CBD is growing in popularity, particularly with those who don't sleep very well or who suffer anxiety, stress or pain.
Research from Alphagreen, Europe’s leading marketplace and technology provider focussing on CBD and other alternative healthcare products, shows that a third of shoppers (33%) buy CBD for pain relief ; 28% for anxiety and 26% to improve sleep.
The Alphagreen Group, brainchild of entrepreneurs Alexej Pikovsky and Viktor Khliupko, was born in London from a passion for health and wellbeing combined with technology and innovation.
A growing number of athletes are drawn to CBD and significantly the world anti-doping agency removed CBD from its list of banned substances in 2017, meaning the Tokyo Olympics was the first to allow athletes to use CBD.
Data from Alphagreen shows that more people are turning to CBD to help ease pain, improve sleep and lessen anxiety. A 2021 survey published in the Journal of Cannabis Research evaluated the reasons for taking it and resulting data found that respondents took CBD mainly for issues related to pain and overall wellbeing. In those aged 55+, 42% were using CBD specifically for arthritic/joint pain.
CBD, anxiety, stress, sleep and pain
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognised that CBD has the potential to help health issues including sleep, insomnia and anxiety. We all need good sleep patterns every night to ensure our bodies heal and have sufficient rest.
Studies over the last 30 years also suggest that CBD might help with mental health issues. In another study published in Nature, anxiety induced by public speaking in people with social anxiety disorder was reduced significantly by CBD. Pre-treatment with CBD significantly reduced cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance within the same study. The placebo group presented higher anxiety, cognitive impairment, discomfort and alert levels when compared with the control group. A further study suggested that CBD reduced the blood pressure response to stress. A 2020 study found that CBD reduced anxiety in people with Parkinson’s disease subjected to a simulated public speaking test. A further study showed that the application of CBD oil (in the form of a cream) to the site of pain has been shown to help people with back pain in a clinical setting.
Say hello to Alphagreen: Shopper’s Choice
Founded in 2019, Alphagreen offers a one-stop shop for trustworthy, effective CBD products in a range of formats, including pure CBD oil, chocolate infused CBD, gummies and flavoured oral strips, capsules, creams, lotions, massage oils and bath products.
The Alphagreen CBD sample kit (£40) is ideal for those new to CBD as well as veterans of the sector. Peach flavoured CBD Gummies with 25mg of CBD in each gummy and 10 gummies in a pack is the perfect sweet treat without the calories. For those looking for inner balance support and a post-workout recovery the same sample kit includes a classic vegan 10% CBD oil with 5mg of CBD in each drop.
Other CBD sample kits containing CBD oil, capsules and moisturising balm are also available from Alphagreen for those who would like to try a variety of CBD products. Check out Alphagreen’s CBD bundle containing CBD Oil, CBD capsules, CBD Lip Balm and CBD gummies, which can be used as part of a daily supplement routine.
All products within the sample Alphagreen kit and across the company’s marketplace are THC free, laboratory tested and produced to the same good manufacturing processes and practices as food supplements and over the counter health products. Ensuring customer safety sits as the heart of the Alphagreen marketplace. ALL products sold across the Alphagreen marketplace are rigorously tested and meet the highest of quality standards.
Alphagreen has enjoyed phenomenal growth since its 2019 UK launch, growing from listing four brands with 50 products to over 200 brands with overe 3,000 products. Alphagreen is expanding into other on trend wellness industries including medical cannabis and nootropics.
The company sent me a sample kit. I have to say, the gummies taste lovely and I'm quite sure they are helping me to sleep better. Do give them a try. I expect you'll be most pleasantly surprised with the positive result!
Sleep is essential for all of us. However many people including me often find it hard to fall asleep or
tend to wake up during the night. Now help is at hand, thanks to Swedish based company WellBeMed who have recently launched the fab WellBeSleep® Shots and WellBeSleep® Bar. Products are innovative in format, beautifully packaged and they taste lovely, too.
“We wanted to create healthy, well documented products that can help against lifestyle-related health problems. Both WellBeSleep® products were developed with the aim of becoming part of people’s evening bedtime routines. Using one of nature’s own resources, lemon balm, we were able to create delicious products that help people wind down before bedtime,” says Victoria Lagnevik, WellBeMed MD.
WellBeSleep® shots and WellBeSleep® dark chocolate/oat bar all contain lemon balm, a herb used over the centuries for its calming effect. Mixed with hops, this helps create the best possible conditions for falling asleep. The WellBeSleep® Bar is made from oats and oat fibre, also beneficial to your health. It is recommended to eat and drink the WellBeSleep® products thirty minutes before going to sleep. This gives the lemon balm the necessary time to relax your mind and body.
