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Tackling the gender research gap: First results from women’s wellness CBD study

The consumption of CBD led to ‘significant’ reductions in anxiety in women.

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The study is the first to focus exclusively on CBD's potential to support the wellness of women

The first results from a landmark study into women’s wellness has found that CBD consumption led to ‘significant’ reductions in anxiety.

Women-led US brand Rae Wellness has published the first findings from its groundbreaking Women’s Health and CBD study.

More than 1,200 women, aged between 21-44, completed the 60-day in-home use test (IHUT), the vast majority – 97 percent – reported experiencing at least one symptom of anxiety. 

The study aimed to compare the effects of eight different Rae Wellness CBD products on the women’s well-being, mental health, physical health, digestive health, sleep quality, and sexual satisfaction.

The Phase I results underscore the anti-anxiety potential of CBD, finding that the consumption of at least 15 mg a day of CBD product led to ‘significant’ reductions in anxiety within 30 days of initiating daily use.

These reductions mainly occurred within the first 30 days of use, and were sustained for at least another 30 days.

Similar reductions were observed for all products and across different levels of CBD dosage (15-30 mg), THC concentration (0 percent or up to 0.3 percent) and mode of delivery (oil or capsule).

The study, conducted with healthtech company Radicle Science, is one of the first and largest longitudinal controlled studies on the effects of commercial CBD products.

The company used various statistical and machine learning models to determine the results, including calculating the mean change in each participant’s GAD-7 anxiety score from baseline to day 60.

“While there are thousands of CBD brands being used by tens of millions of Americans, there is virtually no data on which formulations, used in what manner, for which types of individuals, may offer the most benefit,” said Dr Jeff Chen MD/MBA, founder of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative and Radicle Science CEO.

“We are grateful to Rae Wellness for allowing us to analyse their data and publish insights, which to our knowledge represents the largest controlled study of non-prescription CBD formulations to date. 

“We’re hopeful these findings can help consumers better understand which products and usage patterns might work best for their individual needs.”

It also represents the first-ever study focused exclusively on cannabidiol’s potential to support the wellness of women, an often-underrepresented population in scientific research. 

Many new CBD users are women, who are increasingly turning to alternative therapies to manage a wide range of symptoms, from endometriosis and PMS to the menopause. 

The prevalence of anxiety disorders among women is thought to be nearly twice the rate of men in the US.  

However, to date the majority of pre-clinical and clinical research has been conducted using males only. 

A paper published last year highlighted the “knowledge gap” on sex and gender differences in the “effectiveness of CBD as a potential treatment for anxiety” and called for future research to focus on this area.

Previous studies have also found that women are more likely to swap their prescription medication for alternative medicines, including medical cannabis.

But despite evidence suggesting that cannabis affects women differently to men, due to the influence of sex hormones on the endocannabinoid system, there has been little further research into this area.

“Most research on the neurological effects of CBD has been conducted among men. Indeed, women have historically been—and continue to be—underrepresented as subjects in medical research,” said Pelin Thorogood, Radicle Science co-founder and executive chair. 

“Thus, it is unclear how various supplements, including CBD, may impact women’s health and if gender-related factors may influence their effects.

“This large-scale, groundbreaking study on CBD and Women’s Health conducted in collaboration with Rae Wellness is a major step in filling this evidence gap. We are deeply grateful for Rae’s support of research, especially with respect to addressing diversity and inclusion issues in health outcome data.”

The final phase of analysis, to be released in fall 2021 in the extended whitepaper, will evaluate the effects of CBD products on women’s physical health, digestive health, sleep, and sexual satisfaction.

Angie Tebbe, Rae’s co-founder and CEO added: “At Rae we’re fundamentally dedicated to supporting all consumers – especially underrepresented individuals – to feel their best from the inside out through a holistic universe of supplements that are effective, evidence-based, and attainably-priced, and the philosophy behind the launch of our hemp-derived supplements is no different. 

“While existing studies suggest that cannabidiol has considerable potential to support wellness, there was a glaring gap in research dedicated to guiding effective product development. 

“We collaborated with the renowned medical experts and data scientists at Radicle Science to better understand CBD’s potential as an ingredient and, in particular, its effect on women, an often-underrepresented population in health research studies.”

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Why people are in love with Hippie Turtle Herbal company’s CBD range

Founder Ash was an outdoors and action sports enthusiast when rheumatoid arthritis kept him from his passion.

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Hippie Turtle Company explain why their CBD products work so well for athletes and how founder Ash Heeley developed the idea for the range.

