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Aiding sleep is not the only way CBD can help you feel more awake

Many people take CBD before bed to help them unwind and drift off, but it can also be helpful for a short-term energy boost when you need it most.

Cannabidiol has a reputation for calming you down and easing your stresses.

However, many people also use it to improve focus and increase productivity, using it as a mid-morning pick-up, or to stave off the afternoon slump.

While research so far is patchy, there are promising signs that CBD could provide a short-term boost for energy and concentration levels. 

And if your sluggishness is directly related to anxiety, depression or insomnia, CBD can help alleviate these issues too.

Treating tiredness

Whether CBD has an invigorating or soporific effect can be a numbers game. While the popular perception is of a sedative rather than a stimulant, some research suggest CBD appears to have a biphasic effect. This means that people may experience different effects depending on the dosage they receive.

According to a 2017 review, lower doses of CBD may have a stimulating effect, while higher doses may have a sedative effect.

Further research suggests that, in high doses, CBD may increase sleep duration, whereas doses lower than 15mg may have alerting properties.

According to other studies, CBD could potentially be useful as a wake-promoting agent, although it is important to note that this will differ between people and depend on how each individual responds to CBD.

There are a variety of CBD products on the market specifically aimed at boosting energy, many of which are combined with other brain-boosting ingredients such as caffeine and orange oil. 

Treating the causes of tiredness

If your lack of concentration is down to simply not getting enough sleep, CBD can also help here. 

A paper published in the Journal of Pharmacology found that systemic acute administration of CBD appears to increase the total time we are asleep, as well as increasing sleep latency.  

Furthermore, a 2017 review noted that early research into CBD has found that it could also be a potential treatment for insomnia. 

Meanwhile, mental health issues such as depression or anxiety can also contribute to a lack of focus – and CBD could help nip these issues in the bud. 

And while there are a number of traditional, proven medications to treat anxiety and depression, many users find they are accompanied by a number of adverse side effects, including insomnia, dizziness – and tiredness.

In 2019, a Gallup Poll discovered that more than a third (37 per cent) of CBD users say they take the supplement for anxiety.

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.

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

Other solutions

Alternative remedies for occasional tiredness include drinking more water, improving sleep hygiene and getting regular fresh air and exercise. 

While the jury is still out on whether CBD can provide an energy boost on its own merits, it can certainly help alleviate the issues that may cause that feeling of sluggishness and lack of concentration in the first place.

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Can I take my CBD on holiday?

UK brand Cannaray has put together a helpful guide to taking your CBD on holiday.

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Can I take my CBD on holiday?

Travelling with cannabis-based products can be confusing, so UK brand Cannaray has put together a helpful guide to taking your CBD on holiday.

Even the well-known flying rules can be somewhat overwhelming. You can only take this much liquid, pack that much in your hand luggage, and make sure you empty this from your pockets first. 

So, if you’re unsure whether you’re allowed to take CBD on a plane, you’re not alone; it’s a question we get asked often – especially when travel is on a summer high. 

That’s why Cannaray CBD are getting to the bottom of all your jet-setting CBD questions. Can you take it on a flight? Can you put it in checked luggage? Here’s everything you need to know.

Can I take CBD oil through an airport in the UK?

In most cases, yes. CBD is allowed to be used in UK airports and on domestic flights, so you don’t have to be without your Bright Days CBD Oil Drops when hopping across the country.

However, if you’re travelling internationally, it’s important to know the rules and regulations for your destination. Most will let you take it through the airport, but there are exceptions to the rule.

We recommend contacting your flight provider and customs in advance of your trip, so you can make sure jet-setting with CBD is allowed in the country (or countries) you’re heading to.

Is it legal to take CBD products on a plane?

If you’re flying from the UK, you can take your CBD with you on a plane, as long as – again – your destination also allows you to carry CBD products.

For this, we recommend the trial-sized 10ml bottles of Bright Days CBD Oil Drops and Night-Time CBD Oil Drops, as they won’t take up much room in your hand luggage, and they’re within the liquid allowance.

