CBD Isolate – 50mg
Lion’s Mane – 200mg
Cordyceps – 200mg
Reishi – 200mg
L-Theanine – 50mg
CBD isolate is a crystalline solid or powder comprising pure CBD. It is different from full-spectrum CBD products, which can contain minimal amounts of THC.CBD isolate contains no psychoactive properties and will not intoxicate users. To produce CBD isolate, manufacturers use various processes to extract all the compounds and other substances from the cannabis plant, including THC. The process leaves behind pure CBD in crystal form.
Potential effects of CBD include:
- boosting the immune system (immune-modulating)
- counteracting the formation of tumors (anti-tumorigenic)
- fighting inflammation (anti-inflammatory)
- preventing vomiting (antiemetic)
- recovery or regeneration of the nervous system (neuroprotective)
- reducing or preventing anxiety (anti-anxiety)
- reducing or preventing seizures (anticonvulsant)
- relieving pain (analgesic)
Studies indicate that CBD can also influence non-cannabinoid receptors, such as the 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) serotonin receptor. Serotonin is a chemical that affects levels of depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness, among others. This may help explain why CBD eases anxiety and pain in some people.
CBD also enhances anandamide signaling. A critical component of the endocannabinoid system, anandamide is a powerful neurotransmitter, known as the bliss molecule, which influences feelings of well-being and uplifting moods. Anandamide is also associated with the regulation of pain, which explains why CBD is also anecdotally reported to ease chronic pain.
Research published in 2019 looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and or reduce anxiety. The study involved 72 subjects, with 47 experiencing anxiety and 25 experiencing poor sleep. The subjects were each given 25 milligrams (mg) of CBD in capsule form each day. In the first month, 79.2 percent of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that is not common in the diet and not one of the essential amino acids or even one of the common nonessential amino acids. It is found in meaningful amounts in tea, but otherwise supplementation is the main source of it. L-Theanine has structural similarity to glutamine and both neurotransmitters that are produced from it (GABA and glutamate). It is known to reach the brain and influence it’s function following oral ingestion.
L-Theanine shows great potential for improving focus, improving mood and reducing stress. Research indicates that L-theanine promotes relaxation without drowsiness.
In a 2012 study researchers found that people who took 100 milligrams (mg) of L-theanine made fewer errors in an attention task than those in the placebo group. Drinking 50 mg of caffeine or combining the L-theanine and caffeine also improved people’s focus.
In 2016, researchers reviewed the existing research on the benefits of L-theanine and concluded that this compound could benefit a person’s mental and physical health. They noted that it seems to have neuroprotective effects, which improve brain function.
On its own, L-theanine may improve a person’s attention and reaction times. In combination with caffeine, it may lead to improvements in their number skills and alertness.
Lion’s Mane, a non-psychoactive mushroom, also known as “bearded tooth fungus” or “hedgehog mushroom”, has been recognized as a powerful superfood that can enhance brain function and help with a number of other ailments—possibly even reducing incidence of cancer.
Lion’s Mane helps stimulate nerve growth factor production, or NGF, which is a neuropeptide that helps maintain neurons—the cells responsible for helping your brain process and transmit information. Studies have shown that not only is it effective for improving cognitive function for those with mild cognitive impairment; it also helps preserve photographic and short-term memory. The NGF- enhancing action of Lion’s Mane has also been shown to support the autonomic nervous system, the primary system involved in the body’s flight or fight response. Lion’s Mane can reduce feelings of irritability and anxiety, suggesting it may also relieve mild symptoms of depression.
Those who supplement with Lion’s Mane alone have reported that it can also provide a steady boost of energy, without the negative symptoms that can come with stimulants like caffeine. This is because the mushroom is rich in antioxidants that support overall cellular health. Since energy transport takes place between cells, the more antioxidants in your diet, the easier it is for the body to produce energy.
By increasing NGF, the neuropeptide needed to prevent nerve cell damage, Lion’s Mane can also help alleviate symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, etc). It’s even been shown to regenerate damaged cells.
Studies have shown that supplementing with Lion’s Mane can help improve insulin sensitivity, and may help manage type 2 diabetes and other blood sugar imbalances.
The natural antibacterial properties of Lion’s Mane acts as a protectant in the gut, working against digestive conditions such as leaky gut syndrome, while its anti-inflammatory properties can help with IBS, IBD, Crohn’s disease, and colitis. In addition, Lion’s Mane can reduce risk factors for heart disease.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) has been called the mushroom of immortality; in Chinese this mushroom is known as Ling Zhi. Native to Europe, Asia and North America, Reishi has been revered in China for thousands of years. It is depicted in many Chinese works of art and is utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The fruiting bodies of this mushroom contain polysaccharides, specifically a type called beta-glucans, which have been studied to support immune health and overall wellness, as well as normal, healthy cell growth and turnover. Modern uses of Reishi include cardiovascular support, a healthy stress response, healthy energy/stamina, overall wellness and immune health.
Reishi helps you to relax, however it is not a sedative. When consumed in continuous, small doses, Reishi may help to support the body’s sleep cycles. Researchers found that fatigue was reduced and well-being was improved after 8 weeks of taking Reishi as a supplement.
Reishi can also alleviate insomnia, particularly when the trouble sleeping comes from an active mind that won’t turn off. The same mental agitation that interferes with sleep at night triggers anxiety during waking hours, making Reishi helpful around the clock.
Reishi also appears to work on the HPA by improving the function of the adrenal glands themselves. Stress is perceived by the nervous system and the signal is transmitted to the command centre of the brain (the hypothalamus), which in turn relays the message to the adrenal glands stimulating the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine (a.k.a. adrenaline). Targets for modulating the stress response, therefore, include the nervous system as well as the HPA or Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis.
This makes Reishi an excellent herb choice for calming the mind, easing anxiety, promoting sleep, grounding and centering us, and fostering greater resilience to stress over time.
While included in the mushroom family, Cordyceps is not a mushroom however, it is a specific type of fungus form called Ascomycetes. Also considered a superfood, Cordyceps can help boost immune response, fight free radicals and aging, reduce inflammation and even boost energy.
Cordyceps promotes hormone balance, energy, sexual function, reduces anxiety and boosts athletic performance. Studies show that cordyceps can effectively delay muscle fatigue, and promote and extend erectile capacity and endurance.
In traditional medicine Cordyceps has been used to improve infertility in both men and women. Purported to help with blood flow and improve oxygen dispersion, – libido and stamina where elevated in both sexes. Men showing improvement in both sex drive and motility, and women seeing enhanced mood and improved hormone balance. Many fertility issues in women can be caused by hormonal issues, and taking an adaptogen like Cordyceps can help the body to correct these issues resulting in improved fertility. In men, poor sexual responses and low libido can be caused by stress and decreased blood flow. Supplementing with Cordyceps can directly impact those issues resulting in greater performance and fertility.