Building a Better You: CBD & Meditation

Building a Better You: CBD & Meditation

CBD and meditation go hand in hand to relieve stress and focus the the mind.

CBD is a great way to help expand your daily meditation practice.

By: Cyrus Sepahbodi

Our daily lives have changed. Managing a career, family time, personal life, and finding the time for self care can become increasingly difficult. Daily stress seems like a common experience for most people. If the stresses of modern life have become too overwhelming, perhaps consider starting your own meditation practice.

Meditation and CBD can help increase your focus and maximize your mindfulness.

MEDITATION & STRESS

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), the most common sources of stress are the future of the United States, money, work, the current political climate, as well as violence and crime. Stress levels are higher than ever among Americans and as a result many individuals are turning to meditation to combat daily stress.

Add meditation and cbd to your daily routine for better health and wellness.

MEDITATE TO COMBAT STRESS

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that:

  1. Among adults aged 18 and over, increases were seen from 2012 to 2017 in the use of yoga, meditation, and chiropractors during the past 12 months.
  2. Yoga was the most commonly used complementary health approach among U.S. adults in 2012 (9.5%) and 2017 (14.3%).
  3. In 2017, women were more likely to use yoga, meditation, and chiropractors in the past 12 months compared with men.
A report suggests that 14.2% of american adults had practiced meditation at least once last year

The report from the CDC suggests that 14.2% of American adults surveyed in 2017 said they had practiced meditation at least once in the last year.

HEMP CBD & MEDITATION

Using meditation to focus and be more present to yourself as well as surroundings is a great way to relieve stress. According to an NIH survey, approximately 18 million people have turned to a daily meditation practice to alleviate stress and tune in to their body. It’s no wonder that many people are also adding CBD to their practice to help center and focus their attention on being present. CBD has several properties that reduce stress and create calm in the body, helping to further the practice of meditation. CBD is non-intoxicating and can provide relief from regular pain, but when combined with mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation, the effects are compounded.

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6 Ways You Can Use CBD for Better Sex

6 Ways You Can Use CBD for Better Sex

by Edie Horstman

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CBD for Sex

For those who suffer from stress, performance anxiety or pain in the bedroom, CBD-infused pleasure enhancers are here to help. In recent years, medical experts and scientists have tapped into CBD’s healing properties, including decreased inflammation, improved gut health, calmed nerves, enhanced sleep and more. However, beyond medicinal purposes, cannabidiol can also be used to give your sex life a boost.

As the non-psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant, CBD can alleviate inhibition during sex, as well as reduce pain during penetration and enhance sensations. In other words, instead of using another substance (i.e., alcohol) to unwind, CBD can provide similar effects without the hangover or fuzzy memories. In fact, because cannabidiol helps with insomnia, incorporating an edible, vaporizer or CBD-infused lube can actually improve post-sex sleep.

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1. Improving Desire


Cannabis can be used as an aphrodisiac in many ways: smoking, vaping, lubricants and eating cannabis chocolates are all popular ways to achieve its aphrodisiac effects. In other words, while the most well-known benefits of CBD are tailored toward anxiety and pain, there’s also a chance that it can help with arousal and desire levels. When applied topically, the CBD and THC dilate your blood vessels, allowing fresh oxygenated blood to flow more easily. In other words, CBD and TCH are vasodilators. Typically, fresh oxygenated blood is associated with increased arousal and stimulation.

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2. Relieving Pain


If chronic discomfort or sexual dysfunction are problems, CBD may also be able to help with pain during sex. Studies show that CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory and can be effective as an adjunct treatment for pain. For example, topical, whole-plant CBD balm can help women experiencing painful sexual intercourse due to vaginal dryness or irritation. CBD lube also does the trick.

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3. Decreasing Anxiety


One of the many ways that people use CBD is to help fight anxiety and improve their mental state. CBD works directly on the body’s endocannabinoid system,  a complex network of receptors in the body that help regulate the nervous system, immune system and the body’s organs. Those receptors, when activated by the body’s own endocannabinoids, can have an anti-anxiety effect on the brain. Furthermore, using CBD in the bedroom can create a feeling of calm, relaxation and elation, translating into enhanced sexual pleasure.