Can I use CBD oil or gummies while on a flight?

Assuming you’re flying from the UK to a changeover and/or destination airport where CBD is allowed, you can enjoy your CBD oils or Bright Days CBD Gummies during your flight. The Bright Days CBD Capsules and CBD Muscle Balm are also allowed, so you can complete your whole routine in the cabin. That’s one way to pass the time.

Can I travel internationally with CBD?

Again, before you travel internationally, we recommend you check with your flight provider and customs whether CBD will be allowed at your destination, as well as any changeover countries. (This is important!) 

Another thing to consider is the THC content; different countries have different laws for the amount of THC allowed in CBD, and you mustn’t go over these limits when you travel.

For example, in the UK, the limit is 0.2 per cent, while in the US it’s 0.3 per cent. To give you peace of mind, your safest bet is to opt for THC-free CBD products. At Cannaray, we triple lab test our CBD oils, CBD capsules and CBD gummies to ensure they’re THC-free, so you can shop with total confidence.

How should I pack my CBD products?

If you’re placing your CBD products in your checked luggage, you can pack them however you like. Team Cannaray tends to tuck them in a wash bag, so they’re easy to find after landing.

But if you’re taking them on the plane with you, we suggest putting them in a clear bag along with your liquids. All of our CBD essentials are within the liquid allowance, so you can take them right through security. Happy flying!

 

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CBD: The difference between gummies, oil and capsules 

With so many options to choose from, which one is right for you?

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Not sure which method is right for you? Experts at Potyque CBD explain the difference between difference between gummies, oil and capsules.

When it comes to getting your daily dose of CBD we’re a big fan of oils, but they’re not the only way you can utilise the premium plant power of CBD.

The market continues to grow and with it, the range of CBD products. Some of the most common you’ll find on the shelves are gummies, capsules and of course, oils. However, with so many options to choose from, which one is the best? And what are the differences you need to be aware of when making that all-important decision?

CBD gummies

When you were a kid you may have been encouraged to take a daily multi-vitamin disguised as a deliciously sweet gummy treat, well the same goes for modern CBD gummies. They take on the same form as our favourite gummy snacks but with an extra bonus of your CBD dose.

Some of the pros of getting your CBD dosage this way is that it’s super easy to measure out your dosage and you can grab them on the go. Something to be aware of though is that gummies are not currently as well researched or monitored as that of the CBD oil market, so it’s easy for some brands to make inconsistent gummies, meaning you may not get the exact dosage you think with each pack or even each gummy.

CBD capsules 

A good halfway point between CBD gummies and oils are the capsules. With the capsules, you’ll get a more traditional looking supplement, usually encased in a hard shell that needs to be taken with water. It means you get the convenience of the gummies but a more controlled dosage with each capsule.

The strength for CBD capsules should be clearly labelled on the packet and show you just how much CBD you get in each capsule, rather than an estimate per pack like you may find with CBD gummies.

CBD oil

We then come to the most common and popular form of CBD, the oil. One of the main reasons we love CBD oil so much compared to the other forms is its versatility. Although the novelty and convenience of taking a daily capsule or chewing on a tasty gummy may seem more appealing, CBD oil offers you a plethora of ways to get your daily dose.

Not only do CBD oils give you complete control over your dosage and make it easier to scale up or decrease your dosage, but they also allow you to get your CBD in a variety of forms, from a few drops in your morning coffee to simply popping under the tongue during your morning routine.

Which one should you choose?

Now we’ve had a look at all the options, how do we decide on which one to opt for? Well, the main answer is to start with your needs. Are you looking to simply try out CBD products when you feel like you need them? In which case gummies may be best for you, to give you a small dose of CBD when and where you feel you need it. If you already know exactly how much CBD you want to take daily and you’re looking for something quick and easy, then capsules may be the way to go.

For those that want full control over the dosage and want the ability to customise their CBD routine and journey overall, CBD oils are the perfect solution. Just remember to double-check the ingredients and the certificates, making sure you’re getting the most premium CBD oil for optimal results!

