CBD Won’t Work For You if You Don’t Know This

CBD Won’t Work For You if You Don’t Know This

Are among the many people who have purchased CBD with high hopes and were left feeling disappointed with a lack of results?

You aren't alone. Misinformation, inadequate education and a profit driven industry has left a lot of people unsatisfied.

CBD has garnered a massive popularity for its health benefits. From managing pain to reducing anxiety, helping with hormones and improving sleep but why didn't it work for you?

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Understanding the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

To understand why CBD works or doesn’t work for you, it’s important to learn about something called your endocannabinoid system. 

This is a complex network of neurotransmitters and receptors found throughout your body, that are responsible for regulating your mood, sleep, appetite, pain sensation, and so much more. 

Your endocannabinoid system consists of three key components:

The first is Endocannabinoids: These are neurotransmitters produced by your body that bind to cannabinoid receptors.

The second is just this, your Cannabinoid receptors: These are located on the surface of cells throughout your body and brain. The two primary receptors are CB1 and CB2.

The third is Enzymes: These are responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids after they have carried out their function.

When your endocannabinoid system is functioning optimally, it helps maintain balance throughout your body. But there are many factors that can disrupt your endocannabinoid system, leading to imbalances that likely result in a disruption of your sleep cycle, mood, appetite, libido, hormones or digestion. 

So what causes these disruptions? 

There are several contributors. Stress and chronically high levels of cortisol and adrenaline. Processed foods, poor absorption of nutrients, lack of movement and  fresh air, exposure to chemicals, toxins and herbicides, and some people even have genetic variations that affect how their endocannabinoid system functions. 

The unfortunate truth is that the majority of people are depleted. As a culture we move so fast, we consume so much, our stress levels are higher than ever before and we sleep less. We are expected to do so much and as a whole, we are all depleted. Unless we intentionally support balance. 

When you become depleted, you may experience symptoms like chronic pain, migraines, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Or maybe you don’t bounce back to feeling like yourself after becoming a mother. Maybe you lack passion or inspiration. Maybe you can’t focus and feel unproductive. 

This is where CBD comes in.

The way we can intentionally balance our endocannabinoid system is to incorporate CBD. When you have a deficiency though, it can take up to 3 months to replete your system. Three months of daily, consistent use. Which leads to 

the number one reason that many people don’t experience the healing they had hoped for.

They don't know how to take it properly. This is why I offer Balance CBD on subscription. Because I want to set you up to heal. 

I want you to visualize your endocannabinoid system like your physical body. If you are out of shape, exercising every once in a while isn’t going to improve your fitness level. You can’t just exercise on the days where you feel bloated. You have to show up on the good days, the hard days and every day in between. It is the consistency over time that improves your physical body. If you just take CBD when you have a migraine, it might help ease the edge but it isn’t going to help future migraines from coming on. If you just take it one night that you are particularly restless, it isn’t going to improve your sleep long term. CBD is not an as needed supplement. The way it works is by replenishing your endocannabinoid system and just like if you only drink water when you are wildly dehydrated, you will never be fully hydrated. 

If you aren’t ready to really commit, I will be really honest here - don’t waste your time or money. Naturally derived CBD takes time to work but if you give it that time, you will be absolutely amazed. Like any wellness regimen, consistency fosters cumulative effects, allowing CBD to build up in your system. 

My family takes CBD every single day because I know in our modern world with our exposure to chemical, toxins, heavy metals and pollution - I want to do everything I can to proactively support us. We will take extra doses as needed when maybe one of my children is teething or having a growth spurt. After a really long run, a stressful day or when my hormones feel off. This has created a homeostasis in my family. Meaning daily are steadily centered and experience calm and peace within our home. Everyone is able to communicate clearly, sleep soundly and overall function beyond optimally. 

I first learned of CBD from my midwife when I was pregnant with my fourth baby. It completely changed my birth experience, my postpartum journey and I have been able to completely get rid of all over the counter medications like Tylenol and ibuprofen. 

Okay. Let’s talk about other reasons CBD doesn’t always work. Well, not all CBD is the same. 

There is Natural CBD and Synthetic. And there is no way to know what your bottle is comprised of other than to trust your source. 

Natural CBD is derived from hemp plants and contains a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds, that work synergistically to replenish your endocannabinoid system. On the other hand, synthetic cannabinoids are produced in a laboratory. They simply do not support your body like natural CBD does. In fact, they are harmful. 

The CBD market is inundated and like everything, not all CBD products are created equal. Another reason your CBD may not have worked is because many manufacturers dilute their products with fillers that compromise the quality and potency. The CBD industry is largely unregulated, allowing for inconsistencies in product labeling and misleading marketing claims. It is absolutely essential to choose a brand that is transparent in where the hemp is grown, performs and shares third-party test results with you and there shouldn’t be more than two or three ingredients. 

In a future episode I will teach you about how hemp is widely used for phytoremediation. How many CBD’s are a byproduct of this practice and are therefore bottles of concentrated toxins and heavy metals. Again another reason it is so important to trust the brand you use and to be quite honest, why I partnered with a manufacture to create Balance. Because I couldn’t find a brand I trusted for my own family. 

You can also look forward to an episode all about the THC is CBD. How Balance is truly THC free and why this is so important, especially if you are in your motherbearing years or are giving CBD to your child. 

Thanks for joining me today. I’ll be back next week. 

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