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How to get a good night’s sleep

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CBD can help you get the best night's sleep possible

With the stress the last year has brought, it’s unsurprising many of us have been struggling to get enough shut-eye – but a few simple changes you can help you wind down and drift off.

Sleep. We all need it, but too many of us are struggling to get enough of it. 

And with a pandemic raging, bringing with it the stress of homeschooling, the fear of illness, the isolation and the potential financial worries, more of us are struggling than ever before.

While the occasional sleepless night is no cause for concern, persistent lack of sleep can lead us to feel restless, low on energy and anxious, as well as at risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases including dementia.

So, how can you get a good night’s sleep – or as good as possible in the circumstances?

No screens

We have a world of information and connectivity in our hands, in the forms of smartphones and tablets, but, when it comes to sleep, it’s good to disconnect for a while.

The blue light emitted by the screens on phones, computers, tablets and televisions dampens the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle or circadian rhythm.

Experts recommend turning gadgets off at least half and hour before going to bed – and no scrolling when you get there.

Because as well as the blue light, doom scrolling through the latest headlines is certainly not conducive to a good night’s sleep.

Are you lying comfortably?

It may sound obvious, but key to a restful night is making sure you’re settled. Whether you like a warm or cold room, one or two pillows, blankets or a duvet, you need to get it right for you.

Try to avoid too much artificial light – it interferes with your circadian rhythms – and, if possible, keep noise to a minimum for obvious reasons. 

A little extra

When people are struggling with insomnia, they will often turn to some form of medication to help them drift off. 

However, prescription medications such as Valium or Ambien have been linked to side-effects including dependency or creating a false-sleep – a lighter state where the body doesn’t experience the all-important REM sleep.

CBD, on the other hand, can help promote relaxation to facilitate a good night’s sleep, without the harmful side effects.

With stress being one of the leading causes of insomnia, the recognised calming properties of CBD oil can be a key weapon in the armory against the sleeplessness pandemic.

A few drops of the oil under the tongue – or an edible – before bed, combined with some deep breathing, can settle the mind and body, ready for a peaceful night.

Or, for something a little different, you try a CBD Pillow, a patented product that uses microencapsulation technology to create the effect of microdosing CBD throughout the night.

Millions of microcapsules of CBD varying in size and thickness are infused into the fabric of the pillowcase. The capsules burst at different intervals, triggered by movement, and the CBD is then absorbed through the follicles to react with receptors in the hair and skin.

While more research is needed into the benefits of CBD for insomnia, the early signs are encouraging – definitely something worth sleeping on.

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Five tips for coping with life after lockdown

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Social distancing restrictions are set to end in England on June 21st

As much as many of us can’t wait for life to return to normal, after over year of living with some form of restrictions, it’s normal to be feeling a little bit anxious about life after lockdown.

From March 8 onwards, the UK will start to slowly emerge from lockdown, with schools opening first, followed by non-essential shops and leisure facilities over the coming months.

And while there are things about the return to ‘normal’ that we will all be looking forward to, it’s not unusual to be feeling a little apprehensive, or even anxious, about re-entering society. 

Luckily, there are a number of ways you can manage your anxiety – and the sooner you start, the more effective it will be.

Take it slowly

If you’re feeling worried, it’s probably best not to book tickets for a festival or a round-the-world cruise. Instead, aim to maybe meet up with one person at a time, or have a coffee at an outside café. Whatever you choose, it’s best to do something, as the longer you leave it, the worse your anxiety will be.  

Keep in touch

While Zoom and text fatigue have definitely set in after 12 months of lockdowns and distancing, now is the time to rekindle some of those connections.

Even if you don’t meet up in person just yet, it can be good to chat through your anxiety with a friend – chances are, they’ll know exactly how you’re feeling.

Try something new

Try to vary your routine so you see different people and situations until you find what you’re comfortable with. Maybe your usual walking route is very busy in the mornings; now the nights are getting lighter, try going out in the early evening. 

Trying something different can also break any negative connections you may associate with lockdown; if your local streets were as far as you travelled during lockdown, a walk around a different neighbourhood gives your brain a clear signal that something has changed.

Have a plan

While you can’t control everything, you do have power over some aspects of returning to a more normal life. If you’re feeling worried or anxious about going out, make yourself an action plan of how you’re going to handle it – and how you’ll respond to anything unexpected.

A little extra help

CBD is well known for its calming effects, and many people use it to relieve symptoms of anxiety.  Although more research is needed to understand the science behind using CBD as a treatment for anxiety, plenty of people anecdotally report a positive impact on their symptoms. A 2019 Gallup Poll discovered that 37 percent of CBD users take the supplement for anxiety.

CBD is thought to work by changing serotonin signals in the body through the interaction with CB1, a receptor found in the central nervous system.

Low serotonin levels are generally linked with depression, however there is also evidence that it could be a cause of anxiety.

In another study from 2019, researchers gave 300mg of CBD (or a placebo) to 37 Japanese teenagers suffering from social anxiety.

The results found that the group who received CBD experienced a significant reduction in their symptoms and concluded that “the results indicate that CBD could be a useful option to treat social anxiety.”

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What are CBD patches and do they work?

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Transdermal patches are a relatively new concept in the CBD world but they could be one of the most effective ways to reap the benefits, the team at Hapi Hemp explain.

