It’s easy these days to have products come across as a trend or fad – CBD has been under this scrutiny since the get-go. We’re promised great sleep, anxiety management, smooth, even skin and so much more – sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. Believe the hype – CBD is an amazing all rounder and total game changer of a supplement. Keen to learn a little more about this miracle molecule, we sat down with our friends at OTO to hear about the science behind CBD and the amazing effects it has to offer.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a completely natural compound derived from the cannabis plant. The human body produces very similar substances to CBD Oil on its own (which are known as endogenous cannabinoids). All cannabinoids – both those produced by the human body and those found in the hemp or cannabis plant – react with a complex network of cannabinoid receptors in our body known as the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system regulates our bodies physiological functions such as sleep, mood, inflammation, stress & anxiety. The endogenous cannabinoids that our bodies produce naturally sometimes need a little help to maintain a healthy internal balance – and this is where CBD comes in. CBD helps promote homeostasis – or balance – in the body.
How can CBD help you manage stress & anxiety?
CBD has a powerful effect on the behavioural and physiological symptoms of stress. Regulating imbalances like low levels of serotonin, can be important for dealing with stress and anxiety. CBD also interacts with GABA receptors, which are the main ‘inhibitory’ neurotransmitters in the brain, calming excess activity in the brain and promoting relaxation. Key medicinal minds, including Dr Esther Blessing, an assistant professor at New York University of Medicine, call CBD “the most promising drug that has come out for neuropsychiatric diseases in the last 50 years”. In OTO’s consumer trials 83% of people reported that daily use of CBD helped them control their worrying.
How can CBD help you sleep?
A good night’s sleep is just as important as exercise and a healthy diet and clocking in eight hours or more on a nightly basis can help improve memory, reduce stress and allows the body and mind to heal. By promoting homeostasis i.e. balancing the body, CBD can help to regulate your internal sleep / wake cycle, ultimately making it easier to fall asleep at night and also wake up in the morning. OTO’s consumer trials showed extremely positive results in regards to regularly taking CBD and improved sleep. 87% of participants reported an improvement in sleep quality and 92% also benefiting from improved mood, energy and concentration.
Why we love OTO CB
Not all CBD products are created equally and if you are looking to use CBD to treat anxiety or any other ailments there are important things to consider before you buy. OTO’s team of world-leading scientists have combined the best global research with extensive testing to create a standard that you can trust across all of their products. We love the fact everything OTO creates comes with their OTO Strength™ guarantee, so you can be assured that you are receiving the optimum amount of CBD per day. In addition, all of their products feature high-quality, ayurvedic botanicals and complementary terpenes that enhance the flavours and aromas and, most importantly, the benefits of the CBD! Our favourite products? The Ritual CBD Serum and Day Cream, along with the incredibly nourishing CBD Night Cream Face Mask. OTO have offered our community 20% off all of their products – simply enter ARTAH20 at checkout to redeem your discount.