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With the release of Sunset Lake CBD’s Functional Mushroom Gummies, we’ve been getting some questions about how they work. The biggest is: can you take functional mushrooms and CBD together?
It’s a great question, and we appreciate the apprehension. Both supplements have gained popularity recently, and unlike pharmaceuticals, the FDA does not regulate them.
We will address that concern and others here. In the rest of this post, we’ll cover,
- What Functional Mushrooms Are
- How CBD works with your body
- And how you can enjoy them together safely and effectively
This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered health advice.
What Are Functional Mushrooms?
Functional mushrooms are a specific class of fungi believed to have adaptogenic properties. Sometimes referred to as medicinal mushrooms, functional mushrooms have been used in traditional medicines to help improve focus, reduce stress, and improve sleep quality.
Functional mushrooms do not include psilocybin mushrooms, and they are not psychedelic.
As a family, functional mushrooms work with the body in several ways. They can contain polysaccharides, beta-glucans, and nootropic compounds, which work with your immune and circulatory systems. We’ll come back to why this is important to note shortly.
What Is CBD?
CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid produced by mature hemp plants. Please don’t confuse it with THC. CBD itself isn’t psychoactive. It’s tough to say how CBD may benefit the average user, but many report better sleep, less stress, and improved mood while using CBD.
Unlike functional mushrooms, CBD only interacts with a person’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system contains receptors and signals that affect bodily functions like:
- Inflammation response
- And more…
Taking CBD and Functional Mushrooms Together
As of right now, there isn’t much literature about the drug interactions between the common functional mushrooms and CBD. It makes sense; both are newer supplements. That said, because they interact with different systems, they may complement each other.
Because both supplements have generally good safety profiles, taking CBD with functional mushrooms shouldn’t be an issue.
If you decide that you want to try both supplements together, there are a few steps you should take first.
Consult a health professional.
Consult your primary care physician and pharmacist before combining any supplements. This is especially true if you are currently taking any medications. They can provide more personalized advice based on your health, family history, current medications, and desired outcomes.
Low and slow.
As with any new supplement, you should combine CBD and functional mushrooms in low doses. Let your body adjust with consistent dosing before increasing your dosage.
Monitor for side effects.
While acclimating to both supplements, monitor yourself for any new or unwanted side effects. Keeping a daily journal can help you track what’s happening with your body. Cease use immediately if you experience severe side effects like dizziness, shortness of breath, or chest tightness.
Choose only high-quality products.
Buy only the best CBD and functional mushrooms. Spend some time researching and reading reviews. Because the market is so underregulated, there is a lot of junk out there. Look for companies with good standing and proper testing documentation on their websites.