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What is CBD? A complete guide

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in and derived from the hemp plant.

It is one of 104 cannabinoids (chemical compounds) that are also found in hemp.

CBD is extracted from industrial hemp plants and added to a carrier oil to be ingested orally, or used externally on the body.

Hemp has been grown for industrial purposes, to make textiles, rope and raw food materials for centuries.

The difference between hemp and marijuana

The hemp plant is under the umbrella of the genus cannabis plant, where it has 2 strains, marijuana and hemp.

Although hemp has been used in foods, oils and natural remedies for centuries, the scientific discovery of the actual CBD compound was in the 1940’s.

After the discovery, chemist Raphael Mecholulam has pioneered research and carried out experiments testing various cannabinoid extracts. He discovered in primate testing that THC was the distinctive psychoactive compound and CBD the compound with therapeutic remedial effects.

It is really important to emphasise the common miss-conception, that CBD does not have the psychoactive effects like marijuana. Is made from hemp, which does not contain THC.

In the last few years, research and evidence to the health, wellness and medical benefits of the hemp plant are emerging. In most places, the active ingredient within the hemp plant, CBD, is legal while the cannabis plant itself still remains illegal.

How does CBD work in the body?

Over the last few years CBD has become hugely popular as a natural supplement.

It is most widely used as an oral tincture (CBD drops) where it is absorbed into the bloodstream and is received by CBD receptors of the Endocannabinoid system.

The Endocannabinoid system regulates many of the different systems we have to control our natural functions, like Sleep, Anxiety, Relief, Energy, and Skin health.

There is research to suggest that by using CBD as a supplement it will support and balance these functions to maintain overall wellness, this is homeostasis.

There is a growing evidence to support the claim that CBD is anti inflammatory and soothing, which leads to a number of health possibilities.

What is inflammation?

When you bang your head on the door or have pushed your muscles extra hard in the gym, your body will respond by increasing blood flow to that area. The area can be become painful, swell, heat and stop moving. Immune cell from the blood will fight the damage and start to build new tissue.

When our immune system is working properly Inflammation helps our body to heal and fight against infection

The danger arises when we experience chronic inflammation. Our immune system changes from protecting us to being the cause of damage.

Unhealthy food, polluted air that we breathe or other toxins can tell our immune system to fight.

The cells of our body suffer because of non-stop attack by unstable and defensive molecules causing our health to be impacted.

If you have signs of chronic inflammation, naturally you need to see a medical practitioner.

CBD for Inflammation?

Scientists are continuing the research on the ways in which CBD is able to fight inflammation. Studies have found that this natural substance may have many anti-inflammatory properties, by inhibiting the enzyme, which is responsible for the production of the compound that controls inflammation

CBD may encourage the body to reduce the production of inflammatory molecules and increase the number of antioxidant defences.

By taking CBD for pain relief as a natural anti-inflammatory it can to help relieve muscle soreness and joint inflammation.  Studies are also showing the reduction of the intensity of chronic pain as well as several inflammatory diseases.

CBD for anxiety

Several studies have shown that CBD reduces anxiety when used regularly.

Although the way CBD affects CB1 receptors in the brain has not been fully identified, however, it does seem to alter serotonin signals.

Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, plays an important role in your mental health. Low serotonin levels generally occur in people who have depression. Low serotonin may also cause anxiety.

The traditional treatment for low serotonin is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), such as sertraline (Zoloft) or fluoxetine (Prozac). These antidepressants are only available by prescription.

Anxiety may be managed with CBD instead of an SSRI. However, you should talk to your doctor before making changes to your treatment plan.

One of the most-studied claims to CBD is its treatment of epilepsy, especially in children. CBD and various medications based on CBD now help treat the condition.

CBD and sleep

CBD may also allow for easier and deeper sleep. CBD seems to help calm down an anxious state of mind by balancing some of the hormones that may be working on overdrive to keep you awake.

Many researchers say that CBD improves sleep because it tackles the root causes of insomnia, like pain, or anxiety.

Studies show how CBD is very effective at helping to overcome anxiety.

This is partly due to the interactions with the natural cannabinoids found in the body which regulate natural functions. One of these is the activation of serotonin receptors in the brain.

When the body’s natural chemical balance is achieved by supplementing with CBD, natural functions like sleep are likely to be restored.

