In the early 1800s, there was an artistic and intellectual movement called Romanticism. In the face of an increasingly industrialized world, artists, writers, and everyday people turned to the beauty of nature and all that it had to offer for solace and refuge.
Today, many people are embracing similar values. Whether it’s in response to the explosion of technology we’ve experienced, our greater understanding of medicine and side-effects, or just an interest in taking better care of ourselves, the appeal of natural living is undeniable. CBD, in particular, has become one of the most prominent parts of the natural living movement. Join Axis Labs as we take a look at this lifestyle trend.
What is Natural Living?
In an age of marketing hype, it’s hard to distinguish “natural” from nature. So what does it mean to lead a natural life?
Basically, living naturally is finding ways of living that have a minimal impact on the earth, your community, and yourself. There’s a lot of flexibility in natural living, but it does require a measure of awareness on your part. For instance, leading a natural life means avoiding many chemicals, additives, and preservatives, including those found in some foods and drinks. It does not, however, mean you have to give up everything that makes up modern life. Instead, it asks you to be more mindful of what you use, how you use it, and what it’s made from.
For instance, you don’t need to sell your home, move into a tiny-home, use solar panels for power, and raise your own chickens and goats for food. Living naturally means finding ways to lessen your impact. So rather than shopping at a chain store, you might visit a local farmers market for your produce. Rather than purchase fast-fashion clothing items, buy second-hand outfits or make purchases from ethical manufacturers. For some, natural living means eschewing treatment options like NSAID pain relievers or anti-anxiety medications and utilizing natural alternatives like diet, exercise, and hemp-based supplements.
What Could CBD Offer You?
It’s not a stretch to say that cannabis products have been a part of the natural living movement for a long time. Originally, the two were linked through substances like marijuana, but as more and more states legalized one cannabis plant, support grew for other cannabis plants. With the passage of the Farm Bills in 2014 and 2018, hemp experienced a renaissance that few other plants can claim to enjoy.
Hemp is one of the most versatile plants we know of. Hundreds of products can be made from hemp, not just the oils, topicals, and capsules that many assume. Hemp fibers can be woven into clothing, used to make building materials, and can even be pressed into a bioplastic that’s durable and kind to the environment. With careful effort, you could make hemp a part of nearly every aspect of your life, from what you eat and drink, to what you wear, and even how you enhance your health and wellness.
At Axis Labs, we’ve made good use of hemp and its incredible cannabis compounds. We’ve created a family of products that make use of Cannabidiol, or CBD. When used intentionally, CBD has so much to offer you.
Food, Meals, and Diet
Perhaps one of the biggest parts of a natural lifestyle is the choice of diet. Natural living emphasizes, naturally, lots of fruits and vegetables that are responsibly raised without the use of GMOs and pesticides.
On its own, hemp has been a part of human and animal diets for millennia. Many argue it was one of the first plants to be actively cultivated by early agricultural societies, and the plant has been a vital part of many cultures and foodways since.
Today, you can add hemp seeds and hemp oil to your food. You can also enjoy many of the foods that now feature CBD. CBD edibles, like gummies, are a popular option for a fun treat, but others choose to use CBD as an ingredient in their smoothies, or other meals. It’s fairly simple to add CBD to your meal and make it part of your diet.
There’s growing evidence to suggest that CBD could be an effective part of your diet and weight loss plans as well. CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your endocannabinoid system. Researchers believe that the CB1 receptor plays a role in appetite and feelings of hunger. CBD may play a role in suppressing these feelings, keeping you from overeating. CBD also interacts with the CB2 receptor, which is found in lymphoid tissues and the brain. By stimulating the CB2 receptors, CBD may be able to increase your metabolism, helping you to more effectively use the nutrients you get from food and lose weight in the process.
Exercise, Recovery, and Pain Relief
Regular exercise and working out is an essential part of a natural lifestyle, and CBD could help you get more of it. Many praise the reported anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD, and the compound has found favor amongst fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes alike.
When you use a CBD product, it interacts with a variety of receptors throughout your ECS that help your body react to and manage pain. For instance, your GPR55 receptor reacts to pain, while your TRPV1 receptors help your body control pain sensitivity. When introduced to your ECS, a compound like CBD could help your body limit the responses these receptors produce. That helps you feel pain-free before and after your workout.
