Yummy Keto CBD Chocolate Recipe

If you’re anything like us at Bristol CBD HQ, then you will love Chocolate!

Following on from our recent Keto Energy Bites Recipe we have been on a real Keto / sugar-free journey…Our latest obsession is the wonderful world of Keto CBD Chocolates.

This recipe takes a few minutes to mix together, and is super versatile in terms of ingredients you can add to refine the taste. The end result is a delicious, low calorie, sugar-free Keto chocolate treat!

Winning 😇

Here are your main ingredients & instructions for the Keto CBD Chocolate Recipe (our recipe makes 6 tasty servings)

A bit more about the ingredients: 

Cacao butter: We tend to buy this in bulk as it saves us a lot of cash in the long run. You can find decent online sources to suit your budget & your taste buds!

Cacao powder: We have opted for unroasted raw cacao powder, you can find this online in bulk as well. It’s super handy to have around and can be used in so many recipes and meals.

Erythritol: A wonderful alcohol sugar with zero calories (you can learn more about this & see it in action in our recent Keto Energy Bites Recipe). Erythritol is one of the most neutral sugars out there & it doesn’t affect your carb intake.

Time to add some CBD Oil for an extra health & balancing kick:

We wanted each of the 6x chocolate bars to contain 25mg CBD, so for this recipe we used 4x whole pipettes (roughly 15 drops in each pipette) of our favourite 500mg 5% Gold Bristol CBD Oil.

This Gold CBD oil is great for cooking because it doesn’t harbour the bitter flavour of our other CBD Oils. It’s perfectly disguised in food! You can learn more about the differences between our Gold & Whole plant CBD Oils in our handy CBD Guide here

To make this Keto CBD Chocolate Recipe :

  1. Melt the Cacao butter 
  2. Add the Erythritol & the Cacao powder into your mixture (note – the Erythritol has been blended into a pure, fine, caster sugar-esque consistency to make it less grainy)
  3. Give this mixture a good stir & try to ensure it is as smooth as possible
  4. Once mixed, it’s then time to add your flavourings: 3x drops of Doterra Peppermint food grade essential oils & CBD oil
  5. We then decant the mix into some chocolate moulds
  6. Pop these in the fridge for an hour to set, and then let the snacking begin 💪🏽

It’s that simple! 

Feeling adventurous? You can tweak it by adding different essential oils, Chilli flakes, salt and / or even some nuts to meet your tastebuds! We have experimented with Vanilla essence, toasted almonds, Mandarin, Geranium & Rose. You can even add lemon or orange zest to add this crisp zesty undertone!

If you do give this gorgeous Keto CBD Chocolate recipe a spin, please let us know what you think!  Please tag us on Instagram @bristolcbd so we can see your chocs in action!

Enjoy,

Koren 

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Exfoliating CBD Body Scrub Recipe

Nourish your skin with vitamins and nutrients, and leave it feeling invigorated & soothed with this gorgeous exfoliating CBD body scrub recipe!

Watch as Koren from Bristol CBD & The Colon Care Centre shares this simple and inexpensive recipe that you can make in minutes! It’s perfect for anyone wanting to treat themselves to some body pampering, or to help soothe dry skin conditions! Did we mention that it’s edible & tastes delicious?!? Oh hello…

For us at Bristol CBD HQ, a dream night-in includes a healthy dinner & lots of pampering!

We love snacking on home-made treats topped with a delicious Olive CBD tapenade spread, before settling down to a wholesome, revitalising bath! To set the scene we light a few fragrant candles, and a peaceful incense stick. For music, we zone out to our favourite jazz & blues playlist on Spotify, and then for the pièce de résistance…

We give our body a good scrub with our divine home-made exfoliating CBD body scrub, before soaking away in a hot bath. Perfect for a much needed recharge and some body pampering! 

The base ingredient of this divine DIY scrub (and sneaky edible treat!) is used coffee grounds…

The caffeine in coffee helps stimulate and promote healthy circulation, which in turn can help improve dry skin conditions such as eczema. It’s a great way to recycle your coffee, with an added bonus of smoothing out the skin. The grainy nature of coffee grinds also act as a wonderful light scrubbing agent!

