Let’s be honest: the prominence of CBD products can be overwhelming — especially for cannabis neophytes still trying to get their heads around the fact that CBD, one of many cannabinoids in the marijuana plant, is NOT THC (another cannabinoid with different properties), and as such, will in no way make a person “high.”
But even though it’s widely known that CBD has zero psychoactive effects, it makes sense that a CBD newbie might ask: if it doesn’t get me high, what is CBD actually good for? It’s an excellent question with more than one answer. The truth is that CBD is a multi-purpose powerhouse that has been shown to treat everything from inflammation and insomnia to anxiety and stress. With that in mind, below are 10 effortless ways to integrate CBD into your daily life — for all of the balance without any of the buzz.
1. Breakfast of Champions
Adding a dose of CBD tincture to your smoothie or bliss bowl in the morning is the perfect way to establish an equilibrium of calmness and clarity for the day.
2. Pre and Post Workout
According to Thorsten Rudroff, an exercise scientist and director of the Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory at Colorado State University, there has been “a dramatic increase in the number of older adults and collegiate and professional athletes consuming CBD edibles and oils. By taking them immediately after exercise, they aim to recover quickly and effectively. Some believe that CBD reduces the body’s tendency to break down tissues and promotes muscle growth,” reports U.S. News.
3. Sexy Time
CBD is great in the bedroom for the very simple reason that it helps folks to relax. It’s also great for sufferers if pelvic pain during sex (it’s a thing). You can either take it as an edible or tincture, or use the oil as a lube.
4. You Glow Girl
Here’s a pro-tip, which is our founder Casey Cooper’s go-to CBD beauty hack: use CBD oil all over your face at night as bard of your bedtime ritual. You’ll literally wake up glowing.
5. Travel, Don’t Unravel
When you’re on the road, be it for work, play or all of the above, you want to feel right. You want to feel energized, rested and calm. Which is why CBD is the optimal travel companion. A daily dose will help to level out the frazzle that can come with travel logistics; while a CBD Sleep Spray made with melatonin, for example, will help battle insomnia that often comes with jet-lag.
6. Yoga and Meditation
Life is hectic, so getting the mind to quiet can be challenge. Integrating CBD into our wellness practice, be it for yoga, meditation or something else, gently encourages us to settle into our own tranquility, which in turn can allow us to go deeper within the practice.
The widely studied anti-inflammatory properties of CBD make it a no-brainer for bodywork such as massage. For those seeking a more medical message, due to problem chronic pain areas, a CBD Pain Salve, CBD Pain Spray or CBD Pain Lotion can do wonders as topicals during a session.
8. CBD Cuisine
Some are so taken with the wellness returns CBD offers that they’re incorporating it into the very food they eat. Cooking with CBD has become yet another way to keep its benefits coming.
9. Pain Wrangling
Chronic pain sucks. Whether it’s arthritic, sore muscles or any other type of recurring pain, it can negatively alter the quality of a person’s life. Luckily, CBD — in all its forms — has been shown to effectively manage such conditions.
10. Tranquility in a Bottle
Some refer to CBD as “nature’s xanax,” which makes it a great option for people who don’t want to ingest THC, but do seek a calm, balanced baseline without having to resort to strong pharmaceutical drugs.
As with any health supplement, when it comes to taking any form of CBD, make sure to consult with your physician to ensure that it won’t adversely affect any of your current medications.
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