There are amazing benefits of using CBD for meditation and yoga. If you’ve been considering using CBD before yoga or meditation, you will definitely be interested to hear about these effects.
Now that hemp-derived products have been made legal around the country, many people are starting to combine yoga, CBD and meditation for a powerful anti-anxiety, anti-stress solution [and if that interests you, you will probably want to read my guide to stopping anxiety with meditation].
In this guide I will show you the benefits of CBD for yoga and meditation, and how you can go about combining the three together. Plus, I will give my opinion on whether it’s healthy and worthwhile [and please feel free to share your own opinion in the comments section].
I’m massively passionate about yoga and meditation. And I also am a firm believer in natural health. We are what we put into the body and mind. So, is it right for us to be combining CBD with yoga and meditation? And what benefits are there anyway?
The Connection Between Yoga, CBD And Meditation
CBD is a cannabinoid compound derived from hemp. It is similar to THC [Tetrahydrocannabinol—one of the 11+3 cannabinoids identified in cannabis] .The main difference between is that cannabidiol is non-intoxicating. That’s right, it won’t get you high. It is, however, one of the best plant extracts for relaxation.
Cannabinoids affect the cannabinoid receptors in the body, which are located in the endocannabinoid system . This system triggers the brain when we are hungry, sleepy or in pain. By taking CBD we increase the number of cannabinoids, which balances the system making us relax. It also slows the mind, which is one of the main benefits of CBD for meditation and yoga.
Is it a drug?
In an article for Harvard , Peter Grinspoon states, ““In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Okay, so is it legal?
That depends on where you live, and actually it changes quite often. Most countries and most states have varying laws regulating use. So be sure to check whether it is actually legal in your own part of the world.
So it apparently is not a drug, and it may or may not be legal in your area. But why should you care anyway? What are the benefits of CBD for yoga and meditation?
Benefits of CBD For Yoga And Meditation
You might be wondering what the benefits of CBD for meditation and yoga are. Other than the simple fact that it is one way to help stop stress [although I will personally always choose to just use meditation for my stress relief].
40% of people struggle with anxiety. And 77% of people frequently experience stress.
While there are tons of medications for stress and anxiety, most yogis and meditators, like you and I, prefer to find natural solutions for stress and anxiety.
Good news is this: evidence suggests that one of the biggest benefits of CBD for yoga adnd meditation is that when combined, these three form a powerful stress release.
Here is the interest thing: yoga, meditation And CBD all share similar benefits:
They all reduce blood pressure
They all calm the body and mind
They all can elevate mood
One thing cannabidiols have over yoga and meditation, however, is this: it’s really easy.
Cannabidiols make life easier
Many people struggle to meditate [if that’s you, read my beginners meditation guide for lots of tips to help you out.
Many people struggle to relax in yoga, too.
And it just so happens that one of the best benefits of cannabidiol for yoga and meditation is that it helps you relax and thereby helps you focus. .
Do you struggle to sit to meditate? Do you find it hard to relax when doing yoga?
If so, you might benefit from using CBD before meditation and yoga. Evidence suggests it will relax you physically so you can sit more comfortably, which could improve your meditation practice.
In particular it could help with:
- Bacterial infections
- Chronic pain
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Substance Abuse
Yes, there are side effects [although research suggests the side effects aren’t as bad as what most pharmaceuticals do to you—I digress].
Side effects range from irritability to nausea. And some people may be more effected than others. 
Plus, there are certainly people who should not take it, including pregnant women. 
Bear those side effects in mind if you do decide to try it.
So, so far we have both some benefits and side effects too. What happens when you combine CBT with meditation and yoga?
Best Types Of CBD For Meditation And Yoga
There are different types of CBD, and choosing the right type of CBD for yoga practice / meditation practice is a matter of personal preference.
CBD Oil: absorbed under the tongue for quick effect. If you combine this type of CBD with yoga, you will feel the difference before you even step on the mat.
CBD Gummies: A slower effect. If you want to combine the gummy type of CBD and yoga / meditation leave some time between taking it and doing your practice.
CBD Terpenes: Similar to CBD oil but combined with natural terpenes to create various flavours.
So, which is the best type of CBD for yoga and meditation?
If you just want the quick relaxation, go with the CBD oil. Unless you don’t like the taste, that is. In which case you might like to take a gummy or terpene alternative.
Be aware that CBD products do have slightly different effects on the body. Tinctures act faster than capsules, for instance. You’ll feel effect 15 minutes after using a tincture (gels take about twice as long). And if you don’t like taking it orally you can try a cream instead.
Either way, you will get the same potential benefits (and the same potential side effects).
There is one very important thing to look out for: C02 extraction.
The best types of CBD for yoga and meditation are ones that use C02 extraction, which is a process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to pull the desired phytochemicals from a plant.  This process helps to ensure that CBD is free of metals, solvents and artificial substances.
Those are the types of CBD used in yoga studios and meditation studios.
Today there are actually proper CBD meditation classes and CBD yoga classes, so to some degree we have to acknowledge the legitimacy of CBD in yoga and meditation practice.
Yoga studios and meditation studios that offer CBD classes do so because it helps students to relax before they start. Evidence also suggests that it is anti-inflammatory  so one benefit of CBD for yoga is that it eases pain.
As for meditation; CBD relaxes the mind to a degree that many people cannot manage, so by taking it some people can improve their meditation practice. For people with arthritis or joint pain, it also helps them to relax physically when they practice.
So certainly there are some potential benefits of CBD for yoga and meditation But should you do it, or not?
The use of CBD in yoga and meditation studios is polarising. You’re probably either very much for-it or against it. It should be remembered, however, that studios have used various plants for a long time, such as in aromatherapy, so the use of Cit BD is not too outlandish.
Yes or no?
If you ask a bunch of yoga teachers or meditation teachers whether you should combine yoga and CBD, you will get some very different answers.
On the one hand there are actually specific Yoga And CBD classes and Meditation And CBD classes that are entirely about combining those two things. Teachers of those classes will tell you all about the health benefits of CBD for yoga and meditation practitioners.
On the other hand, it is psychoactive and displays some properties similar to drugs, which most yoga teachers and meditation teachers are against.
So, whether you want to combine CBD and meditation / yoga is very much a personal decision (so long as it is legal where you live).
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