Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a new marijuana derivative, a plant compound known as a cannabinoid, that has seen an increased presence in the wellness and alternative medicine market in the past few years. With the loosening of cannabis laws and the dispelling of persistent myths about the plant, and CBD in particular, many consumers have added the substance in their everyday routine.
People who have turned to CBD for anxiety relief and pain management have done so because, unlike cannabis’ psychoactive compound—THC—CBD does not cause a high. Consumers can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of cannabis products without worrying of psychotropic consequences. This is why wellness-oriented individuals have suggested that you can combine CBD consumption with a yoga routine.
How Does CBD Work?
When someone’s skin absorbs CBD, it activates their endocannabinoid system, which aids in regulating the nervous and immune systems, responding to aches and pains. Our cannabinoid receptors, and in particular those in the peripheral and central nervous systems, make your brain sense that you’re feeling pain or aches in your joints and muscles. These receptors, in turn, signal our brain to desensitize the pain at the site of it.
Why combine CBD with yoga?
Yoga is popular among many different demographics for being able to treat several aches and pains, particularly in the neck and lower back. In a study, 66% of the people who reported pain in a particular area in their body said they also saw improvement in their bone, muscle, and joint pain after yoga.
Combining these two wellness methods is vital. CBD acts in a fast and efficient way on our pain receptors, without the risk of physical and mental exertion. This works in conjunction with the mindfulness and physical exercise that yoga offers. Practitioners would introduce themselves to a more holistic approach to daily mental and physical wellness.
In fact, CBD and yoga can help put our systems at ease, moving them from “fight or flight” response, which is the norm for moments of anxiety, to state of “rest or digest”. When working in conjunction, yoga and CBD are also more effective in the treatment of everyday physical problems like inflammation and joint issues.
When and how to combine
You can consume CBD in many forms. If both CBD and yoga are part of your daily routine, the best way to go about it incorporating this combination would be taking a few drops of CBD oil or another kind of edible a short while before climbing onto the mat for your yoga. If you are taking a CBD supplement with food, it is important to remember to give it enough time to kick in, as it would be digested with that meal.
Alternatively, and if you are worried about areas like wrists and elbows that are sensitive to yoga pain, you could apply CBD lotion on those areas. Human skin absorbs cannabidiol much faster than our digestive system, allowing you to begin physical activity almost immediately.
Yoga has been seeing an increase in popularity for many decades now, and cannabidiol is swiftly catching up. With virtually no side effects and excellent synergy, combining the two could be what you need to take your daily exercise routine to the next level of wellness.
Isabella is a freelance writer from Los Angeles specializing in writing for the holistic health and cannabis industries. She’s also a full-time yoga enthusiast and an advocate for mindful wellness.