How is CBD made?

CBD is made from the hemp plants, either by indoor or outdoor cultivation methods.

Once the plants mature, they are harvested and then cured or air-dried.

At this stage the plant can be used for making tea or for smoking.

The plant is also ready for the CBD to extracted, a variety of processes are used.

CO2 extraction is widely the most acclaimed method.  At a low temperature it puts carbon dioxide under pressure. This gas becomes a liquid and is passed though the plant and extracts the CBD with it.

Another extraction method is with ethanol.

After the CBD has been extracted, it is combined with a carrier oil to dilute it and make it easier to consume as a tincture

Which type of CBD should I choose?

This depends on the matter you’re trying to address. If your shoulders are sore from sitting at your desk or your body aches from exercise, the CBD balm could help. If work or parenting is stressful you could take the edge of with CBD oil.

To help with a long nights sleep, the tea is a favourite as it aims to keep you asleep for longer.

There are many ways to use CBD. Look at your your needs and circumstances, and you will see there are a several options to consider.

Different CBD products

CBD oil

CBD oil is the most widely used CBD product. It is a tincture, to be dropped under your tongue. Here it will absorb into the blood vessels, and go straight to your bloodstream without having to pass through the digestive system or liver first.

This means that you will benefit from all of the CBD compounds as they are not broken down by enzymes or digested in any way. This rapid absorption means that the effect of the oil starts working quicker. Which is why in our sleep kit, we like the oil to use to help you to fall asleep, whereas the tea which has to be digested, may help you to stay asleep for longer.

Full spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD is made from the entire hemp plant, it contains all of the extracts naturally found in the plant, including a trace amount of THC (not enough to have a psycho-active effect) Legally it has to be below 0.3% in France.

As well as CBD, the Hemp plant is also full of other cannabinoids and nutrients. Research is showing that when they are all present they all work together for a greater therapeutic effect. This is called the Entourage effect.

The other cannabinoids are CBG, CBN, CBDA.

Terpenes are also present, they are also found in herbs, trees and fruit it is what gives cannabis its distinctive smell.

Vitamin A, C, E and B complex vitamins (niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine) and beta-carotene are also found in full spectrum CBD oil.  Zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and phosphorus are minerals found.

20 amino acids, Omega 3 and omega 6 are also found

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CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate is CBD in its purest form. It is extracted from the plant and isolated from any other compounds.

It is CBD in its purest form, for those people who prefer to avoid even the smallest traces of THC.

Isolate is suitable for drug-tested athletes, or if you want to use CBD without THC for moral or professional reasons.

CBD tea

Is made from the dried hemp plant by using the leaves and the flowers.

The leaves and flowers can be used alone or combined with your of choices of herbal fruit, herbal or caffeine teas for a  delicious calming blend.

As you drink your CBD tea, it goes through your digestive system slowly before entering the blood stream. This process can take a few hours so your body will feel the relaxing effects of the CBD for longer. This means it can promote a sense of calm for when you need it in the day or to help with a longer deeper sleep.

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CBD balm

Sore muscles and aching joints can slow down daily life, and stand in the way of sports or physical activities. CBD balm is formulated to help you to take care of aching muscles and sore joints so you can keep doing the activities and sports you love. A balm, also called a topical, absorbs easily into the skin. It is a great way to deliver CBD directly to problem areas andtarget discomfort. It can be used on it own or combined with other CBD products to benefit from the wide range of natural healingproperties of CBD.

How does it work?

When a balm is rubbed or massaged into the skin it will diffuse the active components, notably CBD. CBD receptors are found naturally all over the body. By applying a product containing CBD, these receptors will be activated to promote the soothing and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD. When blended with other natural plant extracts, the healing components can work together to provide relief from your symptoms and help to manage discomfort.

Why is CBD balm so efficient?

A CBD balm offers an ideal way to administer CBD when you want to relieve sore muscles and joints. It could give you fast relief from your symptoms and help you to manage discomfort by applying it directly to the area needed.

by using the leaves and the flowers.

The leaves and flowers can be used alone or combined with your of choices of herbal fruit, herbal or caffeine teas for a  delicious calming blend.

