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How Rebel Wine is starting a conversation about CBD

At the end of festival season the Rebel Wine team reflects on changing attitudes towards CBD

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Rebel Wine has been spreading the word about CBD this summer

The team at Rebel Wine have been at festivals up and down the country this summer, starting conversations about the benefits of CBD products.

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Team Rebel have just come back from our last festival for the season and whilst we are celebrating with a 15 percent discount on all our products, we are also reflecting on the conversations we had in the last few weeks.

We were pleasantly surprised. We know the CBD movement is gathering momentum. We also know that CBD is good for you. What we didn’t know when we set out for our first event was that in general people are CBD aware and intrigued by its beneficial properties.

Some of our conversations have been with people taking CBD to manage conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. One conversation was immediately followed by another with an NHS nurse who recognised the benefits. Although they can’t openly recommend it, they were delighted to see us having frank and open discussions about CBD.

Other conversations were with those who want to try it, but perhaps feel a little too shy to ask, or those who think they will become addicted, which of course you won’t. We are thrilled to have those conversations, to reassure, affirm and gather more CBD followers.

We had chats with serving armed forces personnel, a tube driver working for Transport For London (who have a zero tolerance on CBD products) and police officers who are all aware of the benefits but unsure how this will translate when regular drug testing is carried out. Will it appear or not?

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We know that CBD is legal, but could you lose your job if you take it as part of a holistic lifestyle choice rather than conventional medicines? This of course will be down to each individual employer, we can’t comment and this topic certainly needs more in-depth work.

Then there are those who enjoy a glass of wine and are curious about the CBD element and how this affects the taste – it doesn’t in any way. Why put CBD in wine? Our wine is delicious, while CBD can taste bitter and earthy.

In summary, CBD chat is great and it’s clear that we need more to support the growth of the industry, to remove the myths and reassure the public.

CBD will become a more standard solution to everyday aches and pains for longer sustained periods of time. It’s a natural product used for thousands of years and its gathering momentum. The public are curious, let’s all continue those chats and stay informed to be informative.

For more information visit www.rebelwine.co.uk 

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Silly Goose Coffee: Wake up and smell the CBD

The team behind Silly Goose Coffee explores the benefits of taking CBD in your morning cup of coffee.

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CBD infused coffee is one that often leaves people scratching their heads. Silly Goose Coffee explores the benefits of taking CBD in your morning cuppa.

CBD and coffee seem like strange bedfellows to some, but for Silly Goose Coffee it’s a combination as perfect as honking at strangers and scaring children.

In spite of the recent proliferation of CBD in almost everything (even if you live under a rock there is a pretty good chance it’s CBD infused now), CBD infused coffee is still one that leaves people scratching their heads. It’s easy to understand why; arguably the thing that CBD is best known for is improving sleep quality, and unarguably the thing that coffee is best known for is prying us from our collective daze every morning, so it feels like a tug-o-war in your brain. 

Silly Goose Coffee, is a coffee roaster selling CBD infused coffee direct to consumers, with coffees in compostable Nespresso pods and bags, and founder, Matt Swinburne, is unsurprisingly quick to champion the benefits. 

“Coffee and CBD are fantastic together, far from fighting they actually make each other better,” he says.

“I think the confusion is that people think of CBD like a traditional sleeping pill that basically knocks you over the head with a giant cartoon mallet but that is not the case.”

It’s an amusing analogy, but he’s right (warning nerdiness follows). Rather than wrestling your brain to sleep, CBD works with the natural endocannabinoid system, which is involved in governing all sorts of rhythms and cycles. Essentially it improves your natural cycle, which means better sleep quality when you should be sleeping, and can actually make you more alert during the waking part of the cycle. Nature is awesome.

“Our customers also find that it improves the coffee moment,” adds founder, Patrick.

“Smoothing the caffeine hit, so you don’t get so much of a spike and crash. They tell us it delivers more prolonged focus and mitigates the anxiety and jitters some people get.”

Patrick is quick to point out that it’s not a one-way street: “CBD definitely improves the coffee, but to coffee’s credit it’s good for the CBD too. Because it has a cumulative effect, the key to getting the benefits of CBD is to take it every day. I don’t know about you, but I have a shelf full of supplements I forget to take, but I can’t imagine a world where I neglect to drink my morning coffee.”

There are a few CBD coffee companies around now, so what makes Silly Goose different?

Well for one, they offer a range of CBD free coffee.

“We love CBD but we’re not just a CBD coffee company, we are a coffee company that does CBD,” says Patrick. “It’s paramount that the coffee is as good as any of our competitors that don’t offer CBD.”

That commitment to the quality of the coffee led to them developing a method to infuse the CBD into the beans in a way that delivers the best CBD but doesn’t affect the flavour.

“We found that some products can taste a bit weird. Our method leaves the coffee delicious and ensures that the CBD makes it to the cup as nature intended, terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids intact. By preserving their natural form, they work together, having a multiplying effect to provide you with maximum benefits,” explains Patrick.

They are also committed to responsible practices. As well as offering their coffee in compostable Nespresso pods and sustainable packaging, Silly Goose likes to partner with organisations to make a positive impact. Project Waterfall is a charity that builds clean water infrastructure in coffee farming communities, and they work with Ecologi to plant trees to offset their carbon impact. Matt is also quick to point out that they don’t have a private jet – “not even a small one”. 

Jokes aside Matt is keen to say that their guiding principle is simple.

He adds: “Every day we make sure everything we are doing is good for our customers, our community, and our planet, and if it’s not, we stop doing it.”

Sounds good to us.

Silly Goose Coffee is available in compostable Nespresso Pods, and bags of whole beans or ground coffee. You can order it straight to your door one off, or by subscription at sillygoosecoffee.com.

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How to make the most of your CBD gummies

Gummies are a great quick and easy way to consume CBD.

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Leading CBD company, Browns CBD shows us how to get the most out of your gummies.

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For those looking to improve overall health and wellbeing, CBD gummies may not be the best option available. They commonly contain added sugar, which should really be avoided if optimal health is your number one goal.

Products such as CBD oils, capsules, patches, or water-soluble CBD tend to be much healthier options.

But for those who love sweets, eating them with the added benefits of CBD is clearly an attractive option.

Besides, as long as they are not seen as a replacement for a healthy lifestyle no harm should come from consuming them in moderation. As the saying goes “a little of what you fancy does you good.”

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However, if you want to make the most of your CBD sweets, it’s worth considering that the bioavailability of CBD ingested on an empty stomach has been found to be as low as 6 percent.

This means that only a shocking 6 percent of the CBD can be used by the body.

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But fear not, one simple hack can allow you to benefit from a fourfold increase in bioavailability – eating your CBD gummies for dessert.

A study from the University of Minnesota found that CBD absorption levels increased dramatically when consumed with a high-fat meal. Bioavailability was found to be 4 times higher, and even up to 14 times higher than CBD consumed in a fasted state.

So, by including a decent source of fat into your meal, such as avocados, nuts, or salmon, and having your gummies as a treat for dessert, you can rest assured that your body will have everything it needs to absorb the CBD as efficiently as possible.

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