We at Sovereignty value the importance of supporting the body with both adadoptegenic herbs as well as cannabinoids. We consider cannabinoids’ effect on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) themicroadaptogens. If you don’t already know the basic idea behind how adaptogens and cannabinoids support the body, it is basically a system of homeostasis, or constantly striving to find balance in a constantly changing environment. In any given system, there is constant checks and balances to bringdown whatever is too high (or too much of, like inflammation, toxins, etc.) and increase what is lacking (like increasing the pH in the blood to stay in a healthy range). That is the basis for homeostasis and adaptogens and cannabinoids can work to encourage the systems and give them more power toward homeostasis.
Adaptogens, such as Cordyceps, Rhodiola, Ginseng, Bacopa, Ashwaganda, etc. work in part by supporting the HPA (Hypothalamic, Pituitary, Adrenal Gland) Axis as well as other systems. By working closely and supporting the HPA, (the source for stress hormones) people report a decrease in stress levels as well as heightened performance for the elite athlete and businessman. While these adaptogens work on various organ and gland systems, Endocannabinoids (ones your body produces) and Phytocannabinoids(plant-based cannabinoids) work in a homeostasis mechanism but with the Endocannabinoid System(ECS). This would be the micro-adaptogenic system.
A major impact adaptogens have on the body is the stress response, or the ability to deal with the influx of stressors on the body and mind. We feel that the consumption of adaptogenic herbs with cannabinoids can be the most effective adaptogenic support from a micro and macro level, which is why our cannabinoid/nutraceutical formulas always have a balance of various cannabinoids as well as some of the most revered and sovereign adaptogenic herbs from different parts of the world.
Modern Society Necessitates Better Adaptogenic “Training”
Virtually everyone we know has some level of stress in their lives today. Living in a fast-paced society with so much stimuli constantly infiltrating our minds, constantly connected to the internet, we are bombarded with much more stimuli than before, with much more than we can possibly handle without some degree of overwhelm.
The level of information is unprecedented and we believe the number of stressed out people with some degree of anxiety, ADD, ADHD, depression and other mental challenges is also unprecedented. So what more can we do in order to be more adaptogenic; to adapt better to a constantly changing environment?
Get More Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
What I mean by that is ideally on a daily basis, find something to do that is a bit scary to you and go through with it. For some, it could be introducing yourself to a cute girl, public speaking, having that tough conversation with your loved one that you’ve been avoiding, maybe even going for a walk or run when it isn’t ideal weather.
One of my favorites is to travel somewhere, or in general, go to or do something you’ve never done before. That may not seem scary at all for some people, but being in unchartered territory will do the trick for strengthening this life skill. My theory is that it is a primal defense mechanism to keep us safe in unchartered territory by automatically increasing the production of adrenaline to keep us hyper focused and opening our minds. This is why I think that there is so much more capacity for personal growth when we’re opening ourselves up to new adventures.
Doing something a little scary is a healthy way of exercising your adaptability muscles. You’re using your adrenal glands to effectively pump out stress hormones in small amounts to help you concentrate/focus with the task at hand. You also gain a sense of confidence in the little accomplishments that will inevitably carry over to other aspects of your life. Basically rather than the one end of the nervous system response of being a deer-in-headlights (fight or flight), you will be more adaptable, to deal gracefully with the stressors that come at you.
Are We All Co-Authoring, “Diary of a Wimpy Society?”
So many people these days get way too easily overwhelmed because their adaptability muscles have atrophied so much. I call thisWimpy Nervous System Syndrome. There is arguably many more anxiety/depression-ridden people than ever before. We need more adaptogenic support and exercises to not just help the more extreme cases, but we all need this kind of support to have healthier nervous systems and be more graceful in life. Stressors will never stop coming at us, but rather our reaction in how we deal with the cards that are dealt is really up to us and our resources.