As you drink your CBD tea, it goes through your digestive system slowly before entering the blood stream. This process can take a few hours so your body will feel the relaxing effects of the CBD for longer. This means it can promote a sense of calm for when you need it in the day or to help with a longer deeper sleep.

Questions….

Is CBD legal in France and the rest of Europe?

Yes CBD is legal is France, however it cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. More than 0.3%, it falls outside the brackets of the law for a hemp plant so considers it psychotropic and therefore illegal.

CBD is legal in most EU countries but this THC % does vary. For example, in Italy it is 0.6%, and Switzerland is 1%.

Is CBD ok to use as an athlete?

CBD has been allowed in international competition since 2018, so yes it is legal for athletes.

To be as safe as possible using CBD as an athlete who is tested for banned THC, it a good idea to use to CBD isolate that does not contain even a trace of THC.

Are there any side effects or contra indications?

Evidence has accumulated to show there has never been a serious medical incident linked to CBD. It is also impossible to overdose.

CBD is suitable for most people, though it is recommended you check in with a medical professional before you start using it regularly. Especially, if you are being prescribed a medicine, or have any existing medical conditions that may conflict.

CBD and children

As studies on the use of CBD is in its infancy, so the long term effects have not been studied.

Parents sometimes use commercially manufactured CBD to treat some conditions in children, such as anxiety and hyperactivity. Caregivers may also use it for children on the autism spectrum to try to reduce certain symptoms of autism.

CBD hasn’t been tested extensively for safety or for effectiveness. While there is promising research about CBD, especially for seizure control, much is still not known about it.

Some parents are comfortable giving it to their children, while others are not.

Although CBD is usually obtained without a prescription, Epidiolex a medication for children with epilepsy is made from CBD, is available with a prescription from your doctor.

How Much CBD should you take?

The amount of CBD that you should use, depends of various factors including your body weight, conditions you’re trying to treat, how it CBD affects you, and more.

It also depends on the product you are using and the strength.

It is best to start on a lower dose and you can adjust it accordingly after a few days of trial.

Other compounds found in Hemp THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT

As well as CBD, the Hemp plant is also full of other cannabinoids.

CBG, CBN, CBC which all work together. This is called the entourage effect.

Terpenes are one of them, found in herbs, trees and fruit it is what gives cannabis its distinctive smell.

Vitamin A, C, E and B complex vitamins (niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine) and beta-carotene are also found in full spectrum CBD oil.  Zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and phosphorus are minerals found.

20 amino acids, Omega 3 and omega 6 are also found.

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Meet Andrea Mason, sea to summit athlete

Andrea Mason, sea to summit extreme

Meet Andrea Mason, sea to summit athlete.

She’s an athlete, an outdoor enthusiast and it just so happens she is swimming 3 Lakes, biking 800km and running 3 Peaks!!!!

The route is from Lake Bala in Wales, to the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland.

The route is from Lake Bala in Wales, to the top of Ben Nevis in Scotland.

Andrea Mason, Sea to summit extreme, cbd studios

This is her 4th major challenge on the theme Sea to Summit.

In 2019 Andrea’s first challenge involved:
Swimming 34km across the English Channel, Cycling 900km across France and then climbing Mt Blanc.
All in just 4 days and 20 hours. 

Exactly one year later, she successfully completed the Mt Blanc Triple Crown, which involved:
Swimming 38Km around the perimeter of Lac Annecy.
Cycling the gruelling Tour Du Mont Blanc and running 170km around one of the toughest trail runs in the world, the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc.
All in just 4 days, 23 hours and 40 mins.  

Last year she took the challenge to South Africa, where she took on:
35 km swim across False Bay from Millers Point to Rooiels.
Cycling 360 km from Rooiels to the base of Seweweeks Port Peak.
With an epic finish Hiking/Climbing to the top of Seweweeks Port Peak (2335m)
All in just under 48 hours.

Andrea’s challenges and tireless efforts are to promote awareness surrounding female reproductive health with her charity « Lady Talk Matters » which she founded in 2020.

A subject she has been familiar with from an early age, having suffered with persistent gynaecological problems including endometriosis. Researchers think that at least 11% of women suffer with this condition.

