The Wellness Report

THE RISE OF CBD

As one of over 85 known phytocannabinoids that naturally occur in the cannabis plant, cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound that interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system to help the body regulate biological processes including sleep, immune response, appetite and memory, despite the constant influx of external influences or stressors. While research is still ongoing, CBD is generating a lot of buzz for helping relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety, preventing insomnia and reducing inflammation and joint pain, among other health benefits. According to Hemp Business Journal, sales for CBD oil are projected to reach a whopping $1.8 billion by 2020. CE RECOMMENDS: Barlean’s (barleans.com) has launched two new CBD hemp oils: Extra Strength Ideal (25 mg of CBD per serving; $70) and Organic Ideal (10 mg of CBD per serving; $90). Add these oils to raw energy balls, smoothies, coffees or teas – Barlean’s are naturally flavored with mint, making them both flavorful and soothing, too. OTHER OILS TO TRY: Terry Naturally Hemp Oil ($48, terrynaturallyvitamins.com) and Bluegrass Original Strength Genesis Blend Hemp Extract ($90 per 4 oz, bluegrasshempoil.com).