2018 has undoubtedly been the year of CBD. Cannabidiol (CBD), THC’s non-psychoactive cousin, has been making waves in the health & wellness scene this year, and for good reason! This compound found in cannabis/hemp plants is now known as an incredible remedy for everything from epilepsy and anxiety to inflammation and muscle pain (click here to learn more about the health benefits of CBD).
As CBD has quickly made its way into the mainstream, a whole host of products containing the compound have been released onto the market. Tinctures, lotions, candies, and even bath bombs can now be used to deliver CBD into your body, where it is received by a system of endocannabinoid receptors that live all over our skin, in our gut, our spinal cord, our organs, and in our brains to generate what’s commonly referred to as “homeostasis.” With so many options and opportunities for healing, we’re convinced that CBD can be for absolutely everyone. Here are some easy ways to incorporate CBD into your daily health & wellness routine:
Waking up with anxiety, muscle pain, or an upset stomach can quickly derail your entire day. Whether you’re nervous about a big presentation later that day or just have a crick in your neck from sleeping at the wrong angle, a little bit of CBD in the morning can help you get right back on track. An easy way to get your dose is through a tincture, most of which are taken sublingually (by holding it beneath your tongue for a few breaths before swallowing). A good starting dose is 10-20mg, which is about a half to a dropper full of Medterra MedOil CBD Tincture. Be sure to follow the dosage instructions and check the concentration for any tincture you use, because they do vary widely.
Another easy way to add CBD into a morning routine is to sprinkle a spoonful of Mondo Med’s CBD powder over your morning latte, or drizzle some of Plant People’s delicious CBD-infused olive oil over a slice of avocado toast for a smooth transition into a productive, pain-free day. These hemp-oil infused coffee beans by Elevate are another great way to incorporate the healing powers of CBD into your morning cup of joe.
Instead of reaching for a second cup of coffee, try taking 10mg of CBD for a calm, even energy boost to see you through the rest of the day. Again, using a sublingual tincture is a great option – just make sure that the tincture you use is made with a high quality natural carrier oil and is free from chemicals or synthetics. Hemp oil, grape seed oil, or MCT oil are all great carriers for CBD that help administer the cannabinoids effects in your body more quickly. If you’re in New York City, you can go to The Chill House, a hip cafe serving up CBD infused beverages like the “give me life latte” and delicious “hibiscus milkshake.”
Further, during the day time, topical CBD can be a great way to sooth your muscles and joints. Shea Brand's best-selling CBD Pain Reliever is a luxurious skincare experience that also helps reduce epidermal inflammation and eases localized neuropathic pain. On days when you are stuck at your desk and stressing with no time for lunch or a walk, reaching for a spoonful (or three) of Soul Addict’s Holy Cacao Hemp Butter can help keep you calm while providing nourishment to your body as well. Another easy, quick-fix for anyone dealing with stress, pain, or anxiety during the day is to keep a vape pen in your bag. Stepping outside for a quick walk around the block and a few pulls on a CBD vape pen will get you feeling level-headed, refreshed, and ready to take on the rest of your day.
There is nothing better than relaxing to the max in a hot bath at the end of a long day. Add in a glass of wine, cuddles on the couch, and a cozy, calm feeling (courtesy of CBD, of course) and you’ll feel fully ready to unwind and rest. This bath bomb by Life Flower is full of CBD, flower petals, and a quartz crystal; designed to reset your energy while relaxing your body and mind. After a soak, try applying something like Khus + Khus’ CBD face serum to help repair and nourish your skin. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties make it the perfect ingredient for skin care, especially at night. Finally, if you are looking to try a non-toxic nighttime sleep aid, a dropper full of Yuyo Botanics PM Formula administers just enough CBD and supporting essential oils to lull you straight to sleep – no tossing, turning, or mind racing allowed.
This post was written by Faye Lessler, a California born, New York City based advocate for holistic sustainable living. Faye is the author of sustainable lifestyle blog, Sustaining Life, and is passionate about supporting sustainable brands and making an ethical & eco-friendly lifestyle easier and more accessible for all. Faye is also a freelance writer, consultant, and the Events + Talent Manager for the Ethical Writers & Creatives. Sustaining Life has been featured in Glamour Magazine and has collaborated with sustainability leaders Eileen Fisher, Patagonia, Thinx, and Klean Kanteen.