This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.
Like with medical marijuana, CBD oil is great for treating a variety of complex conditions such as pain relief, muscle spasms, and sore muscles, but did you know it can help you just feel better in general? Many people who have few serious health concerns still use CBD oil because of the effects it has on overall well-being. Many have even found it to be an effective muscle rub post-yoga.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil, scientifically known as cannabidiol, comes from the cannabis or hemp plant. CBD is linked to marijuana, but it contains no THC, which is the psychoactive compound that causes a marijuana user to get high or feel stoned. CBD can be viewed as strictly a health supplement and is not something you need to feel bad about using or worry that it’s illicit.
CBD is considered a natural alternative for many prescription and over-the-counter medications. Studies have shown it’s effective in treating chronic pain, epilepsy, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and a variety of other health issues. It stimulates the body’s endocannabinoid system and helps the body feel more in balance. It also has a positive effect on inflammation, which means it could help reduce the risk of many different diseases.
Adding CBD oil to a massage oil or muscle rub can help:
Problems with immunity
Lack of calmness
In addition to feeling better physically, some people find that the topical application of CBD oil through massage helps with skin irritation including acne and rosacea. This is because the oil is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. By using CBD oil for self-care, you might find your skin is less puffy, smoother, and not as tight.
Think of all the reasons you’ve incorporated yoga into your self-care plan. You likely do it because it makes you feel healthier, eases discomfort and stiffness, helps with anxiety and depression, and helps you sleep better.
Adding CBD oil to your after-care regimen can enhance all of these things. You’ll get more out of your yoga practice by adding CBD oil to it.
CBD oil is also all natural and produces very few, if any, side effects. Most people find they are able to gradually add CBD oil into their self-care plan and only experience benefits. As long as you are using a pure, high-quality dose of CBD oil without overdosing too quickly you shouldn’t have any problems adding it to your self-care regimen.
Researchers are not yet sure exactly how CBD oil works, but they do know it’s similar to the body’s natural system of producing cannabinoids. Basically, by using CBD oil, you’re enhancing your body’s own natural tendency to find homeostasis and feel good.
Cannabinoid receptors in your body are responsible for regulating coordination, emotions, pain, movement, thinking, memory, immunity, inflammation, and a variety of other things. The more you do to support this system the healthier and happier you’ll feel.
Originally, it was believed that CBD acted directly on the body’s CB2 receptor, but now researchers know that CBD influences the body to use more of its own natural cannabinoids. CBD oil helps the body do what it naturally wants to do. For example, patients with epilepsy and cancer use CBD oil to help their body combat and control the disease. It is not a cure, but it can help your body better deal with things when there are problems.
How Can You Buy CBD Oil without Problems?
Being a smart and educated consumer when it comes to CBD oil is one of the primary things you can do to ensure you get the most out of a product. If you are buying CBD oil it’s important to consider:
Though the most expensive oil available doesn’t automatically mean it’s the best, the price can be an indication of quality. Buying cheap CBD oil likely means you are getting a subpar product that is more filler than it is oil. Most quality CBD oil ranges from $50 to $75 per 300 mg, so if you see a price far lower than this you likely aren’t getting what you think you’re getting.
CBD oil is great for a variety of issues and can help you live a healthier, happier life, but it’s not a cure-all miracle drug. If a manufacturer is promising its product will solve all of your problems you’re likely dealing with an unscrupulous manufacturer. You’re better off buying oil from a company that provides clear and well-researched information that seems reasonable. If an ad for CBD oil says it will “cure cancer” or something just as hyperbolic, chances are you’re being conned.
CBD oil should not contain any THC or only very minimal amounts of THC and the manufacturer should verify this to be the case. This ensures the product you are taking is legal.
Extraction, Manufacturing, and Testing
The more you can learn about how a company extracts, manufactures and tests its CBD oil the better. Products that are tested by a third party are more trustworthy, in most cases than those tested in-house.
Using CBD Muscle Rubs after Yoga
So, now that you know how to shop for CBD oil, you can incorporate it into your post-yoga routine. This is one of the easiest ways to introduce CBD oil to your body. You don’t need to take anything internally—just add a few drops to a carrier oil or blend it with your usual over the counter muscle rub product. It can also be a great addition to homemade oil blend made with essential oils. This way you are getting the benefits of CBD oil, as well as those aromatherapy benefits and direct benefits of essential oils.
A muscle rub post yoga can enhance the benefits of your yoga practice and help you transition from your practice into your next activity. Many people find that finishing off a yoga session with a CBD oil rub helps them get excited for the day ahead—if they practice in the morning—or it helps them drift off to a night of restful sleep, if they practice at night.