Perhaps one of the reasons that CBD is so effective in managing sensations of pain is because it’s rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Your body utilizes both of these essential fatty acids in order to repair and restore aching muscles, damaged tissues, and sore joints.
Rather than relying on over-the-counter or prescription pain medications, CBD offers a fast-acting, and side-effect-free means of managing your pain. Devoid of chemicals and additives, you can’t OD on CBD, and you cannot become addicted, making it an obvious choice for those looking to manage pain naturally.
Finding a Focus
Part of a natural lifestyle is an elevated sense of awareness. Of course, more than just being aware of how you’re interacting with the world around you, you also need to be more aware of yourself as well. One of the most popular uses for CBD is as a way to create a more centered sense of being and to quell racing thoughts.
One of the biggest fields of study in CBD research is its use as an anti-anxiety treatment option. Many assume that other cannabis compounds, like THC, would be a more effective treatment for anxiety than CBD. However, the psychoactive properties of THC actually exacerbate symptoms of anxiety in some people. CBD, on the other hand, helps your body limit its “fight or flight” responses when it feels anxious. In a study from 2010, researchers found that CBD could play a role in helping people limit their anxious feelings while in social settings.
Similarly, the use of CBD by those with general anxiety was studied in 2011, and the research team found that CBD may help our brains process our emotions more clearly, keeping us from feeling anxious. Patients who used CBD in the study reported lower levels of subjective anxiety than those who used placebos in the study.
Of course, part of enjoying a state of emotional and mental clarity is getting enough rest. Whether they live a natural lifestyle or not, nearly 40 million Americans struggle with sleep issues of some kind. In particular, insomnia plagues millions every year. While CBD hasn’t been shown to directly cure any issues of insomnia, it could play a role in preparing your body for better sleep. The anxiolytic effects outlined above help your brain wind down in the evenings, preparing you for sleep.
One study from 2013 suggested that CBD could be used to help correct sleep-wake cycles. The study found that the use of CBD encouraged the subjects to go to sleep more readily at night. Not only that, the study found that the subjects slept more after taking a dose of CBD.
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Talk to your doctor
Leading a more natural lifestyle is a constantly evolving journey. No one does it perfectly, and everyone has to start somewhere. Over time, you can make positive changes that are more conducive to a natural lifestyle. Part of that is working with your doctor to determine if your current medications may have a negative interaction with CBD. While CBD can be an effective part of your new, healthier lifestyle, it shouldn’t be used as a replacement for any drugs you need to maintain your quality of life.
Talking to your doctor about CBD is easier than ever now that more and more people are using it for a variety of reasons. The fact is, CBD is more popular than ever, and most doctors have at least a passing familiarity with products like ours. That means they’ll have a sense of how you can use CBD to enhance your health, and how to create a treatment plan that slowly replaces your prescription medications with a CBD supplement.
Choose the right products
Of course, just like your natural lifestyle makes you aware of which places you shop, which foods you wear, and which clothing you wear, you’ll also need to be aware of which CBD products are right for you.
The fact is, a huge quantity of CBD products are mislabeled or under-labeled. This means that some manufacturers produce “CBD products” that may contain other substances, or trace elements of solvents, alcohols, and compounds like THC that you don’t want in your body. That’s why it’s important you purchase CBD products that share the same natural values that you do.
Here at Axis Labs, we follow rigorous quality and purity standards that start with our organically grown, Colorado-raised hemp. From there, we use an innovative cold extraction method that results in a CBD extract that’s free of THC and any extras. We then send each batch of CBD extract to our third-party lab partner to test the extract for purity and potency. Not every CBD company has the same level of attention-to-detail and commitment to quality that we do, but we know that it results in a better product and experience for you.
Enjoy CBD in a Number of Ways
One of the reasons many love CBD is that it can take effect quickly. But how quickly depends on which way you enjoy your CBD. Bioavailability is a fancy way of discussing how fast a compound enters your bloodstream. In the case of CBD, it can be enjoyed by eating it, inhaling it, and applying it to your skin. Typically, our customers have found that our CBD edibles take effect about one to two hours after ingesting it. For those who inhale CBD, like using our oils in their vapes, the effects can be noticed in as little as 15 minutes. For topical applications of CBD, you might feel the effects in about 30 minutes.
Once you’ve chosen a particular CBD product to include in your natural lifestyle, you might consider microdosing CBD in order to enjoy the effects all day. This is basically taking small doses of CBD frequently throughout the day.