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory oats! 

Along with the coffee grounds, we use blitzed oats to soothe and cleanse the skin. Oats retain powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells. Oats also contain compounds called saponins, which are natural cleansers.

Detoxifying & cleansing lemon for added zest & skin vitality

As a natural fragrant for the scrub we love to use the zest of a Lemon and then a few drops of organic Lemon essential oil. Not only does the zest add an enchanting aroma to the scrub, but Lemon is wonderfully cleansing & detoxifying. 

Here are your main ingredients:

  • ½ Cup of used coffee grounds
  • ½ Cup of brown Demerara sugar
  • ¼ Cup of oatmeal (whizzed this up in the food processor)
  • ¼ Cup of melted down coconut oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ⅛ cup of olive oil
  • 2-3 drops of Doterra Organic Lemon Essential Oil 

Time to add some CBD Oil for an extra health & balancing kick:

For this recipe we used 1x full pipette of our high-strength 10% whole-plant Bristol CBD Oil. We generally only add CBD oil into this recipe if we are going to be using this scrub in / with a bath! If you’re having a quick shower you wouldn’t get the full benefits of the CBD oil. In a bath however, this is perfect and absolutely fab for a long soak along with the other natural and comforting ingredients. 

Time to mix it all together!

All you need to do is add all of the food based ingredients into a bowl, followed by the Olive Oil & Essential Oils…It’s a great time to get your hands into this and give it a good squidge together!

One it’s fully combined, you can decant the scrub into a mason jar / air-tight container and let it bind (as the Coconut Oil begins to set). If it’s too oily, then you can add a little bit more Coffee, or even some more Oats…

How to use:

Run a soothing bath, wet your skin, grab a handful of the scrub & have a good rub into your body! Enjoy a long soak in your bath and let all the scrub residue soak into your skin…

Feeling adventurous?

This recipe also tastes absolutely divine! Coffee grounds contain loads of antioxidants to help boost your memory and concentration & are fab treating post exercise fatigue!

If you did want to take the turn into a more yummy edible mix, then the key ingredient is our dearest friend…Cacao! All you would need to do is follow the alternative instructions below:

1. Substitute out the olive oil

2. Replace with ⅛ cup of cacao butter

3. Add ¼ cup of cacao powder and mix it together!

Spoon this healthy snack into small balls, or use ice cube moulds. You can then cool in your fridge or freezer…We love to use ice cube moulds for our healthy snack recipes; you can see an example of this in our recent Yummy CBD Chocolate Keto Energy Bites Recipe.

And there you have it…Divine, zesty chocolate bites, and an energizing CBD body scrub! 

If you do give either the scrub or it’s edible other half a go, let us know what you think. Please tag us on Instagram @bristolcbd so we can see the recipe in action!

Happy scrubbing & snacking! 

Koren

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CBD Chocolate Keto Energy Bites Recipe

The team at Bristol CBD are always curious to experience new health-enhancing diets. Our fascination with Gut health and the digestive system has led us to the Ketogenic Diet!

The ketogenic diet (or keto diet, for short) is a low-carb, high-fat diet that offers many health benefits. Numerous studies show that this type of diet can help you lose weight and improve your health. Ketogenic diets may even have benefits against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. You can learn more here.

We’re absolutely in love with this easy (literally a few minutes!) delicious CBD chocolate energy bites recipe. If you’re on the Keto journey, then you will probably have a lot of carb cravings and will want a sweet fix. These bites are great to keep you on track, and nourish those taste buds. The perfect snack to get you through what can be a challenging entry to the Keto diet!

Here are your main ingredients & instructions for the CBD Chocolate Energy Bites:

  • ½ cup of nut butter (Almond butter is our favourite)
  • ⅛ cup of gently heated Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup of Cacao Powder
  • x2 tspn of blended Erythritol (read more about this sweetener below)

You need something to sweeten this recipe, and unfortunately most sweeteners contain carbs…

So for this recipe, we’ve gone for Erythritol, an alcohol sugar, (the body doesn’t absorb it!) as it’s a fantastic substitute to use when you are on a Keto diet. It’s about 70% of the sweetness of sugar so you need to add a little bit more to get up to the sweetness of one teaspoon of sugar.

