Maybe you've heard the term "adaptogens" before, but do you know what they are?
They're supposed to be the holy grail of natural treatments for things like stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hormonal issues, sex drive, skin conditions, gut health…the list goes on and on. But do you know what an adaptogen is? Or how to incorporate them into your health and wellness regime?
If you said, “uh no,” you’re not alone!
In this article, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about our BFF adaptogens, because these powerful compounds are worthy of all the buzz.
First, What Are Adaptogens?
Adaptogens, like ashwagandha and rhodiola, are a very special class of herbs; the newest plant-based medicines used to help your body cope with physical and emotional stress.
But just to be clear, adaptogens certainly aren't new. The Ayurvedic practice of healing with adaptogens dates back hundreds (maybe even thousands) of years. However, adaptogens are becoming more and more popular, and are now available in the West as well.
How Do Adaptogens Work?
Adaptogens reportedly help you to overcome the negative influences of physical, chemical, or biological stressors, something that we all face on a daily (if not hourly) basis.
Adaptogens have been used to:
- Enhance attention span
- Increase physical stamina and endurance
- Reduce stress-induced disorders
- Balance hormones
- Manage cortisol (the stress hormone) levels
- Reduce the impact of stress on cognitive function
- Boost the immune system
- Increase the efficiency of body systems, like the digestive system
CBD + Adaptogens?
We’ll bet you an oatmilk latte that you’ve heard about both of these compounds–either together or separately.
Individually, they’re taking the wellness world by storm. Together, they just make sense.
CBD and adaptogens are both credited with helping our bodies maintain balance when we're stressing too much. When stress rears its ugly head, it throws everything off balance. As with CBD, adaptogens can mitigate your response to external stressors, making it easier for you to reach homeostasis and keep your health in check.
According to recent research, CBD helps fight stress by interacting with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex system in charge of maintaining balance in your body. It has links to our nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, all of which are impacted by stress.
The ECS may also be affected by adaptogens, but they’re proven to have a greater direct impact on the adrenal system, which is responsible for your body's stress response.
So, on their own, CBD and adaptogens individually play a large role in stress management. But together they are the power couple we’ve all been dreaming about. CBD supplements the immune and adrenal support, as well as the anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects of adaptogenic herbs. You might be able to get more from CBD if you supplement it with adaptogens.
By adding adaptogens to CBD, you could reduce stress while improving focus and energy, too. At the very least, you'll free up some precious time in your daily routine by having your adaptogens and CBD in one delicious bottle. 🪄
Possible Side Effects of Adaptogens
It’s possible that adaptogens (like with any other natural supplement) could interact with other supplements, OTC medications, or prescription drugs that you’re taking.
Before adding adaptogens to your daily routine, you should talk to your doctor first. They’ll be able to tell you if there’s anything you’re taking that will interact poorly with adaptogens, or if you’re prone to experiencing side effects.
In addition to talking with your doctor about adaptogens, it’s important to make sure that your products are sourced safely, from a reputable company who is transparent about their ingredients, processes and lab reports.
Less Stress ✨ More Magic
Adaptogens may be safe, but it's also a good idea to consider other healthy lifestyle measures, such as a healthy diet and exercise. Utilizing other wellness practices (like journaling, breathwork or mindfulness) to lower the impact of stress on the body is also very important.
Are you tired of being tired? Stressed out about being stressed? We feel that. Our one-of-a-kind CBD + adaptogen formulas offer effective, all-natural stress relief so that you can get back to the magical world that’s waiting for you. 🔮