As an avid kickboxer, I wake up after each training session in a fair amount of pain. It could be because I’m getting older, or it could be because my pastime involves getting continuously punched and kicked. Probably a combination of both, right? My knees in particular ache each dawn and as I hobble to work one morning, I decide enough is enough. Either I quit kickboxing, or I find an effective way of managing the pain. Well, I’m definitely not hanging my gloves up just yet, so I begin my search for a natural method of relieving my aching bones.
I have tried various types of CBD before with varying results but after reading great things about American born brand Medterra in a health magazine, I decide to look into them. Their hemp is grown organically, meaning it is GMO-free and they use a solventless CO2 extraction process to provide a top-quality product. I appreciate how they are entirely transparent about their ingredient profiles and quality control methods, which can be viewed in their detailed Certificates of Analysis. After reading through the details, I’m sold.
Medterra offer a range of products from gel capsules to topical creams, and I opt for the 500mg CBD tincture that is available from their UK shop. CBD tinctures are taken sublingually and one of the many things I like about these drops is that the liquid both smells and tastes pretty neutral. Many other CBD drops I have tried have tasted…fowl. And that’s being generous. So, these are a breath of, or rather taste of, fresh air.
However, being a certified coffee-fiend and having heard about people adding drops to their morning caffeine hit, today I decide to give it a go. After previously administering the CBD via the standard approach, I can’t comment on the effectiveness of this new coffee-infused method, but I do seem to be enjoying this americano more than usual.
I love the simplicity of the purple dominant Medterra branding. I’m a big fan of colour psychology, and experts say that that purple “can have calming effects over the mind and nerves”. I wonder if this is why their design team chose it. Either way, it’s working for me.
I’m a week into taking these drops now and I have to say that despite still being covered in bruises, getting out of bed seems easier after a hard training session the night before. Maybe I’m getting tougher in my old age. Or maybe it’s the power of this wonderful natural plant that Medterra utilises so well. Who knows? There’s only one way to find out. Visit the Mederra shop and follow them on Instagram.
John Harfield is a travel writer and photographer based in Edinburgh and one of our regular contributors.
Photographs courtesy of Medterra
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