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How to know if CBD is working for you

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Sweet Pink CBD is showing you what to expect when you try CBD for the first time

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CBD as a health and well-being product is just growing – all the time. The power of the plant is now in everything from clothing, to oils, to food, writes Sweet Pink CBD.

But – if you’re new to CBD, you might have a few questions before you start taking it. For example – how to know if CBD is working.

CBD interacts with our bodies natural Endocannabinoid System – which plays a huge part in regulating our neuro and physiological processes including our appetite, response to pain and ability to sleep well.

Here’s the thing – you shouldn’t expect CBD to work straight away. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ – isn’t that what people always say?

Let us take you through an introduction to CBD and what you can expect if you’re new to it.

Dosing and taking – what’s right for you?

Before you purchase any form of CBD, you might want to consider which way you’d prefer to take it. Many people find it easier to take tinctured CBD oil – just a couple of drops a day.

Tinctured oils are often the best way to get CBD into your bloodstream quicker. However, some people find they don’t necessarily like the taste.

Just like so many other brands, Sweet Pink have developed a range of CBD topicals to make sure everyone has access to the power of the plant. We used natural, organically grown ingredients and hand-make everything to ensure it is perfect.

Whether you’d prefer to soak in CBD while you bath, or apply a massage oil after exercising – we have you covered.

Keep track of your well-being

When people start working out, they usually start to track their weight on the scales or record their measurements. If you’re new to taking CBD and want to know if it’s working well with your body, it’s an idea to record what method you used to take CBD each day and how you felt throughout. Our friend, Dr Callie Seaman, has recently released a 90-day wellness planner – My Canna Wellness Journal – to help you keep track of your progress. Check it out here.

Take it from Sweet Pink customer, Joanna: “My sister’s used CBD for a while. I thought it was just a fad trend she’d started, but I thought, just try it and see what happens.

“I started with the Body Buzz Massage Oil – I suffer with shin splints and inflammation when running. After a week, I noticed that I was feeling less and less pain while out running. Not only this, but the inflammation in my legs would reduce much quicker than ever before.”

For people who don’t live with a form of chronic pain, taking CBD on a regular basis could see changes to their mood, anxiety levels and sleep patterns within a few days or a couple of weeks.

Don’t compromise on quality

Because CBD has become more of a trend, many companies have started selling CBD products – but are cutting corners, or aren’t providing a quality product. This doesn’t only lead to people finding zero benefits, it also means people lose faith in the plant as a method of self-care.

High-quality CBD products aren’t cheap to produce. If the price is low compared to other brands, you’ll know what you’re looking at is compromised.

Reputable brands will also tell you how much CBD is in their product – just look at the label. The higher the number, the more potent the product – the better chance you have in receiving the benefits of the product.

Sweet Pink CBD are one of the few who use whole-plant extracts, not CBD isolates. Our bottles of CBD oil contain the cannabinoids and terpenes required to make the oil more effective. We also use miron violet-glass, a unique biophotonic glass packaging for natural products. This special glass protects our CBD oil from light, ensuring the longevity of the product inside. Using this glass, our CBD oils last longer and the cannabinoid it contains will not be as subject to the natural degradation that occurs in other bottles.

When purchasing CBD products, it is important to ensure the products you’re buying are from a safe, trusted brand. At Sweet Pink, our analytical reports are available for download, and all our products are developed with only natural, plant-based ingredients. 

Available to buy online, Sweet Pink’s range of luxurious natural products make ideal presents for friends and family, or for your own self-care and wellness routine.

From energising CBD infused bath bombs to relaxing massage and bath oils, choose CBD you can trust.

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CBD distillates, isolates & full spectrum – what’s the difference?

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Fresh Bros take you through the more technical side of CBD

With so many CBD products on the market, do you know your distillates from your isolates? The experts at US manufacturer Fresh Bros break it down.

Las Vegas manufacturer Fresh Bros have nearly a decade of experience in the hemp industry.

