Becoming a parent is undoubtedly one of life's greatest joys, but the arrival of one's bundle of joy also brings with it life's greatest challenges, stresses, and worries.
Sleepless nights quickly evolve into trying to get to school on time, having dinners ready, getting homework done, driving to endless activities, and eventually getting them to bed just so you can do it all again the next day.
Parenting problems are non-discriminatory and trying to juggle a 24/7 parenting job, occupation, and a relationship that affects parents from every socioeconomic background.
Cannabidiol (CBD) the non-intoxicating cannabinoid from the cannabis plant seems to be healing everything these days from epilepsy to inflamed muscles but can it offer a solution to the many woes of modern parenting?
To truly understand if CBD can help us we need to break down some of the most pressing parental concerns with the corresponding research of the potential beneficial effect CBD can have on each.
Back pain from lifting children
As a parent, we are carrying our kids in one arm, a heavy basket of clothes in the other, all the while lifting the bed up with one leg to clean under it.
Our backs get a horrendous workout every day but thankfully CBD has been shown to be effective in relieving back pain and reducing inflammation.
Night time can be tough, not only for those with newborns but for any parent with concerns or worries running around in their restless minds.
It can be difficult to the point of near impossible to sleep when all you can think about are your money or health worries along with everything else that keeps us up at night.
CBD has been shown to have a calm and relaxing effect, reduce anxiety and shows promise to be a potential alternative to sleeping tablets.
CBD has been proven to reduce seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and it appears that may just be the beginning.
Clinical research from Australia and Israel show great promise in CBD alleviating symptoms of Autism with great potential to help kids with ADHD.
Anxiety and worry about childrens’ future
It appears that regardless of the age of your child you never stop worrying about them. Are they safe? Have they got friends? Are they happy?
This anxiety and worry can overtake even the most rational of individuals leading to unnecessary anxiety and worry, but CBD might just help there too!
CBD has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects in a host of studies and in double-blind experiments involving public speaking the results showed that against a placebo, CBD reduced both anxiety and fear of what others think of you.
An alternative choice of relaxant to wine?
Everyone needs something to take the edge off in the evening and the most popular choice is an alcoholic beverage.
We know alcohol has detrimental effects on us internally but it is only when it becomes noticeable on the outside that we sit up and take notice.
CBD has been shown in studies to help reduce alcohol intake, fight addiction, relieve anxiety as well as release dopamine to make us feel better.
Microdosing to get through the day
Microdosing is the means by which incredibly small doses of CBD are regularly consumed throughout the day as opposed to large infrequent doses.
Microdosing is believed to provide the same effects and benefits as larger dosing albeit at a much lower cost and is becoming increasingly popular across the UK.
For some parents, getting through the day can be a struggle but micro dosing may just help them get through it. Gummy bears are a discrete option to micro-dose as are tinctures and capsules.
Sex and our libido
Sex is vitally important for couples to re-connect and relieve some of the stress and tension built up throughout the day. Being a parent can easily wear you out and reduce any desire to have sex.
When in frantic parent mode, sex is often the last thing on your tired mind but CBD might just help you want to get back into the swing of things.
CBD has been shown to increase libido, relieve anxiety, and simply make you feel better and more relaxed.
A CBD tincture bottle is a great way to efficiently and precisely dose CBD.
Simply place a few drops under your tongue and wait a couple of minutes before swallowing. CBD oil is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream via the capillaries under the tongue getting to work fast.
Vaping is one of the fastest methods of administration bar the intravenous route for getting CBD into your bloodstream.
CBD vape oil does not contain nicotine nor is it addictive. Because vaping heats the oil rather than burning it, none of the toxins from combustion occurs.
CBD holds great promise as an alternative to wine o’clock.
Tinctures and Vape oil may also contain other non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids of the cannabis plant along with plant terpenes instigating the entourage effect which further enhances the potential of CBD.
With its medicinal benefits and calming effects, CBD oil is quickly becoming a must-have dietary supplement more and more parents are happily discovering.