Meditation, exercise, diet, supplements, and therapy: these are all standard ways that people seek a healthier, more fulfilling life.
Today, though, many constituents of the cannabis plant are finding their way into mainstream wellness regimens, and Cannabidiol is one of the most popular therapeutic components being utilized. CBD is non-intoxicating and will not get the user high like THC, but it is a powerful mood-altering compound that can impact the entire body in positive ways. It has been shown to regulate inflammation, pain, anxiety, sleep, skin health, and immune system function, to name a few.
From ingesting CBD oil sublingually to using Cannabis-infused skin care, research is indicating that the health benefits are second to none. Great news for those who have stayed away due to regulations, with CBD from hemp you no longer have to get a medical marijuana license or buy it off the streets to treat your chronic pain. Now, all adults have access to this plant and its vast array of benefits.
What are the benefits of Cannabis and how would I incorporate it into my current lifestyle?
Let’s face it, we all have something that’s imbalanced in our lives. Several things for the majority of us! CBD works with a number of systems throughout our body to help bring them back into homeostasis, a.k.a. balance:
*We can easily administer it through topical applications like muscle salves and face creams.
*Consume it internally via sublingual, edibles, and sprays.
*A small amount under the tongue, in tea, or mixed into a morning smoothie is an accessible way for people on the go to reap the powerful benefits.
*Receiving a CBD-infused massage or facial is also an excellent way to bring healing to both the mind and body.
One of the most powerful benefits of CBD is its ability to regulate the stress response and relieve feelings of anxiousness, general stress, and depression. In a 2014 study conducted on animal models, CBD was found to have both anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects, something that a vast majority of Americans deal with. CBD been found to have incredible effects on improving sleep quality and alleviating disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea.
When it comes to exercise recovery, there’s just nothing better. Everyone, from weekend warriors to professional athletes, suffers from some sort of soreness, tiredness or even feelings of nausea. Pre-and post-workout, CBD may help speed up the body’s natural recovery time, improve recovery of tissues, nerves and bones, reduce pain and nausea during and after exercise, and minimize any negative effects on the body.
CBD is also an effective anti-inflammatory agent that has been found to reduce both chronic and acute pain. Studies shows that CBD reduces pain related to inflammation and is promising as an osteoarthritis treatment. With inflammation being the root cause of many skin ailments–from acne, aging and pigmentation, to psoriasis and eczema, use in skin care and wellness centers is gaining acceptance and is in high demand.
The time is now. Whether it be for preventative reasons, or to treat an ailment, incorporating CBD into your daily routine may be the best thing you’ve ever done for yourself.
Shauna Blanch is the COO & Co-owner of Color Up Therapeutics, a Denver, Colorado-based cruelty-free, all-natural CBD company led by a team focused on putting products into service and educating the community. Blanch is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Reiki Master and yoga teacher.