WHAT IS CBD?
It’s a compound called cannabinoid, and it is found in both hemp and marijuana plants. CBD from hemp is legal with less than 0.3% of THC, and because of the lack of the psychoactive compound THC, it does not get the user "high."
There are several ways to use CBD in conjunction with yoga and a healthy lifestyle. Natural-path Physicians recommends topical usage for chronic pain or even if you’re just sore from yoga, but if you’re anxiety-prone, they recommend tinctures.
Some people turn to yoga for things like stress, anxiety, depression or seasonal disorder. A CBD tincture is one of the best ways. It can be taken alone, you can put it in your smoothie or tea every morning, or add it to juice or a glass of water. It’s generally pretty tasteless and pretty easy to administer.
WHY YOGA + CBD?
The endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating a variety of bodily functions including aiding fertility and pregnancy, appetite, the feeling of paid, mood, memory; as well as controlling the effects of the cannabis plant.
Believe it or not, yoga and meditation have been shown to be able to stimulate this same system in our bodies!
One of the effects of activating the endocannabinoid system in our bodies is the calming and relaxing feeling which yoga can provide, making yoga and CBD a perfect combination!
Another reason to combine yoga and CBD oil benefits is that unlike the compound THC (found more prevalently in marijuana), CBD does not cause extra anxiety. People who have never tried marijuana, or are prone to anxiety could become distracted and overly nervous from using marijuana.
CBD does not have these negative side effects, and will leave you feeling much calmer and relaxed during your yoga practice.
Also, the reason CBD works incredibly well with yoga practice is because CBD is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory medicine, aiding your joints and your muscles during your practice.
Some yoga practices can be high paced and intense for your body, which is another reason being under the influence of a psychoactive such as THC.
During and after these practices, CBD is the perfect medicine to help you feeling calm and focused, while controlling muscle and joint soreness.
Combing CBD Oil or any other form of CBD with yoga is an excellent way to improve your physical and mental condition.
Cannabis & Yoga - An Ancient Tradition
With India being the spiritual home of yoga, it should be no surprise that there is some crossover between the cannabis plant and the ancient yogis living there. Particularly when you consider that cannabis has been used in India since 2000 BCE. In fact, it is suggested that cannabis sativa was the key ingredient in the ritualistic drink, Soma, in the Vedic period around 1700 BCE.
According to the old Hindu poems, so taken was the god Shiva with the calming effects of cannabis, that he brought it down from the Himalayas and gave it to mankind.
In the 19th Century a report for the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission frequently mentions the spiritual significance of Bhang, a milky drink laced with cannabis:
‘The Hindu poet of Shiva, the Great Spirit that living in bhang passes into the drinker, sings of bhang as the clearer of ignorance, the giver of knowledge. No gem or jewel can touch in value bhang taken truly and reverently. He who drinks bhang drinks Shiva. The soul in whom the spirit of bhang finds a home glides into the ocean of Being freed from the weary round of matter-blinded self’.
As well as aiding spiritual enlightenment, Bhang was also seen as having: ‘Many medicinal virtues. It cools the heated blood, soothes the over-wakeful to sleep, gives beauty, and secures length of days. It cures dysentery and sunstroke, clears phlegm, quickens digestion, sharpens appetite, makes the tonic of the lisper plain, freshens the intellect, and gives alertness to the body and gaiety to the mind’. (IHDCR 1894)
Sounds pretty close to the list of health benefits listed by the medical cannabis lobby, right?