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The Link Between Gut Health and Mental Health – Gut Brain Connection

 

We love all things health and wellbeing here at ULU. So, today we’d like to share with you an interesting current topic in the health and wellness industry. Today we’ll be talking about the link between gut health, gut bacteria and mental health, or the gut brain connection.

In this article, we’ll include some of the most interesting research around the link between gut health and mental health. We’ll look at the gut micro biome and mental health – the role played by bacteria in mental health disorders. Then, we’ll include some tips on how to get both your gut and your brain working together in your favour!

 

What is the gut brain connection?

The gut brain connection – it sounds like a strange concept, but according to scientists and researchers it’s very real. Essentially, people much cleverer than us here at ULU have identified a direct link between gut health and mental health.

Let’s look at this in more detail.

Have you ever been talking about food or thinking about food and suddenly your stomach starts to grumble? This is just one example of the gut brain connection. Your brain sends a signal to your gut to communicate that it might be time to eat as the two are intrinsically linked.

Or, think of a time when you’ve been really stressed or nervous about something and your stomach started to bubble unpleasantly – the so-called ‘nervous belly.’ If you’ve ever felt sick or bloated before an event such as public speaking or an exam, then you’ll definitely understand the connection between the brain and the gut.

However, this connection goes both ways. The gut and the brain are both in constant communication with one another. This means that stress, anxiety and low mood can be the cause or the product of intestinal upset. This is why mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are so common in sufferers of gut issues such as IBS.

 

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How are gut health and mental health linked?

Aside from the feelings and sensations we talked about in the previous section of this article, there is a more direct link between gut health and mental health. The gut brain connection has been proved by the existence of the vagus nerve.

The vagus nerve offers a direct communication line between the gut and the brain. In fact, it has receptors in the lining of the gut which allow it to check on digestion. Through this gut brain connection, the vagus nerve is able to pick up on small signals triggered by bacteria fluctuation in the gut. This then directly alters brain activity and chemistry. So, if your gut bacteria becomes imbalanced or unhealthy, your brain is going to hear about it and likely become distressed.

Interestingly, this communication goes both ways. Changes in brain chemistry can also alter and affect what’s happening in the gut.

This is a really interesting topic, so let’s look in more detail at the gut micro biome and mental health.

 

Gut bacteria and mental health

So, if the gut and the brain are linked, then it’s natural that so are gut bacteria and mental health.

The bacteria in your gut is called your gut micro biome or gut flora. According to molecular biologist Joshua Lederberg, this is ‘the totality of microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi, and their collective genetic material present in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT).’

 

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So, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting findings surrounding the gut micro biome and mental health.

in Kyushu University in 2004, a team of scientists found that mice raised in sterilised conditions, entirely free from germs,  showed greater fluctuations in the hormones corticosterone and ACTH – both of which are known to affect stress levels. Here, the mice had never developed a healthy gut bacteria, which in turn led to an imbalanced brain chemistry.

Moreover, gut microbes play important roles in the body’s production of natural ‘happy’ chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. In fact, researchers have found a link between taking antibiotics and depression. This is because antibiotics are known to wreak havoc on your gut microbiome, which then in turn affects your body’s ability to produce serotonin and other important brain chemicals. Interestingly, this effect isn’t shared by antiviral or anti fungal medications which are much gentler on the gut.

 

Inflammation, gut health and mental health

Before we go on to look at how you can get the gut brain connection working in your favour, it’s important to understand the role played by inflammation. Researchers are now recognising that inflammation actually plays a key role in both an imbalanced gut and also mental health.

Inflammation can play a dangerous role throughout the body. It leads to chronic pain, lowers our immune function and attacks our biological processes. However, more recently inflammation has been linked to mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression and even schizophrenia.

In the case of the gut, inflammation is the direct cause of painful conditions such as leaky gut, IBS and Crohn’s. It has also plays a key role in autoimmune conditions such as type 1 diabetes.

Interestingly, research is increasingly showing that inflammation in the gut causes the same negative effect on brain chemistry we mentioned earlier. So, researchers are currently trying to work out if our current antidepressants could be replaced by medication designed to target the gut micro biome.

 

How to capitalise on the gut brain connection

So, if there is an undeniable link between gut health, the gut micro biome and mental health, what can we do about it? Here are 3 ways you can get your gut and your brain working together, but also in your favour!

 

1. Take a daily probiotic

Due to the link between the gut micro biome and mental health, it’s important to keep your gut bacteria healthy. So, you could start by taking a daily probiotic. These come in many forms including fermented yoghurt, drinks such as kombucha or even tablets. So, there’s plenty to choose from.

Probiotics improve digestive function. They also help your gut play its role in the production of serotonin, dopamine, melatonin, and acetylcholine – all important for healthy, happy brain chemistry.

 

2. Avoid or cut down on inflammatory foods

We’ve already talked about the role of inflammation in gut health and mental health. So, how can you limit inflammation in the gut?

Well, according to The Arthritis Foundation, there are some foods that are key offenders when it comes to causing gut inflammation. Inflammatory foods include refined sugar, saturated fats, alcohol and refined carbohydrates.

There are also many foods which help the body to fight inflammation. These include tomatoes, fatty fish, nuts, green leafy vegetables and blueberries. In fact, a Mediterranean diet is considered anti-inflammatory.

Due to the gut brain connection, cutting down on inflammatory foods could not only aid digestion, but also improve mood.

 

3. Take a daily CBD product

Lastly, you could consider taking CBD to support gut health and mental health.

This is because CBD is a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory component. CBD also helps to regulate gut bacteria, reduce intestinal permeability and relax your digestive system. In addition, it plays a key role in helping to maintain healthy brain chemistry.

If you’d like to know more, we’ve recently written an article all about how CBD helps improve digestive health.

We’ve also written about how CBD can help to benefit your wellbeing

 

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Gut health, gut bacteria and mental health – summary

In summary, when looking for support with poor mental health, it’s also important to consider the gut. Whilst traditional antidepressants look at altering brain chemistry (with varying success) they don’t actually address the gut. However, due to an undeniable connection between gut bacteria and mental health, this seems very much outdated.

In order to keep both your gut and your brain working optimally, you should consider foods and supplements which target the gut brain connection. After all, gut health and mental health are directly linked!

And of course, as always, make sure u love u!

ULU

 

CBD and Cancer – 5 CBD Oil Benefits For Cancer Symptoms

 

CBD and cancer is a popular recent topic among researchers. With cannabidiol revolutionising the health and wellness industry, it’s no wonder that research surrounding the substance is growing every day. There are hundreds of CBD companies making claims about cannabidiol. However, here at ULU we only want to bring you the facts. So, here are the 5 most common CBD oil benefits for cancer symptoms according to scientific research.

