What is CBD?
CBD is one of the 100 different chemical compounds derived from marijuana plants. What makes CBD stand out is that it binds to the receptors in our brains, which can help to relieve pain and improve our mood (keep reading to learn more). The health benefits of CBD can be plentiful, which explains why it has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years. Despite this, it is only fairly recently that the Western world has learned of its benefits.
Before you ask: no, it doesn’t make you high. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the psychoactive chemical compound found in marijuana. We don’t use this in our drinks, unsurprisingly.
What are the health benefits of CBD?
Records show that people have used CBD for pain relief since 2900 BC! Back in those days, it was consumed as a herbal tea – much less exciting than our delicious, sparkling soft drinks.
But how does it work? Our bodies produce endocannabinoids, which send feelings, like pain, to receptors in our brain and nervous system. By interfering with these receptors, CBD creates anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects, making it a suitable treatment for muscle and joint pain, as well as chronic pain in other areas.
It can help with anxiety
Because CBD can interfere with the receptors in our brain and nervous system, it can also help ease feelings of anxiety and fear. Research has shown that CBD can be used to reduce stress and decrease physiological effects of anxiety, such as increased heart rate.
So, instead of reaching for a bottle of beer or glass of wine, try CBD drinks like Vita Coco Infused as you unwind after a long day at work!
It can aid heart health
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties, research has shown that CBD can help reduce high blood pressure. In turn, this leads to a lower heart rate, and an all-round healthier heart.
Is CBD safe?
CBD is perfectly safe to consume, and our Infused range of soft drinks is approved by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Disclaimer: It is not recommended that you consume more than 70mg of CBD per day.