The 5 main benefits of CBD for your mental and physical health

By Grace Hawkins

Sep 13, 2020

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With recent legalisation and scientific evidence coming to light, there has been a significant increase in the CBD’s popularity. This cannabis byproduct has managed to become a household name, owing to the many benefits it offers. Medical experts are currently recommending CBD as a holistic alternative treatment for plenty of ailments, both psychological and physical.

Are you planning to incorporate CBD in your life? Do you wonder about how the cannabinoid can be beneficial for both your mental and physical health? If yes, then keep reading and know everything about CBD and its advantages.

What exactly is CBD?

CBD, which is currently among the few topics that reign both conversations and news headlines, has many benefits, but do you know what it is? If not, let’s find out. The cannabis plant is laden with many chemical compounds, which are called ‘cannabinoids’. These cannabinoids can decide how the plant will affect you. While there are hundreds of them present, CBD and THC are the most prominent ones.

CBD, also called cannabidiol, occupies 40 per cent of the plant matter. It is a medicinal cannabinoid that doesn’t induce a mind-altering high. Given the therapeutic benefits it offers, today’s markets are brimming with different CBD-based products that can help people enjoy this cannabinoid’s goodness. Brands like NuLeaf Naturals are dealing with CBD products which can help treat issues like anxiety, pain, insomnia, and more.

How can CBD benefit your mental and physical health?

There is a never-ending list of ways that CBD can improve your health. Here are some of them:

CBD can alleviate anxiety

With hectic life and no time to unwind, anxiety has become quite common. It can induce a wide array of symptoms like sweating, palpitations, and increased heart rate, making your life extremely difficult. If you have been facing symptoms of anxiety, CBD may help.

The cannabinoid can calm your body and mind, thus taking the stress away. It might also assist with alleviating the symptoms. When you ingest CBD, it interacts with the chemicals in your brain to change how they react to serotonin, which is responsible for your mood. By ensuring there is a required amount of serotonin in your body, CBD can help you feel happy and relaxed, thus alleviating the anxiety.

CBD helps combat pain

Suffering from excruciating chronic pain can make your life challenging. If you are tired of taking prescribed medications without any relief, you might want to try CBD here too. Your body contains a complex structure of cells responsible for regulating bodily functions, known as the ‘endocannabinoid system’. It produces neurotransmitters called cannabinoids, which are identical to the chemicals you get from the cannabis plant.

When you ingest CBD, the cannabinoids bind to receptors present in your organs and change how they react to external stimuli. It can reduce the feeling of pain and ensure you can carry out your routine tasks without any discomfort.

CBD might reduce the effects of epilepsy

Epilepsy is a severe neurotic disorder that can cause unprovoked and recurrent seizures. While there is no exact cause of the ailment, doctors believe that genetics and brain damage can be reasons for it.

CBD can have a biochemical effect on your nerve cells, which can reduce both the intensity and frequency of epileptic seizures. It also promotes natural cannabinoids in your body, which enables better communication and might reduce seizures. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved the CBD-based medicine for epilepsy called Epidiolex.

CBD helps with insomnia

Are you unable to sleep at night due to insomnia? Well, CBD might be the solution you are looking for. It can relax your body, take away the stress, and help you drift off to sleep. CBD alters your sleep cycle, reducing the time you spend in the first two stages of the cycle. You can get more time in the third stage of a deep sleep, and help you get enough rest each night and wake up refreshed.

CBD can help with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

A majority of women face various symptoms each month before their period, called the Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). It can include mood swings, bloating, cramps, tenderness in breasts, irritability, and inability to sleep. These symptoms can last from one to two weeks before the period begins and subside once the monthly cycle begins.

CBD can help women deal with these symptoms organically. It helps combat pain, mood swings, nausea, and also helps with sleep, making it easier to go through the monthly cycle.