Before you read any further, however, we’d like to stress that CBD is not a known cure for cancer. It is also not a substitute for doctor-prescribed medications and treatments. The purpose of this article is simply to highlight some of the latest and most interesting research around CBD and cancer, including ways in which this research has shown CBD to be helpful to cancer sufferers. However, you should always consult your doctor before using any CBD product including CBD oil for cancer symptoms.

 

What is CBD

 CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s a naturally occurring compound called a cannabinoid found in plants within the cannabis species. In the UK CBD most commonly comes from hemp. This is because hemp contains naturally high levels of cannabidiol and is legal to farm in the UK. It’s a non-psychoactive substance that’s legal to buy in the UK as long as it contains less than 0.05%  THC (the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that causes a high.)

 

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is made, as the name suggests, by extracting cannabidiol from the hemp plant and combining it with a carrier oil. It’s designed to be taken orally – simply by placing a few drops under your tongue, waiting 60 seconds and then swallowing. CBD oil is also one of the most common ways to take CBD in the UK as it’s simple to do and is quickly absorbed by the body.

However, it’s not the only way to take CBD! Find out more about the different ways to take CBD in the UK.

 

What about hemp seed oil or hemp oil for cancer?

You shouldn’t confuse hemp seed oil or hemp oil with CBD, as the two are very different. Hemp seed oil and hemp oil come from the seeds of the hemp plant, which do not naturally contain much CBD. Whereas CBD comes from the leaves and stalks of the hemp plant where the cannabidiol content is far higher.

Hemp oil provides many benefits, however these are predominantly skincare and cosmetic related. In fact, the benefits and effects of taking hemp seed oil for cancer are far less researched. In addition, research that has been done has found far fewer benefits of taking hemp seed oil for cancer.

So, you should always remember to carefully check the description and label of any product you purchase. If the ingredients don’t specifically state ‘CBD’ or ‘cannabidiol’ then you can’t be confident you’re buying a CBD product.

 

A graphic showing the main sources of CBD oil from the hemp plant

 

 

CBD oil benefits for cancer

So, now that you understand what CBD is, let’s look at some of the most commonly reported CBD oil benefits for cancer symptoms.

Once again, we’d like to stress that whilst we’ve used only reputable research studies for this article, we are not qualified doctors here at ULU. You should also always be wary of any publication that claims CBD or any other holistic ingredient can cure cancer. This is a dangerous claim that remains unproven! In addition, always consult your doctor before using any CBD product for cancer support.

 

1. CBD for cancer pain

The first well-researched benefit of CBD is for cancer pain. Cancer can be an incredibly painful condition wherever it appears in the body. In addition, prescribed painkillers can often leave cancer patients with all sorts of uncomfortable and negative side-effects.

However, CBD is a known analgesic. A recent study, Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain addressed the use of CBD in a variety of chronic pain conditions, including cancer-associated pain. This study found that cannabidiol was actually able to reduce the sufferer’s perception of pain, making painful stimuli actually seem less painful. It also noted that there were very few known cases of side-effects when it comes to taking CBD for cancer pain.

Furthermore, according to a 2002 study surrounding cannabinoids and pain, ‘Cannabinoids have been observed to markedly decrease signalling in specific neural pathways that transmit messages about pain.’ This again demonstrates the ability of CBD to reduce the impact of painful conditions and stimuli on the body.

Therefore, not only is CBD a natural form of pain relief, it also helps to make the body less sensitive to pain. So, taking CBD for cancer pain could help to not only reduce existing chronic pain, but increase the body’s tolerance to pain.

 

A girl showing how to use an ULU CBD oil bottle with a pipette, CBD products

 

2. CBD for cancer sickness and nausea

 Another of the most well-researched CBD oil benefits for cancer relates to sickness and nausea. Cancer sufferers may not only feel nauseous from pain, but also from the effects of cancer treatments such as chemo. In fact, according to Cancer Research UK, sickness and vomiting is one of the main side-effects of chemotherapy treatment.

So, let’s look at CBD for cancer sickness and nausea:

Here’s a snippet from a recent study, Regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids:

“…evidence from animal experiments suggests that cannabinoids may be especially useful in treating the more difficult to control symptoms of nausea and anticipatory nausea in chemotherapy patients, which are less well controlled by the currently available conventional pharmaceutical agents.”

So, not only does CBD provide support for sickness and nausea; again, it outperforms prescribed medications in this specific benefit. However, it’s important to note that these results are from an animal trial.

This article also found that CBD is an agonist of the CB1 receptor, and that it regulates the body’s production of 5-HT. Both of these factors help to prevent nausea and vomiting responses.

This means that taking a CBD oil or even vaping cannabidiol could be a great addition alongside chemotherapy treatments – which are known to cause significant nausea. It can also be useful for those sufgering from loss of appetite due to nausea and sickness!

 

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3. CBD for mood and stress

The mental stress of a cancer diagnosis can in some cases be just as difficult as any physical symptoms.

In addition, although there is no direct correlation between levels of stress and cancer progression, some data does suggest an association between higher rates of cancer death and patients developing a sense of hopelessness from stress. Therefore, when suffering from cancer, it’s important to find ways to manage stress and overwhelm.

In the health and wellness industry, CBD is known for its natural ability to support anxiety, mood and stress disorders. Recent studies have shown that CBD was able to reduce anxiety levels, as well as negative self-perception in participants. This is due to the fact that CBD is able to activate 5-HT1A receptors – both reducing anxiety levels and making stressful stimuli seem less stressful.

Furthermore, CBD is able to have a gentle and natural effect on mood. Whilst CBD doesn’t help your body to produce more serotonin, (nature’s ‘happy’ chemical) it does affect your body’s ability to respond to serotonin already in your system.

 

4. CBD For a good night’s sleep

A chronic lack of sleep can be another harsh reality for cancer patients. Whether this comes from pain, anxiety or side-effects from treatment, a bad night’s sleep can have debilitating effects on cancer sufferers.

So, it’s natural that one of the most important CBD oil benefits for cancer patients comes in the form of improved sleep patterns – but how does this work?

Well, CBD is able to provide benefits for sleep due to the way it affects the Endocannabinoid System (ECS.) The ECS is a complex cell-signalling system found within the body, responsible for maintaining homeostasis. This is the fine balance that keeps our body functioning properly. Due to its role in homeostasis, the ECS is responsible for many biological processes such as mood, memory, fertility, immune function, inflammation – and sleep!

When you take CBD, it effectively acts as a power-up to the body’s Endocannabinoid System, helping it to do its job. So, taking a high dose of CBD on a regular basis can actually help to improve both sleep quantity and quality.

 

A man holding up a bottle of ULU CBD oil

 

 

5. Further therapeutic potential for CBD and cancer

Although much more research is needed on the subject, there is some evidence to show some CBD oil benefits for cancer treatment and therapy more generally.

According to the research paper, The Therapeutic Aspects of the Endocannabinoid System for Cancer, there is growing evidence to show that through cannabinoids, the ECS is able to actually slow cancer progression. According to the article:

“Cannabinoid administration has been proven to slow tumor growth, as well as to slow lung carcinoma, prostate cancer, glioma, and skin carcinomas in mice …Remarkably, cannabinoids target cancer cells, while non-tumor cells and tissues are avoided. This apparent selectivity for tumor cells makes the ECS system an attractive potential target for cancer therapy.”

For these reasons, the same study also proposed potential CBD oil benefits for cancer prevention in addition to symptom management.

However, once again, this research is in its early stages. Therefore, CBD should never be used as a substitute for doctor-recommended treatments, medications and interventions. Furthermore, CBD and cancer is a relatively new research area that needs further extensive studies to provide any certainty.

 

Want to learn more about CBD oil benefits for cancer?

Here at ULU we’re committed to bringing factual and accurate information to an industry that’s often full of unsubstantiated claims.

That’s why all of our blogs and articles are written using only scientific and reputable sources. In fact, we try to only reference research papers rather than third-party CBD sources wherever possible!

So, if you’re looking for more information about CBD oil benefits for cancer, health and wellbeing, read more of our articles or get in touch with us today! We’re always happy to answer any questions about our CBD, our production process and our commitment to high-quality CBD products here at ULU.

 

Best Ever CBD Chocolate Muffins Recipe: Baking With CBD

 

Vicky here – content creator for ULU and avid home baker! If you’re like me, then you just love any excuse to eat sweet treats for breakfast. I also love CBD baking! So, what better way to indulge yourself in the morning than with gooey, moist CBD chocolate muffins?

So, this week I’ll be sharing with you my tried and tested recipe for chocolate muffins enriched with ULU 5% CBD oil.

Skip straight to recipe and method

 

CBD baking

CBD baking is a relatively new trend in the health and wellness industry. However, if you ask me, the two go hand in hand. In fact, I’ve been baking with CBD pretty much for as long as I’ve been taking cannabidiol.

CBD baking is a great way to take your daily dose and also have an excuse to give yourself a treat. Obviously, I’m not recommending that you eat chocolate muffins every day! However, this is just one way you can treat yourself!

Also, If you’re someone who really doesn’t enjoy the taste of CBD, then using food or drink to mask the subtle grassy flavour is a great way to overcome this hurdle. In this recipe, we’re using plenty of cocoa powder and sugar – so don’t worry, you won’t taste any of the cannabidiol oil here!

If you’re interested in CBD baking and you’d like to try it out for yourself, why not check out some of my other recent recipes?

Gooey CBD Brownies: Baking With CBD

CBD Recipes: CBD Dalgona Coffee

 

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About my CBD chocolate muffin recipe

I’ve spent a long time perfecting this recipe! Muffins can be difficult to get right, and whilst there are lots of muffin recipes out there, some fall desperately short if you ask me! But don’t fear, you can use this CBD chocolate muffin recipe to create the perfect gooey muffins that are indulgent, yet beautifully light and airy. They also go perfectly with a nice warm cup of coffee first thing in the morning!

Also, speaking of coffee – you might notice that I’ve included a teaspoon of instant coffee in this recipe!

Don’t be alarmed – I promise you won’t taste it in the final result. Adding a small amount of coffee to any chocolate recipe is simply a sure-fire way to make the chocolate pop. The best bakers are quickly realising that coffee brings out the deep, rich flavours of the chocolate– enhancing the flavours and making the taste more luxurious.

 

ULU 5% CBD oil

For this recipe, I’ve chosen to add 18 drops of ULU 5% premium CBD oil. That makes 2 drops of cannabidiol per muffin – a  total of 3.2mg per muffin.

If you’d like, you can experiment with the amount of CBD in this recipe. You could increase or decrease the number of CBD drops depending on your usual daily dose and the amount of CBD you’d like to take. Simply divide the total number of drops by 9 to work out how much cannabidiol each muffin will contain.

I’ve chosen ULU CBD oil for this recipe. Of course, I’m a content creator for ULU, but I’m also an avid CBD user and have been for a number of years. So, please don’t assume any bias when I say that ULU CBD truly is second to none.

I love using ULU CBD because they’re upfront about the amount of CBD in every drop of their oils – something that can be really difficult to work out with some other retailers. ULU also maintain the highest standards of production in every product they sell. They also offer only organic, EU sourced CBD, whilst striving for ultimate quality and sustainability. So, if you haven’t tried ULU CBD products, you’re truly missing out!

 

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CBD chocolate muffins recipe

(makes 9 cbd chocolate muffins)

Ingredients

190g plain flour

40g cocoa powder

1.5 tsp baking powder

2 medium eggs

60g caster sugar

30g brown sugar

130ml whole milk

50g chocolate chips

50ml olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp instant coffee

18 drops of ULU 5% CBD oil

 

 

CBD chocolate muffins method

Heat the oven to 180 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

Line a muffin tin with muffin cases – you can always use cupcake cases if you don’t have muffin ones. These will make slightly smaller muffins.

Sieve the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and coffee into a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl of jug, whisk together the eggs, sugars, milk, oil, vanilla extract, and 18 drops of ULU 5% CBD oil until well mixed.

Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix gently until combined.

Add the chocolate chips and mix gently until evenly spread.

Spoon the CBD chocolate muffin mixture into the muffin or cupcake cases until around 2/3 of the way full – this will leave some room for the muffins to rise.

Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for around 30 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle of the muffins comes out clean.

Remove and leave to cool before enjoying!

 

 

Have you tried CBD baking?

We hope you enjoyed this recipe for the best ever CBD chocolate muffins!

If you’ve tried this recipe, or any other type of CBD baking, we’d love you to share the results with us! Make sure to share your creations and tag @ulu.uloveu on Facebook and Instagram to have your CBD creations featured on our story.

Happy CBD baking and cooking!

