Sleeping Better With CBD: Why More Women Are Turning to Plant Power
As CBD usage becomes just as prevalent as taking a daily vitamin, we were curious: how are women and moms incorporating plant powered products in their daily lives? And how the heck does CBD even work? Known for relieving tension, stress and improving sleep, we wanted to get the low-down on all things CBD and the wonders of the Endocannabinoid System. So we reached out to Jewel Zimmer, the Founder of Juna— a brand that makes CBD formulas for women by women— to learn about all things plant power. Meet Jewel and Juna.
Hey Jewel! Why do you think more women are incorporating CBD into their lives?
The ‘do it all’ generation of women are experiencing sensory and schedule overload like never before. The result— anxiety is the #1 leading mental health disorder in America, 55% are stressed, 1 in 4 have insomnia symptoms, increases in hormone imbalances, increases in infertility, over stimulation, and lack of sex drive.
Women everywhere are juggling more than ever before, and it’s causing these increased levels of stress, anxiety, mood imbalances and sleep disorders. As a female founder and mother of two I experienced this first hand. True necessity led me to the creation of Juna because I ultimately was looking for relief but was hesitant to turn to prescriptions and pharmaceuticals. Our targeted, science-backed, plant-powered formulas help your body reset, rebalance, and help women become more resilient to their unique stressors— so they can show up as their best self.
Can you give us a quick CBD crash course? What’s the Endocannabinoid System?
Embedded throughout your body, skin, and brain is a network of receptors known as your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Think of your ECS as an internal circuit board that regulates key functions in the body such as: stress, sleep, mood, pain, memory, mood, appetite, metabolism and even entire systems like the immune and endocrine system (which regulates stress, sleep and sex hormones) that are essential for optimized health. When we supercharge our body with phytocannabinoids like CBD daily, our bodies are able to function at an optimal level.
What can we do to normalize plant use, especially for women and moms?
Transparency is paramount. There is no shortage of CBD on the market but it’s important to know that not all CBD is created equal. With so many herbal and CBD products available ranging from $10-$200+ it’s important to know that not all formulas and industries are created equal. Like anything, you have to be careful with what you are putting in your body.
We always advise people to find an organic brand they resonate with (hopefully like Juna 😊). Make sure the brand offers education, full transparency and traceability of ingredients and process on their product label and website. This ensures quality and legitimacy. At Juna, we additionally include a COA (certificate of analysis) that shows the potency and purity of the product verified by a 3rd party lab. Last but not least, with CBD you should always look for Full Spectrum CBD vs Isolate or Broad Spectrum. This ensures the product retains their full spectrum of phyto-actives in every drop, so they work more effectively!
Spend time researching a brand and look out for founders and creators (especially if they’re also women!) looking to solve real problems with safe, active ingredients. One of the best ways to normalize plant use is sharing your experience with friends, and telling them about it and how much it has helped you. Women trust women period.
All of Juna’s formulas are 100% proprietary and developed by our team of female herbalists, chemists and founder/chef/sommelier with over 21+ active botanicals. We take a holistic approach to formulation and source the highest quality, functional botanicals from farmers who utilize regenerative farming practices which sequester carbon from the atmosphere and help reverse climate change. These practices create a nutrient dense soil quality that develops plants that contain several botanical actives, including cannabinoids, terpenes (the mood, flavor and aroma molecule), flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients. They are non GMO, free of heavy metals, microbiological and bacterial contaminants, pesticides, volatile organic compounds and 100% biodegradable.
How do you incorporate CBD into your life?
I use Juna’s hero BALANCE drops every single morning. I drop them under my tongue before my first sip of coffee. This morning ritual is my daily defence against my often overwhelming days— it lifts my mood, eases early morning jitters and keeps me calmly focused throughout the rhythms of the day.
When I'm switching from work to mom mode, I take EASE to reset my mind and drop into a more chill state. This formula is rich in CBG:CBD and perfect for when you’re ready to sign off for the evening. Known for its physical and emotional soothing properties, CBG has been dubbed the “Rolls Royce” of cannabinoids for it’s scarcity and potency. While it shares the usual anti-inflammatory and pain-modulating properties as CBD, the unique pull of CBG is its fast-acting effects on anxiety. A 2010 study found that CBG can slow the re-uptake of serotonin, your body’s “happiness neurotransmitter”. EASE also includes a blend of adaptogenic herbs that work synergistically with the CBG and CBD such as turmeric, and lemon balm which are timely with COVID inflammation and immunity.
Cover photo courtesy of @juna.world