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4. Strengthening Sensations

When it comes to the female reproductive tract, cannabinoid receptors are found in the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina and vulva, and they play a significant role in the day-to-day pleasures and pain associated with sex. These receptors are key in improving low libido and the inability to achieve orgasms. Men experiencing issues with erectile dysfunction may also benefit from using CBD. As previously mentioned, CBD increases blood flow and nerve sensation, which can help enhance sexual pleasure and intensify orgasms for all parties.

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5. Enhancing Foreplay


To help tune into the physical experience of foreplay, CBD lube enhances sensation and climax. Largely due to its ability to repair tissue damage and improve blood flow to the genitals, a coconut oil-based CBD lube is gaining popularity. Combined with THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, men and women report an enhanced sex drive. Plus, CBD lube relieves women of the pain they sometimes feel during penetration as it relaxes the tissues surrounding the sex organ.

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6. Relaxing with CBD Body Oil

Fast-absorbing and lightweight, using a sensorial body oil offers targeted topical relief as well as natural energy. In between the sheets, try a CBD-infused body oil to reduce muscle tension and create a soothing sensation. The therapeutic blend of essential oils combined with full-spectrum cannabinoids leverage the natural power of the whole plant. Before getting frisky, massage your partner’s back and arms with CBD body oil.

Edie Horstman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, wellness blogger, and freelance writer. She works with health-focused brands, co-creating content in the digital marketing space. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

References

  1. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/cbd-and-sex-explained
  2. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cbd-sleep-insomnia_n_5b980bd7e4b0511db3e6c4f4
  3. https://www.greenstate.com/explained/marijuana-aphrodisiac-can-used-sex-aid/
  4. https://www.bustle.com/p/does-cbd-improve-your-sex-life-we-asked-experts-heres-what-they-said-13020539
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  6. https://www.drperlmutter.com/targeting-inflammation-with-cbd/
  7. https://papaandbarkley.com/product/releaf-balms
  8. https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/cannabis-lube-benefits#1

How to Use CBD Oil for Pain from a Sports Injury

How to Use CBD Oil for Pain from a Sports Injury

by Erica Garza

how to use cbd oil for pain after a sports injury

From martial arts fighter Nate Diaz to professional cyclist Andrew Talansky, many athletes are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) to relieve the pain and inflammation of sports injuries as well as to enhance performance. Not only can CBD relieve discomfort post-injury; it can also serve as a protectant. Whether you’re a professional athlete or you just shoot hoops with your friends now and then, here are some ways you can use CBD oil for pain, specifically in relation to a sports injury.

How CBD Works

The cannabis plant contains over 400 chemicals, of which 70 to 120 are unique to the plant and known as cannabinoids. The two major cannabinoids in cannabis are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which makes a person feel “high,” and cannabidiol (CBD), which has no psychoactive effects.       

Along with having antioxidant qualities that reduce inflammation, CBD interacts with the serotonin and vanilloid receptors in the brain, affecting one’s perception of pain. Some athletes report that CBD is so effective in relieving the discomfort of sports-related injuries that it has replaced opioid-based painkillers, which can have highly addictive properties.

Along with relieving pain and inflammation, some research shows that CBD can also serve as a neuroprotectant, which is ideal for football players who are at high risk for concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

In addition to general pain and inflammation, CBD has been shown to relieve muscle spasms, muscle soreness and even help a person sleep better.

Topical Versus Internal CBD

CBD can be used both topically and internally, from balms you apply to the skin to tinctures you hold under your tongue. The most common method of using CBD is oral, ideal for whole-body relief. CBD can be taken as an oil or tincture held under the tongue or vaped, or the remedy is also available in capsule form, which often makes it easier to dose. Taking CBD orally means that it will be metabolized faster, so you can feel its effects right away. This method may also potentially alleviate other symptoms like anxiety or sleeplessness.