Chatting with Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo about mental health

Chatting with a champion: mental health with Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo

 

Awareness of mental health is a topic coming more and more to the forefront of conversation – even from people who you might not expect to discuss it much. One of them is Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo, currently driving for the Renault team but due to move to McLaren next year.

Everyone has their own mental image of a Formula 1 driver: someone who is almost unimaginably glamorous and self-confident, with no real worries beyond performing at their best and crossing the finish line first, motivated by millions of pounds to do so as well as their own insatiably competitive urges.

Some bits of that reputation are true: Formula 1 is unquestionably glamorous and the drivers are paid well to be international gladiators. But behind the helmets are a number of minds who are only too aware of the mental struggles that many of us face. Formula 1 drivers are just normal people like you or I in the end – and few are as normal as Daniel Ricciardo from Perth (Australia, not Scotland…) who is one of the most genuine and likeable people in the F1 paddock. He was recently talking about mental health as part of a campaign put in place by his Renault team and how this subject should never be pushed under the carpet.

 

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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Renault F1 Team.
Renault F1 Team Season Opener, Wednesday 12th February 2020. L’Atelier Renault, Paris, France.

 

Daniel opens up about mental health

“I feel it’s an important subject: everyone needs to speak up about mental health and feel happy to do so,” he says. “It’s prevalent in all walks of life and it’s all about sharing experiences and knowledge.”

The mistake that most people make is keeping their stresses bottled up, to the point where they can sometimes spill over into wider mental health problems. And of course, everyone has their own ways of coping with stress and trying to let it out.

“I like to listen to music to help alleviate stress both at and away from the track,” adds Ricciardo. “I find I can relate to the lyrics of certain songs and they sort of speak to you, which I enjoy. I also think it’s very important to be able to switch off and things like music help me to do that. In my job as a racing driver it can be easy to not switch off. The night before a race can be tricky for this, as you’ve had all that adrenaline going around for qualifying. To combat this, what I find helps is knowing within myself that if I’ve prepared the best I can, then it shouldn’t be occupying my mind during my rest time. Something else I find very useful at the track is getting away from your work and taking a break, whether it’s something simple like a five-minute time-out or spending some time in your own head space listening to music. For me this helps reset the mind and means I can have a clearer thought process.”

The importance of taking your own time and space

That’s something we can all learn from: you don’t have to be a grand prix driver to recognise the importance of taking your own time and space to just walk away if it’s all getting too much. Formula 1 is an elite sport, but sometimes practising sport at a more amateur level is enough to help keep a balanced mind in the face of everyday frustrations.
“In my job there are so many variables and that alone will create stress,” points out Ricciardo: a situation that will probably feel quite familiar to most of us. “For example, even after a good qualifying session it quickly shifts, and you can easily start experiencing doubts about how the race will go. In order to remove these doubts and added stress factors, you have to acknowledge these thoughts and then take action, which for me might be sharing those thoughts or having a conversation with the team or engineers. Maintaining good levels of fitness is also important for me and helps me deal with stress. I think lockdown could have so easily gone the other way with me stopping exercise and training, but I didn’t and by maintaining a good fitness programme I felt mentally good during the break and I still do now. It’s at a point now that I think even when I finish racing, I’ll still keep this level of fitness up as it really helps me.”

 

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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Renault F1 Team RS20 makes a pit stop.
70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Sunday 9th August 2020. Silverstone, England.

How Daniel spent the lockdown

Ricciardo spent the lockdown period at his family farm in Western Australia: a vast and mostly empty landscape where he was surrounded by acres of nothing. It helped to clear his head and stick to his exercise regime, but despite the high-profile nature of what he does, the Australian doesn’t think that his own situation – and how he handles pressure – is much different to that of anyone else. “I work in a fast paced, high pressured environment but so do many others,” he explains. “I think no matter the job, the industry or your experience level, managing stress and mental health is important across the board. I hope by us talking about this it can lead to others doing the same and not feeling any guilt or shame about talking it out.”

Whether you are a Formula 1 driver or office worker, it’s easy to jump to assumptions about how someone else thinks or feels. And that’s something Ricciardo is keen to warn against.
“Nobody really knows what the other person is going through and it’s important to not judge a book by its cover,” he concludes. “What you can do is make sure that you are always there for someone and most importantly listen. Being a good listener is key. And, being patient, as you might have the answers that they might not have found yet. Another important thing is to have perspective too. I make sure to bring perspective into my thought process regularly and can do this by remembering all the positives. For example, focusing on the positives of why I love my job: it’s my dream job after all. It’s important to be able to remind yourself of things like this and not lose sight of why you are doing it just because something stressful has happened.”

Ricciardo isn’t quite a world champion yet, although with his new team moving steadily up the order, he’s got a bigger chance to do it next year. But he’s still far from the stereotype of a Formula 1 driver. As Dan says himself, never judge a book by its cover. And don’t forget that however confident anybody might seem from the outside, nobody is ever immune to mental pressure. Even a world champion.

 

7 Reasons to Take CBD For Migraines According to Science

 

Anyone who has experienced migraines knows how truly debilitating they can be. Much worse than a simple headache, migraines can come with nausea, sensory disturbances, vertigo and extreme, chronic pain. But it’s not all bad news for migraine sufferers. According to ongoing scientific research, there are some promising benefits of taking CBD oil for migraines.  So, here are 7 reasons to use CBD for migraines – according to science!

 

1. Pain management

If you suffer from migraines, then you’ll know that this is a chronic pain condition. In addition to the intense headache that comes with the migraine itself, sufferers also have to deal with neck pain and muscle soreness, as well as increased sensitivity to pain in general.

But there is significant evidence to show that taking CBD oil for migraines can help with this issue. This is because CBD is a known analgesic.  When you take CBD, it works to boost the function of your body’s Endocannabinoid System. – A cell-signalling system within the body responsible for maintaining homeostasis. It also helps to regulate both response and sensitivity to painful stimuli.

CBD also helps control and regulate the body’s nociceptive system – the sensory nervous system’s response to certain harmful or potentially harmful stimuli. So, when you take CBD for migraines, you’re not only helping to reduce pain from headaches, you’re also helping your body to become less sensitive to pain in general.

 

2. Reduced Migraine-related nausea

Aside from the debilitating pain that comes with a migraine, many sufferers also report extreme nausea and sometimes vomiting before or during an episode.

However, a recent study into cannabidiol and migraines titled: ‘Regulation of nausea and vomiting by cannabinoids’ found that the manipulation of the Endocannabinoid System via cannabinoids such as CBD can regulate and reduce nausea and vomiting. This is because taking CBD for migraines reduces the amount of 5-HT in the brain – a chemical known to cause nausea.

