBD can be an effective treatment for social anxiety.

    Scientists are also studying the possible benefits of CBD for bipolar disorder.

    CBD has been recognized as having anti-psychotic effects. CBD appears to reduce the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia, and may offer a significant new treatment for this and other mental disorders.

    For pain

    The body’s own endocannabinoid system is involved in managing pain perception. CBD is used in the treatment of pain in many different forms, including chronic and difficult-to-treat pain that’s associated with headaches, migraine, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

    For epilepsy

    One of the most promising uses for CBD is as a treatment for epilepsy. Scientists have recognized for many years the anti-seizure capabilities of CBD. Recently, CBD has been shown effective in people whose epileptic seizures are resistant to other treatments.

    For addiction

    There’s promising evidence that CBD may be useful in treating substance use disorders, including addiction to opioids, cocaine and amphetamines, cannabis, and nicotine. One study demonstrated CBD could reduce by 40 percent the number of cigarettes consumed by smokers trying to quit.

    For neuroprotection and neurodegenerative disease

    CBD is showing real promise as a compound that can contribute to protecting the brain, thanks to its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities. Scientists are investigating its role in neurogenesis and its ability to help the brain heal from injury, and as a treatment for neurodegenerative disease. Research suggests that CBD may help to reduce brain damage from stroke or other neurological injury. And CBD is increasingly looked to as a possible therapy for several neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis.

    For cancer

    CBD is being examined closely for its possible role in cancer treatment, on number of different fronts. It can be effective in reducing pain and nausea in cancer patients. CBD can also stimulate appetite. What’s more, CBD is showing promise in treating several types of cancer directly, inhibiting cancer cell growth and metastasis.

    With other cannabinoids

    CBD is sometimes used in conjunction with the cannabinoid THC. Used together, CBD can counteract the “high” effects of THC. This can allow people to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of THC without experiencing the psychoactive “high” that comes from this cannabinoid.

    Purephyto products are not intended for medical use and are marketed as food supplements. Purephyto blogs are researched and written by third party contractors, Purephyto do not accept liability in any suggestions blog posts may imply, such as but not limited to dosages, uses, medicinal value (if any). Purephyto blogs are written for information purposes only by advocates of plant based remedies, due diligence has been taken in analysing accuracy of information within these blogs. Please contact a medical practitioner if you need medical advice.

    Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-ultimate-guide-to-cbd-and-sleep_us_59b013e9e4b0c50640cd63a0

     

     

    BOOST Your Mornings With This CBD Shake!

    We teamed up with Jas from Ohana CBD to get some insight on her morning shakes consistently blogged on her instagram page @ohanacbd and asked her to write us up the secret recipe to share with our followers;

    "So my daily morning shakes I have usually consist of the following ingredients;

    • 1 large frozen banana
    • 1 cup of almond milk
    • 1 scoop of vegan hemp protein
    • 0.5 (half) a teaspoon of turmeric
    • 25mg (half a pipette) of Purephyto CBD+ Energise
    • 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder
    • 10 spinach leaves
    • A sprinkle of cinnamon & black pepper
    • A sprinkling of chia seeds
    • Manuka honey (optional)
    • Gluten free (optional)

    Freezing the banana makes it quite thick & creamy, similar to an ice cream - this gives the shake a wonderful consistency and ensures a cool and delicious base when mixed with the almond milk. A scoop of hemp protein helps lower blood sugar and is also high in magnesium - which helps regulate the nervous system, blood pressure, and can even go as far to help prevent heart attach and stroke. For anti inflammatory support I like to add Turmeric, this stuff also raises the antioxidant capacity of the body. Chia seeds are high in omega 3 & is an excellent anti oxidant. The star of the show for me has to be CBD+ Energise, this stuff has really helped to resolve inflammatory related issues, as a big advocate of CBD and its wide versatile uses, I would make sure my morning shake wouldn't go without this stuff. The MCT base of the Purephyto CBD+ Energise gives long lasting energy throughout the day. The spinach leaves and spirulina add some strong superfood elements and boost the shake with oxygenated green power. Finally a touch of chia seeds bursting with vitamins and a sprinkle of cinnamon and black pepper to finish! I generally find this smoothie really filling, packed with everything the body needs to start the day from protein to vitamins and cannabinoids!

    Jas"

    Purephyto products are not intended for medical use and are marketed as food supplements. Purephyto blogs are researched and written by third party contractors, Purephyto do not accept liability in any suggestions blog posts may imply, such as but not limited to dosages, uses, medicinal value (if any). Purephyto blogs are written for information purposes only by advocates of plant based remedies, due diligence has been taken in analysing accuracy of information within these blogs. Please contact a medical practitioner if you need medical advice.

    What is CBD?

    CBD or Cannabidiol like THC, is one of over 100 different Cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant. It has become famous for its naturally beneficial properties and amassed great media attention from widespread claims, testimonials and reports surrounding its beneficial effects on users. At Purephyto we make no medical claims about CBD however we can run you through on some of its amazing properties and why our products are formulated using CBD extract.

     Firstly we need to understand the difference between CBD and THC. Although CBD and THC usually make up the majority of cannabinoids in the plant (usually vastly dominant in THC depending on strain) THC has long ago obtained the status of “illegal psychoactive drug” in many countries, and has retained that status even until today whereas CBD has not. THC is still illegal in the UK and in many states in the USA, and also in most parts of the world.

    Fairly recently, however, attention has been focused on another abundant compound making out a part of the total marijuana cocktail, if a herb can actually be called that. This substance is called Cannabidiol (CBD) and it was for a good reason that the focus has shifted. Searches for “CBD Oil” have increased exponentially on search engines, due to rapidly growing evidence that CBD has great natural benefits and can be used to stimulate your ECS or Endocannabinoid system (more about this in the ECS post) legally and this can be done without experiencing any psychoactive effects. This is due to CBD’s inability to bind to the receptors THC binds to making you “Get high”.

    Many published studies and preclinical trials claim that CBD may be used help as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neuroprotector, anxiolytic, analgesic, antidepressantanti-psychotic, and as an anti-tumoral agent, however clinical trials are still yet to solidify these claims. At Purephyto we remind our customers to research CBD and strictly make no medical claims, intend our products for medical use, or market our products as medicines or substances to alleviate, cure, or heal any illnesses or diseases, however we do trust in the power of our products to be naturally beneficial to maintaining good health.

    CBD and THC levels vary from strain to strain, and marijuana grown for recreational purposes usually contains more THC than CBD due to the demand of recreational use and “the high” feeling. Selective cultivating techniques have allowed Cannabis growers to create strains that have high levels CBD as opposed to THC, making the extraction of CBD easier and more efficient. CBD can also be extracted from hemp plants, however current common knowledge of the isolated compound suggests it works the same regardless of origin.

    At Purephyto we formulate many of our products using CBD isolate - 99% pure crystalline CBD which has had almost all contaminants, waxes and foreign compounds removed, using 99% CBD as the base for many of our products ensures we can make accurate claims about the products CBD content as well as guarantee our products authenticity, ingredients and provide our customers with a safe and clean end product.

    Purephyto products are not intended for medical use and are marketed as food supplements. Purephyto blogs are researched and written by third party contractors, Purephyto do not accept liability in any suggestions blog posts may imply, such as but not limited to dosages, uses, medicinal value (if any). Purephyto blogs are written for information purposes only by advocates of plant based remedies, due diligence has been taken in analysing accuracy of information within these blogs. Please contact a medical practitioner if you need medical advice.