The team’s aim is to produce innovative formulas that suit personal needs in terms of performance, recovery, relaxation, and overall wellbeing. 

But with so many products on the market Fresh Bros want to help consumers find the best products for their needs.

Here they explain the differences between CBD distillate, CBD isolate, and full-spectrum CBD products, as well as highlighting the key differences between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC.

CBD isolates 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most researched compounds of all the known phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. 

CBD isolates are, unsurprisingly, isolated forms of CBD. During the extraction process, cannabidiols are removed or filtered out of the hemp plant except for CBD, resulting in a pure product. 

CBD isolate is great for anyone who struggles with the original earthy flavors of other conventional oils or edibles, so if you’d prefer a high-potency CBD product that is tasty, doesn’t contain THC and or any “extra” cannabinoids that are found in a distillate or full-spectrum product — CBD isolate may be the way to go.

CBD distillates

Unlike CBD isolate, CBD distillate (aka broad-spectrum CBD) typically contains an array of cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, and fatty acids that are very beneficial to the body. CBD distillate contains only negligible amounts of THC after going through special processing. 

CBD isolate is an incredible healing source, of course, but there are hundreds of other beneficial cannabinoids found in the hemp plant besides CBD – cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG) to name a couple. 

Therefore, if you want to reap all of the potential benefits of CBD without the high, and you don’t mind the stronger taste, CBD distillate may be the best option for you. 

Full spectrum

Full-spectrum CBD products contain all cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant materials – including the naturally occurring small amount of THC in hemp. 

 

Delta 8 THC vs Delta 9 THC

The cannabis plant has more than 120 cannabinoids, but only a fraction of these have really been studied and marketed. Delta 9 THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, and has received a lot of attention over the last few years. 

However, consumers are slowly noticing the lesser-known Delta 8 THC (a less available double-bond isomer of the more common Delta 9 THC, also derived from hemp) due to its unique properties. The main differences between these two types of THC are found in the molecular structures of both, and it’s worth noting that Delta 8 THC is capable of producing a milder, more manageable, and more enjoyable high compared to Delta 9. 

Delta 8 also has added therapeutic benefits and less severe and functionality-impairing side effects.

 

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Five ways CBD can help you cope with anxiety

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CBD can help relieve some of the symptoms of anxiety

With at least half of the population experiencing some anxiety since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s hardly surprising sales of CBD have soared. This is what the research says.

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders, with an estimated four per cent of the population suffering from some form of the condition.

With global issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic causing the number of people with anxiety to continue to rise, many are left searching for solutions – so, could CBD be the key to alleviating symptoms?

Although more research is needed in the area, a 2019 Gallup poll found that 37 per cent of CBD users take the supplement to relieve anxiety. Here are five ways it could help…

 

Improve mood

While low serotonin levels are generally linked with depression, there is evidence to show it could also be a cause of anxiety. In conventional mental health care, cases of low serotonin are treated with a category of anti-depressant medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as fluoxetine (Prozac).

However, CBD may have the potential to change serotonin signals in the body through the interaction with CB1, a receptor found in the central nervous system, meaning it can ‘boost’ your overall mood by changing the way your body reacts to serotonin. 

 

Improve sleep 

Anxiety and trouble sleeping have been linked for years, but recent studies have found that CBD could be a solution to both issues. 

Research published in 2019 looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and reduce anxiety. The study involved 72 subjects experiencing anxiety and/or poor sleep. In the first month, 79.2 per cent of patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 per cent reported better sleep. 

Reduce stress

While research into this area is still ongoing, preliminary studies from the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggest that CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals such as rates.

Study subjects were observed as having lower behavioural signs of anxiety, and physiological symptoms of anxiety, such as increased heart rate, also improved.

 

Help with relaxation

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. CBD, however, will not get you high, but may offer similar feelings when it comes to relaxation.

