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Anxiety and CBD

Hayley Dawes

Dreem Distillery Founder

11th May 2021

Anxiety is an imbalance of the homeostatis needed to maintain a calm nervous system, and an inability to return to baseline after a stressful event gears up our fight or flight system. Essentially, it is a winding down problem.

There is no one cause for anxiety – we live in fast paced society. Individual tendencies, genes, food and the environment can also have an impact on anxiety.

Perpetual wind-up goes on over months and years, gradually changing our brain chemicals, including depleting GABA, which is the calming neurotransmitter chemical. GABA depletion, along with the changes related to our other brain chemicals and our endocannabinoid system, leaves us almost perpetually frazzled. Over time our brain pathway changes, and we become hard-wired for anxiety. If unchecked, our nervous system ends up in a constant state of hyperarousal.

CBD can be an effective way to support a return to a calm, balanced nervous system. On its own, our better yet combined with some simple relaxation techniques and lifestyle hacks, CBD can aid different forms of anxiety and help with insomnia. CBD helps with the GABA balance.

CBD has demonstrated initial effectiveness for various physical and mental health care problems. Current studies have highlighted the promising biochemical, physiologic, and preclinical data on CBD. According to a recent study to determine whether CBD helps improve sleep and or/anxiety in a clinical population, there was a significant decrease in anxiety and sleep improvement within the first month of taking CBD.


You can either take a daily preventative dose of our Night Drops or as and when you feel anxiety building up. Preventative dosing would be a micro dose – 2 to 3 drops held under your tongue when you wake and repeat every 4 hours (no more than 17 drops a day). Or if you have a large moment of anxiety, take ¼ dropper.  Hold under your tongue for a minute and you should soon feel calmer and at ease. Our Super Terpene Blend in our Night Drops is not a sedative. It has been specifically blended to treat anxiety and stress and bring on calmness.

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Terpenes…and why you need them

Hayley Dawes

Dreem Distillery Founder

11th May 2021

I knew I believed in the power of CBD to enhance sleep but I didn’t want to launch ‘just another’ great quality CBD oil. To be honest, there are many. But I didn’t want to settle. There had to be a ‘next level’ that I could take to for me to justify launching my own brand. It took me two years of relentless research and development, but I finally found it: terpenes. More specifically, our Super Terpene Blend. Quite simply, additional terpenes made the difference between a great quality oil being efficacious and it being elevated to what, I believe, is the best on the market.

So, why Super Terpene Blend? Although all broad-spectrum CBD oil contains a degree of proprietary terpenes, adding additional natural and concentrated terpenes from complimentary botanical extracts boosts the formulation significantly by making the cannabinoids in CBD work faster and harder in the body to induce sleep; this is called ‘the entourage effect’.

First up, what is a terpene? Terpenes are some of the most common compounds in essential oils and botanical ingredients which contribute to the aroma, colour and flavour of the plants in which they are present. As for what terpenes do: each terpene is associated with unique therapeutic effects, typically supported with scientific research or/and anecdotal evidence. Aromatherapists and herbalists have used the science of terpenes for years when formulating plant-based blends to create certain effects on the body and mind, from promoting relaxation to encouraging focus and clarity. Combined with CBD, terpenes mediate the body’s interaction with cannabinoids, assisting their cell permeability and enhancing their efficacy in this ‘entourage effect.’

Dr Ethan Russo expanded on the entourage theory at a conference in 2010 asserting that the interactions between cannabinoids and terpenes enhanced the therapeutic benefits of the plant by measurably increasing the activity of our bodies own cannabinoid production. When I researched which terpenes specifically boost the efficacy of CBD, the leading scientist I worked alongside identified the list below as those that best combined with CBD.

Myrcene. Found in botanical ingredients including juniper and lemongrass essential oils, myrcene is known to allow faster absorption of cannabinoids.  A study in 2002 showed that it promoted muscle relaxation and increased sleeping time.

Linalool. Commonly extracted from lavender, rose, basil and neroli oils, linalool terpenes help to support a healthy sleep pattern with their sedative and calming effect. They are known to influence neurotransmitters in the brain, affecting dopamine and serotonin production.

Caryophyllene. Found in many different essential oils and herbs, this terpene is celebrated for its capacity to relieve stress, anxiety and to encourage sleep.

Nerolidol. Responsible for giving certain cannabis strains a distinctive woody aroma, nerolidol can also be used as a natural sleep aid. These terpenes are typically found in broad-spectrum CBD.

Yet whilst a theory can sound solid (which the evidence for boosting a broad-spectrum CBD oil with additional terpenes certainly sounded), the proof, for me, is always going to be in the testing. It took almost a year of tweaking the formulation and exact amounts of specific terpenes, but after 8 rounds I finally alighted on my perfect blend, the one that not only made my CBD induce sleep faster, but kept me (and my testers) more soundly asleep for longer. I called it Super Terpene Blend for the simple reason that it super-charges CBD. I hope you find it as efficacious as I do.