In addition, Dr Silberstein from the American Migraine Foundation has reported the benefits of CBD for migraine nausea.

 

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3. Reduced inflammation

You may not know that inflammation plays a significant role in the formation of migraines. In fact, migraine diagnosis is associated with elevated high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP), a marker of inflammation. This happens most commonly in young adults and women, however can also play a role in adult male migraines.

However, CBD is a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory component. It helps the body to regulate the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines to suppress the body’s inflammatory response.

So, when you take CBD oil for migraines, you’re helping your body to limit its neurogenic inflammation response.  – which could be a natural aid alongside taking a NSAID medication such as Ibuprofen.

 

4. Support with stress and anxiety

Migraines and stress are directly linked. In fact, any intense emotion or mental state can provoke an episode for migraine sufferers. Furthermore, according to a recent publication by the American Headache Society:

  •  4 out of 5 people with migraines report stress as a major trigger
  • 40% of those with migraines also suffer from depression
  • Over 50% of migraine sufferers also experience anxiety

These factors are another reason to consider taking CBD oil for migraines. CBD possesses anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) properties. It’s also a known, natural relaxant, helping both the body and the mind to destress and release tension. In fact, a recent study found that CBD was able to increase hippocampal generation and neurogenesis. This process is directly linked to stress resilience and improved mood.

 

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5. Migraine Prevention

Whilst many of the benefits discussed so far relate to migraine relief, there is also evidence to show that taking CBD can actually help to prevent migraines before they develop.

The Endocannabinoid System works through a variety of receptors in the body, one of which (the CB1 receptor) is found abundantly in the brain. So, when you take CBD oil for migraines, your CB1 receptors become activated, helping to block  peripheral and central nociceptive traffic. We’ve already mentioned that this can reduce sensitivity to pain, and therefore this can also help to prevent both the frequency and severity of migraine episodes.

Taking CBD for migraines can also help to inhibit cortical spreading depression (CSD) – the process that causes a migraine ‘aura’. (The unpleasant precursor to a migraine that can come with sickness, vertigo, increased sensitivity to light and even memory loss.)

 

6. Improved ECS function

The Endocannabinoid System is responsible for many important bodily functions and processes. It helps the body to maintain homeostasis – the fine balance that keeps us running optimally. However, disruptions to the ECS caused by cannabinoid deficiency have also recently be linked to a number of health issues including migraines.

Cannabinoid deficiency occurs when our cannabinoid reserves run low. And whilst your body can produce some cannabinoids itself, (these are called endocannabinoids) some cannabinoids can only be found in plants and supplements (phytocannabioids.)

Therefore, when you take CBD oil for migraines, you’re not only helping to reduce migraine symptoms and prevent episodes, you’re also helping to keep your ECS working optimally by maintaining your cannabinoid levels.

Did you know that the ECS also helps to regulate things like sleep, mood, memory, appetite and immune response. (We’ve written a blog about the Endocannabinoid System if you’d like to know more about how important it is to the body)

 

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7. No adverse side-effects

Many anti-migraine therapies come with negative side-effects, a challenge which has caused discontinuation of research and development of many potential anti-migraine drugs.

So, it’s great news for migraine sufferers that there are no known side-effects when it comes to taking CBD oil for migraines. Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive and non-rewarding substance. This means that you won’t feel high from taking it, and you won’t experience an altered mental state. In addition, there are no known adverse side-effects from taking CBD!

 

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Stop and Savour the Coffee – Britain and the Glorification of ‘Busy’

 

Those of you who follow our ULU blogs will know that Mondays are usually reserved for our PR writer, Anthony Peacock. But this week ULU content manager, Vicky is taking the reins. This week, Vicky writes about how us Brits seem to glorify being busy and how if we just slow down and cut through the distractions we might find a much more appealing way of life.

 

Stop and savour the coffee

A few months back before lockdown I met up with a close friend of mine, Will. He’s been away doing church charity work with a children’s centre in Albania for a few years now, providing a safe space, food and clothing for street kids – but he was back for a fleeting visit. So, we both agreed to meet in our favourite coffee shop in Cheltenham for a desperately needed catch-up.

I arrived late after rushing over from a client meeting – as per usual – blustering in the door and hurling out an apology. I gave him a quick hug, blurted out how happy I was to see him again after so long and then turned my attention to the coffee I felt was desperately needed after such a hectic morning.

Of course, I wanted to know all about Will’s time in Albania. So, after ordering my coffee, he told me all about his work which he described as ‘the most rewarding and challenging time in his entire life.’

Yet as he talked, he seemed different to the last time I saw him. There was a calmness to the way he spoke. I also noticed that whilst telling me about the stresses of daily life living away from home away from his friends and family and taking on a role of complete self-sacrifice in an unfamiliar country, he seemed almost serene.

 

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So, of course I wanted to know his secret! As a highly-strung person who deals with stress and anxiety on a daily basis, I wanted to know how I could perhaps get a little bit of this serenity for myself. ‘What have you been taking and where can I get some?’ I think was the exact question I asked.

And what he told me was really fascinating.

Will told me that a week after arriving in Albania, himself and a few of the other church charity workers went to a local café for a cup of coffee. They all ordered their drinks and took their seats. After ten minutes or so when Will had finished his coffee, he asked if anyone was ordering another one – only to be met with some playful jokes at his expense.

‘You finished your coffee already?’

‘What’s the hurry? Have you got somewhere else to be?’

‘You drank that coffee like a true Brit! You need to learn to drink like an Albanian.’

Will was understandably quite confused. ‘What do you mean I’m drinking like a Brit?’ he laughed.

Then, Will’s Albanian friends gave him what I believe to be a very insightful and accurate summary of British life and mentality.

They said that us Brits approach everything like we’re in a rush. We order our coffee and throw it down as soon as it arrives. Then, before we’ve even had time to work out whether we enjoyed it or not, we’ve ordered another with a piece of cake. So, as a result, we never truly enjoy anything we’re doing – because we’re constantly rushing through everything as quickly as possible, always thinking about what comes next.

 

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‘Us Albanians will sit for an hour with one coffee, drinking slowly and savouring every sip, taking in our surroundings, enjoying the company of our loved ones’ Will’s friend replied. ‘Us Albanians know how to just be.’  

And I noticed they were right – I had chugged my entire americano barely 5 minutes after it had arrived, yet Will was still enjoying his espresso half an hour later.