While THC activates CB1 receptors that are associated with euphoria, CBD is a CB1 antagonist and will block or modulate THC’s intoxicating effects. This has led many to believe that CBD is a good way to decrease the negative side effects of THC, such as anxiety, and help you relax and de-stress without feeling high.  

 

Improve quality of life

In a 2020 study, researchers evaluated CBD’s effects in 397 adults living in New Zealand, with study participants receiving medical CBD prescriptions for a variety of ailments, including mental health symptoms. 

All groups reported improvements in their overall quality of life after 3 weeks of CBD treatment. The individuals who received CBD treatment for anxiety or depression reportedly experienced improvements in their ability to perform daily functions and reduce pain and anxiety or depression symptoms.

Around 70 per cent of study participants reported some level of satisfaction with CBD treatment, ranging from good to excellent.

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Self-care in 2021 – why it’s a big deal

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Sweet Pink CBD shares tips for taking care of yourself in 2021.

Almost one-year ago, the UK was plunged into a national lockdown as the threat of Coronavirus reached our shores. The new virus caused shops, schools, leisure centres and most workplaces to close-down – the country came to a stand-still.

As so many people began to work from home, or faced a future of uncertainty due to extensive furlough periods or redundancies, health and well-being made a quick and bold move into lives.

While many people have always prioritised their self-care routines, it became clear that a large amount of people did not. Getting carried away with working late hours, spending the weekend going out on the town, or simply not eating or sleeping right, we all found something new – a better way to take care of ourselves.

So; as we approach the New Year, why is self-care in 2021 going to be such a big deal? Coronavirus isn’t going anywhere sometime soon; we all need to check-in with ourselves, and with others.

Look after your mental health

Your mind is just as important as your body; it needs to be kept happy and healthy. After the festive period, where so many of us have tried to make it as normal as possible, it is important to check-in with yourself before stepping back to reality.

Mental health isn’t just about looking for positives in everything or putting a smile on your face. No, it’s also about being more mindful. Practicing mindfulness is a way to live in the present, becoming more aware of your thoughts and what is happening around you, without feeling overwhelmed and worrying about tomorrow.

It’s also important to keep in touch with friends and loved ones. We don’t yet know how much longer we will be in lockdown, or in tier restricted areas, so keeping in touch via video calls or text messages is a must.

Keep your body active

Whatever your age, whatever your ability, it is important to keep active in some way. Exercise is one of the biggest methods of self-care. Why?

When we exercise – either by running a marathon, or enjoying a home workout on YouTube – we release endorphins. These chemicals are released into our brains and help to reduce pain or stress and boost our mood.

Regularly working out can also mean you find your mind becomes sharper. Exercise can help your memory in many different ways; often holding onto information for longer and having more accurate thoughts.

If you keep active the right way – for a prolonged period of time – you’ll probably find you’ll start to manage your weight. Either losing the few pounds you gained over Christmas, or building back the muscle you lost in lockdown. Whatever your reason for working out; you’ll feel so much better than if you don’t.

Improve your overall health and wellbeing

CBD use for health and wellbeing has slowly been increasing in popularity since medical cannabis became legalised in 2018. However, since the start of lockdown in March 2020, so many more people have turned to CBD.

The power of the plant has been developed into oils, beauty products, foods and even clothing.

What are people taking CBD for? It has been seen to help a variety of people throughout 2020, with health conditions including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia

Such a versatile product, it is fast becoming an essential part of our day to day lives.

Remember, no amount of CBD will ‘get you high’. You are able to consume CBD Oil in each day, and use additional products in the afternoon or evening such as the massage oils or bath salts.

When purchasing CBD products, it is important to ensure the products you’re buying are from a safe, trusted brand. At Sweet Pink, our analytical reports are available for download, and all our products are developed with only natural, plant-based ingredients.

Available to buy online, Sweet Pink’s range of luxurious natural products make ideal presents for friends and family, or for your own self-care and wellness routine.

From energising CBD infused bath bombs to relaxing massage and bath oils, choose CBD you can trust.

 

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