Over the past few months I have spent some time learning about CBD and functional mushrooms and how we can incorporate them into our lives in order to optimize our health. I believe that nature provides us with some pretty powerful tools to heal ourselves and enhance our overall well-being. I am in no way an expert, but I am, as always, excited to share my experience with things that I have found helpful pertaining to health and feeling better.

If we are being honest here, which we are, I have always loved marijuana. Sure, I’d use it for fun and for no good reason at all, but truthfully cannabis was what saved me from becoming even more sick than I was already making myself years ago. In short, I would take adderall to enhance my workouts and suppress my appetite (THIS IS SO UNHEALTHY BTW), and it got to the point that even if I was physically hungry, low in energy and my stomach was empty, mentally I still wouldn’t want to eat, that is, unless I smoked. At a time when I was struggling to feel good or even feel like myself, using cannabis allowed me to feel whole, to nourish my body, and to laugh and feel calm. It was literally doing the opposite of what the adderall was doing - it was bringing me back to myself. People can hate on weed all they want, but I think it’s important to share my experience with it because sometimes, in fact most times, it can be used in a very healing way. For me it was mentally and physically nourishing to my body.

Unfortunately, it is a fact that cannabis has a negative stigma attached to it and it is keeping people on synthetic and potentially harmful medication. There is plenty of evidence out there that proves the medicinal, mental, and physical health benefits from the cannabis plant, yet so many people still believe it should be classified as an illegal substance. I’m not here to argue over whether cannabis should be legal or not, but I think it is important to de-stigmatize the use of this plant and spread helpful information about its benefits in different forms.

As someone who has largely benefited from cannabis use, but no longer lives a lifestyle that supports bong rips and blunt rolling, I was eager to learn more about CBD. I was first turned onto the idea of CBD because I was having a lot of anxiety and trouble sleeping. I heard about CURED Nutrition on a podcast and after taking a deeper look, I felt that not only did their CBD products sound great, but their movement to help people optimize their health using nature really aligned with my values. After trying ZEN, their nighttime CBD and functional mushroom supplement, I was hooked. Next I tried their daily performance supplement, RISE, with broad spectrum hemp extract and functional mushrooms and again was so impressed. The most recent launch of their gut health supplement, AURA, completes their 3 tiered approach to health - perform, balance, and recover. If there was ever a time to invest in your health it would be now and that starts with the gut (hellerrr, our second brain).

There is a lot of confusion around cannabis and hemp, so to break it down (pun intended), hemp plants contain more CBD (cannabidiol, the non-intoxicating compound) and cannabis plants contain more THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that gets you high). The hemp plant contains over 100 cannabinoids, cannabidiol (aka CBD), is one of them. CBD does not produce any intoxicating effects, meaning the user cannot get “high,” however, they can still experience the therapeutic benefits without being concerned that they will feel intoxicated, lethargic, or extra anxious. Under the CBD umbrella there are a few different types of products out there. Full spectrum CBD products are created from hemp and include all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids including a little bit of THC (0.3%), terpenes, flavonoids, active minerals, and plant proteins. All of these compounds work together and enhance potential health benefits such as decreased inflammation, joint and muscle comfort, and anxiety relief. Broad spectrum CBD products further breakdown the full spectrum extract to remove any trace amounts of THC. These products also contain the same cannabinoids mentioned above and will all work together to enhance the restorative effects, just without the THC. CBD isolate products remove all of the other compounds, leaving you with at least 99% CBD and 0% THC, but thats not to say this extraction does not produce potential health benefits, it’s just that it will be working on its own.

What I love about the specific products I use from CURED Nutrition is the blend of herbal allies that exist in each jar, taking the potential health benefits to a whole new level. Functional mushrooms are gaining a lot of popularity, as they damn well should!! Shroomies such as Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Shiitake, and Chaga have been known and used (for 5,000 years) all around the world to benefit the human body. These super-fungi can help boost energy, support intestinal issues, regulate mood, relieve stress, enhance sleep, and are even known to have anti-inlammatory, antiviral AND anti-microbial properties - I MEAN WOW, JUST WOW. Adaptogens is another term you may have heard floating around in the wellness space lately. These are non-toxic plants that help our bodies adapt and even resist stressors of all kinds. Adaptogenic plants and roots have been used for their healing properties for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic practices. Nootropics was a term I had personally never heard before, but it is really just the name for compounds that enhance cognitive function. Natural nootropics, like panax ginseng, can help regulate mood, improve attention and focus, reduce stress and enhance memory.

Combining these powerhouse mushrooms, adaptogens, and nootropics with CBD supports natural healing and some wildly enticing health benefits that impact our mind, body, and soul. Whether you are in need of enhanced focus, mental clarity and sustained energy, or you’re looking to regulate your mood, reduce stress and boost your immunity, or perhaps you need to reduce anxiety, sleep deeper, and decrease inflammation - there is a natural product out there waiting to heal you and bring you into your best self. Personally, I said “gimmie allllll of that” and am currently taking the trifecta to help me perform and show up as my best self, to bring my gut and bodily functions into balance, and to recover with a restful, rejuvenating sleep.

I feel very passionate about these products because they actually make me feel better, sleep deeper and allow me to show up as my best self using what Mother Earth gives us. I’ve gained so much knowledge since becoming apart of the CURED Collective and truly believe that nature provides us with some powerful tools that we can utilize in order to optimize our health - and that’s exactly what CURED is doing. They’ve created a full line up of products to support feeling your absolute best and that’s what I’m all about.

Luckily for you, CURED wants to help you celebrate Labor Day with lots of savings and if you use my code TBBOOTY at checkout it will save you even more - savings on savings on savings! If you are new to CBD products and aren’t sure where to start I would suggest looking into the sampler pack offered by CURED. You’ll get samples of everything discussed here and more for only $25 (or less if you use my code). Click here to shop around and please, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions!