What Is Ashwagandha? Can It Help?
If you’ve ever thought that maybe your stress levels are making you sick, you may be right. Everyday stress can become a problem when it is consistent. Your body produces cortisol in response to stress, which puts it into a “fight or flight” mode. When the stress goes away, the cortisol levels return to normal. But some of us struggle with constant or persistent sources of stress in our lives, and it can take a toll on our bodies and minds.
If you are looking for a botanical solution for your stress, you may have heard of ashwagandha, a botanical extract that comes from a plant that grows in the Middle East, India, and Africa. But you may be wondering about this mysterious-sounding substance. Today, we’ll address some of your questions and concerns about ashwagandha and how to use it.
- What is ashwagandha?
- Where does it come from?
- How can ashwagandha help with daily stress?
- What are the ashwagandha benefits everyone is talking about?
- Can ashwagandha gummies benefits, paired with CBD benefits, be the calming answer you’ve been needing?
- How to use ashwagandha gummies for improved wellness for your whole body and mind.
First of all, the name alone sounds a little mysterious and complicated, but ashwagandha, Withania somnifera, is really an extract from an evergreen shrub in the nightshade family, native to parts of the Middle East, India, and Africa. It’s been used for various health and wellness purposes for centuries by the people in those regions but is now making a huge impact here in the U.S. What the anecdotal evidence has shown us is that this shrub has the ability to help our bodies and minds deal with a very real adversary – stress.
Ashwagandha root is known as what we call an “adaptogen,” which means that it helps our bodies to adapt to and resist physical and mental stress. While studies are still a little thin on the subject, we hope that as western societies become more comfortable with botanical options for our health, more studies will be done on their overall efficacy, uses, and benefits.
Until then, we go on what we do know, focus on careful and ethical extraction processes, and devise ways to best combine ashwagandha with other healthy sources of stress management like camomile extract, L-theanine, lemon balm extract, valerian root extract, GABA, and of course, our favorite go-to for stress management – CBD!
Where Does This Botanical Extract Come From?
As we said, there are certain parts of the world where the Withania somnifera shrubs grow. The shrubs are short, with a hairy appearance, and produce small, greenish-yellow flowers. So, how do we get from this shrubby plant in the Solanaceae (more commonly known as nightshade) family to trying to find ways to adapt it into our health and wellness routines halfway around the world?
The short answer is that we focus on the overall benefits and less on the more specific claims that have yet to be proven.
The most common use for ashwagandha, which goes by many other names like Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, and winter cherry, is for helping people manage stress and for its calming effects. This is why we’ve opted to include it in our CBD calming formulas. So, no matter what you’ve heard about ashwagandha, it is important to do a little bit of research on what you are consuming.
If a company is making outlandish claims about what ashwagandha can do for you, then you should check out the company a little more thoroughly. Look for third-party testing and transparency with lab results, for example. A reputable company will be honest with you – ashwagandha is known for helping out with stress, but we base this more on historical use and how it reportedly affects most people, rather than on the results of current scientific studies.
Having said that, we are hopeful that our modern societies will be more open and press for more scientific studies to be performed on this botanical and on others commonly used for stress relief.
Ashwagandha Gummies Benefits
Ashwagandha root extract seems to have some effect on how our bodies process and manage stress, and we believe it has to do with how our bodies manage cortisol production. For now, we simply know that it works to help many people who face a great deal of stress, and are feeling the effects of stress on their bodies and minds. While we include a lot of botanical influences in our CBD products, ashwagandha is fairly new to our formulations. After tons of research, testing, and expert formulations, we’ve included ashwagandha in a new CBD gummy formulation which we are so excited about.
We know that when we manage stress, get better sleep, and generally care for our bodies, then the improvements can help us to avoid illness, injury, and even stress-related illnesses. It’s not a secret that stress can actually kill you! Which is why we are so dedicated to creating formulations that are stress-focused, to help you manage that silent foe and prioritize your health each and every day.
Why Pair CBD and Ashwagandha?
