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New Year, New You

Tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions- out with 2020 and in with 2021! It’s time to focus on the new, make some changes and implement self-improvements in order to be healthier, more productive and a better influence on society, right? One quick google search producing a list of the most common resolutions says reading more is in the top ten, so congratulations, if you’re reading this you’re already making strides toward a better you! Other popular resolutions include focus on bettering mental health, increasing sleep, lowering stress, practicing patience and starting a new hobby. When we strip all the extra layers away, we’re really mostly looking for the same thing in the end: happiness.

Plenty of people are trying to make major life changes right now in pursuit of happiness, which is why athletic wear is prominently displayed everywhere you go and your gym junkie friends are going to be grumbling for the next month about the parking situation and the newbie hogging their favorite dumbbells (no judgement if you are the gym junkie, I hope Karen gives the dumbbells back soon). However, an interesting theme gaining steam recently is the idea that big changes may not be the best way to go, and that small adjustments can be much more effective in the long run. That’s because when you go hard or go home, you often run out of gas on the way. Right about now some of you are starting to think, “Ok Aristotle, but what does this have to do with hemp and CBD?,” and I’m so glad you asked! Let me tell you how incorporating cannabis into your daily routine can help you achieve your goals.

If you’ve been following the blog, you might remember from the CBD & Pain Management post that we all have an endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The ECS is involved in lots of bodily functions in your nervous system and plays a role in regulating processes which include sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and pain, just to name a few. When you use CBD, it binds to the little receptors in the endocannabinoid system and helps them communicate by encouraging pathways to better transmit messages and assisting cells with their regeneration process so that they can continue repairing affected areas of the body. This produces anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects that can greatly benefit people who suffer from chronic pain.

CBD is also quite useful for treating anxiety, PTSD and insomnia because it binds to the receptors in the brain that regulate serotonin and in turn effect our mood. Medical News Today calls serotonin “the happy chemical, because it contributes to well-being and happiness.” The brain makes serotonin but it needs to get a message from a neurotransmitter first, instructing it to do so. It is theorized that depression is caused by an imbalance of these neurotransmitters. Enter hemp, the happy helper that boosts your internal transmission signals and sends serotonin on it’s way! And because of hemp’s ability to calm anxiety and lower stress, studies suggest it may help lower blood pressure as well.

When stress and anxiety levels are lower and serotonin levels are higher, patience and sleep come more easily. We are happier. We are more creative. We are able to focus. It’s much easier to clear your mind and pick up a paintbrush, read the instructions, have a calm chat or learn a new language. Today is a great day to make a little change, and hemp can help you in a big way. Cherry Ridge Organic Hemp is ready to answer your questions and get you started on the path to success! Say sayonara to 2020 and visit to take the first step to being a better you.

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