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CBD for Professionals in High Stress Jobs

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You’re a professional, working in a fast paced environment, either from home or in a big office in a big city. You’re ambitious, you’re moving forward in your career, and you want to continue advancing your career and salary.

But with promotion comes greater responsibility, and with greater responsibility comes greater stress. Stress can impact your quality of life and in turn, the quality of your work. Stress can manifest in different ways, impacting your quality of sleep, intellectual capacity, attention, focus, stream of thought and energy levels. These will all lead to a decrease in productivity and efficiency at work and outside of work. Your capacity for social interaction is reduced, leading you to miss valuable networking opportunities. Your emotional intelligence is decreased, leading you to miss out on subconscious cues that can be vital to closing a deal or winning new clients.

It can lead to worse physical health outcomes by increasing the level of general inflammation in the body, increasing risk of autoimmune disease, and weaken the immune system, increasing risk of infections. This can require extended periods of sick leave, which can again harm your career progression.

Stress is also a leading cause of anxiety, depression and can even trigger more significant issues such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, especially if there is a family history. The consequences of these disorders cannot be emphasised enough and can lead to the destruction of relationships, inability to work, panic attacks, inability to sleep or inability to wake up, inability to eat, and possibly even psychosis where you may be a danger to yourself or others, and require being sectioned within a secure psychiatric facility.

This may seem like scaremongering, but it is proven by science and by statistics. Record numbers of talented and hard-working professionals are experiencing levels of stress that exceed acceptable levels by some margin, resulting in burnout. The lucky ones will realise this, and take a sabbatical or resign their job in order to repair their mental health, but not everyone has this level of self-awareness. Many will continue to fight through until they are let go from work due to poor results, or suffer a mental breakdown and severe mental health issues thereafter.

We can all agree that while the former is the superior option, neither is ideal. Ideally, you don’t want to take a break from your career at all. Doctors tend to provide really specific advice: Reduce responsibility and workload at work, sleep more, eat better, meditate (mindfulness) and exercise. This is really good advice, but it’s easier said than done. Almost all of those options require a finite resource: time. And as a busy professional, you barely have time to sleep 6 hours, go to work, complete projects at home, eat and exercise if you’re lucky. Most of the time- it’s not possible to do all of them, you must choose. And most of the time, it’s sleep and exercise that suffer, the two most vital. The solution – more time, but there are only 24 hours in the day. Previously, there was no healthy solution.

Drugs work, cocaine and Ritalin to focus and stay awake, Xanax and Valium to wind down and kill anxiety. But the disadvantages far outweigh the potential advantages – that was until now.

A new option for reducing anxiety, improving sleep and quality of life is CBD.

How can CBD help a busy professional?
Professionals working in stressful jobs have reported great results when using CBD for the following:

Why aren’t doctors prescribing or recommending CBD? Because the CBD available on the market is of such a poor quality (inaccurate minimal doses, toxins, heavy metals, Class B drug levels), and as such, no doctor would ever recommend such a dangerous product – until now.

Neuraleaf is the ONLY brand recommended by doctors in the UK, and was founded by a British doctor, who suffered from invasive nerve tumours resulting in significant chronic pain, and subsequent mental health issues. He was prescribed a number of pharmaceutical drugs. In the end, most of the burden of his condition was attributed to the side effects of these drugs. With CBD, he was able to come off the drugs and function as a normal healthy human being.

Who uses CBD? Neuraleaf CBD is the only pharmaceutical-grade CBD on the market, and as such, we are recommended by doctors and used by individuals who 1. Are well informed and care what goes into their body and 2. Choose high-quality products over cheaper alternatives. These tend to be busy professionals, and here is some of the feedback we’ve had.

