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!
LoveRaw, an indulgent, plant-based chocolate brand, is on a mission to produce vegan confectionary which tastes better than traditional chocolate. The company has introduced Cre&m Wafer Bars with no palm oil, dairy or artificial ingredients. No wonder they taste so moreish!
LoveRaw use only organic ingredients and - isn't this clever? - they slow dry their superfood bars at 38 degrees to make sure that no vitamins or minerals are lost in the process.
There are two editions in the range: M:lk Choc and White Choc. Every pack contains two wafers, which are simply crammed full of LoveRaw’s signature almond and hazelnut cre&m and generously smothered in vegan chocolate.
Your taste buds won't know what's hit them with these Wafer Bars which are so scrummy that each product can be enjoyed on its own or be the star ingredient in numerous culinary creations, from cupcakes and brownies to doughnuts and birthday cakes. (see recipes here.)
Give Wafer Bars a try whether you are extremely vegan, occasionally vegan or not vegan at all. They are perfect for sharing or for a self-indulgent moment with a mid-morning or afternoon cuppa. You'll find them in TheVeganKind, Whole Foods Market, Boots, Holland & Barrett, Ocado, Co-op, Waitrose. Images all (c) Gilly Pickup
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Thanks to the company for sending me samples to try for review purposes.
Fatt, the company producing all-natural, sweetener-free, low carb and low sugar products, has launched plant-based Dark Chocolate Bites. Not only for those following the Keto lifestyle, but for those who want healthier snack choices and who enjoy the energy-boosting and mind-sharpening benefits of a low carb, low sugar diet without compromising on flavour.
The company kindly sent me a couple of bars so that I could taste them for myself and they are definitely hugely enjoyable. High in prebiotic fibre to help support a healthy gut and with a mere 3g of carbs per bite, they are also free from sweeteners, palm oil, GMO, dairy, gluten and fillers! How good is that?
Every pack contains two Dark Chocolate Bites. They are lovely and chewy with a rich almond and creamy cocoa centre and intense dark chocolate coating. If you're looking for something healthier than traditional chocolate, this is the ideal swap. They are also an indulgent after dinner treat.
Fatt and Keto
Most products in the Fatt range have under 2g of carbs (sugar) per portion and are high in good fats and inulin, a prebiotic fibre, feeding the body and brain while supporting gut health. All products are sweetener-free and deliver the magic of Keto: a way to gain physical energy, sharper mental clarity and all-round better health.
Fatt is on a mission to keep Keto clean, healthy and convenient and is committed to creating all-natural products. It is the only sweetener-free Keto brand, their range full of gut-loving prebiotic fibre, good-fats and clean energy. Almost the whole range is suitable for vegans. All Fatt products are optimised for convenience and can be eaten at-home or on-the-go.
Dark Chocolate Bites are high in prebiotic fibre, helping support a healthy gut and have a mere 3g of carbs per bite. What's more, they are free from sweeteners, palm oil, GMO, dairy, gluten and fillers.
Buy these delish Dark Chocolate Bites from Livefatt.com or Amazon. RRP of £3.69 for 2x 27g.
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