When experiencing sore muscles or spasms, CBD applied topically can target the pain directly. Methods available include patches, balms, body oils and even bath soaks. The onset of relief may be more gradual, because it has to pass the transdermal layer, but its effects will also be long lasting, making it a suitable option for chronic pain relief.

CBD Dosage

CBD dosage depends on the user’s specific needs as well as the method used. Though there have been no serious potential side effects, keeping the dosage low (such as 5mg daily) is preferred to avoid intolerance, especially when using capsules, oils or tinctures. This dose can then be gradually increased over time.

When applied topically, CBD can be used more liberally, but keep in mind that its effects may take longer to set in, so patience is key.

It’s always a good idea to talk with your doctor about any pain you’re experiencing to make sure your sports injury doesn’t keep you benched for good.

Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, The Telegraph and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.

References:

  1. https://www.npr.org/2016/09/03/488150508/titans-linebacker-derrick-morgan-to-nfl-consider-the-benefits-of-marijuana
  2. https://www.si.com/nfl/2016/07/12/cannabis-cte-treatment-kannalife
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What Is the Role of the Endocannabinoid System?

What Is the Role of the Endocannabinoid System?

by Edie Horstman

what is the role of the endocannabinoid system

You are likely aware of the 11 major organ systems in the human body: circulatory, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic and digestive systems. Combined, these systems do everything from circulating blood and filtering oxygen, to allowing you to lift weights and run on the treadmill.

However, there is also the endocannabinoid system (ECS). While it is less well-known than the other major organ systems in the body, the ECS is deeply involved in establishing and maintaining human health in various ways.

Discovery

The ECS was first discovered in the 1990s by Dr. L.A. Matsuda. Dr. Matsuda was the first to describe the structure and functional expression of the cannabinoid receptor, CB-1. At the time, scientists were trying to understand how THC—the primary psychoactive substance in marijuana—affected the body. What they discovered was a remarkably complex network of cannabinoid receptors (CBr) expressed in cells of both the central and peripheral nervous system.

Since then, other cannabinoid receptors have been identified as well, including cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB-2). CB-2 is found primarily in the immune system, digestive system and many of the body’s major organs.

The discovery of CB-1 and CB-2 changed everything. It prompted a hunt for the body’s own cannabinoid-like chemicals that naturally interact with these receptors. Over time, doctors, researchers and scientists have unveiled the endocannabinoid system as a whole. The ECS has three parts: endocannabinoids (cannabis-like substances that naturally occur inside the body), receptors in the nervous system and around your body (that endocannabinoids and cannabinoids bond with) and enzymes (that help break down endocannabinoids and cannabinoids).

Homeostasis

While the size and scope of the endocannabinoid system is still being discovered, the ECS is crucial for homeostasis. The body naturally wants to keep its internal environment stable, regardless of the circumstances in the outside world. In order for homeostasis to occur, the body activates ECS to help correct it.

For example, when you’re feeling exhausted and can’t keep your eyes open, that’s ECS reminding you it’s time for sleep. When your body is perspiring at the gym, that’s ECS helping you cool down. In other words, when your temperature is too hot or too cold, your heart is beating too fast or your hormones are unbalanced, ECS steps in.

The ECS and Cannabinoid Receptors

When something is operating out of range in the body, the ECS uses cannabinoid receptors found in select tissues to initiate homeostasis. As mentioned earlier, humans have at least two types of cannabinoid receptors: CB-1 and CB-2. CB-1 is in the central nervous system (brain and nerves of the spinal cord), and CB-2 is in the peripheral nervous system (nerves in your extremities), as well as the digestive system and specialized cells in the immune system.

Through these receptors, the ECS assists in regulating a variety of important functions, such as appetite, digestion, immune function, inflammation, mood, sleep, reproduction, memory and pain. By stimulating the endocannabinoid system, CBD promotes homeostasis, reduces pain sensation and decreases inflammation.

CBD Oil as Pain Relief

Because cannabis products can stimulate activity within the ECS, they’re used to target issues like insomnia, anxiety, pain and more. In terms of pain specifically, CBD oil is known to relieve discomfort caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, back spasms, migraines and muscle soreness. Instead of using over-the-counter prescriptions, using an alternative—like CBD oil—can provide an all-natural solution to chronic pain.

