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Anxiety & Stress
Written By: Emily Spring
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A trend that’s been growing in popularity in recent years is combining physical therapy activities such as massage, yoga, and meditation with the therapeutic properties of CBD. Naturally, people unfamiliar with CBD may be skeptical. However, with so many people reaping the benefits of CBD paired with physical activity, it’s easy to see why this trend is staying.
CBD’s potential homeopathic stress-relieving effects make it the perfect complement to different types of therapies like meditation. Below, we’ll discuss why that is and then prescribe our best practices for combining CBD with your meditation so that you can find your Zen.
Before we can dive into the benefits of combining CBD hemp oil with meditation, it’s critical to first explain what CBD is and why it’s the perfect complement.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is but one of the 120 cannabinoid compounds that can be found in the complex cannabis plant. When people think of cannabis, most think of the cannabinoid THC, which is the primary psychoactive ingredient that is known to cause the “high” effect and a host of other symptoms, such as:
Both compounds interact with your endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate several bodily functions, including appetite, immune system response, pain and sleep. That said, their effects are quite different. Various studies have shown that CBD has little to no impact on locomotor activity, memory, or body temperature.
But what is it?
In the early 60s, scientists discovered that the CBD compound could be isolated, extracted, and then diluted with oil—typically, hemp seed or coconut. Studies found that it was a THC agonist, that actually counteracted the psychoactive effects of THC.
CBD comes in two variations:
Either of these CBD hemp extracts can be administered in a variety of ways, including:
And what are its benefits?
Over the past decade, the CBD market has burgeoned into a massive billion-dollar industry, making its impact on a wide array of industries including food, beverage, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. There’s genuine market-wide interest in its medicinal properties. Despite the fact that medical consensus remains unclear, studies suggest that CBD is most effective at helping with the following three issues:
CBD is thought to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, respectively. The exact way CBD affects CB1 receptors in the brain isn’t fully understood. However, it may alter serotonin signals. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, plays an important role in your mental health. Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with people who have depression. In some cases, not having enough serotonin may also cause anxiety.
The final benefit mentioned above is one of the primary reasons why CBD and meditation are such a potent combination.
CBD has only recently become a popular method for dealing with stress, whereas meditation has been practiced across the world for millennia. The series of stretches, poses, and breathing techniques provide a host of tangible benefits for people from all walks of life, including:
Available reviews of a wide range of yoga practices suggest they can reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses and may be helpful for both anxiety and depression. In this respect, yoga functions like other self-soothing techniques, such as meditation, relaxation, exercise, or even socializing with friends. By reducing perceived stress and anxiety, yoga appears to modulate stress response systems.
As mentioned, meditation is one of the primary aspects of most traditional forms of yoga and is also commonly associated with the Buddhist religious practice; however, meditation has also become a popular stress relief technique and mental exercise for people spanning all religions and beliefs.
Derived from Latin, meditation simply means to contemplate something deeply. At its essence, meditation is a collection of mental practices meant to create a sense of mindfulness and introspection. It often combines mental exercises with physical movements. And, it typically requires that you center your attention on a single object or thought without allowing yourself to become distracted. There are two primary forms of meditation:
Because so many people in the country struggle with daily stress, a growing number of people are turning to meditation to help them combat that stress. Per the CDC:
In truth, there has been practically no research that conclusively studied the combination of CBD and meditation and whether they are more effective on their own or when combined. And, in all likelihood, anecdotal evidence is all you’ll have to go on, at least for now. That said, we do know this—by themselves, CBD, yoga, and meditation are all capable of helping a person not only manage their stress, but to also reduce its frequency and intensity.
CBD’s ability to help center the mind and create an overall body calm is incredibly helpful, particularly when it comes to eliminating possible distractions. In addition to creating a body calm, CBD can be effectively used to aid recovery, decrease tension, and reduce inflammation that might be caused by more rigorous physical yoga practices.
The best thing you can do is to give this combination a try and experience it for yourself. Meditation is a personal practice to help improve your overall health and well-being; there’s no right or wrong way. So, if you do suffer from high stress levels, chronic pain, or inflammation, why not give CBD a try today?
It could be just the thing you need to find your Zen.
Written by Emily Spring
Emily Spring is the Director of Marketing at Plant People. A longtime proponent of balanced living, she has enjoyed over 8 years driving growth in the lifestyle, health and wellness sectors with deep experience in functional solutions for optimizing anyone's everyday life.
Reviewed by Gabe Kennedy
Co-Founder of Plant People, Gabe Kennedy is an acclaimed chef and entrepreneur. Growing up in a house of healers and herbalists, he is passionate about the power of food as a tool for health, and actualized this passion and belief system into his company, Plant People. Named to Forbes 30 under 30 Gabe has shaped menus and cooked his way around the world with his mission to promote a more communal, green and healthy world.
Gabe is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. You can learn more about his work at his website.
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