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Health Decoded is here to help you decode growing trends in the CBD and Mitragyna space for natural solutions to serenity. Here you will find Europe’s best tips and articles for relaxation, wellness, and relief through natural products.
Relief In Action
Health and Wellness
The Essential Pairing To Happiness
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive component of hemp and cannabis that may work as an anti-inflammatory, painkiller, muscle relaxer, anti-cancer, and relaxing agent, without causing the “high” typical of smoked cannabis. There has been a rapidly growing body of research over the last few years supporting the vast therapeutic properties of CBD. While it has historically been unavailable to many people who need it the most, countries all across Europe have finally opened up to making cannabidiol legal and readily available.
CBD is naturally produced in both hemp and cannabis, but there is usually only a trace amount present. In European countries such as the Netherlands and Spain where medical cannabis is legal, growers have bred strains that contain a significant amount of CBD along with THC so that patients can take advantage of therapeutic effects. It is only over the last several years that hemp has also been bred to contain a high amount of CBD, but without the psychoactive compound THC.
CBD in Europe
Across Europe, cannabidiol has grown in popularity at a huge rate in 2020. As a global market share, Europe is the second largest market after North America and is expected to grow rapidly through 2021. According to New Frontier Data, the two largest markets for CBD in 2020 were Germany and the United Kingdom (U.K.), representing around €1.83 billion (USD$2.17 billion) and €1.71 billion (USD$2.03 billion). Switzerland, Austria, Spain, and Greece follow behind as growing CBD markets to look out for.
Despite this rapid growth, the European Commission is, however, reviewing whether CBD should be classified as a narcotic. The World Health Organization (WHO) analyzed the risk of CBD in 2018 and concluded that it “exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential” and “is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”. Additionally, they report “there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Wellness In Action
Wellness can mean many different things depending on the perspective. But what is it? While wellness is a frequently used modern word, it undoubtedly has ancient roots. Wellness is defined as an active process of increasing awareness and actively making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life.
Wellness is considered multifaceted, encompassing multidimensions. These dimensions are defined as emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual. Health Decoded works to help you define wellness and apply it throughout your life. Some of the primary areas we focus on include:
- How you contribute to your community while building better living spaces and social networks
- Finding enrichment in your life through work
- Understanding your belief system and values
- The exploration of physical activity and healthy eating habits
- Exploring self-care techniques, building your self-esteem, and defining your direction
All natural plant products are one of the largest trends in Europe right now. Mitragyna speciosa (ketum, kratom or kratum, Thai: กระท่อม) is a tropical deciduous and evergreen tree in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) with an extremely long history of medicinal use in Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand or Malaysia. It is with hundreds of years of successful usage that modern day Europe is jumping on the trend of both kratom and cannabidiol.
In low dosages of a few grams of leaf, kratom functions primarily as a stimulant, with effects similar to caffeine without the marked jitteriness of drinking several cups of coffee. In higher dosages, kratom functions as a neurological opiate, triggering the mu opiate receptors in the brain, even though kratom is chemically different from the opium derived medications such as codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. We explore some of the new trends in kratom and cannabidiol so you can keep up with it!
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