Top tip / we blitzed the Erythritol in the blender and made a powder with it (like a caster sugar) – much easier to absorb into the nut butter!

To make your CBD Chocolate Energy Bites:

  1. Add your Nut Butter & Coconut Oil into a mixing bowl
  2. Give it a good mix to make an oily base
  3. Add 2x teaspoons of the blitzed Erythritol
  4. Add the cacao powder & give the mixture a good mix

Time to add some CBD Oil for an extra health & balancing kick:

For this recipe we used half a pipette (roughly 10 drops) of our favourite 500mg 5% Gold Bristol CBD Oil. This Gold CBD oil is great for cooking because it doesn’t harbour the bitter flavour of our other CBD Oils. It’s perfectly disguised in food! The Gold Bristol CBD Oil has a very neutral flavour, and is perfect for adding to these cheeky fat bombs.

And the final step – Spoon this mixture into your moulds (we use use ice cube moulds)

  1. Spoon your mixture on top of your moulds (a bit messy but a lot of fun!) 
  2. Use a “Flatula” (flat side of a spatula! We’re still laughing about this at HQ!) to navigate the energy bite mixture into your moulds, using the flat head to fill the moulds and smooth the mixture
  3. Pop it in your freezer to set, and then once set, pop them out of the moulds & enjoy!

Feeling adventurous? You could add some salt to the recipe, or some Chili powder for a spicy kick. Have you ever used food-grade essential oils in your cooking? Our household loves to experiment with new flavours, and we love oils from:

Doterra

NHR Organics

You would only need one drop of food-grade essential oil in a recipe this size (food grade essential oil is very punchy, so go easy!)

Why not try a Citrus, Cardamon, Cinnamon or Ginger essential oil? The beauty of this recipe, along with all of our previous CBD recipes is that you can play around with them and find your own balance to suit your needs & most importantly, your taste buds!

If you do give these yummy CBD Chocolate Energy Bites a go, let us know what you think. Please tag us on Instagram @bristolcbd so we can see your yummy bites in action!

Nom nom nom – enjoy!

Koren 

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Divine CBD Golden Milk Recipe

Turmeric root is highly regarded for it’s vast array of health-giving benefits. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and health promoting properties.

This yummy recipe is a great alternative to a sneaky Cappuccino or other hot drinks. The spices add for a delicious chai taste, and the beauty of it is that you can adapt the recipe to include different flavourings to meet your needs. 

This recipe is broken down into two sections; 

  1. Making the CBD Turmeric Paste 
  2. Using the CBD Turmeric Paste to make CBD Golden Milk. 

This recipe for this paste will go a long way; making around 20-30 cups of delicious CBD Golden Milk!

Here are your main ingredients & instructions for the CBD Turmeric Paste

  • 100g of Turmeric
  • 75g of Coconut Oil
  • 1x cup of cold water
  • 1x tspn ground black Pepper (Piperine is incredible for enhancing the bioavailability of Turmeric)
  • 2x tspn Cinammon (Great for flavour, but also as a blood sugar balancer)
  • 2x tspn Ginger (From the same family as Turmeric & great for alleviating nausea & cramps)
  1. Pop the ingredients in a saucepan and heat for 5 minutes
  2. Add a little bit more water if required
  3. The end result will be a thick paste

Time to add some CBD Oil for an extra health & balancing kick:

For this recipe we used a whole pipette (roughly 20 drops) of our favourite 500mg 5% Gold Bristol CBD Oil. CBD evaporates once it reaches 170° , so we tend to add it at the end of cooking. This Gold CBD oil is great for cooking with because it doesn’t harbour the bitter flavour of our other CBD Oils. It’s perfectly disguised in food! 

Remember to give this paste a really good stir and mix the CBD oil well and truly in.