 

Endometriosis happens when tissue similar to the lining on the inside of your uterus or womb grows outside of your uterus or womb where it doesn’t belong. Endometriosis growths may swell and bleed in the same way the lining inside of your uterus does every month — during your menstrual period. This can cause swelling and pain because the tissue grows and bleeds in an area where it cannot easily get out of your body.

Andrea had a hysterectomy at 35 after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.

 

With this, it became Andrea’s mission to raise awareness around womens health, to encourage open discussions, educational material, sanitary materials and support network for women and girls experiencing reproductive issues.

Working in South Africa she has founded a centre in Kayamandi, in Stellenbosch, where affordable reusable sanitary pads are ethically produced for girls and women in the local community.

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The centre employs women who have been taught to make the products. Andrea emphasises “the importance of using quality raw materials to ensure that the products are not only long-lasting, but also safe to use, even in under resourced settings.”
These re-usable sanitary pads made with a leak-proof PUL backing layer, a microfibre core and a comfortable bamboo charcoal layer against the skin. Washable and reusable, perfect alternative to disposable and single use pads.

Lady Talk Matters’ re-usable sanitary pad packs are available for purchase, which supports the manufacture of packs to be distributed to women or girls unable to afford them.
Lady Talk Matters tirelessly works and campaigns in an effort to encourage everyone to talk openly about female reproductive matters and to create change for the situation of period poverty.

10 % donation to Lady Talk Matters

To show our support for Andreas incredible athleticism as well as appreciation for her phenomenal work around womens health we will pledge 10% of all sales from CBD Studios to the charity from now until the end of July.

“The CBD balm has been a game changer for me, both during training, recovery and during my challenges. I find it almost instantly relaxes my legs and help them to recover quicker.

It also helps that the smell and texture are amazing. It doesnt leave your body feeling greasy and you don’t smell like you been dipped in olive oil. All in all, I wouldnt use anything else. » Andrea

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CBD massage

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CBD for massage

CBD massage balm is a great way to use CBD for its relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties.

This powerful healing balm can be used for specific areas in need and it is made with all-natural ingredients so ideal for sensitive skin.

CBD massage, cbd studios

This powerful healing balm can be used for specific areas in need and it is made with all-natural ingredients so ideal for sensitive skin.

What is CBD made from?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in and derived from the hemp plant. It will not get you high and is not intoxicating. It is important to emphasise that CBD is made from hemp, which does not contain THC. THC is the compound found in marijuana, which is known for the psychoactive effects whereas CBD is a “non-psychoactive” compound.

Why is hemp beneficial?

Hemp has been grown for industrial purposes , textiles, rope and raw food materials for a long time. Over the last few years CBD has become a hugely popular as a natural supplement. What was once seen as a controversial substance has become mainstream.

It is most widely used as an oral tincture (CBD drops) where it is absorbed into the bloodstream and is received by CBD receptors of the Endocannabinoid system. The Endocannabinoid system regulates many of the different systems we have to control our natural functions, like Sleep, Anxiety, Relief, Energy, and Skin health.

There is research to suggest that by using CBD as a supplement it can support these functions to maintain balance and overall wellness, this is homeostasis.

CBD massage, cbd studios

Using  CBD topically

When CBD is rubbed or massaged into the skin it will meet the CBD receptors of the Endocannabinoid system, which are found naturally all over the body. By applying a product containing CBD, these receptors will be activated to give a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect. When blended with other natural plant extracts, the healing components can work together to provide relief from your symptoms and help to manage discomfort.

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CBD for massage

CBD massage balm is a perfect medium for different massage techniques (incl sports massage, reflexology,), as it has the ideal grip. It reduces friction on the skin and improves the treatment of muscles without stressing the skin.

It can be used all over and massaged into the body, or it can be rubbed and worked into problem areas where extra relief is needed.

As CBD is a completely natural plant compound we only use 6 other natural plant ingredients in the formula. As we believe (where possible) nature is the best fix, we want the massage balm to remain as natural as possible without any unnecessary additives.

It also means that the many healing properties of the CBD will be experienced fully without interactions.

The balm will also help soothe and repair areas of dry skin by the virtues of the coconut oil and Shea butter.

This pure formula gives remarkable results that are invaluable to many people’s lifestyles.

reflexology

CBD for massage therapists

Massage therapists who use CBD studios balm now find it an essential part of a treatment to target specific problem areas, as well as calm overall stress of body and mind.

