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How CBD can enhance the effects of yoga.

Yoga session with the CBD+ products of Bove Health and Angela Velcam.

This trendy new supplement won't get you high, but it will take your yoga practice to a whole new level.

Many of us experience (at the very least) a constant hum of low-grade anxiety as we go about our days. And who could blame us? Our schedules are packed, we pursue professional goals, tend to our personal relationships, juggle finances and (if we're lucky) carve out a little time to indulge in our hobbies and passions.

These constant feelings of anxiety not only hinder our productivity, they rob us of pure, unfiltered, in-the-moment joy. It can be a difficult beast to tame, which is why many people have turned to the practice of yoga as a way to calm down, turn inward and let go. The eight branches of yoga, namely asana and meditation, not only calm in the short term, but also teach practitioners skills to control rather than control the situation, and to approach anxiety with calm courage.

But yoga isn't the only tool in our coping tool belt. With hemp-derived products on the rise across the country, stressed-out people are exploring new ways to cope with anxiety. If the word "cannabis" brings to mind horrible tasting brownies, it's time to take a look at a booming industry. While bakeries are baking biscuits, CBD-infused jelly beans.

It all comes down to CBD, a cannabinoid compound found in the cannabis plant. Although CBD shares some similarities with THC, the most well-known cannabinoid in hemp, there is one big difference: CBD has no psychoactive effects and will not get you high. However, CBD produces a feeling of calm and relaxation that has been shown to make a difference for people suffering from anxiety.

Bringing CBD to the carpet

If the words "calming and gently relaxing" sound a lot like your favourite yoga practice, it's no coincidence - as many yogis are discovering, CBD products and asana practice go together like yoga cushions and blankets: Two great ideas that are wonderful on their own, but totally dynamic together. Since the use of CBD will not get you high, it is totally safe and acceptable to use during yoga practice or any other regular activity.

The benefits of CBD+ use include:

  • Pain relief
  • Relief from anxiety and depression
  • Relief from overthinking
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Increased mood

CBD is a natural fit for a gentle or restorative yoga class, but it can also enhance your experience in a livelier, faster-paced flow or vinyasa style class, especially if you are prone to a wandering mind. How many times have you been in a yoga class and thought, "I'm supposed to be zen! I wish I could silence these thoughts. It's hard to automatically turn off your over-thinking brain just because you've hit the mat. CBD helps.

The CBD can help you to maintain postures that previously seemed painful or impossible.

It can also help those with sore joints and muscles. Here's how: The different cannabinoids in hemp, such as CBD, act in different ways with the body's cannabinoid receptors, located in the endocannabinoid system. This is the same system that activates your brain when you experience pain. When CBD is taken, it interacts with the ECS and encourages it to produce more natural cannabinoids, which help balance the system and produce an anti-inflammatory response. Therefore, it helps to relieve those sore muscles after asana.

CBD can also help prolong the blissful feeling of savasana after leaving the mat. When we feel good, our brain naturally produces and releases a neurotransmitter called anandamide. In Sanskrit, "Ananda" means "happiness", which is why anandamide is called the "happiness molecule". Like all neurotransmitters, anandamide is fragile and breaks down quickly in the body, so it does not produce a perpetual state of bliss. CBD has been found to suppress the enzyme that breaks down anandamide. Therefore, it creates longer lasting effects of the naturally occurring anandamide in our system. In other words, that happy feeling you get from your flow session can be further enhanced by incorporating CBD into the mix.

How to start

To nip any assumptions in the bud (I had to!) - no, it is not necessary to smoke it. In fact, the most effective way is via subliguan (although in Spain it is not regulated, in countries like the USA and Canada it is, and it is something you can even buy in the supermarket). CBD products can be applied to the body as a balm or ingested as tinctures or soft gels. Carlos Vera of Bove Health suggests starting with a dose of 10-15mg (5-9 drops of Balance Oil) and increasing as your comfort level and familiarity with the product increases.

So which one is right for you? As a general rule, the oils start to work faster, in about 15 minutes on average. They have a mild hemp flavour that aficionados describe as earthy.

However, it is important to note that CBD is not a miracle "cure" for anxiety. (And, by the way, neither is yoga!) As explained by Carlos VeraI always tell customers not to go in with expectations. Take the product consistently for a week and see if you feel any different".

Bove Health Yoga Sessions, with Angela Velcam in Valencia

Consistency is the key here; taking CBD sporadically when you feel like it, or remember, will not yield the beneficial results of a regular regimen. (Again, do you notice any parallels with your yoga practice?)

Have you tried CBD products with your yoga practice?

Written by:
Carlos Vera

Carlos Vera

CEO & Founder

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