The Power of Adaptogens: Harnessing Reishi and CBD for Reducing Inflammation
In today’s fast-paced world, stress and chronic inflammation have become all too common. Our bodies often struggle to adapt and maintain balance, leading to a slew of other health issues and premature signs of aging. Fortunately, nature has provided us with a natural solution: adaptogens. These natural substances help our bodies adapt and restore equilibrium, promoting overall well-being. Among the most potent adaptogens are reishi mushrooms and CBD.
This is Part 2 in our blog series about inflammation. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, be sure to check it out here. In this blog, we’ll delve further into and explore what adaptogens are, how they work, and why using products with reishi and CBD reduce inflammation and slow signs of premature aging in your skin.
Adaptogens are plants and mushrooms that have been used for centuries in traditional medicine systems like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). These substances possess properties that help the body resist and adapt to various stressors, whether physical, mental, or environmental. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, adaptogens work holistically, promoting balance within the body rather than targeting specific symptoms or conditions. For more information about adaptogens, check out this article from the Cleveland Clinic.
Reishi: The Mushroom of Immortality
Reishi, scientifically known as Ganoderma lucidum, is an adaptogenic mushroom highly regarded for its therapeutic properties. Revered as the “Mushroom of Immortality” in ancient Chinese medicine, reishi has been used for thousands of years to promote longevity, vitality and overall health. Modern research has shed light on its numerous benefits, particularly in reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system.
Reishi contains bioactive compounds such as triterpenes, polysaccharides, and ganoderic acids, which exhibit potent anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds help modulate the body’s immune response, reducing chronic inflammation that can contribute to various health conditions. By soothing inflammation, skincare products with reishi give you a healthy complexion while also slowing the signs of premature aging in your skin.
CBD: A Versatile Adaptogen
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating compound derived from the cannabis plant. It has gained significant attention in recent years due to its therapeutic potential. CBD is considered an adaptogen due to its ability to modulate the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body, which plays a crucial role in regulating various physiological processes.
The ECS helps maintain homeostasis and balance within the body, including immune responses and inflammation. CBD interacts with ECS receptors, particularly CB2 receptors, which are primarily found in the immune system and tissues related to inflammation. By influencing the ECS, CBD can help reduce excessive inflammation and promote a more balanced immune response.
The Synergy of Reishi and CBD
When reishi and CBD are combined, their adaptogenic properties complement each other and work synergistically to reduce inflammation. Their anti-inflammatory effects make them particularly useful for reducing chronic inflammation, which can contribute to numerous health issues. To read more about what issues chronic inflammation can cause, check out our previous blog here.
Reishi and CBD share a common goal: to restore balance and support the body’s natural defenses. By reducing inflammation, they can alleviate symptoms associated with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, autoimmune issues, skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, and improve overall skin health.
In addition to their anti-inflammatory properties, reishi and CBD offer other benefits. Reishi mushrooms contain antioxidants that protect cells from oxidative stress, while CBD exhibits analgesic properties, helping to alleviate pain and discomfort.
Experience the Power of Adaptogens and CBD with reHEMP
If you want to reduce inflammation and support your skin, here are a few reHEMP products you can use that contain both of these powerhouse ingredients. For your evening skincare routine, try our RENEW nighttime face oil which also includes reishi mushroom and 500mg of organically farmed, small-batch CBD. After removing your makeup and cleansing your skin, squeeze a few drops of the RENEW nighttime face oil in your palm first to gently warm it up before patting it lightly on your face before you go to bed.
With micronized reishi and 2000mg of CBD, our REJUVENATE body oil is an excellent upgrade to your next massage, or you can use to after a shower to keep your skin nourished and glowing. Here is what one reviewer said about this product:
“I usually don’t like body oils, or really any oils for that matter. They always leave me feeling greasy and unable to touch anything for a while after using them. I heard about this body oil from a friend so I thought I’d try it. They won me over for sure! This is the FIRST body oil that doesn’t leave me feeling like a slip n’ slide. It’s super hydrating and leaves you feeling very moisturized without the grease. I don’t know how they do it, but I’ll definitely be back for more after this bottle!”
Stay tuned: as requested by our clients, we will be launching our 16 oz professional size REJUVENATE body oil in the next few weeks. The new 4000mg version will also be available in an 8 oz size.