As relaxation and pain relief are normal after a massage, CBD massage balm takes both of these benefits to the next level.

It is perfect to use for sports injuries or on-going aches and pains that require specific attention. Inevitably, the relaxing feelings from CBD are enjoyed by everyone.

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Hemp, camomile & mint tea

Tisane de CBD, infusion de CBD, CBD Studios

CBD hemp tea is a delicious blend of hemp, camomile, mint and CBD to feel calm or as an evening relaxant promoting a good nights sleep.

We have combined calming hemp leaf tea with peppermint, which is an excellent digestif for after dinner. It also works in harmony with the camomile which is soothing and anti-inflammatory.
The effects of these herbs can only be relaxing, calming and a perfect evening tea to get you ready for a good nights sleep.

If you suffer with aches or muscular discomfort, hemp and CBD trim can be a helpful relief. Including hemp tea in your routine may help reduce these aches and start providing relief.

 

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DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Open the CBD hemp tea and enjoy the herbal aroma while putting about a tablespoon of the tea mixture into your cup or stainer.

Boil your water, wait a minute so it cools slightly so will not burn the tea mix. Then pour into your cup. Leave to brew for 3 minutes. Add honey or sugar if desired. Leave the tea in the cup and drink or strain (you can eat the herbs/ leaves).

Pour more water over what is left in the cup for another delicious brew.

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CBD Tisane

Hemp CBD tea

Why CBD tea….here are all the details:

Tea and coffee are both equally beloved and fashionable for different personal reasons. Both are a lovely combination with CBD.

At CBD Studios we love the health benefits of herbs, leaves and flowers combined in teas especially when mixed with a dose of CBD. There are hundreds of choices of herbal and caffeine teas you can combine your CBD flowers with or choose from one of our delicious calming blends.

Tea has always been appeciated for its antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and ant-inflammatory properties. Combined with the therapeutic effects of hemp and CBD one can reap an array of health benefits in your cup of tea.

Does hemp tea contain CBD?

It depends on which part of the plant that you use. The flowers have the most CBD, then the leaves. There is little in the stalks and none in the seeds.

What do CBD studios use in the tea mix?

We use a mixture of hemp leaves and the perfect amount of trim to give a CBD top up and terpene punch.

How does hemp CBD tea work?

We have crafted our mix of hemp leaves and trim to get the perfect mélange to provide maximum health benefits.

Studies reveal that CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system. The ECS helps you maintain homeostasis (internal balance) and regulates many physiological functions. These systems control mood, sleep, appetite, memory, pain, and immune response. If you supplement your body’s cannabinoids they will help to do a better job at making sure they are balanced and working in sync.

You can drink hemp tea daily as a supplement or as and when your body tells you it needs it. For example: for a better nights sleep, for a calm Sunday or for menstrual cramps.

Will hemp tea make me high and does it contain THC?

All hemp-flower will contain trace amounts of THC. Not enough to make you high. Our CBD is under 0.2% so will make you feel calm and relaxed, not high.

How long does hemp tea take to work?

It can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to kick-in depending on bio individuality, body chemistry, weight and other health conditions. When you have an edible in the form of tea, chocolate, cookie, gummie… etc they all have to pass through the gut, digestive system and liver to metabolise. We recommend using CBD when you need to feel the effects.

Why did CBD Studios start making tea?

We have been researching CBD and hemp extensively to discover the most efficient as well as most enjoyable ways of consuming it. It become more and more obvious that tea was becoming a front runner for its delicious taste and calming effects.

 

Enjoy a delicious hemp tea to feel calm, as an evening relaxant and for a good nights sleep.

 DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
ŸOpen the packet and enjoy the herbal aroma while putting about a tablespoon of the tea mixture into your cup or strainer.

ŸBoil your water, wait a minute so it cools slightly so will not burn the tea mix. Then pour into your cup. Leave to brew for 3 minutes.

ŸAdd honey or sugar if desired. Leave the tea in the cup and drink or strain (you can eat the herbs/ leaves).

ŸPour more water over what is left in the cup for another delicious brew.

 

Feel well and look good

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Drinking hemp tea

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Hemp CBD tea

Why CBD tea….here are all the details:

Tea and coffee are both equally beloved and fashionable for different personal reasons. Both are a lovely combination with CBD.