In essence, while the ECS responds to the endocannabinoids produced in the body, it also responds to external cannabinoids, like CBD. Introducing CBD to the body can help reduce the symptoms of a wide range of illnesses, and doses vary from person to person.

See below for our recommended daily dose, but please consult with your physician before incorporating CBD into your wellness routine.

Recommended Daily MG Dose
WeightEveryday WellnessMediumChronic Conditions/Pharma*
1252563250
1503075300
1753588350
20040100400
*High is very chronic pain + severe epilepsy. Low is everyday wellness.

Edie Horstman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, wellness blogger, and freelance writer. She works with health-focused brands, co-creating content in the digital marketing space. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

References:

  1. https://www.verywellhealth.com/organ-system-1298691
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2241751/
  3. https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-the-endocannabinoid-system-4171855
  4. https://terpenesandtesting.com/category/science/endocannabinoid-system-homeostasis/
  5. https://www.verywellhealth.com/cbd-oil-for-pain-4177627

Why Topical CBD Oil Is Just as Effective as Consumed CBD

Why Topical CBD Oil Is Just as Effective as Consumed CBD

by Natasha Burton

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There are several methods for using CBD oil and reaping its benefits. As you’re likely aware, it can be ingested through vaping, pill form or used topically as a cream, among other means. But, depending on what you’re using CBD for, the method can really matter.

For instance, when using CBD for pain management, topical oils could be an easy, effective option for physical relief. Here’s what you should know about using topical CBD oil for pain.

Topical CBD Oil: Ideal for Fighting Pain

Various research shows that topical CBD oil can be an effective method to combat chronic pain. From arthritis to general inflammation, studies have found that topical CBD oil can be very efficient for pain management. Another study shows that THC and CBD can relieve pain associated with multiple sclerosis. There’s also research finding that CBD can help with more minor forms of discomfort like cramps and headaches. However, since some of these studies have been performed on animals, further research is needed to confirm CBD oil’s pain-fighting effects on humans.

Topical CBD Oil: How It Works

There are two key ways that topical CBD oil works to fight pain. First, the oil contains what are called endocannabinoids, or body signals that help you notice and manage various functions, including pain. CBD naturally raises the endocannabinoids in your body, helping to relieve discomfort.

Second, CBD helps limit your body’s inflammatory response when you have muscle soreness due to exercising or lifting weights. By working with the natural functions in your body, CBD eases a variety of pain types and helps make you more comfortable, whether you’re dealing with a chronic condition or just have temporary aches and soreness.

Topical CBD Oil: How to Use It

Topical CBD can come in a number of forms, like an oil, salve, lotion or even a patch. There are even CBD-infused bath salts and soaks to give you full-body relief. When you have an area of the body that’s in pain, you can use topical CBD the way you would a lotion to help combat the discomfort. The great thing about topical CBD oil is that it doesn’t enter the bloodstream when you apply it—meaning that it really targets just the area where you slather it on.

And, just to give you a heads up: You need to apply it liberally. Skin is designed to keep anything put on it from entering the body. Choosing a product with a high concentration of CBD and making sure that you apply enough to get into your skin’s pores will give you the best results. If you’re using it in the bath, follow the product instructions for how long you should soak, to really reap the benefits.

Using CBD Inside and Out

Depending on the ailment you’re hoping to ease with CBD, you should use the most efficient method for relief. For instance, if you’re using CBD oil for anxiety, vaping is considered the fastest, most effective means since ingesting in this way can send the CBD and its healing properties straight to your brain. Topicals, by contrast, can take a bit longer to be effective. (And, as mentioned, concentration matters!)

Trying a sample on a sore muscle before you make a purchase can be helpful—you may feel the effects right away, depending on the formulation.

Natasha Burton has written for Women’s Health, Livestrong, MSN.com, Cosmopolitan.com and WomansDay.com, among other print and online publications. She’s also the author of five books, including “101 Quizzes for Couples” and “The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags.”

References:

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What’s a Safe CBD Oil Dosage?

