~ All you need to know about our new CBD + Kava Stress Free Shot ~
So! We recently launched a brand new wellness shot line, consisting of three awesome little 4 oz bottles jam-packed with nutrients. Two of the three are fairly familiar: our detox shot, which is just a mini About Last Night, and the D – Up shot, a shrunk down version of your favorite, City Scout, with added vitamin D for extra immune boosting properties. Our last shot, however, is the one we are most excited for you to try! It’s our Stress Free CBD + Kava root shot – a stress fighting blend of all natural, and anti-inflammatory ingredients. This one, with its many (and possibly unfamiliar) ingredients, takes a bit more explanation than the other two. So, grab your morning coffee, your bullet journal, or that mid-afternoon sweet treat, and settle in to read about why we love this particular super shot, and why we think you will too!
Read on as we breakdown all the ingredients and their corresponding benefits in this wonder-shot!
First things first – A few terms you should understand before we get started:
Cannabis: The marijuana plant.
CBD: Cannabidiol (CBD), the main active compound found in hemp, and the major non psychoactive component of the plant. Contains healing properties, and will not make you feel stoned (our shot contains 5mg).
THC: tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis that gets users “high” (our shot contains 0mg).
What is CBD? How does it work?
It is important to note that CBD is non-psychoactive and will not give you a “high” or euphoric feeling.
In fact, it has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes and actually diminishes the psychoactive effects of THC. If you’d like to understand why, keep reading for a more in depth comparison and explanation. If you’re like, ehhh, I could care less, feel free to skip down to the general benefits.
CBD, like THC, interacts primarily with the neurons in your brain. A neuron is a specialized cell found in your central nervous system (your brain and spinal column) that transmits nerve impulses. These nerve impulses allow you to feel and think and breathe. Cannabinoids don’t just act on any and every neuron with which they come in contact. Rather, they interact only with very specific neurons whose receptors will accept the specially-shaped molecules. One such neuron is the cannabinoid receptor or CB1. That’s right, your brain contains receptors that only accept cannabinoid molecules. The CBD molecules fit into the CB1 receptor, but are not an exact match like the THC molecules are. Because of this inexact fit, the CBD molecule won’t provide the necessary power to turn the neuron on like the THC molecule would. So once a CBD molecule is seated in the CB1 receptor (not turning it on), the CBD molecule also occupies the space within the neuron and prevents the THC molecule from docking.
But CBD does more than just keep you from experiencing a psychedelic crisis. It also activates other receptors that THC can’t: the adenosine receptor, the serotonin receptor, and the vanilloid receptor. Here’s what those specific CBD-activated receptors do:
- When CBD activates the adenosine receptor, the resultant brain activity reduces anxiety.
- When CBD activates the serotonin receptor, the resultant brain activity reduces depression, blood sugar levels, nausea, and a whole host of other neurological and biological effects.
- When CBD activates the vanilloid receptor, the resultant brain activity alleviates pain and inflammation.
IN SHORT, CBD has a long list of benefits:
- reducing chronic pain
- limiting epileptic seizures
- reducing inflammation
- reducing anxiety
- aiding in rheumatoid arthritis treatment
- Alcoholism treatment
- reducing nausea
- depression treatment
- reducing PTSD
- lessening inflammatory bowel disease symptoms
- helping with insomnia
- reducing psoriasis
- lower risk of diabetes
- Inhibiting the growth of cancer cells
What is it?
Kava, or kava kava, is a root found on South Pacific islands. Islanders have used kava as a calming medicine and in ceremonies for centuries.
How does it work?
Affects the brain and other parts of the Nervous System to calm anxiety, stress, restlessness and treat insomnia. It’s also used for ADHD symptoms, epilepsy, psychosis, depression, migraines and other headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, common cold and other respiratory tract infections, tuberculosis, muscle pain, and cancer prevention.
Other benefits of Kava?
- helping to fight cancer
- possibly reducing the size of tumors found in the prostate
- boosting immunity
- combating breast cancer
- reducing anxiety
- promoting better sleep.
- Calming effects
- Can prevent convulsions and relax muscles
- May be used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Can be used for migraines and other headaches and cancer prevention
How much Kava is in each shot?
What is it?
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the main spice in the Indian dish curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease
How does it work?
There are several chemical compounds found in turmeric, known as curcuminoids. The active substance in turmeric is curcumin. Fascinatingly, studies show that when compared to conventional medicine, turmeric benefits equal that of many pharmaceutical medications. In fact, a number of studies have even reported that using curcumin is more advantageous than certain prescription drugs.
Other benefits of turmeric?
- Fights body wide inflammation
- Boosts cognitive function: curcumin protects brain cells by binding to and dissolving abnormal proteins
- Helps to fight free radical damage – especially good for the immune system, brain function, and what’s behind those anti-cancer claims
- Increase body’s natural antioxidant capacity, boosting your defense system
- Supports joint & muscle health and eases pain
- Can help treat and prevent cancer
- Boosts detoxification
- Supports cardiovascular function
- Helps to heal your gut
- Boosts your mood
How much turmeric is in each shot?
*We also use a touch of black pepper in our shots, as it aids in the absorption of turmeric in our bloodstream and adds to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
What is it good for?
The Bromelain in pineapple reduces both inflammation and swelling in joints
- Rich source of immune boosting vitamin c
- High in fiber
- Improves fertility
- Protects against cardiovascular disease
- Prevents asthma
- Helps improve mental health
- Helps fight cancer
- Reduces inflammation
- Aids in digestion
What is it good for?
Lowers blood pressure, replaces lost electrolytes, pain relief from arthritis
- Helps lower high cholesterol
- Lowers inflammation
- Helps prevent/treat high blood pressure
- Helps prevent ulcers
- Protects liver health
- Beneficial for weight loss
- Boosts digestion and reduces bloating
- May help protect against cancer
So, there you have it folks! Our Anti-Stress, Anti-Inflammatory shot broken down in one blog post! We love your feedback and strive to be as transparent as possible when it comes to our products, so if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or come into our shops and check out our shots for yourself!