You can then pop the paste (once cooled) in a jar and it will keep for around 3 weeks

Here are your main ingredients & instructions for the CBD Golden Milk

  • 1x cup of plant milk (we love Oatly milk!) 
  • Cardamom seeds (adds a lovely chai flavour & great for the digestive system)
  • 1x tspn Turmeric Paste per cup of milk

To make this CBD Golden Milk:

  1. Use a saucepan set over low heat
  2. Add your plant milk, and then heat up to a gentle simmer
  3. Next up, add your yummy golden Turmeric Paste & stir until dissolved into the milk
  4. Once the paste has combined, let your milk cool slightly and then serve away!

Feeling cheeky? Why not whizz it up with a milk frother or stick blender! We love a sprinkle of Cinnamon on top…

Feeling adventurous? Add some Maple Syrup, or Honey to satisfy that sweet tooth!

If you do give this CBD Golden milk a whirl, let us know what you think. Please tag us on Instagram @bristolcbd so we can see your cuppa! 

Enjoy,

Koren 

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Delicious CBD Olive Tapenade Recipe

If you’re anything like us at Bristol CBD HQ, then you love a dish that is rich in flavour, but also one that leaves your body feeling replete, yet also light & balanced.

We’re absolutely in love with this easy (literally a few minutes!) CBD Olive Tapenade recipe…

It’s scrumptious, simple and super versatile!

The perfect addition to a mezze platter, a topping for your sourdough toast, or even to mix with pasta!

Here are your main ingredients & instructions for our CBD Olive Tapenade (this recipe makes around 15 servings)

  • 15x pitted Olives (green, black or mixed) 
  • 8x Sundried Tomatoes (about half the ratio : olives)
  • 1x clove Garlic
  • 2x tspn Olive Oil
  • Handful of Basil (we love our Basil – but you can go easy & adjust the quantities accordingly to suit your taste buds!)
  • Sprinkle of black Pepper

Time to add some CBD Oil for an extra health & balancing kick:

For this recipe we used a whole pipette (roughly 20 drops) of our favourite 500mg 5% Gold Bristol CBD Oil. This Gold CBD oil is great for cooking with because it doesn’t harbour the bitter flavour of our other CBD Oils. It’s perfectly disguised in food! 

To make this CBD Olive Tapenade:

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl
  2. Blend together with a stick blender (you can use a food processor for this recipe, but we find that a stick blender tends to work better with these small quantities)
  3. And voila! Serve, dip, dollop, mix, and stir. Whatever suits you best.

You can seal this tapenade in a jar or tupperware. It should last for up to 3 weeks.

If you do give this yummy CBD Olive Tapenade a dip, let us know what you think. Please tag us on Instagram @bristolcbd so we can see your yummy snack in action!

Enjoy,

Koren 

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Making The Perfect Cup Of CBD Coffee

CBD coffee brings the superb benefits of both coffee and CBD together, and it does so as a combination of two natural substances: a natural plant-based caffeine drink, and a natural cannabinoid! Win-win! 

Making CBD coffee is easy, short, and simple. 

Making your own CBD coffee barely takes any more time than having a regular coffee on its own. Be as adventurous as you wish, and use the ingredients below as a rough guide to substitute in / out flavours that you want to taste. We love a simple black coffee, however you could add your own plant milk, use a frother, or go for a turbo-charged aeropress! 

Here are your main ingredients:

Unlike other niche coffees such as Latte’s, Macchiato’s, Flat White’s etc that require a bit more effort, making CBD coffee is super easy as there are really only three simple steps:

  1. Brew a simple black coffee (we use our FAV coffee brand Grumpy Mule, this is their delicious Guatemalan range) – 2x tbsp ground coffee (per cup)
  2. Add in your daily dose of CBD
  3. Stir & viola!

For this recipe we use our popular full-spectrum 500mg 5% Bristol CBD Oil

You can drop your CBD straight in from our Bristol CBD dropper. 6 drops (15mg CBD based on this 5% CBD Oil) is recommended to start but the amount will always be up to you and your body / CBD routine.

Feeling adventurous? Why not try making a CBD Coffee with our delicious Peppermint flavoured 5% CBD oil, which will give your CBD coffee a refreshing and subtle minty taste! 

