It’s safe to say that 2020 was not our year.
COVID-19 devastation has effectively shaken up every single person’s life in one way or another. Even those who haven’t gotten sick with COVID-19 have still been directly affected by it’s unwelcome presence.
With the world forced to operate in non-conventional ways during most of 2020, it’s true that most people had a hard time coping, and if you’re one of those people, it’s okay to admit that. There were job losses, school closures, and no shortage of loneliness as the world tried to be good during quarantine. It’s been hard times financially, emotionally, and physically.
The point is this, 2020 was awful, but you’ve made the decision that 2021 will be better. And that’s all that matters.
CBD and COVID-19
You’re ready to begin making some lifestyle changes. No matter what 2021 brings you’re going to be prepared. And did you know that there are many ways CBD can help?
In fact, according to the Brightfield Group, more than half of the younger generation’s Gen Z and Millennials alike, have increased their CBD usage as a method of coping with the COVID-19 crisis.¹
It’s true, CBD is not going to solve all your problems. It won’t get you out of any financial trouble, or magically make you stronger or smarter. CBD isn’t going to fix you emotionally either, because that’s a job for you and your therapist.
But CBD can certainly help you with other problems and in other ways that you may not have even considered yet.
In this article we’ll address several ways CBD can help you level-up your lifestyle, but first, let’s make sure everyone understands exactly what CBD is.
What is CBD and Why is It So Popular?
Just in case you need to be brought up-to-speed, CBD stands for cannabidiol, and is a phytocannabinoid found within and extracted from the cannabis hemp plant.
Although it’s widely accepted as a means to ease anxiety and stress, as well as to support elevated mood and general well-being—perhaps the strongest research we have to back the foundation for CBD would be that surrounding its effectiveness in treating some severe forms of childhood epilepsy.² In fact, the prescription known as Epidiolex (used to treat those rare forms of epilepsy) is the only approved medication that contains CBD as of now.³
Ever since the Farm Bill of 2018 allowed for the legal cultivation and manufacture of CBD, you can find a CBD product almost anywhere you turn. The following list is intended to help you learn different ways you can fit CBD into your lifestyle.
7 Ways CBD Can Fit Into Your Lifestyle
One of the most commonly used methods of consuming CBD include dropping it under your tongue, or in the form of a gummy candy.
If this sounds boring to you, or if you’ve grown bored of these methods, read more about these unique ways to bring CBD into your life that you may not have thought of.
Wake up and smell the cannabidiol! This is becoming increasingly popular as more and more coffee brands are coming out with different kinds of CBD-infused products. The appeal here is the idea that you would get all the benefits of coffee, but that the CBD would counteract the not-so-fun side-effects of caffeine like the shakes. Another added benefit of pairing CBD with your coffee is it supposedly prevents the inevitable caffeine crash that sometimes happens during that lull between breakfast and lunchtime.
Regular meditation as a stand-alone is a practice that is known to bring a long list of benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic these benefits might include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing imagination and creativity
- Increasing patience and tolerance⁴
Pairing CBD with your meditation practice is thought to enhance the effectiveness of your meditation session.
Drinking tea has been a method of calming the body and the mind for countless centuries. In fact, research indicates that the consumption of green tea can even aid in lowering cholesterol levels.⁵ Did you know that you can make your own DIY tea with CBD? You can find many methods of doing this with a quick online search, but it’s truly just as simple as making regular old tea. Whether you’re utilizing CBD flower or CBD tincture in your tea, the benefits should be the same.
Many people prefer to steam out their frustrations by means of a long soak in the tub. The stress of the day just seems to melt away right along with the aches and pains your muscles might be feeling. There’s not much else that can top a good bubble bath with some scented candles and a decent bath bomb.
Unless it was a CBD bath bomb.
Tossing a CBD bath bomb into the water could be just the thing you were looking for to take a bubble bath from a mediocre experience to a 5-star self care treatment dripping with spa-quality.
Consuming your CBD with your meals is a way to incorporate CBD into your life you may not have thought of yet. And there are a couple of ways you can go about this. The first way is to drop a CBD oil or tincture directly onto your food before you eat it. And the second way is to actually cook your meals with CBD flower infused into the ingredients. Learning how to make your meals with CBD is a creative and fun way to reap the benefits of a regular CBD regime.
Using CBD as a muscle recovery aid is turning into quite a normal thing for many gym goers. It’s anti-inflammatory properties have many athletes swearing by it and most others intrigued. The number of muscle recovery aids that include CBD in it’s ingredients on the market grows exponentially every day. If you’ve ever considered using CBD during your post-workout routine, there’s never been a better time than right now to go for it.
Along with COVID-19, health professionals are seeing a rise in sleep-related issues across the board. This might be attributed to a combination of factors such as stress, feelings of loneliness, and lack of routines. Some of the latest CBD products are starting to include another cannabinoid that’s been catching attention. And that is CBN, which is a cannabinoid showing promising results as a natural sleep aid. Although more research is needed to be conclusive, the outlook remains bright.
We’re already past the first week in 2021 and you’re not playing around anymore.
After the last 12 months you just went through, you deserve to rise up and go after the life you want. It's time for you to level-up in life and reach your full potential. This is your year. Make it your best yet by using CBD on a regular basis in any of the ways mentioned above.
- Brightfield Group
- Harvard Health
- Mayo Clinic
- Nutrition Journal