Want to take a look at our very own Potyque premium CBD oils?

You can view our full range over in our online shop

 

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International Day of Yoga – five ways CBD can enhance your practice

Adding CBD to your practice could enhance the benefits for body and mind.

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The International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on 21 June

We need no excuse to celebrate the value of yoga, but adding CBD to your practice could enhance the benefits for body and mind.

The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014.

In recent years, yoga has become increasingly popular with the wellness tribe, who have cottoned onto its myriad of benefits for body and mind.

But the roots of the ancient practice can be traced back to Northern India over 5,000 years ago, where some say it originated from the Indus-Sarasvati civilisation.

Others have noted references to yoga between 500 BCE and 200 BCE, when the philological ideas of Hinduism and Buddhism were beginning to take shape.

While for serious practitioners yoga is a way of life – not just a work-out – it’s understandable that more of us are exploring the benefits of a vinyasa flow, given the relentless stressors of modern-day life. 

Focusing on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost mental and physical health, not only is yoga great for soothing the mind in the short term, it also teaches participants how to address their anxiety in the longer term too. 

But while the main reason many of us partake in yoga is to ease anxiety, it can be difficult to shake thoughts and feelings enough to allow us to fully commit to the practice. 

This is where CBD comes in. 

Yoga and cannabis have a long history. Cannabis is a sacred plant in India and has been smoked by Saddhus (wandering holy men) in conjunction with yoga practices for centuries.

Here are five benefits to adding a dose of CBD to your daily practice.

Reduce anxiety and heighten relaxation

Studies have found that CBD can reduce our anxiety levels and promote relaxation, as a result enhancing our yoga practice.

In a study from 2010, for example, subjects with social anxiety disorder were given CBD and tested using statistical parametric mapping (a method used to record brain activity). They showed lowered anxiety levels as well as significant activity in the brain areas associated with emotions and motivation. 

Many people find that CBD helps them to switch off and relax at the end of the day, when better to give it a try than before a nourishing yoga session. 

Help improve focus and concentration

Yoga is all about promoting awareness of the present moment, but it can be hard to focus when your mind is feeling overwhelmed with thoughts racing at 100mph.

By using CBD to decrease some of those anxious feelings, users will find it easier to clear their mind of negative thoughts, and to focus solely on the present moment.

While it is often touted as a sleep aid, at the right dose, CBD can improve energy levels and concentration and many find it helps ease brain fog, so you are able to tune in and focus on the flow. 

Ease pain and inflammation 

If you’ve always wanted to try yoga but struggled due to a pre-existing condition, CBD could be part of the solution to getting your practice underway.

With its pain relieving properties, CBD can allow sufferers to fully partake in a yoga practice and begin to reap the benefits the exercise can bring for their condition

But whether you’re a yoga novice or a long-time practitioner, it’s not uncommon to suffer from aches and pains after a session. 

Sore muscles after working out are often referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This can happen if you change your routine, start a new exercise programme or increase the intensity of your workout.

CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory that can help ease these symptoms to get you back on the mat.

Allow for deeper postures

When our muscles are relaxed, it’s much easier to find those trickier poses we often aspire to.

Using topical CBD products or patches to target particularly troublesome areas of the body, may help you to find deeper postures and make your practice more enjoyable overall. 

A 2016 animal study looked at the effect of the remedy, finding that topical gel reduced joint swelling with no significant side effects.

Topicals can also contain other soothing ingredients such as lavender or chamomile which could help to heal the muscles faster and encourage relaxation and good vibes on the mat. 

Prolong feelings of ‘bliss’

CBD can also help to prolong the feelings of bliss obtained during Savasana. 

When we feel good, our brain produces a neurotransmitter called Anandamide, which is broken down quickly in the body and so doesn’t offer a perpetual state of bliss. 

CBD, however, has been found to suppress the enzymes that break down Anandamide, therefore creating longer lasting effects.

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