CBD vs. Adaptogens: The Wellness Power Couple
If you were to ask us for a list of the top 10 wellness supplements being sold this year, both of these two natural stress busters would be squabbling for the number one spot. Both are doing wonders for soothing stress, which seems to be the thing affecting everybody these days.
Even though the clinical trials for CBD – the compound derived from the hemp plant, which, unlike marijuana, cannot get you high – are limited, the rate at which the popularity of CBD continues to grow is difficult to ignore. But just over the road and at the same time, Adaptogens are also turning many heads.
The Benefits of Adaptogens
The most common Adaptogens are things like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea, and Ginseng. Still, with many others also growing in popularity too, such as Reishi mushroom, for example, a lot more variety is on offer. These natural herbs (or mushrooms) sooth our adrenal glands and alter or 'adapt' our response to stress, which gives those that take them a more controlled and natural level of cortisol production.
The Power of CBD
CBD helps fight stress in a completely different way. It interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, i.e., a more balanced internal environment that is the key to our wellbeing. Some Adaptogens like Maca are believed to affect the ECS also, but on the whole, they mainly affect the adrenals.
Some of you may already be thinking, what if you take both? Wouldn't the effects be more noticeable? Well, many companies, especially in the USA, are already doing it, but it's worth noting that there have been zero studies on what happens when they are blended.
When taken individually, though, many consumers support the claims that CBD Oils have helped improve their sleep, reduced their anxiety, and even helped them to manage their pain levels for conditions such as arthritis. CBD is touted for its impressive anti-inflammatory effects which many of you will well know, plays a role in boosting our mood, reducing pain, and improving our general wellbeing so if the reduced inflammation could pair synergistically with the soothing effects on the adrenal glands of Adaptogens, you would suspect that the combination would do a lot to help those suffering from chronic stress.
We recommend doing lots of research into the quality of CBD and adaptogens before purchase. The quality can vary significantly between different retailers, which affects how much of a benefit you'll see. Furthermore, you should also research carefully about the combined products, and consider taking them individually first..
Read our article on choosing the best CBD Oil for you to know what to look for when buying a quality CBD Oil.