Last year, Americans were more stressed, angry and anxious than they had been in a decade, according to a poll of 150,000 individuals. The worries and woes of our culture have generated greater interest in stress-relief modalities, whether they be supplements like CBD or ancient mindfulness practices like yoga, qigong and meditation.
It’s not difficult to incorporate cannabidiol (CBD) into your mindfulness or yoga practice. CBD is one of the compounds in the hemp plant; it works directly with your body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps your body maintain balance in light of internal or external pressures. Unlike its psychoactive and better-known cousin, THC, CBD is non-intoxicating.
Here are three ways to incorporate CBD products into your daily yoga and meditation practices.
As you prepare for your mindfulness practice, simply put a dropperful of CBD oil under the tongue and allow it to be absorbed through the local blood vessels for at least 60 seconds before swallowing the remainder of the oil. Try different doses to find a strength that works for you.
If you’re practicing at home, try an alternate nostril breathing technique for three-to-five minutes by sitting in a comfortable position, spine tall, and making a “U” shape with the index finger and thumb of your dominant hand. Close your left nostril as you inhale, long and deeply, through your right nostril. Holding your breath, close your right nostril and exhale out of your left nostril. Now close your right nostril, inhale and repeat the sequence.
Bringing a hot cup of tea into your yoga practice (or, in the warmer months, a cool fruit-infused water) is never a bad idea. Sipping a liquid throughout a yoga sequence, whether it’s challenging or easy, prevents your body from getting dehydrated. The next time you bring a reusable mug or tumbler of your favorite beverage to class, consider adding a dropper of CBD. Since Vitagenne’s CBD Pure Wellness Oil is simply pure organic CBD isolate mixed in MCT oil derived from coconuts, it’s easy to add to any beverage, particularly smoothies, which are blended and allow for a more even dispersion of the CBD in the drink.
In addition to adding CBD Pure Wellness Oil to your in-class drink, be sure to apply Vitagenne’s Pure Relief CBD Cooling Cream to the muscles you activated after you get out of the shower. The cream, which contains a proprietary mixture of eucalyptus oil, menthol, shea butter and aloe vera, is both cooling and hydrating, helping your skin glow while soothing your muscles, as well. For best results, experiment with either the 300-milligram or 750-milligram strengths.
Nikki Fotheringham is an environmental journalist and campfire cooking author. She is the editor of Greenmoxie.com where she shares green-living tips and helps people to live a more sustainable life.