Updated: Nov 16, 2021
This trendy new CBD product won’t get you high, but it will take your yoga practice to an entirely new level of chill. Many of us experience being overwhelmed in our daily routine as we move about our days. Our schedules are jam-packed, chasing career goals, tending to our personal relationships, juggling finances, and squeezing in a little time to pursue our hobbies and passions.
These ever-constant feelings of pressure not only hinder our productivity, they steal our pure, unfiltered, in-the-moment joy. It can be a challenging beast to tame, which is why so many people have been turning to a yoga practice as a way to relax and unwind. All eight limbs of yoga and meditation, not only soothe in the short-term, but they also teach practitioners skills for checking in rather than checking out.
It all comes down to CBD, a cannabinoid compound found in the cannabis plant. Although CBD shares some similarities with THC, hemp’s better-known cannabinoid, there is one big difference: CBD has no psychoactive effects and won’t get you high. What CBD does deliver on, however, is a calming, gently relaxing vibe that has truly been known to make a difference in…..
Bringing CBD Onto the Mat
If the words “relax and unwind” are sounding a lot like your favorite yoga practice, that’s no coincidence. CBD products and yoga practice are could good combo together. It is acceptable to use during a yoga practice or any other regular activities. Benefits of using CBD include:
Relief from overthinking
CBD is a natural fit for a restorative-style or gentle yoga class, but it can also enhance your experience in a more upbeat, quicker-paced flow-style or vinyasa class, especially if you’re prone to a wandering mind. It’s hard to automatically turn off your overthinking brain simply because you’ve hit the mat. CBD helps.
It can also aid those with sore joints and muscles. Here’s how: The different cannabinoids in hemp, such as CBD, work in different ways with the cannabinoid receptors in the body, located throughout the endocannabinoid system. When taking CBD, it interacts with the ECS and encourages it to produce an increased number of natural cannabinoids, which helps to balance the system and provides a sense of relaxation.
CBD can also help to prolong the savasana feelings of bliss after you leave the mat. When we are feeling good, our brain naturally produces and releases a neurotransmitter called Anandamide. In Sanskrit, ‘Ananda’ means ‘bliss’, which is why Anandamide is aptly named the ‘bliss molecule’. It’s been found that CBD suppresses the enzyme that breaks down Anandamide. In other words, that blissful feeling you get from your flow session can be enhanced even more by incorporating CBD into the mix.
How to Get Started
To nip any assumptions in the bud, no, it doesn’t need to be smoked. CBD products can be applied to the body as a salve or ingested via tinctures or soft gels. Suggest starting with a 10-15mg dose and increasing with comfort level and familiarity.
So which one is right for you? As a general rule, tinctures with a an earthy taste begin acting faster than softgels—about 15 minutes, on average. If you’re looking to minimize taste, softgels might be a better fit, although you’ll want to note the difference in acting time: they take a little longer to reach the system, around 35 minutes on average. The salves can be implemented in a part of a self-care routine, and are particularly nice when applied after a shower, before or after yoga, or just before bed.
Take the product consistently for a week and see if you feel any different!