Ashwagandha, Turmeric and CBD form the bases of our most potent and best-selling formulas. But, what are these? What does Ashwagandha do? And beside coloring curries and milk flavoring a lovely orange, what is turmeric good for? And CBD? What’s real? What’s hype? Read on.

It’s been over a year since the pandemic hit and upended lives around the world. Here in the Cloud Forest, we are slowly pulling out of the chaos, and getting back to what we do best: producing the finest quality, artisanal herbal and CBD tinctures available.

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Stressed? In pain?

People–women and men–come to Cloud Forest Botanicals because they are suffering and looking for answers. They are in pain. They are anxious. They are struggling with how to age gracefully and sustain the quality of life they took for granted in their youth.

Middle age often finds us struggling, and in the world today made topsy turvy by pandemics, social upheaval, financial uncertainty, and climate change, who can blame us? Body parts that used to carry us effortless through our days, now hurt, and creak, and protest. The confidence of our youth, when we believed we were invincible and could survive and thrive under all circumstances, has evaporated and its absence leaves us awake in the night filled with doubts and worries and questions about the future. Sound familiar?

Here at Cloud Forest Botanicals, while we can’t provide the answers to all life’s burning questions, we do provide cutting edge herbal remedies blended with CBD to help address pain, anxiety, and insomnia. Let’s take a look at three of these.

Ashwagandha. What is it?

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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) belongs to the nightshade family and it is an “adaptogenic” plant, like Rhodiola Rosea or Asian ginseng. As such, it operates where the body’s endocrine (hormone) system needs it most.

It has its origins in India, but grows well in many areas of the world (including here in Panama). This plant is particularly appreciated in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine for its broad spectrum benefits. Recently, it has aroused Europeans’ and Americans’ interest, for these same benefits.

What is Ashwagandha good for?

Herbal remedies support health by accessing the power of nature to help the body normalize impaired physiological functions, restore immunity, promote detoxification and rejuvenation. The power of ancient plants is well documented by tradition, by real world anecdotal evidence, and by modern science. Here’s a look at how Ashwagandha has the potential to help anxious, over-stressed women ‘of a certain age’ and men suffering their own mid-life challenges to achieve a better state of balance, physically and mentally.

  • Menopausal symptoms

Women over the age of 40 are often beset with the onset of peri-menopause—night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings that have them questioning their sanity. And, the bad news is that after menopause, it can get worse! The good news is that Ashwagandha may help the body to balance itself.

Here’s what two women told us:

“I suffered from horrible hot flashes & mood swings from menopause. I was just miserable and miserable to be around. With the help of Ashwagandha, within 2 weeks all my symptoms disappeared!!!! Chris W., New Jersey

“I was suffering from frequent migraines. The doctors gave me pain pills, did an MRI, recommended hormone replacement therapy (I am only in my late 40’s). I started your ashwagandha three weeks ago…and haven’t had a migraine since! Thank you!!) Julie H., Panama

  • Anxiety, StressPeople who suffer from temporary or chronic stress experience heightened levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Ashwagandha has been shown scientifically to reduce cortisol levels and the accompanying feelings of anxiety, including racing thoughts, insomnia, obsessive worry, and that awful “I am going to jump out of my skin!” feeling.
  • Read a double-blind study on the effects of ashwagandha HERE. In summary, “The findings of this study suggest that a high-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract safely and effectively improves an individual’s resistance towards stress and thereby improves self-assessed quality of life.”“I feel calmer, clearer and more mellow. I just think it has balanced my system. I take two doses of tincture each day—I call them my happy shots!—along with some other botanicals herbs. Can’t thank you enough.”Leigh H., Australia
  • Brain protectionAshwagandha’s extraordinary antioxidant properties are powerful in the elimination of free radicals in the body—the nasty bits that nibble away at cells and leave the body vulnerable to disease. Free radicals are chemically active molecules that can cause oxidative stress to the body and have been linked to many issues, from dull skin to potential cognitive decline. Because ashwagandha counters cell aging by gobbling up the free radicals, it may have beneficial action in preventing diseases such as cancer, dementia, and cardiovascular disease.Studies on ashwagandha show that the plant stimulates the production of these beneficial antioxidant enzymes within the cerebral cortex because it is rich in nutrients and active ingredients, including the alkaloids withanolides and sitoindosides. Protecting the brain from free radical damage by the presence of antioxidants may have significant implications for improving cerebral functioning and preventing deterioration due to aging. Read more about Alzheimers and Ashwagandha here.
  • Anti-inflammatory agent:Another key action of Ashwagandha in Ayurvedic medicine is its anti-inflammatory effect. Indeed, the plant may fight against joint diseases, like rheumatism or arthritis, and may help to reduce inflammatory pain. These anti-inflammatory properties are just as interesting in the context of cardiovascular problems.