At CBD Studios we love the health benefits of herbs, leaves and flowers combined in teas especially when mixed with a dose of CBD. There are hundreds of choices of herbal and caffeine teas you can combine your CBD flowers with or choose from one of our delicious calming blends.

Tea has always been appeciated for its antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and ant-inflammatory properties. Combined with the therapeutic effects of hemp and CBD one can reap an array of health benefits in your cup of tea.

 

Tisane de CBD, tea lover, CBD Studios

Does hemp tea contain CBD?

It depends on which part of the plant that you use. The flowers have the most CBD, then the leaves. There is little in the stalks and none in the seeds.

What do CBD studios use in the tea mix?

We use a mixture of hemp leaves and the perfect amount of trim to give a CBD top up and terpene punch.

How does hemp CBD tea work?

We have crafted our mix of hemp leaves and trim to get the perfect mélange to provide maximum health benefits.

Studies reveal that CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system. The ECS helps you maintain homeostasis (internal balance) and regulates many physiological functions. These systems control mood, sleep, appetite, memory, pain, and immune response. If you supplement your body’s cannabinoids they will help to do a better job at making sure they are balanced and working in sync.

You can drink hemp tea daily as a supplement or as and when your body tells you it needs it. For example: for a better nights sleep, for a calm Sunday or for menstrual cramps.

Will hemp tea make me high and does it contain THC?

All hemp-flower will contain trace amounts of THC. Not enough to make you high. Our CBD is under 0.2% so will make you feel calm and relaxed, not high.

How long does hemp tea take to work?

It can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to kick-in depending on bio individuality, body chemistry, weight and other health conditions. When you have an edible in the form of tea, chocolate, cookie, gummie… etc they all have to pass through the gut, digestive system and liver to metabolise. We recommend using CBD when you need to feel the effects.

Why did CBD Studios start making tea?

We have been researching CBD and hemp extensively to discover the most efficient as well as most enjoyable ways of consuming it. It become more and more obvious that tea was becoming a front runner for its delicious taste and calming effects.

 

Enjoy a delicious hemp tea to feel calm, as an evening relaxant and for a good nights sleep.

 DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
ŸOpen the packet and enjoy the herbal aroma while putting about a tablespoon of the tea mixture into your cup or strainer.

ŸBoil your water, wait a minute so it cools slightly so will not burn the tea mix. Then pour into your cup. Leave to brew for 3 minutes.

ŸAdd honey or sugar if desired. Leave the tea in the cup and drink or strain (you can eat the herbs/ leaves).

ŸPour more water over what is left in the cup for another delicious brew.

 

Feel well and look good

 

 

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CBD for sleep

CBD tea, CBD sleep tea, CBD Studios

CBD for sleep?…..
The most frequent questions you ask us are “Will it help me sleep?” or “will it help me sleep all night.” There is nothing worse than waking in the night and then struggling to get back to sleep or desperately counting sheep while trying to drop off.
We have made a CBD sleep set for you, which has been formulated for those who find sleep a challenge.

 

What is the sleep kit?

Our SLEEP-KIT consists not only of full spectrum 5% CBD oil but also Hemp tisane that will help relax your mind and body. The tisane made from boutique high-end hemp. It contains full spectrum CBD from the trim of the whole CBD plant and is blended with camomile and mint that you can taste and feel.

 

How does the CBD tisane work?

This tisane works by easing you into a deeper better sleep so you are less likely to wake up at unwanted times during the night. As you ingest the CBD into your digestive system it has to be metabolized before entering the blood stream. This process can take a few hours so you body will feel the relaxing effects of the CBD later in the night. This is good news for insomniacs and helps explain why you can have a deeper and longer sleep.

CBD for sleep

How does the CBD oil work?

If getting to sleep in the first place can be a problem for you, perhaps because of things on your mind, like excitement, worry or stress. The use of the CBD drops under your tongue where the absorption is quicker into your blood stream, means the effects are felt faster. If the effects are quicker, then including the drops as part of your bedtime routine will likely help you to drift off to sleep smoothly.

In conclusion, CBD seems to help calm down an anxious state of mind by balancing some of the hormones that may be working on overdrive to keep you awake.

