As most of you know I’m a big fan of nature. Subsequently, for better or worse, I like to think that the natural world can provide us with much of what we need to be healthy. I’ve spent most of my time as a health practitioner  focusing on the basics of natural food, movement, sleep, connection and enjoyment to reset human potential. As time goes on I have begun to get more interested in some of the more fringe nature based/traditional practices. One of the areas that I have been exploring is the realm of using plants/herbs/botanicals and other flora for health promotion or recovery. This is an area I’ve only waded into and want to take slowly so I’ve really only experimented with some adaptagenic herbs/flowers in a few different substances, supplements and foods.

Something that’s been in the back of my mind is the world of cannabis/hemp and its family of products. Many people swear by the numerous benefits of these plants and the medical community is starting to acknowledge what many people have been saying for a long, long time. I’m not interested in smoking marijuana but am interested in what makes it so effective for pain management and health promotion.

As is often the case, when I’ve been thinking about something (remember the cricket story?) the universe reaches out and says hi. Enter CBD. 

One of the main compounds in hemp/marijuana is Cannabidiol, abbreviated as CBD. I hadn’t heard much about cannabidiol until I was contacted by Dose of Nature, a company specializing in CBD and making it available and user friendly to the mainstream public. When most people think of hemp or marijuana they think of the stereotypical pot smoking situation/user. As such, most people are familiar with THC, the psychoactive compound of marijuana that gets most of the criticism and is responsible for the high and many of the other stereotypical effects of marijuana use. Conversely, CBD (which makes up about 40% of the cannabis plant extract) has been gaining steam as a therapeutic remedy for a number of health related conditions and is being actively studied for its healing and health promoting effects. It appears that cannabidiol is the part of cannabis/hemp/marijuana that may be the reason for its medical efficacy and general belief that smoking pot can be healthy and or good for you. Two of the biggest areas of interest for application of Cannabidiol are in brain function (seizures/deterioration) and cancer, with some very promising results, particularly in the anecdotal realm.

I am interested in all things natural so after a little research I became intrigued and thought it would be nice to trial their Redstrap CBD in Hemp Oil and see what happens. As I’ve written before, my philosophy has been a bit hesitant of isolating things from the whole but  I also have found it helpful to keep an open mind. Cannabidiol seems like a substance worth investigating so I gave it a shot…

I’m only 4 days into using it and must say I’m starting to like it. Here are my thoughts so far:

– It has an earthy quality (taste/smell) that I like. It may turn some people off but I like it.

– I have noticed a nice little energy bump from it, but it’s mild and I don’t necessarily lack energy as a general rule.

– Mental clarity seems to have been on point, but once again I usually do pretty well in this realm normally. 

– Libido seems to be a bit higher. Could be coincidence but don’t have a problem with that. 

– Doesn’t mix well with water but I’ve found a way around that by dropping the oil together in a couple ounces of water and then just shooting the whole thing in one gulp.

So on the whole I’ve liked my short term experience with CBD. It seems to be a little boost to a few things in my life so I plan on continuing for a little while longer and expanding my research in this realm. I’ll keep you guys updated on what my thoughts are down the road. 

If you’re interested in more info, head on over and check out Dose of Nature

Thanks for reading, have a great day!

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