The popularity of cannabidiol can be attributed in part to its purported anxiety- and stress-relieving properties. Its consumption will not get the user high because it is a nonpsychoactive compound of marijuana. The benefits of CBD have been embraced by the wellness community, and the compound can be found in beverages, edibles, capsules and oils.
Aside from cannabidiol, adaptogens are also receiving a similar level of attention. These are plants that provide the body with stress-coping mechanisms as well as regulate hormonal changes. Other benefits include reducing inflammation, fighting fatigue and improving sleep. The use of adaptogens has been popular in Asian countries among those who follow the Ayurvedic medicine system.
There are a variety of adaptogens with the popular ones being rhodiola, reishi mushrooms, tulsi and ashwagandha. Rhodiola has been praised for its energy-boosting properties. Tulsi, or holy basil, boosts the body’s immunity as well as reduces anxiety, improves focus and helps manage depression. Ashwagandha is a stress reliever and has been a key ingredient in Ayurvedic potions. Reishi mushrooms provide the body with antioxidant properties that allow the skin to maintain a youthful look. Chaga, cordyceps and tocos are other popular adaptogens.
Adaptogens generally have a bitter taste, which is why they can be combined with cannabidiol. They are mostly manufactured as capsules or in powder form so that they can be added to beverages.
The body has a system of glands, receptors and hormones that form the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (“HPA”) axis. Adaptogens seamlessly integrate with the system to restore metabolic equilibrium, also known as homeostasis. When our body is exposed to stressful situations, adaptogens will help in maintaining stress levels by lowering the production of stress hormones and refilling them when there’s an inadequacy.
Adaptogens are effective when they are taken for long durations because they will provide the body with internal stability. However, there are a couple of precautions you need to consider before you start ingesting adaptogens or taking them with CBD.
- Talk to your doctor first. Ask for their recommendations and for clearance regarding which CBD and adaptogen products are suitable for you.
- Take note of the United States Pharmacopeia (“USP”) seal when buying from the marketplace. Despite being nontoxic plants, they have not currently regulated by the FDA. The seal will let you know that which products have been verified by the USP.
- Side effects can be experienced when adaptogens and/or CBD are paired with prescription drugs. Consult a naturopath or an herbalist to make sure they do not create undesirable effects with the ingredients of your prescribed medication.
- Begin with smaller doses before increasing your intake. You can consult a naturopath or doctor to guide you with dosage. Some undesirable effects of taking sudden large doses of CBD include sleepiness while those for adaptogens include nausea, headaches and dizziness.
As this niche grows, many more companies are likely to jump into the fray. Flora Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FLGC) is an internationally focused cannabis brand builder that is organically growing market share for its existing brand portfolio, which includes food & beverage.
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