James, Junior Associate, Goldman Sachs.
The main reason I got CBD was for sleep. I had tried CBD before and it didn’t work, until my psychiatrist recommended Neuraleaf as an alternative to sleeping pills.
I can’t get enough sleep, I’m working till after midnight most nights, and I have to be up for 6am. I average about 3-4 hours of sleep per night, and I can just about function. But after a few days of sleeping like this, I am far less productive.
After taking the CBD capsule before bed, I sleep for 3-4 hours but I wake up feeling like I’ve had 6 hours. This is by no means ideal, as my optimum sleep level is 7-8 hours. But it makes all the difference at work, and allows me to maintain close to 100% productivity until the weekend when I can catch up. I’ve recommended this to a few analysts who were struggling, and those who have used have benefitted.

Prakash, Assistant Manager, Financial Advisory, Deloitte
Every time I am set a deadline, the anxiety I feel leads me to prepare and plan ahead to ensure it gets done on time, in this sense, anxiety is not such a bad thing. But when deadlines are changed, when timelines are brought forwards, when a client needs a piece of working changing fully for the next morning, my anxiety gets so bad that its renders me almost useless. I panic, my brain stops working as my thoughts race, and I am unable to produce quality work. I don’t need CBD all the time, but when something unexpected happens, I take 5ml of Ultra Nano liquid, and within 2 minutes I feel calm and able to adjust my thoughts to tackle the new problem. I find it remarkable just how quickly it gets to work.

Anonymous, Senior Consultant, BCG
I’ve been working in consulting for almost 5 years now, and it’s taken a toll on my mental health. I’ve been on antidepressants for 2 years now and the doses gradually increase as my career has advanced and my stress levels increase. I’m not sure if the antidepressants helped as I still felt run down all the time, but I had enough when they caused me to start putting on weight (a common side effect). I tried to come off cold turkey but that caused a lot of discomfort, so I saw a doctor privately. Together we built a plan to gradually reduce my dose of anti-depressants and gradually add in and increase Neuraleaf CBD. Now I have been taking Neuraleaf CBD for 5 months, I have been off antidepressants for 3 months. My mental health is better than ever – however, I am not cured. I still have some down days, but my quality of life has improved, and my work life and family life has dramatically improved. I’m due for a promotion soon and I think this definitely had something to do with it!

CBD Not a Narcotic Drug

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CBD not considered a narcotic drug

CBD is not considered a ‘narcotic drug’ under European law

Cannabidiol extracted from Cannabis plants should no longer be considered a drug, following a judgement from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in November 2020.

Under the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the unauthorised sale of “cannabis flowers” and “extracts and tinctures of cannabis” should fall subject to criminal penalties. However, cannabis flowers and extracts contain several different cannabinoids, with greatly varying concentrations and uses, and so therefore this blanket approach for all cannabis extracts is no longer relevant.

The two most extensively studied cannabinoids are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC is known as the main psychoactive component of the cannabis, and is what provides the “high”. Meanwhile, a recent review by the World Health Organizations Expert Committee on Drug Dependence found that CBD ‘has no potential for abuse and no potential to produce dependence’. For that reason, CBD will no longer be considered a narcotic drug under European law.

This ruling stems from a French case, wherein 2017 a court convicted the seller of e-cigarette cartridges containing CBD that had been legally extracted from the whole hemp plant in Czechia, because in France only fibre and seeds are legal hemp. The case was then referred to the ECJ, whereby it was found that, while evidence of the risk to health from CBD was still limited & may justify precautionary restrictive measures, it was inconsistent to apply the marketing ban only to organic, and not synthetic, CBD. The court also stated that CBD extracted from cannabis was not a drug within the meaning of the 1961 Convention; and that the EU industrial hemp regulations were not applicable to the CBD extract, as it is not an agricultural product within those regulations’ definitions.

In recent press briefings following the ruling, the European Commission has also noted that cannabidiol should not be considered a drug, and can indeed be qualified as food, provided the EU Food Safety Regulation conditions are met.

This means that genuine products such as CBD capsules, drops, balms & edibles are now legal across Europe, provided that they contain less than the legal limit of THC.

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