What’s a Safe CBD Oil Dosage?

by Edie Horstman

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Papa and Barkley Product Photo Shoot in Beverly Hills. Brunch and cocktails. Photo Credit: Timothy Kuratek

What Is CBD Oil?

As more states legalize marijuana, the use of cannabidiol oil is on the rise. This non-intoxicating extract is one of the many chemical compounds in a class called cannabinoids which naturally occur in cannabis plants. Once the cannabidiol is extracted from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants, the CBD is diluted with a carrier oil, i.e. coconut or hemp seed oil. Due to its benefits and versatility, CBD oil is gaining momentum in the health and wellness world.

However, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-intoxicating. In other words, CBD is known to deliver mental and physical benefits without THC’s typical side effects that can include paranoia, munchies and dry, red eyes. Plus, CBD comes in many forms: you can drop CBD tinctures under your tongue, whip CBD-infused butter into savory dishes or massage a CBD-enhanced salve into your skin. Currently, CBD oil is available in all states where medicinal and/or recreational marijuana is legal.

Benefits of Cannabinoids

With cannabis websites and dispensaries sweeping the nation, it’s no surprise that CBD-infused edibles, drinks, dog treats and beauty products are becoming mainstream. And, for good reason. By interacting with the brain’s signaling systems, CBD can provide relief from stress, pain, digestive upset, insomnia and even protect your body from neurodegenerative diseases. In every sense, it’s a non-toxic, medicinal powerhouse.

In addition to reducing pain associated with various chronic diseases and lowering anxiety, CBD is also known to have beneficial effects on acne and athletic performance due to its anti-inflammatory qualities. Furthermore, research has shown that CBD oil may benefit those with substance addiction as well as those suffering from seizures.

CBD MCT Oil

CBD needs to travel through the bloodstream to reach its target, whether that’s the brain, immune system or another location in the body. For those looking for immediate, short-term relief, using a vaporizer to inhale CBD products is ideal. On the other hand, to maintain steady levels of CBD throughout the day, an oral product like a CBD tincture or edible is the best option.

In terms of sublingual usage, MCT oil is the most efficient way to consume CBD oil. Medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are medium-length fatty acid chains. A common source of MCTs is coconut oil. Beyond the cannabis industry, MCT oil is also used for better brain function, weight management and hormone balance.

When cannabinoids break down, they are stored in fat, as opposed to water. In other words, cannabinoids are fat-soluble and are best consumed with fat to increase absorption. However, not all fats are created equal—especially when paired with CBD oil. That said, the liver recognizes MCT oils as carbohydrates and directly metabolizes the oil into energy. Interestingly, it does this without causing free radicals because the liver processes the oil as fat. This rapid metabolism puts the cannabinoids to use right away. To summarize, MCT oil can assist with energy, metabolism and brain function, making it a beneficial addition to CBD.

Optimal CBD Dosage

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become the hot new product in states that have legalized medical marijuana. However, depending on your needs, CBD oil dosage will vary. Read below for optimal dosages, whether you’re looking for daily wellness or suffer from chronic pain or anxiety.

Whether you’re interested in reducing anxiety, performing better at the gym or improving your insomnia, CBD has a staggering variety of therapeutic properties. And, although the use of cannabidiol as a therapeutic, restorative substance is in its infancy, medical professionals and scientists are beginning to develop dosing schedules for everything from medical marijuana to CBD.

Once you find your optimal CBD method and dosage (listed below), you’ll want to ensure you’re using a high-quality CBD oil, as some manufacturers are less trustworthy than others.

Recommended Daily MG Dose
WeightEveryday WellnessMediumChronic Conditions/Pharma*
1252563250
1503075300
1753588350
20040100400
*High is very chronic pain + severe epilepsy. Low is everyday wellness.

Depending on your weight and pain level, you can adjust the amount you take daily. Keep in mind that, if you’re concerned about taking too much, we recommend speaking with a trusted medical professional before embarking on your CBD journey.

Edie Horstman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, wellness blogger, and freelance writer. She works with health-focused brands, co-creating content in the digital marketing space. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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