What are Adaptogens?

What are Adaptogens?

How do Adaptogens and CBD work together?

One of the things we love most about CBD is its ability to work in so many different ways. It’s what’s known as a pleiotropic – something which produces lots of different effects through many molecular pathways, activating or binding to multiple receptors throughout the body. Essentially, this means that it goes where it’s needed and supports your body in regaining equilibrium, whether that’s in the form of an energy boost, a wash of calm amid a bout of anxiety, or a restful sleep.

However much we love the cannabis plant and all it has to give, this isn’t the only plant species that holds this particularly remarkable ability to change to suit your needs. There are other botanicals that, just like hemp, have been used since records began (and likely beyond) to enhance and maintain wellness in this same, holistic way. They’re called adaptogens and you’ll find them featured across our range alongside CBD.

What are adaptogens? 

There are a select few herbs and mushrooms in the world which fall into this special category. As you may be able to guess from the name, adaptogens can adapt their function depending on what your body needs at the time of use, be that physical, biological, or chemical. Amazing, right?

Just like CBD, they work to bring the body back into balance, perhaps by calming a stress response, boosting energy, lowering inflammation, or even enhancing mental performance. Most impressively, adaptogens can possess opposing qualities at the same time (for example acting as a stimulant while relaxing at the same time) if that’s what your wellbeing calls for.

Meet the Hapi Hemp adaptogens

Here at Hapi Hemp, our passion lies in nurturing your mind, body, and soul through the use of natural ingredients that endlessly defy and exceed expectations. And while we will largely use our little space on the internet to inform and educate on the subject of CBD and the other 120+ cannabinoids found within the hemp plant, we also want to introduce you to some of the other incredible botanicals you’ll find in our products.

So today, we’d like to introduce you to the adaptogens you’ll find in our new CBD Superfood blend and why we love them:

Ashwagandha 

There is evidence to show that this ancient medicinal herb has been used across continents for over four millennia for its ability to help the body cope with stress, as well as providing support to the immune, cardiovascular, nervous, and endocrine systems.

The root of this adaptogen contains a variety of bioactive compounds (the parts which affect living organisms) including naturally occurring steroidal lactones withanolide glycosides and withaferins (very effective for reducing cortisol and stress), alkaloids (analgesic, anti-hyperglycemic, anti-tumor, anti-arrhythmic, and anti-bacterial), acyl steryl glycosides (anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and hormone balancing) and saponins (a potent anti-oxidant).

The wellbeing benefits this traditional Ayurvedic herb has to give are far-reaching and, as an adaptogen, different for everyone. But many studies over the years have found it to be especially effective in stress management and hormonal regulation.

Cacao

Although cacao does have a decadent chocolate flavour, it’s a far cry from the stuff you’ll find in your local corner shop. This ingredient is revered among many cultures across the globe and is often used in ceremonial, shamanistic practice as well as in naturopathic medicine in its raw form, which is extremely high in antioxidants (40 times more than blueberries!) and flavanols.

Cacao is also the highest plant-based source of iron there is with 7.3mg per 100g (beef is only 2.5mg), bursting with minerals such as magnesium and calcium and boasts a hefty dose of the blissful neurotransmitters serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine for an instant mood lift.

Turmeric

Study after study has shown the stress-relieving benefits of this wonderful root to be so astounding that some ordinarily Allopathic doctors now prescribe this as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. But the benefits of Turmeric go well beyond helping you keep your cool.

Thanks to the key active ingredient in Turmeric, Curcumin (and in lesser amounts, demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin) this spice helps to balance the body by reducing bad cholesterol, reducing inflammation, reducing harmful oxidative stress, reducing the activity of cancer cells, improving blood-sugar metabolism and acting as a potent antifungal and antibacterial. Phew!

Reishi Mushroom

Reishi (or Ganoderma lucidum) has been called ‘the herb of immortality’ which gives you some idea of how miraculous this adaptogen is. Grown in China, this mushroom has been used for thousands of years for a hefty list of health benefits, in particular, its grounding effects. A regular dose of these will see you sailing through even the highest octane days and help support healthy sleep cycles too.

The non-specific adaptability of these superior ingredients makes them all ideal supplements to add to any lifestyle, for an all-round balancing, a stress-relieving enhancement to your every day. And now you can find them all in one delicious mix, alongside a good dose of CBD, in our new CBD Superfood Blend!

For more information visit www.hapihemp.co.uk

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