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How to shop CBD

11th May 2021

The world of CBD has exploded into the mainstream, as the benefit of CBD for sleep and to reduce stress has been firmly established. Although CBD is now commonplace (even to the extent you’ll find it listed on the front of fizzy drinks) my interest in and passion for it spans years and my viewpoint comes from experience of having travelled far and wide, experiencing and testing all kinds of CBD variants, and speaking at length to numerous farmers and cultivators.

What became clear early on is that there are countless types of CBD on the market and as a consumer it is almost impossible to tell the differences between them.

So, here’s what you need to know before you shop for CBD…

There are 3 types of real CBD on the market (by real I mean actual CBD, not to be confused with hemp oil which, whilst nutritious, is not therapeutically active in terms of sleep/stress).

  1. CBD Isolate –Is 99% pure CBD, extracted by a refinement process that strips away all phyto-cannabinoids, including THC, and any plant matter. While this might sound ideal, it is actually a less effective product, as it lacks the other complimentary plant chemicals that contribute to the ‘entourage effect’ which amplifies the benefits of CBD.  In layman’s terms: cannabinoids plus terpenes have a synergistic interaction which boosts the efficacy of one another. Which isolate simply doesn’t provide.
  2. Broad Spectrum –This form of CBD does create the desirable ‘entourage effect’, so is my gold-standard. The more complex and expensive extraction process retains the majority of the vital plant chemicals additional to CBD-  cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes (but not THC and CBN which are banned in the UK) – to maximise the effects of CBD.  Broad spectrum CBD is also known as CBD distillate.
  3. Full Spectrum– This form contains everything within broad spectrum CBD but can contain traces of THC and CBN, which are psychoactive compounds prohibited in the UK.


Further to looking for a broad/full spectrum product, I also advise looking out for the following buzzwords on the packaging:
• Non-GMO and certified organic: For the sake of purity, you will want your CBD oil to be free from pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilisers and solvents.
• Concentration of CBD: There should be a lab certificate of analysis (either packaged with the product or on the brand’s website) showing the amount of CBD in the product. The lowest is about 300mg (3%) although in our opinion this doesn’t even touch the sides! I advise a concentration of 2400mg to really feel the relaxing and sleep-enhancing benefits.
 Percentage of THC: Any more than 0.2% THC is illegal in the UK and unregulated.
• Supercritical CO2 extraction: This is generally considered the cleanest, purest, non-toxic and most efficient method of extracting CBD, although it is expensive and can hike the price up. This is the process Dreem Distillery uses.
•  Trust: Always do your research, read reviews and check the reputation of the brand.

I hope you’ve found this opening blog more insightful and that it empowers you to navigate the CBD market with confidence. Of course, I hope that you will choose our Night Drops – for more information on them  click here.


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What is CBD

March 19th, 2021

The world of CBD is finally exploding into the mainstream. I couldn’t be happier about people everywhere realising that CBD is nothing to fear, but a substance that has incredible benefits. There are some wonderful products on the market, however sadly there is also a significant number of CBD products selling “miracle cures” and illegal claims.

How does CBD work?

January 7th, 2021

Within our body we have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays a big role in inflammation and communicates directly with important parts of our body like the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal system. The phyto-cannabinoids (CBD) that you ingest or apply topically interact with this system. It’s a complex network which regulates our bodily processes and we also naturally produce our own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) that interact with the system’s receptors.

CBD and Sleep

December 1, 2020

In the UK alone one third of the population have reported to having sleep issues (1) and more and more of those people are leaning toward CBD as their sleep solution.

CBD covers a lot of ground while on its therapeutic travels. All types of inflammation, including digestive disorders and arthritis, may be improved through CBD-based therapy.

Immunity in Difficult Times

January 28th, 2021

It’s the perhaps the buzzword of our times – immunity. We know you’re tired of hearing the C word (no, not that one) but thanks to – yes – COVID-19, immunity is on everyone’s minds.

Your aunt shared a sourceless article to the family chat about how garlic can make you immune to, well, anything. Your neighbour swears her herbal tea has made her healthier than ever. Your Facebook feed tells you… well, we won’t even go there.

What do my dreams mean?

March 1, 2021

You’re at work starkers. You’re being chased by dogs. You’re running, but your legs just won’t work. All sound familiar? Why is it that we all have such similar dreams, and what do they all mean?

The ancient Egyptians believed dreams to be another form of seeing, with advanced dreamers working to help plan battles and win wars. Ancient Greeks believed them to be visions of the future. Freud described interpreting dreams as the “royal road” to the unconscious. So far, so prestigious.