These CBD products have been designed as perfect partners to help you have good nights sleep.

So if you are looking for something to overcome an overactive mind, relax or help you sleep, try our wonderful and natural CBD products in the SLEEP-KIT.

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So this is what you get from a CBD massage…. By Alison Shayler

So this is what you get from a CBD massage….

CBD extract recovery balm

 

By Alison Shayler

I’ve used CBD treatments (balms, oils, tea, etc) previously and always enjoyed the results but this was to be the first time that I would experience the luxury of having someone else apply them while I just relaxed. I was about to have my first CBD massage, carried out by Kristy Shelley at her practice Fascia Flex in Chamonix.

 

Kristy started by asking if I had any particular aches or pains that I wanted to address. As a runner I’m always more than happy for someone to work on my legs, even without having any injuries there’s almost always a tight muscle or achy joint that could use a bit of love. I also suffer from the glamorous affliction of bunions, which can be extremely stiff and painful when they flare up. With this in mind, Kristy started at my feet and worked her way up my legs, tracking where the bunion pain might be related to any other issues with knees and hips.

The product that she used was the Recovery Balm – one that I already use at home as an all-purpose lip balm, dry skin fixer, after-sun, topical ointment, and general cure-all – so I’m already a fan! Recovery Balm is made from CBD infused coconut butter, shea butter, vegan beeswax, and apricot oil with a gentle scent from camphor and lavender essential oils. All natural, plant-based ingredients that will protect and nourish your skin while the CBD gets to work on your senses.

 

The Recovery Balm was a pleasant change to the usual massage oils, it felt quite rich and thick when it first went on, then warmed to my skin very quickly and melted to a light smooth consistency. It glides well without feeling greasy and it made my usually dry skin feel wonderfully soft. Kristy advised that CBD is an excellent anti-inflammatory, so is ideal to use on bunions and other swellings. The herbal scent of the balm was soothing and felt very nurturing, both physically and mentally.

 

As this was more of a therapy massage than a relaxation massage there were moments when Kristy’s touch was less than gentle! She got deep into my muscles and manipulated my limbs to release tension and stress. Rather than flinching and gasping as I normally would though, the calming effect of the CBD allowed me to breathe slowly and relax into it, allowing her to go deeper than I would normally be able to tolerate.

As a reward for being slightly less of a wimp than usual, Kristy finished off with a lovely neck-and-shoulder massage which better demonstrated the relaxing properties of the CBD balm. I can only imagine that a full body massage would be a pretty heavenly experience.

 

I went straight home after my treatment and had a quiet evening, not wanting to disrupt the lovely zen feeling that the balm had given me. Eager to prolong the experience, I made myself a nice pot of CBD tea with mint and camomile before going to bed. As someone who also struggles with insomnia, I am particularly appreciative of a good night’s sleep and I awoke the next morning feeling bright and refreshed. I was half expecting my feet to feel a bit tender after having been so thoroughly manipulated the day before but they felt great, not only that but my leg muscles felt supple and ready to run! I would certainly use CBD balm again, in fact I took a tin home with me, and combining it with a massage is a wonderful way to enjoy its benefits.

Delivery is always free and aim for the same day in Chamonix.

CBD Studios products are available to buy now in Chamonix at:

 Fascia Flex, Kristy Shelly https://kristyshelley.com

 Mountain massage http://www.mountain-massage.fr

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CBD and biking

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CBD and cycling

Cycling has increased in popularity over the years as an environmentally friendly form of transport, as a hobby and a sporting activity. The increase in cycle paths for roads and off road bike tracks has made riding more accessible and great fun.

Biking is a great form of exercise as it improves cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility. The exercise in itself is also a remedy for stress relief and all the benefits of fresh air and the outdoors.

By looking after your physical and mental health you are more likely to reach your exercise potential or fitness goals.

Research on CBD is still in the early stages, however some of what is being discovered is showing promising to help your body to prepare and recover.

The significant and important noted benefits of CBD include, relaxation, improving sleep quality, and anti-inflammation providing relief from muscle discomfort.

CBD for cycling

CBD is one of many components found naturally in the hemp plant.

It is also produced naturally in the human body. CBD helps the body’s endocannabinoid system, which controls the internal balance of natural chemicals notably associated with pain, fatigue, stress, and anxiety.