Looks like Ashwagandha is pretty amazing by itself, doesn’t it? It is.

But, what about turmeric? and why combine it with CBD?


Turmeric and CBD

There a lot of chatter out there in internet land about how turmeric is considered to be a super food, a super healer, a super star in the world of plant healing. Nowadays it seems to be everywhere: On the spice shelf. In the health food store as capsules. In coffee shops added to lattes. Mixed with dark chocolate. And, always, in the local curry shop.

We’ve all heard that Turmeric is good for your health–reduces inflammation, pain, alleviates depression, is anti-cancer, etc. Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve probably also heard or read about CBD–one of the primary non-psychoactive components of cannabis (marijuana or hemp) and how it is supposed to be good for EVERYTHING! In 2017 here the Cloud Forest, we started blending these two super plant components together: Turmeric and CBD. Learn more about why we did this by reading HERE.

In ancient medicine, turmeric was often used as a natural pain reliever. Today, followers of natural health alternatives have become ardent fans. Why? Because study after study shows that it WORKS. Turmeric belongs to the same family as ginger and is packed with curcumin, a natural compound known for its antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

What are the benefits of turmeric?

  • Anti-inflammatory. Curcumin is believed to help block molecules in the body that can cause inflammation, which is characteristic of conditions like arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, back pain, and other chronic conditions.
  • Antioxidant. Turmeric helps to fight the effects of free radicals in the body, thanks to the natural antioxidant properties it contains. Consuming turmeric or a supplement containing curcumin can help fight these problems, helping your body and mind maintain robust good health.
  • Anxiety and Depression. Curcumin has been shown to effectively treat anxiety and depression as it seems to boost serotonin and dopamine levels—the mood regulating hormones. Some research has suggested that it may be as effective as standard pharmaceutical anti-depressants, with few if any side effects. Check out the science.

Looks like Turmeric is pretty amazing by itself, too. It is.

So, why is adding CBD to Turmeric a good thing?

Here’s why we combine these powerhouses at Cloud Forest Botanicals. Turmeric and CBD =s OM!

First what is CBD?


CBD, the molecule

CBD, full name: cannabidiol, is one of more than 100 naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant (hemp or marijuana). CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and used to manufacture products such as isolates, dyes, edibles, and topical products. (If you are considering using CBD products, be certain yours is organic and extracted with clean ethanol and is free from contaminants, heavy metals, etc. Ask for the chemical analysis report—COA.. Avoid products coming from China or Eastern Europe as they are often contaminated with heavy metals and other chemicals.).

Since reaching the international spotlight, CBD has quickly gained popularity and prominence. Initially, CBD products were considered a passing trend, a fad. But, as more and more scientific research is completed, the medicinal and healing potential of this non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant (no matter if it is marijuana or hemp) is becoming incontrovertible.

It is true that more research still needs to be done to understand the effectiveness and potential of CBD fully, but the start is already excellent—and the body of scientific and real world evidence is growing every week.

How does CBD work in the body?