It’s true. As a society, we’re constantly in a hurry – constantly distracting ourselves with something to keep busy. We walk briskly, throwing annoyed glances at the slower walkers that block our path. We’re checking our phones mid-conversation, fiddling with the tablecloth while we wait for our food to arrive, and checking our watch every 5 minutes when timings don’t quite go to plan.

When people ask us what we’ve been up to, it’s a cultural norm to reply ‘Oh, I’ve just been so busy!’ Or, if we’ve taken a rare bit of time for ourselves, we have to almost prequalify it or justify it with ‘I was so busy last week, I just needed some time off.’

William said that spending time in Albania had taught him the value of just ‘being’ rather than ‘doing.’ Due in part to the stifling Albanian heat which makes it physically impossible to move quickly, he’s started to stop, take a break and take in his surroundings. Furthermore, in a society that doesn’t spend as much time thinking about timetables, diaries and schedules, there’s no need to strive to fill his day with plans, to make every second of his day ‘count.’ He can simply enjoy each moment as it comes.

 

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When I think about my own life, this is something I really struggle with. I’m always busy, always running late, always thinking about what’s next on my to-do list. Then when I do take some down time to watch a movie, read a book or catch up with friends, I’m plagued with feelings of guilt. Guilt that I should be doing more, guilt that I should be productive in some way.

I know during lockdown this is particularly relevant – especially as I’ve heard a lot of people (myself included) lament over having ‘nothing to do’ or not making their time count. But during such an unprecedented and difficult period, should productivity really be our main focus? Would it be such a tragedy if we just took some time for ourselves, to switch off our phones and laptops and just be?

So, perhaps we need to be distinctly un-British for a change. Perhaps we need to take the time to notice the beauty in life, to enjoy each moment for what it is, instead of struggling to fill each moment with an activity or a purpose.

And really, isn’t this all just as simple as savouring that sip of coffee?

 

 

If you’ve enjoyed this blog and would like to read more of Vicky’s content, here’s some further reading:

Vicky Smith – Laughing My Way Through Anxiety

I Tried CBD Oil For Dry Skin: My 4 Week Skincare Report

Or, if you’d like to read more from our ULU community, ULU Nation, here are some more recent articles:

Coronavirus and Travel – Business But Not As Usual

Back to Work: 19 Practical Tips For Post-Lockdown Mental Health

Coronavirus and Travel – Business But Not As Usual

 

Those of you following along with our ULU blogs will know that on Mondays, PR whizz Anthony Peacock will give us his take on current life and affairs. And as the world has been consumed with coronavirus content for the past few months, Anthony has been writing some insightful content about this unprecedented modern event. So, sit back with a coffee and read what Anthony has to say about coronavirus, travel and business – but not as usual.

 

Business but not as usual

I’ve been travelling in Europe this week – specifically Germany and Austria – and it looks like, for all intents and purposes, the coronavirus pandemic is over by popular decree. For libertarians, this will be a reason to rejoice. For other more worried people, aware of the World Health Organisation’s recent warning that the worst is yet to come, it’s a cause for despair.

Wear a mask on the street in Austria, and most people look at you like you’ve crash-landed from Mars (although you see a few more in Germany). Social distancing has been more or less forgotten. Bars and restaurants are open for business as usual, and nobody’s talking about Covid. In fact, most places are packed.

But right from the start, it’s been very clear that coronavirus means different things in different places. Countries are going through and emerging from outbreaks at different rates, with the UK being somewhat behind the rest of Europe. As for the likelihood or not of a second wave, who knows? But it’s very clear that in many places there’s been a lot of lockdown fatigue. And in northern mainland Europe, the distinct feeling is that nobody cares too much if there’s a second wave of Covid-19 (or a first wave of Covid-20) for now. That’s a problem for tomorrow.

The economic damage can’t be ignored though, and for every packed restaurant, bar, or shop – wherever you are in the world – there’s another somewhere else that’s not opened as it’s gone out of business. And even those outlets that have emerged have needed to adapt by making big changes.

Ultimately, these effects are going to be felt by all of us – even in the most unlikely places. Motorbike fans, for example, will find that Harley-Davidson has cut their available product range, while if you fly anywhere, you’ll be lucky to get a sandwich or indeed any type of service with a smile.

 

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A while ago, I wrote about freedom of choice in the consumer world and how it would often feel overwhelming. Now we have the opposite problem, with coronavirus meaning that reductions in choice might become permanent. And companies also have the perfect excuse to make cutbacks, along with a convenient scapegoat for any shortcomings in the service they offer. In short, the customer is no longer king.

Even giants such as Coca-Cola and Heinz say that they are trimming less profitable products from their ranges these days. That goes against the grain of the increasing diversification that we’ve seen for many years beforehand. Take the humble can of Campbells soup. Since 1984, the varieties of soup available have quadrupled to about 400 now. Cutting down on the choices available definitely marks a big shift in commercial direction.

The spate of panic buying early in the pandemic not only forced manufacturers to concentrate on their most profitable ranges (also because of the difficulties that their suppliers faced) but got consumers used to having less choice too.

And as any marketeer will tell you, influencing consumer behaviour and attitudes is always the biggest challenge. When you have a pandemic to do that for you, it makes life a lot easier. If you’re clever, you can even use that to your advantage. So if you’ve survived this far, you have a good opportunity to make money in the future.

Restaurants are trimming menus, from the top Michelin-starred establishments to McDonalds franchises. What’s interesting is that many of them are planning to make some of these changes permanent, in the same way that the landscape of office working will probably be altered for good.

As one restaurant owner in London put it: “The limited menu has actually made for smoother service and helped us boost sales revenue. Basically, it eliminates the need to be all things to all people.”

 

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The automotive industry has also taken on a dramatic new focus. Items such as hand-stitched leather steering wheels, for example – a well-known feature of top-end cars – are in shorter supply as factories distance workers. So this means that manufacturers will allocate scarcer parts to models that they believe will sell more quickly. A car dealer I know recently commented: “When people come in, it’s now going to be a question of ‘this is what we’ve got – do you want it or not?’”

A return to 1970s-style service, in other words. Manufacturers (of everything from cars to soup) are basically more concerned with supply now than consumer convenience – while customers are eager to get in and get out quickly rather than browse and choose carefully. With less money and time to go round, people aren’t keen to try new things yet: especially if those things are expensive.

That’s certainly the case in the United Kingdom and the United States. But there are also ways to turn the situation to your advantage, judging from the experiences of our friends in Europe.

