Raising my tea cup to Rise Relief's Golden Turmeric CBD Morsel
As I’m sure you all know, CBD’s been dominating what feels like every wellness channel I follow for the past year. These articles have been promoting brands that have recently launched products with varying levels of cannabinoids (pronounced: can-nuh-bee-noids) and they’re promised health benefits. I’ve been interested in CBD far before it’s entrance into mainstream wellness culture, but I’ll admit how nice it is to have so many more options to pick from. Up until recently I had to settle for drops when consuming CBD, but I just drank CBD in a tasty turmeric and ginger tea like beverage from Rise Relief called Golden Turmeric: Cannabinoid Rich Morsel. This product was inspired by the Ayurvedic Golden Milk beverage which is drank to detoxify the liver, help with digestion, and act as an anti-inflammatory. I was skeptical, but the experience was really soothing and I was so pleasantly surprised I needed to share! First, let’s do some research.
Cannabinoid’s can actually make a difference
So, here’s what it is + how it works
This topic isn’t new to scientists who have been studying cannabinoids for over 20 years. Research says cannabinoids are one of the chemical compounds that interact with our bodies (the brain cells and nerves) cannabinoid receptors to trigger neurotransmitter releases when they interact (like unlocking a door). The effects occur in the frontal lobe of our brains where these receptors are located. The frontal lobe of the brain is also where we process pain, memory, and feelings of reward among a few other super important functions. A BIG misconception about cannabinoid CBD (CBD), what Rise’s Golden Turmeric Morsel contains, is that because it’s found in cannabis, it’ll produce a “high” like feeling. It doesn’t. Cannabis has been studied to contain 113 cannabinoids, but not all of them will result in a euphoric like feeling like the one tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is responsible for. In fact, researchers have found so many medicinal uses for CBD, that they’ve questioned if it has a natural role to play in the body’s immune system because of how seamlessly it interacts with our cells.
CBD treatment has been shown to
combat viral infections
relieve muscle spasms
Diving into the ingredients
In addition to full spectrum hemp extract CBD, Rise Relief’s product also contains: elevating terpenes, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, cacao butter, and coconut.
I wasn’t quite sure what “elevating terpenes” were, but when I researched them I learned they were organic compounds found in plants that heighten flavors, aromas, and even the effects. In this case, these terpenes heighten the intensity of CBD. There are actually an overwhelming type of terpenes and I’m not sure which are included in Rise Relief’s product because it is deemed a proprietary blend (le sigh). Turmeric was added for anti-inflammation, ginger was added as a digestive aid, cinnamon was added because it’s an antioxidant, and black pepper was added to help the body’s absorption of curcumin (found in the turmeric, which I’ve covered in more detail here). Cacao butter was added because it supports cannabinoid absorption in the body. This is true because CBD is a fat soluble and consuming it with high-fats allows it to enter the bloodstream faster! The coconut was included as a low-glycemic sweetener which you can’t taste very well in the beverage and I almost wish there were more of.
Rise Relief suggests drinking this during a stressful day or right after a work out. I decided to drink it towards the end of one of the busiest days of the week for me (I love and hate you, Wednesday’s.). Like I mentioned before, I was skeptical of this product because of how it would dissolve into water, so I wanted to put it to the test. I was also really interested in the effectiveness of CBD in this product, but I was scared that it would taste like chunky turmeric and I’d have to chug the whole drink to feel the benefits.
For the record, you can bite into the bar or mix it into a drink like milk or tea if you are feeling less adventurous. I work out of a coffee shop (millennial’s, right?), so I asked the barista’s for a cup of hot water and dropped the bar in and watched as it dissolved. And it did.. to an extent.
As you can see in this picture below — the particles of the ingredients were still very visible, but they didn’t clump up in the back of my throat or get stuck in my teeth. The taste was a mild gingery kick that was softened with cinnamon and sweetened with coconut (which like I said earlier, could’ve been stronger for the sweet toothers out there). I felt the effects of CBD which helped me ease up from a long day with a lot of caffeine. I didn’t have to drink all of it to feel it! I felt it before the 5th or 6th sip and it made me feel so good. I sipped my way through every last bit of this beverage while browsing my instagram feed and closing my laptop for the day. I’ll be back for the relief, Rise.
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