Since CBD has become so popular it is now available in many different forms – from tincture oils to edibles to capsules, CBD teas and even a CBD superfood mix.

CBD patches are not just another item on a list nor are they a fad, these patches are not only unique, but they are also smart and incredibly effective.

Even though these patches are extremely simple, the actual ‘how’ is a little more technical, which we explain below.

What are CBD patches?

Transdermal patches may be relatively new in the world of CBD, but the concept has been around for years. They work in a similar way to nicotine or hormonal patches, with a few twists that ensure the patch can effectively deliver CBD into your bloodstream.

The Hapi CBD patch is made from organic hemp extract, taking goodness from this wonderful plant ensuring the full benefits in a THC free transdermal format.

One of the benefits of using CBD patches is the fast delivery of CBD into the bloodstream. The CBD doesn’t have to go through other bodily processes, so you start feeling the effects in a matter of minutes after attaching the patch to your skin.

How do CBD patches work?

CBD patches pass CBD directly into our skin cells. Because our cells are made of lipids, and cannabinoids are also lipids, CBD readily diffuses through our cells, eventually making the way to our blood vessels. In other words, they deliver cannabinoids into your bloodstream through the skin, which allows the CBD to reach your endocannabinoid system, where it binds with CB1 and CB2 receptors to produce a variety of beneficial effects.

The Benefits of CBD Patches

One of the benefits of using our CBD patches is the fast delivery of CBD into the bloodstream.

The CBD doesn’t have to go through any processes throughout the body, so you start feeling the effects within minutes of applying the patch.

There is also the added bonus of CBD activating the skin cells directly (without needing to travel through the blood), which can also be very beneficial for our skin.

CBD patches allow you to target specific areas of the body. For example, if you had a particular area you are thinking to use it, you could apply the patch directly onto that area, so it receives the direct full flow of CBD fast.

CBD patches allow for the steady and consistent delivery of CBD over the course of 24 hours and have the added bonus of a faster intense delivery.

Then the next day simply remove the patch and apply a new one. One day you may decide to apply the CBD patch to your arm, another day you may apply it to your shoulder – the choice is yours and you are in complete control.

Testers who have tried these patches have been surprised at just how effective they are.

One lady said: “The beauty of this is I can put it on where I want, I can stick it on my shoulder one day, then another I can stick it on my foot. I have decided that when I can finally go out I will pop it on my bunion before I put my heels on!”

Beyond efficacy and efficiency, our CBD patches offer one of the easiest and most effective deliveries of CBD.

The Hapi CBD patch comes in three different packs – a Six patch pouch, 18 patch pouch, 30 patch pouch – so you have the option to try first if you wish, however the feedback we have had back from our testers is remarkable.

Order online at www.hapihemp.co.uk

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Is it safe to take CBD with other medication?

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Medical professionals can give you the best advice around taking CBD with your medication

With potential to ease symptoms in conditions such as fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression and many more, the use of CBD is rapidly rising.

But there’s one resounding question that needs to be taken into consideration before turning to the remedy – is it safe to take with other medication?

Considering the nature of the conditions many medicinal CBD users suffer from – chronic pain, mental health issues and so on – it’s likely they will already be taking prescribed medication to aid their symptoms before branching out into CBD. Therefore, it’s vital to understand the effects these remedies may have on each other.

When you take a medication, your body must metabolise – or break down – the substance. This ‘drug’ metabolism happens throughout various parts of the body, with the gut and liver playing a particularly big part in the breakdown.

In these areas, a family of enzymes called cytochrome P450 (CYP450) converts foreign substances so they can be easily eliminated from our bodies. However, some medications affect CYP450 by either slowing down or speeding up drug metabolism.

So, what does this mean in relation to CBD? This change in metabolism rate can alter how your body processes the medication or supplements – such as CBD – that you take, causing a drug interaction.

It has been found that CBD can interfere with the CYP450 family of enzymes, meaning the system can’t work as effectively to break down the medications in your system. In reverse, if the medication you are taking inhibits the enzymes, then your body will struggle to process the CBD as effectively.

This lack of breakdown can then lead to more medication in your system than intended – even if you take a recommended dose – or not enough of the medication to combat the health issue.

With this in mind, researchers are working to understand interactions and effects of specific medications and CBD.

For example, a study of 25 children with hard-to-treat epilepsy found that when patients were given both clobazam and CBD, there were elevated levels of the clobazam. This led them to conclude that while taking CBD and clobazam at the same time is safe, it’s important to monitor medication levels and any potential side effects.

Similarly, an investigation into adverse drug events (ADEs) between traditional anti-epileptic drugs and CBD found that the effective does of CBD was mostly well tolerated when co-administered with clobazam, stiripentol or valproate in adults, and that ADEs only occurred in patients for which there was no dosage titration.

Another area to consider before adding CBD to your supplement list is the potential ‘doubling-up’ impact it could have on existing side effects. While generally safe, CBD has been known to cause symptoms such as nausea and drowsiness in some users. Therefore, taking this with medications that cause similar symptoms may lead to an enhanced effect.

Ultimately, the consequences of CBD and drug interactions can depend on many factors, including dosage, age, health conditions and more. So, it’s important to consult your doctor or a medical professional if you intend to try CBD.

From there, your doctor should be able to advise whether it’s safe for you to proceed, whether to alter your dosage, and which product is likely to work best for your needs.

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