WellBeSleep Apple Beetroot & Ginger Shot
made from Organic apple juice 78%, organic beetroot juice from concentrate 20%, organic ginger juice 1%, lemon balm extract, hops extract.
WellBeSleep Apple Turmeric & Elderflower Shot
made from Organic apple juice 96%, organic turmeric juice 2%, organic elderflower extract, lemon balm extract, hops extract.
WellBeSleep Apple Blueberry Shot
made from Organic apple juice 85%, organic blueberry juice from concentrate 14%, lemon balm extract, hops extract.
All three WellBeSleep shots are organic, suitable for vegans and have no added sugar.
This delish chocolate bar contains dark chocolate 35% (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soy lecithin, aroma), milk protein, oligo fructose syrup, oat fibre, rolled oats, stabiliser: (sorbitol syrup), rapeseed oil, lemon balm extract, extract from vanilla, hops extract.
The company kindly sent me samples to try and I really liked them. Better still, they actually helped me to fall asleep. I therefore recommend them absolutely.
WellBeSleep products are popular throughout Sweden and the company are confident that the products will be just as successful in the UK.
Available via Ocado online RRP £1.99 for WellBeSleep® Shot (60ml) and £1.99 for individual WellBeSleep® Bar (32g).
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It's no wonder the Pinestone Tea team is proud of their product. Not only are the varieties delicious, but they are also made from sustainably grown tea plants and prepared using traditional methods handed down through generations. The company generously sent me a quality green tea presentation box containing three types of teas so that I could try them for myself. It's quite a while since I took the time to make 'proper' tea in a pot, generally opting for teabags instead. Now, presented with these loose-leaf teas, meant it was time to bring the teapot out from where it had been languishing in a cupboard. Preparing tea provides the ideal reason to slow down and relax, something of an awakening for me and something I enjoyed and appreciated.
Pinestone uphold the following values:
• Everyone in the tea supply chain deserves to be treated with respect, paid fairly and afforded good working conditions
• Tea should be ethically sourced and fully traceable
• All Pinestone packaging is recyclable apart from the reusable and resealable inner bags
• Green tea has mental and physical benefits
Wellbeing and Health
Research shows how good green tea is for our mental and physical health. Even the act of brewing these meticulously prepared leaves can bring a sense of mindfulness and calm. Time and care are essential in the brewing process so this is an opportunity to allow yourself peaceful contemplation.
Green tea's health benefits are far reaching. It is high in protective polyphenols which act as antioxidants, amino acids help brain function and some believe that un-sweetened green tea can help with fat burning because of its thermogenic properties.
Did you know that Chinese tea drinking culture is an important aspect of any mealtime? Different teas are best drunk with specific foods, just like fine wines.
Rich and satisfying Chun Mee tea is good for digesting heavy dishes. This hand produced Pinestone tea has a sweet though slightly acidic flavour and is especially good with a main course.
Lung Ching or Dragon Well is a yellowy green coloured delicate all-rounder. It is an extra special tea which must be produced in the traditional, hand-panned style in order to be granted the world-renowned Lung Ching mark. it has a fabulously refreshing taste and is ideal to drink on its own.
Refreshing Jasmine tea is a well known favourite with tea drinkers. It's ideal when eating Dim Sum, light starters and desserts because of its fragrance. It is sweet and smooth and utterly 'yes, I'll have another cup please.' Jasmine is very calming.
And, did you know that tea is also a cooking ingredient in China? Back in the Tang Dynasty people would drink ground tea flavoured with salt and herbs. This type of tea is still common in some parts of China today while sometimes roasted rice and beans are added to make the tea more like a soup. The most famous dish cooked with tea is shrimp stir-fried with Lung Ching tea, a speciality of Hangzhou where the tea comes from. Kevin Sui, Pinestone tea founder, regularly cooks with teas and one of his creations is green tea mayonnaise for fish and chips. Sounds good to me!
The Pinestone Tea Luxury Green Tea Set RRP £26.99 includes 100g Lung Ching, 100g Jasmine, and 100g Chun Mee loose-leaf tea. A complimentary re-seal clip to keep your tea absolutely fresh. The teas are also available separately in 100g boxes prices from £5.99. Free next-day delivery for orders over £20. Available from www.pinestonetea.co.uk
I'm Gilly, award winning journalist and author of 12 books. Published credits: Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, CNN, Daily Express, Country & Town House, The Scotsman, The Sun, Woman's Own, National Geographic, etc