How CBD Soft Gels Help Autistic Folks as an Access Aid and Wellness Support
People from all parts of our society are taking action on wellness, embracing changes in diet and lifestyle and becoming informed about products that can play their part in supporting health. In the United States and around the world, more and more of us are becoming interested in learning about cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound derived from the cannabis plant that researchers are finding could support digestion, good sleep and good mental health. More and more, autistic people are finding relief with CBD soft gels.
The Autistic Experience
For autistic people, engaging with wellness is especially important. Autism is not a disability, but it is a form of neurodivergence. Autistic people simply experience the world in a way that is different than what society says is typical, or the norm.
Autism, in turn, is different for every person on the spectrum. It can include differences in sensory processing, cognition and even digestion. Additionally, autistic people often find they experience access barriers in society. Communication barriers, social ostracism and even the bullying of autistic people pose challenges that can lead to stress or trauma.
Autistic people may find that a world engineered for those who are neurotypical can be overwhelming to the senses or incomprehensible. Many, particularly autistic women, find they are required to “mask,” which means making a big effort to conform to neurotypical social norms in order to succeed in school, in the workplace or in social life.
All of this means that the experience of being an autistic person can take a lot of energy on a daily basis—which makes it even more important to take smart measures to support wellness.
A Bit About CBD Soft Gels
CBD is one of the most well-known compounds derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike the famous tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, CBD is understood by research to produce no intoxicating effects, such as the characteristic euphoria or “high” that THC can cause.
Studies show that CBD soft gels, when ingested by humans, can bind to the receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is just being understood by science, but it’s a network of receptors that appear in most bodily organs, from the nervous system to the guts to the skin. Health researchers are learning that this system could play a crucial role in regulating important systems such as digestion, sleep, appetite and even pain control.
CBD and Mental Wellness
How does this link with autism? While it’s important to remember that autism is neither an inherent disability nor an illness, the experience of being autistic in a world where misunderstanding and discrimination are common can lead to a higher incidence of stress, trauma and mental health challenges. In some instances, autistic people can suffer from autistic burnout, a phenomenon that occurs when environmental stress and a lifetime of spending almost all of one’s energy in coping with daily difficulties lead to feelings of panic and being overwhelmed.
Researchers argue that through its interaction with the endocannabinoid systems throughout the body, CBD soft gels can encourage the release of naturally occurring neurotransmitters that can calm anxiety and ease depression. The result isn’t anything like that of taking an intoxicating substance such as THC, but over time, research suggests that CBD products like those offered by Zen Garden Organics can be a helpful support in contending with stress.
CBD Soft Gels and Physical Wellness
Physical wellness is important to everyone, but autistic people may have some special concerns when it comes to wellness. Scientific studies are showing that there can be links between autism and a variety of digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, food intolerances or regular upset stomachs. Research is also learning that there can be a correlation between autism and autoimmune issues such as chronic fatigue.
While it’s important to understand that we are still learning about CBD, when it comes to wellness, anything that might support the most important systems in our bodies could help improve our lives—particularly for those of us who are facing challenges. If you’re interested in exploring CBD for yourself, the well-informed team at Zen Garden Organics are happy to help.
Confidence in What You’re Buying
One thing that is important to consider when you’re buying CBD products is that, while the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill scheduled cannabis as an ordinary agricultural commodity—making products containing less than 0.3 percent CBD legal at a federal level—CBD products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. This means that it’s up to consumers to educate themselves about the consistency and purity of the CBD products they buy.
CBD tinctures and softgels offered by Zen Garden Organics come from suppliers that rigorously control the quality, consistency and purity of the products we offer. The hemp used to derive our products is grown in a way that avoids the use of herbicides and saves water.
When it’s processed into CBD, stringent proprietary methods ensure that the finished CBD products are absolutely free of any THC and adhere to rigorous standards to avoid pesticides, adulterants and heavy minerals. While THC is absent, along with chlorophyll, our suppliers’ process does not remove many of the other useful compounds from the product, such as terpenes. This broad-spectrum CBD may cause what is called an entourage effect, supporting the potency of the CBD in the product.
We also send each batch to an independent laboratory to confirm that our products meet our high standards of quality, and publish those results on our website to assure our customers that those standards have been met.
It’s also important to remember that although the federal standard for agricultural hemp and legal CBD products is 0.3 percent THC content or less, research has shown that the metabolic products of THC may persist in the body for days or even weeks. Regular or heavy CBD consumers may wish to be conscious of the risk that if they are consuming CBD products that are not completely THC-free, their urine, blood or hair could have detectable levels of THC in an employer drug screening.
Zen Garden Organics suppliers use specialist proprietary techniques to ensure that all CBD products are completely THC-free, which can give you the confidence to consume them safely.
A CBD Experience Tailored to You With ZGO
Our tinctures and softgels are carefully chosen and backed by our wonderful customer service team, who can ensure that all of your questions are answered before and after you buy. Please feel welcome to reach out at any time if we can get you the right information to help you buy with confidence. Our online store is open when you’re ready to begin your own wellness journey with CBD.
By: Lior Shapiro