Every stressful trigger should not send us into “fight or flight” mode, which is actually a very useful survival strategy that’s kept humans alive. But while afternoon traffic, the beep of the cash register where you work, or the amplified noises of public situations may make you feel amplified stress, they are not necessarily “life or death.” However, the body responds physically as if it were, failing to differentiate between smaller stresses and larger ones. Taking something internally can help you to get a handle on daily pressures that keep your body and mind in stress-overdrive.
The key with stress management is to keep stress under control so our bodies can reduce cortisol levels and return to a state of calm. It is hard to do this when the stress triggers don’t seem to let up. Our bodies react and stay on high alert. The best way to get control of stress in your life is to come at it from several different angles:
- Reduce stress triggers.
- Get sufficient sleep.
- Get daily exercise.
- Practice meditation, yoga, and/or mindfulness, or use other therapeutic measures like counseling or life coaching.
- Do deep breathing or controlled breathing exercises.
- Take CBD or other calming aids.
When it comes to daily stress, we all have very different lives, lifestyles, and stressful influences, but what we do share is biology. We each have an endocannabinoid system which processes our bodies’ own endogenous (produced by the body) cannabinoid substances, plus the phytocannabinoids (produced by plants) that we take. Phytocannabinoids are extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant and may include a variety of cannabinoids, some of which you may be familiar with: CBD, CBN, and CBG.
We pair other helpful ingredients like ashwagandha or chamomile, for example, with our CBD products to include the powerful benefits of hemp extract with other botanical extracts that support calm in various ways. This provides a multi-faceted approach to stress management from the inside out – while you work to eliminate or manage the sources of stress in your life.
New Ashwagandha Gummies with CBD
Here’s a little about our new Ashwagandha Gummies with CBD and what you can expect to find in them – all of which we have carefully vetted and selected to support your journey to more calm and improved stress management in your life, and which could be game-changing for your health. We are super excited about the ashwagandha gummies benefits and what they can do for you on a daily basis to help you curb your body’s continued heightened reaction to stress.
What’s in the Ashwagandha Gummies?
- Ashwagandha extract – 300 mg per serving
- Chamomile extract
- Lemon balm extract
- Valerian root extract
- Hemp extract | Phytocannabinoids: cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN)
- Tapioca syrup
- Organic cane sugar
- Citric acid
- Lactic acid
- Malic acid
- Natural flavors
- Sodium citrate
- Vegetable juice (color)
In addition, these ashwagandha gummies are made vegan and gluten-free. They come in a CBD concentration of 750 mg (60-count) and in a refreshing raspberry flavor.
Ashwagandha Gummies Benefits
Ashwagandha gummies benefits are very similar to our CBD gummies benefits, only you have both working together for an even greater overall effect on your mind and body, which can help you focus less on the stress that ails you and more on your health and wellness goals. Here are some of the ashwagandha gummies benefits you may experience:
- Greater sense of calm.
- Diminished stress-responses.
- Better rest and sleep, which improves your overall health.
How to Use Ashwagandha Gummies
It’s super easy to get all these ashwagandha gummies benefits and do it each day. Using the ashwagandha gummies is very much like using our other CBD gummies. You take one or two of the ashwagandha gummies every day or when you feel you need them. If you are using CBD products regularly, like CBD tinctures or CBD softgel capsules, morning and night as a part of your daily wellness routine, then you may experience an even more consistent relaxing result from using ashwagandha gummies. Any kind of CBD gummies work better when you take them consistently.
You may, for example, take your CBD tinctures each morning and evening, but take ashwagandha gummies in the afternoon right before you take that stressful drive home or right after you get home from work and need a little help unwinding from your day. You simply pop one or two of the gummies in your mouth, chew, and swallow – it’s really that easy!
For More Information About Ashwagandha and CBD
For more information on ashwagandha gummies benefits, CBD benefits, or other components in our CBD products, you can visit our website. We share our third-party testing results openly so you can trust the source of all our ingredients and feel good about what you are putting into your body. We, as always, wish you wellness!