The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) has three components that coordinate biological operations. These are the receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes. CBD is designed to boost the ECS to make it more efficient and sustain homeostasis (i.e natural balance—remember Hippocrates?).

There are two types of endocannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are more commonly expressed in the central nervous system, while CB2 is more concentrated in the peripheral nervous system. Together, these receptors ensure that the body can perform its internal operations smoothly. When CBD is administered, it stimulates and activates ECS receptors to function better within the body. For a more indepth explanation of the ECS go here. endo system

So, what happens when you ingest CBD? CBD stimulates the production of endocannabinoids, which,in turn, can reduce the body’s levels of stress and anxiety. Conditions like these are complex and pharmaceutical companies have grown rich creating more and more brain altering drugs to alleviate them. However, some of these drugs, with continued use, can potentially create more problems than they resolve (including dependence, addiction, impotence, suicidal ideation, and exacerbated symptoms). The use of CBD products is now considered by many alternative health practitioners, desperate patients, and even a growing number of medical doctors, to be a safe, effective, non-addictive option. Research has found that CBD, thanks to its interactions with the endocannabinoid system, can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and moderate anxiety driven insomnia. Read more here.

What conditions does research suggest CBD can potentially help with?

  • Migrainesbrain-migraine-headache-painSome scientists and physicians believe there is no real cure for migraines and headaches. Peoplewho suffer from migraines live in constant anxiety about when the next debilitating surge of pain will occur. However, there is emerging evidence that CBD can help relieve migraine symptoms. A study by the European Academy of Neurology suggested that CBD may have some active biological combinations that may help treat migraines. When CBD enters the body, more amounts of endocannabinoids are produced. Because endocannabinoids contain anandamide, which is used to fight migraines, CBD may provide relief from this excrutiating pain. A recent Forbes article reports that after 30 days, a significant number of migraine sufferers experienced relief after 30 days of using a CBD oil. Read more here.
  • Pain and inflammation.CBD may act as an analgesic to fight pain and inflammation. Some of the painful conditions that CBD may help control include arthritis, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain disorder, chronic inflammation, and post-surgical pain. European Journal of Pain reports that CBD applied topically to the skin may help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis and neuropathy. Read more here from the Harvard medical school.

So, why, again, do you want to consider adding this triumvarate of power plant extracts to your health regime?  It’s called, Synergy. Or, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

You could take Ashwagandha alone. Or Turmeric alone. Or CBD in MCT oil alone (as is most frequently marketed). The combo of all three, however, provides the broadest spectrum of adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory plant powered health boosters available. Anywhere. In any form.

ashwagandhaHere at Cloud Forest Botanicals, we use ONLY organic plant tinctures and organic, ethanol extracted CBD. (Third party  certified independent analysis are available. ).Our proprietary terpene blends are customized for maximum effect. Hand blended in small, artisanal batches, our products are produced with rigorous attention to quality. Each formula is designed to help people manage their own health.

Turmeric and CBD, our OM formula, combines 1500mg. of pure CBD isolate with a potent MCT oil extraction of organic turmeric with aproprietary blend of terpenes that address pain, inflammation and the accompanying anxiety that severe or chronic pain can produce.

What is health?

According to Hippocrates, health is the harmonic relationship between human and nature, the balance between organism and environment. Health is predominant when there is balance or homeostasis (the natural state of the body’s well-being). Disease occurs when the body, the mind, and the environment are OUT of balance. Healing happens when the body and mind are brought back into harmony. Adaptogenic plants, such as ashwagandha, and super plants like turmeric, cannabis and its extract CBD, can help to restore this harmony.

Who uses herbal remedies?

The World Health Organization supports the appropriate use of herbal products and encourages recognition of the value of traditional therapies. More than 80% of the world population rely on traditional herbal medicine for primary health care, it makes sense that modern science conduct more research while also recognizing the validity of real world and anecdotal evidence. Trust the plants that Nature gave us, as you seek to regain or maintain your own homeostatic well-being.

These products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.