As adaptogens (natural substances like plants or mushrooms, that are believed to help the body adapt to and cope with physical and mental stressors) and nootropics (natural or synthetic substances, like caffeine and L-theanine, that enhance cognitive function) take off and become another focus in health and wellness, consumers are raising the question, “Are functional mushrooms the new CBD?”
To answer that question, not really. CBD is just sharing a little bit of its spotlight with functional mushrooms.
We have a soft spot for both CBD and functional mushrooms because you really don’t have to choose one over the other. Their most common similarity is that they unlock endless wellness benefits, but they strive to serve different purposes, which is why many of our customers are opting for having a wellness staple in both categories.
Functional Mushrooms Explained
Functional mushrooms may have become trendy recently, but they’ve been used in beauty + medicine for centuries. Their age-old secret is their adaptogenic properties, which help your body adapt to stress and promote a level of balance. You’ve probably heard of some of the more popular functional mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, Shiitake, and Cordyceps, which you can find hard at work, along with some other key players, in our functional mushroom capsules, All Access + Goal Getter.
CBD, and its potential benefits, aren't going anywhere. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant and interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in regulating various bodily functions such as sleep, appetite, and mood, as well as reducing inflammation. Every mammal has an endocannabinoid system, which is why we also offer CBD for pets.
We like to give you options when it comes to CBD. So, we offer a few different ways to work it into your wellness ritual. You can choose to take your CBD in a convenient capsule or gummy form or try our tried and true method and introduce a CBD tincture to your daily wellness habits.
What’s the Difference?
The reason that functional mushrooms and CBD work well alongside each other is in part due to the areas of the body that they work with + the benefits they provide. Functional mushrooms work by modulating the immune system and supporting overall health and vitality. The mushrooms’ compounds like beta-glucans, polysaccharides, and triterpenes have been shown to have immune boosting effects. Functional mushrooms contain compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Functional mushrooms may provide benefits including:
Better Neurological Health (i.e better focus, mood, energy, and support with depression and anxiety)
Gut Health Support
Better Cardiovascular Health
As we said previously, CBD, on the other hand, works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, and provides a number of unique benefits that can work alongside the benefits of taking functional mushrooms. CBD is thought to:
Help relieve stress + anxiety
Offer relief from chronic pain + arthritis
Offer sleep support
Offer relief from conditions such as seizures
You don’t have to choose between functional mushrooms and CBD. The pair work harmoniously together to bring you even more full body benefits than just one or the other could bring you. For example, if you’re targeting your struggle with anxiety, you may find that our Goal Getter functional mushroom capsules work well alongside our CBD products to help you wind down + focus on what’s important. Or, if you’re looking for support with pain + inflammation, you might love the way our All Access functional mushrooms pair with CBD.
Want some advice on what the perfect combination of functional mushrooms + CBD would be for you? We’re always here to help. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll point you in the right direction towards your best wellness ritual ever.
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