If you are interested in elevating your wellness lifestyle, incorporating CBD into your daily routine is an excellent way to do it. CBD has risen from a niche treatment to a wellness super supplement, and has been called “the hottest product in the history of natural products” for the improvement of overall health and wellbeing.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second-most abundant cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, and is known for being non-psychoactive, meaning it cannot and will not get you high. The unique compound’s healing potential is quite incredible, as it has now proven to be successful in everything from aiding in digestion, relieving anxiety, clearing up skin, boosting focus, and much, much more.
Because of its wide range of brain, skin, and digestive benefits, CBD seems to be a luxury vitamin (one that comes with major health advantages). And as you are well aware, there are tons of things distracting us from living our fullest lives – so anything that naturally improves our quality of life, we are game for.
Here, we give you 4 solid reasons to incorporate CBD into your day-to-day so you are at optimal levels of health, focus, and performance, all week long.
1. To Get Rid of Headaches
Headaches, as we all know, can come on for a variety of reasons like not drinking enough water and not taking the best care of ourselves.
The more common cause of headaches, though, is when we are over-stimulated (looking at you, social media) or have over-activity associated with our blood vessels, muscles, and nerves in our head and neck.
CBD can desensitize pain receptors at the nerve level, bringing relief to that throbbing pain that’s keeping you from going about your day.
Tip: Take CBD (in capsule or oil form) the second you feel a headache coming on. If your headache still persists after 15 minutes, take another capsule or a few more drops of CBD oil and rub it on the temples, base of the neck, or wherever the primary pain source is to ensure the throbbing or discomfort stops.
2. To Alleviate Stress
Stress has unfortunately become a normal and expected feeling, often associated with pressures at work, family problems, or feeling overwhelmed with all of the bad things going on in the world.
And while eating healthy, exercising often, and meditating are great ways to keep your mind and body healthy and stave off stress, the unpredictability of life will always find a way to cause us stress, where we won’t have kale, avocados, or our fitness instructors on hand – that’s inevitable.
Maintaining a healthy Endocannabinoid System (ECS) through regular consumption of CBD can result in improved resilience to stress and reduce existing feelings of anxiety and stress that often times feel uncontrollable. And the soothing effects of CBD in this regard are often instantaneous.
Note: When we consume cannabinoids (like CBD), they stimulate the endocannabinoid system, which is a system of receptors throughout our central nervous system and nearly every organ of our bodies (skin, digestive tract, etc.). Cannabinoids, like CBD, are the keys to unlocking these receptors which then aid in our overall health, including strengthening our immune systems, protecting our brains, and helping us manage stress and anxiety. Basically, our ECS keeps our body in a state or balance and harmony, and CBD enhances everything associated with the ECS, making us feel great and healthy.
Check out this post on the Endocannabinoid System to gain a better perspective on its interconnectivity with our bodies.
Tip: Take CBD every morning to prevent feelings of anxiety and stress. For times when you know will be placed in a high pressure or stressful situation like an important work meeting or an uncomfortable conversation with a friend, have CBD tincture on hand for quick and easy consumption.
3. To Clear Up Acne
The skin reflects internal imbalances. What we put into our bodies matters, and has a direct effect on our skin, namely, our faces. Consuming bad things like junk food (sugar, you are the devil) harms our skin which is apparent when we look in the mirror and see blemishes, wrinkles and an uneven skin tone.
On the flip side, consuming good things like plant-based foods of fresh fruits and vegetables causes our skin to react positively. We see this (and feel it) through clearer skin.
As more people are on the hunt for natural skincare products, CBD is a huge win in this area due to its anti-inflammatory properties (as breakouts are caused from inflammation of the skin). Individuals using CBD-infused products like face washes, moisturizers and face creams are seeing significant improvements in their skin — It looks and feels healthier and smoother, and their acne is disappearing.
Tip: Look for a CBD calming face cream and apply two pumps to your face every night.
4. To Manage Pain / Inflammation
Pain and inflammation are so closely related because one usually triggers the other. Inflammation is almost always the root cause of pain (like sore muscles from a spinning class or an upset stomach from eating something your body didn’t like).
Because CBD acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic, it can assist in a broad range of pain symptoms associated with digestion, gut health, and bodily aches and pains that many people experience all the time.
And, again, while sticking to a healthy diet of clean foods certainly aids in a healthy gut, CBD is that extra boost of goodness your body will thank you for, which you will see when your bloating subsides substantially.
Tip: Take 1-2 CBD capsules every morning to combat inflammation and discomfort before it has the chance to ruin your day.
CBD can be administered a variety of ways, including by tincture, oil, topical cream, capsules and vapes, making it super accessible for whatever your CBD needs may be. Because different forms of CBD products contain different dosages, the bioavailability (the ability of the supplement to have an active effect) of CBD differs depending on how it is administered.
For optimal effects, research has shown CBD oil and tincture to be most effective, as those forms of administration enter the bloodstream right away. Whereas with a capsule, it can take up to 20 minutes for an individual to feel the healing properties. So, it really depends on what you are using CBD for (anxiety, skin or other), but a good rule of thumb to go by is start out small (dosage wise), listen to your body, and adjust accordingly. Remember, you cannot get high off of CBD, no matter how much you take.
Working the therapeutic supplement into your mornings and/or evenings could prove to be that little bit of healthy extra you’ve been looking for.
While research on CBD’s health effects are still in a preliminary state, the results are very promising in viewing CBD as an amazing natural product for health enthusiasts and wellness gurus.