A bar and café owner in Germany said: “We’re selling fewer things, but because of that, people are starting to buy more of them and they follow our suggestions more than before, so we end up selling everything that we have. Business isn’t as good as before yet, but it will be soon. It just looks a bit different, that’s all.”

For retailers, it’s going to be the usual tricky compromise between signalling that you’re open but conditioning people that the business won’t be the same.

From recent experience in Europe, it seems that consumer confidence is definitely returning. If you’re a business owner and survived this far, you’ll probably be OK. As long as the coronavirus doesn’t come back…

Back to Work: 19 Practical Tips For Post-Lockdown Mental Health

 

This Monday we have another blog from Anthony Peacock. Those of you who have been following along with blogs from our ULU community: ULU Nation will know that Mondays are dedicated to Anthony. And that Anthony has been writing regularly about life during lockdown. Today, Anthony will address the fears surrounding an inevitable return to work. He’s also compiled 19 tips from eminent psychiatrists on how to look after your mental health during the transition to a ‘new normal.’

 

Back to work

This week, a lot of Britain is heading back to work, although under circumstances that are distinctly odd. The message is still to stay at home if you can. But people are feeling under inevitable pressure to return to work. Some have even been told explicitly to return to work, as shops have to re-open soon in order to survive.

And although any signs of normality are welcome, not everyone is happy to be getting back to business. One reason of course is public transport, which many people will have to resort to in order to reach their places of work. Public transport has been well-known as hotbed of infection in the past. A fact that’s been tacitly acknowledged by the latest regulations that require everyone to wear masks and keep a distance. Because of this, there are queues, delays and tension – adding to the unreal atmosphere that’s on the streets at the moment.

Far from being a return to normality, many people are having to face up to the worst of both worlds: an end to the relative safety of refuge at home, but no end to the uncertainty and doubt that so many people feel about greater exposure to danger.

 

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It only takes a short walk outside to discover that life is far from normal, and that people still feel uneasy about interacting with others. And that’s not exactly going to help people’s anxiety levels, faced with growing unemployment and the possibility of a second wave of Covid-19, widely speculated on by the newspapers.

Financial worries are at the forefront too, with many companies making no secret of their plans to shed staff once the furloughing scheme is over.

As a result, psychiatrists have sounded the alarm bells about mental health, especially if the crisis continues to drag on with no end in sight. Dealing with prolonged traumatic stress paired with growing uncertainty about illness, jobs, schools, and what the “new normal” might look like – as well as buying into the worst-case scenarios widely depicted by the media, politicians, and “experts” – is likely to cause issues a long way into the future.

 

19 tips for looking after mental health after lockdown

With this being a simple fact, it’s how we deal with it that makes the difference. As wartime has shown, trauma is a communal affair, and it’s only by admitting problems and looking for help that people will cope: leaning on one another for support rather than judgment or fear.

So, here are 19 tips from one eminent psychiatrist about how to get through the challenging times ahead caused by Covid-19. It’s a quick guide to building the sort of practical and mental strength that will be an invaluable defence to the pressures and dangers that we all occasionally feel.

  1. Take the necessary precautions and adhering to official safety protocols
  2. Reconnect to ourselves and our own version of a spirituality – whether this involves a high power or religion or not
  3. Reconnect with family and loved ones, especially those we haven’t seen for a while
  4. Check up on neighbours who may be vulnerable
  5. Look after those who have been otherwise forgotten, and especially think about those worse off than ourselves
  6. Seek and spread clear communication about how to improve the situation, through educational campaigns and leading by example
  7. Support people on the frontline, such as NHS workers and supermarket staff
  8. Brainstorm short and long-term practical solutions, especially for basic needs in the here and now: working the problem

 

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  1. Pay special attention to mental health and honestly assess your state of being – if you’re becoming overloaded, make sure to take time to rest and focus on yourself
  2. Advocate for calmness and spreading the message of hope among all you meet
  3. Focus on unity and community service, rather than division and selfishness – it can be all too easy to be judgemental and finger-point, especially on social media. But try to look for the good in every person and situation.
  4. Find opportunities during this challenging period to enjoy your family time
  5. Become part of the solution, not the problem – and have the humility to admit that the problem sometimes lies within ourselves
  6. Focus on emotional and spiritual needs that are often set aside in times of crisis
  7. Encourage sharing, rather than hoarding resources and essential items
  8. Collaborate rather than competing with your colleagues and acquaintances
  9. Use all available resources for healing, including products such as CBD
  10. Focus on children by creating healthy and attractive ways for them to unwind
  11. Pay extra attention to self-care and the luxuries that make you feel good

Maybe these tips are obvious, but taken together, they will empower people during a pivotal moment in history. We’re all going to need reserves of mental strength that we didn’t use before as we head back to work – even if we’re not actually aware of the stress that we’re subconsciously under. Hidden stress is often the most dangerous type.

And remember above all else, the ULU motto: U love U!

 

For more information and support regarding mental health during lockdown, check out this handy blog: Coronavirus: Guidance for Better Mental Health

Inspired By a Legend, Alex Zanardi: Racecar Driver, Paralympian, Hero

 

Those of you who follow our ULU blogs know that Mondays are reserved for PR and content extraordinaire, Anthony Peacock. And those of you who are familiar with our ULU team will also know that both Anthony and Paul (ULU founder) are big names in the Motorsport world. So, in addition to research around CBD you’ll always see plenty of racing content here at ULU. This week, Anthony writes about his interview with Alex Zanardi, professional racing driver, Paralympian paracyclist and all-round inspiration.

 

Inspired by a legend, Alex Zanardi

Have you heard of Alex Zanardi? He’s a charismatic Italian racing driver whose life was torn apart on a race track in Germany in 2001, when he was involved in a terrifying accident that ripped his legs off. He faced a long and hard rehabilitation, but came back not only to race again, but to claim a gold medal at the London Paralympics in hand cycling.

What’s remarkable about Zanardi is that he looks back at his ordeal without any bitterness. In fact, he says that in many ways it was one of the best things that ever happened to him, as it taught him how to appreciate what was really important in life. And his humour was one thing that emerged firmly intact from the whole episode. I interviewed him a while ago and it was one of those embarrassing situations where there was only one chair. Of course, I insisted that he had it. “But I don’t need it,” said Zanardi. “I’ve not got any legs…”

With sport – including motorsport – now returning to our screens, Alex Zanardi is perfectly placed to deliver a unique perspective about what makes a champion. To share some wisdom on the mindset of success.

