Motherhood + CBD: How It Can Help

CBD is all the rage right now. You’ve definitely heard of it. Probably even tried it. Many of our friends use it regularly or have used it in the past, whether in the form of tinctures, gummies, or topical creams.

Strangely, I had never tried any CBD products until a few weeks ago. I was contacted by Joy Organics, and was thrilled to collaborate with them on this blog post and explore the many benefits of CBD for me and my family.

I have been very focused on self-care, mental health, and healthy daily routines that advance my goals lately. I’m really proud of myself, actually! From February to about June, with my Dad’s passing and COVID, I experienced an emotional roller coaster during which I obviously felt sad, even powerless at times.

I have been working hard towards my personal goals (from nutrition and fitness to how I find balance and happiness within all of my roles) and I am so happy to be able to chat about something that I believe can be of huge help for mamas like me! We are all feeling stressed lately, inside and out, and self-care is not just important, it’s a NECESSITY if we want to be able to show up as our best selves when it comes to our families!

After doing a bit of research on Joy Organics, I was happy to discover that:

  1. Their products are considered premium grade (with no binders, fillers, excipients, dyes or unknown substances.)

  2. They are a family business.

  3. They have rigorous and thorough standards (test every single batch of hemp oil through a third-party lab to ensure quality.)

  4. Their hemp is always USA-grown.

Above all, I loved Joy’s mission (and I know you will, too): 

Joy was frustrated with the lack of credible and accurate information available regarding CBD (and since this is a new industry, misinformation spreads quickly and easily.) To educate herself, her family, friends, and customers, she hired a team of researchers and CBD experts to write her educational content, including her Ultimate CBD Oil Guide. 

Joy’s mission is to better the lives of as many people as she can through CBD. That really resonates with me because I always want to help my followers and community find balance and happiness in their lives.

Let’s just say our philosophies align really nicely!

In 2020, Joy Organics even launched Joy in Action, a partnership initiative with select nonprofits aimed at improving lives locally and globally – which I LOVE!

Okay. So let’s back pedal a bit. Here’s some info if you’re a newbie to CBD:

“CBD is a powerful plant extract that has been used for wellness for thousands of years. It is derived from a specific strain of the hemp plant, not to be confused with the marijuana plant. Hemp plants must have less than 0.3% THC, which means that hemp-derived CBD oil will not cause any psychoactive effects. CBD is one of many cannabinoids in hemp that has an array of effects on our body’s endocannabinoid system. We actually have receptors and compounds in our bodies that interact with the compounds that naturally occur in hemp.” (Joy Organics)

CBD is used for a variety of ailments and conditions, from treating cancer symptoms to standard body aches and pains to depression and anxiety. I also read it could reduce acne and help with weight loss! In terms of longterm health, it could even benefit heart health and has neuroprotective properties.

Personally, I wanted to try CBD because I could definitely use a little anxiety relief here and there. I always tell my friends that I was never an anxious person until motherhood. Some days, when you’re juggling it all with no breaks, it definitely creeps up on you! I thrive on routine right now, and when something gets thrown at me (aka I lose control of the schedule/situation), I can easily get overwhelmed.

I also tend to have muscular pain in my upper back/shoulder blade area, and have been using CBD to help when I feel it coming on after strenuous activity. I’ve been doing daily morning workouts lately (thanks, Heather Robertson, for kicking my butt!), and my poor limbs definitely benefit from some CBD lovin’, too.

Look at all of this amazingness I ordered! The gummies taste delicious. I usually take 1 at a time, unless I need immediate relief from a specific issue. Works for me! I’ve noticed I always feel very calm and level-headed when I take them. My husband loves the lemon tincture, and uses it regularly as well.

Why do I trust Joy Organics? I have educated myself on CBD brands out there and what key components to look for. Their products contain clean ingredients and standards that I can get behind. I have also been using their products regularly and love how I feel when I do. You guys know I only share brands I believe in (and never share anything I don’t trust and use on myself or my family – that’s my rule!), and Joy Organics is definitely one of them.

As moms, we can benefit from CBD in so many ways: better sleep. Pain relief. Stress relief. Some say it can even help with weight loss and acne! NOTE: Keep in mind that CBD is not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing (I know! It sucks. I waited a long time for this, too!)

If you want to try CBD but are overwhelmed by the amount of options on the internet, I hope I made your life easier.

And surprise! I even have a code:

Use MAMANATURELLE for 25% off your Joy Organics order

How cute is this pic that Joe took the other day? My heart is melting! Love my little boy.

Do you use CBD, or have you used it in the past? I’d love to hear about the products you trust and how they have helped YOU! And for real (because I can’t help myself)…

Aren’t plants just incredible?

If this is your first time on the blog, welcome! You’ll find a few different topics covered here, from pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding to all of the things I’ve discovered + became passionate about along my motherhood journey. Happy that you’re here 🙂

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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