‘I started using CBD oil about two months ago. I’ve never experienced so much relentless uncertainty in my life as I have the past few months. It’s proven to be a real God send in helping my stress right now.'
Lucy, 30 from Manchester is one of many trying CBD for the first time, as TRIP CBD oils have been keeping the nation sane in lockdown. Celebrity requests have been pouring in and research has shown that almost 40% of people are now searching for CBD products to ease stress – rising to near 50% for millennials and Gen Z. According to the UK’s leading CBD brand TRIP, sales have increased by 500% as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In fact, TRIP has been in such demand that they accelerated the launch of their very own oils in new flavours that are worlds away from the earthy, bitter taste CBD oils are known for. Made in the UK using a gluten-free, palm oil-free and vegan formula, the launch is proving a hit with their loyal customer base.
'We created TRIP to share a bit of calm in the everyday chaos through CBD experiences that are just as enjoyable to taste as the feeling after,' founder, Olivia Ferdi, told Grazia. Ferdi, previously a corporate lawyer said that in her previous career she faced 'anxiety and burnout, and CBD gave me incredibly effective relief immediately, but also helped me create a new daily ritual around slowing down.'
In times of lockdown when it's hard to get away from work (especially if it's in your living room), she says, CBD can be the answer. And customers agree.
'I've tried pretty much all the CBD products,' one customer said. 'It’s been an absolute must during isolation. My mind felt more free, fluid, and full of new creative energy. This is the perfect brand if you have never tried CBD before.'
But how does CBD actually work? According to mental health and medical cannabis expert Dr Julie Moltke, it’s all about balancing out different receptor systems in your brain to ease stress and anxiety.
‘It interacts with different receptor systems, but the two most important ones that can be attributed to the beneficial effects on mental health is the serotonin system and the endocannabinoid system,’ Dr Moltke explains. ‘CBD balances out these systems in the brain so that you will get a sense of feeling more calm, less stressed and it can help improve sleep by decreasing stress and anxiety. Some people also find that it helps with productivity and sometimes it can have – on a different level – an anti-inflammatory effect which can also be beneficial for general health and lifestyle.
It’s been an absolute must during isolation. My mind felt more free, fluid, and full of new creative energy
‘These are obviously things that we’re always looking for but maybe especially during these strange times with a lot of uncertainty,’ she continues.
So how much should we be taking? TRIP’s CBD oils, which are taken by placing a few drops under your tongue and holding for a minute before swallowing, come in two strengths – original and strong. A full drop of the original strength contains 20mg of CBD whereas a drop of the strong strength contains 66mg.
According to TRIP, CBD is also useful anytime of day - particularly in the morning to focus or after work to wind down.
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We should note that Dr. Moltke expressed caution at women taking CBD if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding and recommending talking to a doctor first if you’re taking blood thinners. However, in general if you’re in good health, she affirmed that CBD is not known to cause any addiction or tolerance.