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We know what it’s like to push ourselves to our limits. To try beating our personal best. To overcome whatever pain is keeping us down and to not let our anxiety hold us back. It’s why CBD products work so well; they allow us to feel at the top of our game.

That’s what drew us to the Hippie Turtle Herbal Co. Their range is designed for action sports athletes, those with chronic pain, and anyone suffering from stress or anxiety. A focus on being an eco-friendly health and wellbeing brand just makes them that much more appealing.

So let’s look at what the Hippie Turtle Herbal Co has to offer.

Who is the Hippie Turtle Herbal Co?

Part of what makes them so interesting is their story. Founder Ash was an outdoors and action sports enthusiast when rheumatoid arthritis kept him from his passion.

Not wanting to take it lying down, he created a range for people like him. The goal was a natural range of supplements and CBD products, made with the best organic and sustainable ingredients, tailored towards health, wellbeing, and maximised sports performance. Natural supplements and CBD products that actually work, developed with care for the planet – what’s not to love?

Interested?

Here are some of the highlights in their range.

For when you want to… recover

After a hard session at the gym or on the bike, your muscles will be screaming for some TLC. So why not soothe the aches? These products work well for athletes and those with any chronic conditions.

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Hippie Turtle CBD muscle rubs

When you want fast-acting, topical relief, look no further than Hippie Turtle’s CBD muscle rubs. Available with either 500mg or 1,000mg of high-quality CBD extract and in warming or cooling varieties, there’s no better way to help your body heal. Tried and tested by a whole host of professional skateboarders, and featuring a natural essential oil blend that unleashes the powers of magnesium, St. John’s Wort, and arnica on any painful areas, these are a quick and effective way to get your body back to 100%.

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For when you need a boost

It’s not always about solving a particular problem. Sometimes, you just want to give your body the extra nutrients and support it needs to help you go even further.

Hippie Turtle Company Supplement powders

Hippie Turtle’s CBD-free supplement powders are all about making you feel amazing from the inside out.

Vitality centres around strengthening your immune system, reducing inflammation, and restoring balance. Featuring Vitamins B, C, and D, as well as a medicinal mushroom blend, panax ginseng, and astaxanthin, it’s never been easier to build up your resilience.

While Active focuses on joint pain and supporting high-stress active lifestyles, containing ginger, ashwagandha, and curcumin, which all boast anti-inflammatory properties. As well as glucosamine, which helps to cushion your joints, and MSM, a common way to alleviate arthritis by reducing pain and swelling.

And securing all these incredible benefits is easy, and tasty, containing organic, real fruit flavouring and sweetened with stevia.

Simply mix one serving with your choice of water or juice. They also come in recyclable packaging, as if you needed one more reason to try.

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For when you want to take back control

We all want to feel on top form. Unfortunately, we can’t control chronic pain, poor mental health, or disrupted sleep. But, we can take proactive action to limit the impact they have on our life. For general relief, look at Hippie Turtle’s CBD oils range.

ZERO CBD oils

Hippie Turtle’s ZERO CBD oils provide targeted relief. The broad-spectrum range is THC-free and infused with terpenes – compounds found in the plant that offer specific health benefits. These are reinfused back into the oil in higher doses to maximise their efficiency and leave you feeling even better.

Whether you’re struggling with sleep, stress, or pain, there’s a targeted CBD solution for you.

RAW CBD oils

Looking for a 100% natural solution to pain, anxiety, insomnia, or stress? Hippie Turtle’s RAW CBD oils go back to basics and embrace all the natural world has to offer. Extracted from organically grown hemp, all the plant’s phytonutrients remain intact, providing a much wider cannabinoid profile and more varied benefits to your mind and body.

Hippie Turtle has done an amazing job at refining its range of CBD and supplement products to create something refreshingly natural and organic. You can see their passion in the quality of their solutions. If you’re looking for a new brand to get behind, this could seriously be the one for you.

To check out the products mentioned here – as well as many others

visit https://hippieturtleherbalco.co.uk.

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You can find Hippie Turtle and many more present perfect ideas in our Christmas gift guide

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Study: States with full legal access show fewer registered medical cannabis patients

“If true, this could have implications for public health and policy,” say researchers.

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Study shows U.S states where cannabis is legal for recreational purposes have experienced a decrease in patients registering for medical cannabis programmes.

The study on different US states, published in the International Drug Journal, revealed that numbers of registered and active medical cannabis consumers increased while it was not legal for recreational use.

Researchers in Arizona took data from the medical cannabis registry from two dozen states between 2013 and 2020.  These are mandatory registries that record the number of medical cannabis patients. They analysed the data to see if there were any changes around the times that recreational legalisation was introduced.

There are currently 19 states in the US that have legalised recreational cannabis including New Jersey, Vermont, Arizona and New York. However, more states have medical cannabis programs although some are still not operational. Some states such as Colorado have had recreational access since 2012, the year before the study was started.

Medical cannabis patients

The results confirmed that medical cannabis cardholders increased during times when recreational use was not legal. It then subsequently decreased when it became legal.

It also revealed an increase of 380 patients per 100,000 people per year when just medical cannabis was legal. This corresponded to a decrease of 100 patients per 100,000 after recreational cannabis was allowed. The researchers noted that active registered active male patients decreased faster than women. In states where only medical cannabis was legal, the older age groups (35 or older), increased faster.

They also found that in three states with medical-only use, the results showed significant increases in enrollment from 2016 to 2020 across white, African-American and Hispanic patients.

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The researchers wrote: “There is speculation that enrollment in U.S. state medical cannabis programs differs depending on whether adult recreational cannabis use is legal. If true, this could have implications for public health and policy.”

“Findings suggest that recreational cannabis legalisation is associated with decreasing enrollment in medical cannabis programs, particularly for males.”

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Beliebis is making CBD products accessible and affordable for everyone

Beliebis believe in clarity, integrity, and sourcing from reputable growers to produce quality CBD products

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Beliebis, the UK’s fastest-growing CBD brand is making waves in the market.

The CBD market is growing rapidly, but how do you spot a good quality product in the mix. Beliebis is on hand to help. With a focus on producing high-quality and great value hemp products, this brand is leading the charge in the health and wellness sector for affordable and accessible CBD products.

Beliebis is a UK based company with its headquarters in the beautiful county of Devon. The company knows first-hand the challenges consumers face when choosing the best CBD products from the vast choice available. So, with this in mind, they have taken steps to improve the overall experience.

The beginning of Beliebis

Beliebis stemmed from the founder’s first-hand experience of using CBD products. After suffering a life-changing injury in 2018, they came to use and acknowledge the potential benefits of CBD products and hemp compounds.

Individuals were seeing the benefits of using CBD but wanted better quality in the market. The current offerings in the market were expensive and confusing. Plus, CBD was mainly imported from other countries such as China with many companies mislabelling their products and misleading their customers with wild health claims.

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This was the catalyst for Beliebis. The brand’s founders, Chris and Sue, decided something needed to change, and they set to work researching and developing high-quality products. In addition to being transparent throughout the process, the brand also looked to source and work with local hemp farmers.

Beliebis and testing

Working with British-owned farms in the UK and EU means that Beliebis brings the best quality home-grown product to the market. The vetting process with these farms explores how the compounds are grown and then extracted. This ensures that every product follows the same rigorous and consistent approach. Alongside this, the brand recognised that consumers also need peace of mind about what goes into everything that is made.

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That is where testing comes into play. Every ingredient in Beliebis products is rigorously tested and goes through quality control checks in third-party laboratories to ensure consistency. What is more, you will find a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) on anything that you order. The company is, of course, fully compliant with UK regulations and is proud to offer some of the best products for a fair price.

You do not have to take our word for it either. With glowing feedback and scoring 4.8/5 on Trustpilot, the reviews speak for themselves. Not only that, Beliebis has been voted best in class for a number of product ranges, including ‘Best CBD Oil Product Company 2021’ by Southern Enterprise Awards and ‘Best Vegan CBD Gummies’ and ‘Best CBD Oils’ on HandpickedCBD.com.

The ethos of Beliebis focuses on clarity, integrity, and sourcing from reputable growers. Plus, the mission is clear and simple – develop the best quality products at affordable prices. There are even more savings to be had with significant discounts on popular products for loyal customers and subscribers. There is also the option of bundles that provide great value for money. The brand strives to keep the cost of premium CBD products down for anyone that needs consistent relief. This ethos also enables everyone to discover its fantastic potential.

Beliebis offers a premium range of CBD products, including oils, edibles, and sprays. Products also include full and broad-spectrum CBD and hemp products. The brand works with British-owned farms to bring high-quality cannabinoids and terpenes from hemp plant-derived sources. If you want to learn more about the different products that they offer, Beliebis have a dedicated hub with guides and articles with everything that you need to know about the industry.

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For more information about Beliebis, please visit https://beliebis.co.uk/, email via the contact form on the website or call on 01392 367442.

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