Have you seen our other CBD recipes?

Check out this awesome Superfood CBD Smoothie recipe, trust us, you won’t regret it!

If you do give this coffee a spin, let us know what you think. Please tag us on Instagram @bristolcbd so we can see your brew!

Happy brewing! 

Anand

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Amazing Superfood CBD Smoothie Recipe

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s an opportunity to literally include as much fruit & veg as you feel necessary! Be as adventurous as you wish, and use the ingredients below as a rough guide to substitute in / out flavours that you want to taste.  

One of these glasses will give you your 5-a-day in one satisfying sip, with the additional CBD dose only adding to it’s tasty benefits. We love using high-antioxidant fruits such as mixed berries because not only do they taste great, they are also low in sugar!

So whether you’re looking for a morning smoothie to kickstart your day, or a lunchtime smoothie to keep your blood sugar levels balanced and prevent an afternoon crash, this recipe is just for you…

Here are your main ingredients (our recipe makes 3-4 glasses)

(We use a Berg Multi Purpose Blender)

  • 1 cup of Raspberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup of Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 or 2 Bananas 
  • 1 Kiwi
  • Handful of Spinach or Kale
  • 3 cups of plant based milk (we love Oat milk)

Now it’s time to add your Vitamin, Mineral, Fibre & Protein rich powders 

(Our favourite brand for powders that we use frequently in our CBD Smoothies is Golden Greens: 100% organic, affordable & high quality! We also love their eco-packaging)

  • 1 tbsp Cacao & Maca Mix Powder (contains Cacao, Maca, Lucuma, Hemp Protein)
  • 1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds (High in Omega 3 oils & great source of fibre) 
  • 1 tbsp Flaxseed 
  • 1 tbsp Beetroot Powder
  • 1 tbsp Spirulina
  • 1 tbsp Wheatgrass

Time to add some CBD Oil for an extra health & balancing kick:

For this recipe we used 6-8 drops of our favourite 500mg 5% Bristol CBD Oil (15mg CBD – 20mg CBD)

Time to blend!

Once blended, give it a taste & see what you think! Does it need to be sweeter? If so, try adding Maple Syrup, Honey or Dates. Feeling adventurous? You could add some Avocado to the recipe…

Again, the beauty of this recipe is that you can mix & match to meet your needs 🙂

Enjoy! 

Koren

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Which CBD Oil Should I Choose?

We normally recommend that people start with our 5% CBD oil as this is the medium strength of our range and most people find that this is the place to be. However some people are very sensitive to CBD oil and therefore it is worth considering starting with the 3% oil if you are concerned about using a medium strength oil.

Most people find that they get the benefits from CBD oil by taking between 10 mg and 30 mg of CBD per day. Our 5% CBD oil has approximately 2.5 mg of CBD per drop, or 7.5mg CBD per spray.

This means that you can start with a very low dose of 3 to 5 drops per day, and then slowly work up until you reach 5 to 15 drops per day.

If you are using CBD oil in order to boost your health quite dramatically, perhaps because you are experiencing a serious health issue; then it is worth considering a stronger CBD product.

Our suggestions would be the following:

10% 1000mg CBD oil 

17% 850mg CBD paste

We offer both dropper and spray bottles and it’s really a matter of choice which one you prefer. Some people like to place drops onto a spoon before they place it into the mouth so that they can mix in a little honey or other sweetener. Other people find that using the spray bottle is easier as you can simply spray the correct amount of CBD into your mouth under your tongue as you see fit.

The World Health Organisation stipulates that CBD is non-toxic, non-addictive, and non-psychoactive and, to date, there are no reports of serious side-effects. If you are taking other medication, you should consult with your GP or pharmacist, to check whether there could be any contraindication

When you first start taking CBD oils, you should start with a low dose, and start increasing gradually, as per our dosage guide.

Once you have decided which strength CBD oil you want to buy then you can simply choose whether you prefer to have a dropper bottle or a spray bottle. The dropper bottles are 10 ml in size and the spray bottles are 20 ml in size so you get twice as much CBD in the spray bottle as you do in the dropper bottle.