 

“Ambition and talent alone aren’t enough to make a champion”

“The one single most important thing you need to win is a real passion for what you do,” said Zanardi. “I remember listening to interviews with Ayrton Senna, and he spoke a lot about the commitment and training that you need to succeed. But that made me laugh a bit because I knew that deep down, he absolutely loved what he was doing and that he considered himself extremely lucky to be doing it, as I did myself. Ambition and talent alone aren’t enough to make a champion, in my view. What you need most to succeed is to first of all really enjoy what you are doing.”

There’s a lesson in there for all of us, and it doesn’t only apply to cars. It applies to bikes, other sports, every task that we apply ourselves to. Even our everyday jobs. It’s hard to be successful at something that you don’t enjoy doing.

 

“The pleasure of doing the job”

“Crossing the finish line at Brands Hatch to claim my Olympic gold medal in paracycling was a special moment, but if I hadn’t as felt as much joy in every kilometre of training as I had in that single moment, then I don’t think I would have achieved anything,” added Zanardi. “It was important for me to know that I had chosen something where I would look forward to doing my job every day, rather than just seeing the results at the end of it. That’s really what I mean by ambition alone not being enough. I’m proud of my gold medal, but it’s already just a picture to hang on the wall. The actual pleasure of doing the job rather than the souvenir of having done it well is what counts.”

All too often, we concentrate on the destination rather than the journey. The rewards gained from having arrived, rather than the hard work to get there. And what Zanardi teaches you is not exactly how to overcome adversity – he doesn’t really think about that, he says – but how to enjoy the process of doing so.

 

“pressure and the weight of expectation”

This year, the favourite to win the Formula 1 championship (for the seventh time) is Lewis Hamilton: another inspirational figure for so many people, who is often considered to be the greatest driver of all time. Not just that, but he is also a personality beyond motorsport who takes a strong stand on social issues, such as the unrest in the United States and the rest of the world following the death of George Floyd.

Zanardi remembers speaking to Hamilton many years ago and asking him if he’d rather be at the start of a race, having qualified in, say, fifth position with it all to do but the means to do it, or crossing the finish line with the slowing-down lap and the podium to look forward to.

“Are you kidding me?” answered Hamilton. “The first one, obviously.” And that’s exactly how Zanardi has always felt too. We all feel pressure and the weight of expectation on our shoulders, especially if we’ve been accustomed to success. Work is often one of the areas where we see this most often, especially in today’s ultra-competitive corporate environment. But look at it this way, thanks to some insight from Alex Zanardi. Imagine what it feels to be him, or Lewis Hamilton.

 

“You know you’re good enough”

“When you line up on the grid for the first race at the start of the season with the number one on your car and everyone calling you the favourite, there’s a certain degree of pressure for sure,” Zanardi concluded. “I remember the feeling well and here’s what you need to remember. You’re in that situation for a reason: it’s a brand new beginning and you’re ready to play. You know you’re good enough. How could you not feel happy? That’s what I think makes a champion.”

The sportsmen and women returning to action now after many months off would do well to bear these words of wisdom in mind. But not only them. As we come back to work, we can all learn something from Alex Zanardi. If you feel pressure to deliver, it’s just because people believe you can do it – and not only do it; but do it well. To accomplish your goal successfully, the only thing that you really need is to enjoy the process of getting there.

 

For more of Anthony’s content, why not check out some of his recent articles below?

Roll Over Beethoven: Classical Music and Mental Health According to Stephen Fry

Anthony Peacock: Back to School

Explore How CBD Can Influence Your Overall Health & Wellbeing

How CBD Influence Health Wellbeing Infographic

CBD is the acronym for Cannabidiol. It is one of the many naturally occurring compounds, called cannabinoids, found within the cannabis plant (usually the Hemp plant). Consumption of CBD has been rising tremendously due to the slew of benefits it entails. CBD is endowed with a unique set of properties due to which it interacts with the human body in numerous ways. As such, the CBD consumer gets many mental as well as health advantages.

Studies have shown that CBD consumption helps you to get relief from stress, anxiety, and pain apart from enabling you to relax. And, unlike THC, it is not intoxicating. Meaning, you will not get high on consumption.

How CBD Emerge As A Potential Supplement?

CBD’s emergence as a potential supplement can be traced back to the initial CBD trials suppressing the Epileptic seizures that took place in 1980 in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Preclinical data from rodent and cell-culture studies hinted at the benefits of using CBD to treat disorders that range from Parkinson’s disease to chronic pain.

Let’s Understand CBD Better

Deciding whether you should consume CBD is not a straightforward but confusing affair. It will help you direct some efforts to understand what CBD is all about, especially its properties, benefits, and working mechanisms.

Properties

Before you buy CBD online in the UK, do acquaint yourself with the key properties of CBD. If you fail to understand CBD’s properties, it makes no sense for you to get involved in the mad rush to purchase CBD. The following are the properties of CBD:

  • CBD has multiple therapeutic properties. It is a cannabinoid found in the Cannabis plant
  • The molecular structure of CBD resembles THC, but CBD does not bear psychotropic effects, unlike THC
  • CBD has low levels of toxicity
  • CBD has a very low affinity to cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) but is useful when bound to other human receptors such as the putative cannabinoid receptor (GPR55) or serotonin receptor (5-HT1A)

Working Mechanism

Along with the properties, a knowledge of how CBD works in the body will be helpful for you to develop an overall understanding of CBD consumption.

After you consume CBD, it enters the bloodstream. It reaches the cannabinoid receptors on most organs, muscles, and nervous systems in your body. CBD helps the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), composed of cannabinoid receptors, in pain relief, strengthening memory, reducing inflammation, etc.

Consumption Modes

CBD consumption is also an enjoyable affair. There is not only one but multiple modes of CBD consumption. You can consume it by putting under your tongue, vaping, popping capsules, etc. You have the complete freedom to choose the way that works the best for you.

How Can We Benefit from CBD Products?

The main premise of the substantial growth in CBD consumption is the trail of benefits it offers to the consumer. A study conducted by the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) found that the CBD market in the UK has grown by 3-6 times over the previous estimates. And it is needless to say that the market growth is fuelled by the benefits, which are:

  • Chronic pain
  • Improvement of the overall mental state to help in the reduction of anxiety
  • Increases appetite
  • Improves your skin and even lower acne
  • Maintains good brain health
  • Induces sleep
  • Maintains good heart health
  • Empowers your body to fight certain types of bacteria that are resistant to drugs
  • Helps in weight regulation

Conclusion

CBD can act as a potential supplement to influence your overall well-being. Make sure that you purchase CBD products from a trusted and reputed brand so that you are buying a quality product.