Could CBD Improve Your Yoga Practice? 3 Surprising Facts You Might Not Know
With cannabis legalization making massive headway around the globe, never before have there been as many people looking at this medicine with open eyes as there are today. People are rediscovering all kinds of uses for the long-stigmatized plant. Particularly interesting is the vast amount of research into one of the compounds in both cannabis and hemp plants – cannabidiol, or CBD.
CBD doesn’t get you high, like recreationally-coveted tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It does, however, have some much more interesting sub-perceptual effects. People are finding it useful for all kinds of physical and mental ailments including anxiety, muscle pain, lack of focus, trouble sleeping, and inflammation.
Given this list of seemingly magical properties, many yoga enthusiasts are starting to explore the use of CBD in their practice. They’re finding all sorts of benefits from their experimentation too. Here are some early observations.
Yoga and stress
Many people use the practice of yoga to combat stress and anxiety. In the mile-a-minute, never-stop world we live in today, more people are reporting feelings of depression and associated mental health issues than ever before. Interestingly, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that CBD is useful in treating anxiety, stress, and other mental illnesses.
Given that both yoga and CBD provide relief from the often-crippling symptoms of mental health issues, it’s only natural that some people would combine the two for maximum therapy!
Cannabis and hemp plants are loaded with terpenes. It’s those terpenes that are responsible for the interesting tastes and smells of plants like cannabis, lavender, thyme, rosemary, and pine. They are also behind many of these plants’ therapeutic qualities. For example, CBD is rich in a terpene called Linalool. Linalool, when used as a treatment, has been linked with reduced symptoms of anxiety and stress. Since it contains no THC, it won’t get you high either. It’s therefore perfectly safe to use either at a home yoga session or during a class.
Yoga has long been associated with stress and anxiety relief. There are specific poses and routines designed to treat such mental health issues. Of course, yoga isn’t a miracle cure but the anecdotal evidence of a growing group of practitioners suggests that it does indeed work. Similarly, getting into a routine with CBD use seems to be the general consensus of how it can best treat anxiety.
Focus on the practice
Getting to a yoga class isn’t always easy. Fortunately, there are loads of great online resources that mean wherever we have our mat, we can get a bit bendy! That said, it can be difficult to focus and stay with a routine when you’re following along from a laptop balanced on the corner of your bed or dining table. If you’re having trouble staying focused during your yoga practice, CBD might be a great addition to your routine.
If you know you have half an hour to get in some yoga later in the day, take a few drops of CBD tincture or a CBD capsule about 20 minutes to half an hour before you plan to start. By the time you’re ready to start, the medicine should be beginning to work. CBD can stop the mind wandering, which as we all know, can be a real distraction when we’re trying to focus exclusively on our breathing as part of a meditative routine.
CBD can even help after a yoga session. If perhaps you did a little too much and stretched yourself in a way your body really wasn’t happy with, the use of a CBD salve applied topically can help to alleviate the pain associated with overworked or pulled muscles.
CBD stimulates a network of receptors in all our bodies. This is known as the endocannabinoid system. The CBD you take via a vape pen, tincture, edible, or even smoked in good old cannabis, encourages your endocannabinoid system to produce more natural cannabinoids that go to work soothing the inflammation. This can be great for those just starting out at yoga, returning from a long absence, or really trying to take their yoga game to the next level!
Add CBD to your yoga routine today
CBD products contain, at most, trace amounts of THC. Manufacturers usually use a hemp plant rather than a cannabis plant. Hemp contains very small amounts of THC and certainly not enough to get you high. This means that CBD is totally legal and can be incorporated into your yoga routine today.
By combining the practice of yoga with the ingestion of CBD, you can look forward to the following benefits:
- Increased longevity – Your mind will focus on the practice more easily and muscles will be looser.
- Reduced stress and anxiety – The combination of yoga and CBD is proving to be a powerful treatment for certain mental health issues.
- Recovery – The pain-relieving qualities of CBD can be just what the doctor ordered following an epic session on the mat!
With zero reported negative consequences, no feelings of spaced-out-ness, and ever-increasing volumes of anecdotal evidence supporting the use of CBD with yoga, giving it a try for yourself seems a no-brainer! Who knows, it might become an integral part of your practice!
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