This is called homeostasis, a term used to describe the process of maintaining the internal balance in an ever-changing external environment.

There is research to suggest that by using CBD as a supplement it can support these functions to maintain balance and overall wellness.

There are many reports that CBD effectively relieves aching muscle and tired joints before and after exercise.

Its soothing anti-inflammatory virtues are highly appreciated by athletes, including cyclists.

Cyclist Teal Stetson-Lee chooses CBD instead of ibuprofen to relieve muscle discomfort from exercising.

How can CBD be used as a cyclist?

Reduces muscle soreness after biking

When you are pushing yourself during a hard ride or competition you will tear the muscle tissue which then creates inflammation. The body will naturally start to repair and build up the damaged tissue, to result stronger muscle tissue. 

However when you push too far, the inflammation and pain can be too much for the body to deal with. This is when you may want to use painkillers or anti-inflammatories.

CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that can be used after biking for relief of cramps and aching joints so to promote recovery.  Unlike other pharmaceutical drug products, CBD has few side effects and there is no risk of overdose.

Accelerates the recovery of cyclists

CBD is often used after exercise for muscle recovery but it is most widely recognised for its relaxing effects. Relaxing the body’s circulatory system and overworked muscles after exercise will encourage the body to focus on repair. With this power, CBD can therefore reduce recovery time after exercise, training sessions or races.

Promotes sleep

All athletes know that sleep and rest is essential. It is really important to sleep well to be in good shape the next day and recover well.  When the body is tired, performance is compromised as well as the risk of injury being greater.

Evidence is continuing to show that CBD can calm an active mind to help with sleep.

Helps to treat anxiety

CBD oil may help your physical performance and daily life, by helping you regulate anxiety and stress. Exercise is a remedy for stress itself, but if you need a more of a boost, CBD may help promote the calming of mind and body.

The nerves before competitions may be alleviated by CBD oil as it is an effective natural supplement to treat anxiety .

CBD massage

Choosing CBD for cycling

For tired over worked muscles we recommend CBD recovery balm. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help calm aches and discomfort after exercise. It can be applied to knees, shoulders or wherever you need relief.

In addition CBD oil is suitable as an all round wellbeing supplement to boost your body’s natural systems associated with discomfort, fatigue, stress, and anxiety.

If you are ready to try CBD balm or CBD oil or both it could be your next steps towards a more relaxed comfortable body and mind.

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CBD chocolate energy balls

Produits de soins CBD

Chocolate CBD energy balls

These no-bake, CBD energy balls are a delicious, gluten-free, and nutrient-dense snack that you can easily make with ingredients on hand in the cupboard.

Energy balls are bite sized, compact mini energy bars and can be made with all of the goodness of plant-based ingredients.

Energy balls are great because all you have to do is mix everything and roll in a ball and you simply have a snack prepped and ready to go.

These CBD energy balls are naturally sweetened with dates and dried fruit and are full of nutritious nuts and seeds.

All of the ingredients in this recipe make a healthy, super nutritious, balanced snack.

The oats provide complex carbohydrates and fiber, the nuts provide protein and healthy fats.

These ingredients will help you to stay fuelled, full, and focused.

These energy balls are healthy perfect for an after workout snack, to take on a bike ride,  hike or trail run.

CBD chocolate energy balls

If you want to top up your daily dose of CBD, you must make these CBD chocolates. They make a delicious snack and will take the edge off day or even promote calm and muscle relief during a long run whilst also providing you with fuel.

Ingredients:
100gr cocoa powder
50gr coconut oil
50gr mixed coarsely ground nuts of your choice
10gr of dates (optional)

Put all ingredients in a baine-marie. This will melt the chocolate and coconut oil. Stir and make sure all the nuts are mixed in well.

Leave to cool a little.
Drop in 22 drops of CBD oil 5% 

If you are aiming for 2 drops in each ball. This recipe will make 11 balls.

Spoon out 11 spoons of equal size. The mixture should be easy to roll in your palm into balls.

Place on a plate and over with foil and leave in the fridge for about an hour.

They are ready to eat, or leave in the fridge or freezer until required.

Do not forget they contain CBD, so try not to eat them all at once 🙂

Enjoy your CBD chocolate edibles xx