Adaptogens generally refer to a subset of herbs and mushrooms that have been used for thousands of years throughout various cultures to enhance vitality, longevity, and energy. Although, the term itself was only recently coined in the 1940s Soviet Union to research and develop an all-natural, performance-enhancing tonic that would give an edge to their elite personnel including military, politicians, and athletes. The search for the perfect tonic resulted in Dr. Nikolai V. Lazarev to coin the term “adaptogen” describing a substance that helps increase the body’s nonspecific resistance to stress.
While much of the soviet scientist’s initial work was focused on Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) and Rhodiola root the number plants and mushrooms played a adaptogenic role in different culture’s ethnobotany are significant and varied. While all adaptogens help the body deal with stress, the benefits and effect of each in achieving this goal are unique. Some stimulate a heightened sense of clarity, some balance (like Ashwagandha and Hemp), and some enable our bodies to decompress and restore themselves to a more resilient state (like Reishi for example). Ultimately, adaptogens can increase energy levels, enhance cognitive function, elevate mood, strengthen immunity, balance hormones, improve digestion, and reduce anxiety. In conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, adaptogens offer a powerful arsenal to combat the many of the negative externalities encountered in our modern life.
Importantly, adaptogens are not a drug approved by the FDA to be marketed as a cure for specific ailments or modern malaise, but solutions that exist in our naturally occurring environment. Although not traditionally defined as such, DankeSuper believes that both cannabis and psilocybin (rather the mushrooms that contain it) are two highly powerful, members of the adaptogen family deeply underutilized due to misguided law and misconception.
We use the term CannAdaptogen to describe our products because we’re focused on the development of a better understanding of hemp’s phytochemical constituents adaptogenic effects. Yet, just as occurs in Cannabis, adaptogens often realize a more profound ‘entourage effect’ when combined along with various phytonutrients such as terpenes, flavonoids, etc. Ultimately, DankeSuper’s mission is to offer intelligently designed cannabinoid, adaptogen, and phytochemical formulations to help our customers discover solutions that meet their individual needs. It is an evolving, imperfect journey towards a more effervescent, balanced life.