The 5 main benefits of CBD for your mental and physical health


By Grace Hawkins

Sep 13, 2020

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Daye’s CBD-infused tampons, the period care designed with women in mind

By Tahmina Begum

Jul 16, 2019

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Scrolling through Goop, I can’t help but roll my eyes at the coconut flavoured floss that’s supposed to transform your daily dental experience. The same applies to turmeric lattes, mushroom matcha coffee, and a stone diffuser for your crystals. It’s fair to say I’m somewhat of a sceptic to the majority of what wellness offers and to whom. Yet with organic and sustainable menstrual cups, ‘period pants’ that soak up 8 hours of blood, the wellness industry has moved to our nether regions and is finally trying to make our monthly bodily trials a fair bit easier.

Meet Daye, a female-owned and led sustainable CBD-infused and 100 percent cotton tampon company that is in sync with your cycle and delivers to your letterbox. It sounds like the epitome of millennial convenience, with a pro-feminine lens on what women and non-binary people need. Screen Shot spoke with Valentina Milanova, the founder of Daye, about what inclusivity, CBD and wellness should look like for the majority.

“Daye started when I got my first period, at nine years old. No one had sat me down and explained what the menstrual cycle was, so when I started bleeding I thought I had a rare and shameful disease”, recalls Milanova. After hiding it for a year until she was taken to the emergency room by her father, who suspected something was wrong, her early experience of shame cemented her interest in calling to dismantle the taboos surrounding female health.

Reading research papers and anything she could get her hands on, Milanova discovered industrial hemp and in her words, “had a Eureka moment”. The fibres of the hemp plant are more absorbent than traditional cotton tampons, plus the extract from the flower are pain-relieving and thus help women who suffer from painful menstrual cramps.

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Launching with two productsnaked tampons and ultra-soothing CBD-infused tamponsthe main question on everyone’s mind is: do they really work? Or is it no different than popping into Boots for a pack of Tampax and Paracetamol? “All our tampons are made from sustainably-sourced cotton fibres that are batch tested for cleanliness and pesticides”, explains Milanova. Keen on making sure there is no bacterial residue (seeing as tampons are not considered medical devices the regulation of feminine hygiene products are lax), Daye ran a microbiological analysis on various mainstream and organic tampons and found them bacterially contaminated. Tampon manufacturers aren’t even legally obliged to disclose the ingredients of their product.

Daye tampons also use a cotton protective sleeve that covers the whole tampon and prevents fibre loss so there is a smaller chance of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Toxic Shock Syndrom (TSS) happening. Yet when it comes to any CBD-infused wellness products, many medical experts have rejected the use of CBD as its thought that only a high dosage of the ingredient is needed to have any kind of a palpable effect.

Daye’s CBD infused tampons have 150mg of 30 percent concentration of CBD, with the THC extracted. “Since they’re administered vaginally they have a much higher bioavailability than if the compound were administered orally”, explains Milanova. “If you were to ingest CBD, the compound would have to go through your digestive tract and be metabolised before reaching your bloodstream, so your gut and liver take a huge chunk”.

When asking what the results showed, Milanova has stated some women felt their cramps subside after 15 minutes and some after an hour. Have I mentioned that all packaging is biodegradable, sustainably sourced, compostable, and water-soluble too?

Is Daye helping women? Tick. The planet? Tick. Heightening our expectations for menstrual products? Tick. What about inclusivity? When heading to the brand’s website, there is a glossary of terms explaining everything from ‘period poverty’ and LGBTQI+ to burnout and pelvic inflammatory disease. Daye also has its own platform for women’s health called Vitals where conversation and transparency around its research will be audio-recorded and published.

Daye, therefore, looks like it’s made for women. That said,  as cultural practises and  lack of sanitary aid has meant pads and cloths are more familiar in the east, making tampons significantly more common in the west , what kind of woman is the company targeting?

Founder Milanova says plainly, “We don’t want to force tampons on anyone. We’re simply here to raise the standards in period care and upgrade the tampon, a product that has been overlooked for way too long”. Raising standards in female health and bridging the gender gap in medical innovation seems to be the intention behind Daye. 

Daye plans on manufacturing locally in places like China and India, where femcare is almost non-existent. The brand’s micro-monetisation in these areas could result in local commerce and entrepreneurship for women, because it’s crucial that women get invested in helping other women. CBD-infused tampons are just the beginning.

Daye’s CBD-infused tampons, the period care designed with women in mind


By Tahmina Begum

Jul 16, 2019

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