If you have any questions regarding which bottle to buy or what dosage to start on please do not hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks,

Bristol CBD HQ x

How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?

Recommended Daily Dosage Guide

 

Everyone is different; everyone’s body is different.  As a result everyone reacts to CBD differently. Some of us are naturally much more sensitive to CBD than others.

With CBD it is important to start with a small dose and build it up slowly. Discover how your body reacts to CBD for a few days before increasing the dose. Some people only need about 10mg of CBD per day, whereas others find that they might require up to 70mg per day (max daily suggested dose).

CBD Oil is twice as bio-available via the gums, than via the gut – which means that it is absorbed much better when held in the mouth for a minute. Spray or drop the CBD oil into your mouth then close your lips and apply slight suction. This boosts the absorption of the active ingredients through the mucous membrane in the mouth before swallowing.

Each of our organic CBD oils has an approximate MG count per drop / per spray associated with it:

Our 5% range of Bristol CBD oils:  

– For the 5% Bristol CBD oil dropper (small 10ml bottle), each drop from the pipette = 2.5mg CBD  

– For the 5% Bristol CBD spray (large 20ml bottle), each spray from the nozzle = 7.5mg CBD  

If using the 5% dropper bottle we would suggest starting at 6 drops per day (15mg CBD) but, after a few days, working up to somewhere between 8 and 20 drops per day.  

If using the 5% spray bottle then start with 2 sprays per day (15mg CBD) and build up to between 3 – 9 sprays per day.  

Our 10% range of Bristol CBD oils:  

– For the 10% Bristol CBD oil dropper (small 10ml bottle), each drop from the pipette = 5mg CBD  

– For the 10% Bristol CBD spray (large 20ml bottle), each spray from the nozzle = 15mg CBD.

If using the 10% dropper bottle we would suggest starting at 3-4 drops per day (15mg – 20mg CBD) but, after a few days, working up to somewhere between 4 – 14 drops per day.  

If using the 10% spray bottle then start with 1 spray per day (15mg CBD) and build up to between 1 – 4 sprays per day.  

It’s important to keep the oil in the mouth for 30 seconds to a minute and try to move the oils around the gums with the tongue so that it can get absorbed through the gum walls.  

More information on CBD can be found in our handy CBD Guide.  

If you start to feel excessively drowsy then lower the dose. If you are using other medication then you should consult with your doctor before using CBD oil.  

Please contact us if you have any questions, we’re always on hand to help guide & support our customers with expert CBD advice.   

Warm wishes,  

Bristol CBD HQ x

The Endocannabinoid System 

The Endocannabinoid System – Why Is It So Important?

We have a number of people asking us how CBD works & why it is so healthy. In short, it’s all about the ‘Endocannabinoid System’ – The Endocannabinoid System has been called ‘the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health’.

If nourished well, and supported with CBD Oil, it has fantastic healing potential.

In 1992, Dr. Rafael Mechulan, an Israeli scientist, discovered that the human body contains an endocannabinoid system. Our bodies create cannabinoids, which are vital in maintaining balance and homeostasis in the body. Unfortunately most of us are unable to create enough of our own cannabinoids and therefore our endocannabinoid system is out of balance.
Until hemp was prohibited alongside cannabis 100 years ago, humans had a readily available source of cannabinoids because hemp was eaten and livestock were also often fed on hemp. Post prohibition, this was largely lost.

When hemp and CBD were legalised a few years ago, many people began to take CBD and other cannabinoids extracted from hemp plants to top up their cannabinoid levels and bring more balance to their systems.

Taking CBD oil helps your body to create more of the cannabinoids that your endocannabinoid system needs to help maintain balance and wellbeing in the body.

Studies have shown that a healthy, functioning endocannabinoid system can help to:

  • Boost immune system 
  • Reduce the risk of disease
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Ease arthritic symptoms
  • Improve skin – e.g. psoriasis & eczema
  • Reduce nausea
  • Relieve muscular & joint pain
  • Alleviate depression & anxiety
  • Manage mood swings
  • Combat addictive patterns
  • Improve sleep difficulties