Long working hours, illnesses, deadlines, relationships, divorces, finances, politics…all these are part of the modern lifestyle. The number of people suffering from chronic stress and anxiety is constantly increasing.
According to the American Institute of Stress, 73% of people regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress, and 33% of them feel they are living with extreme stress.
Stress isn’t a medical condition, which means that there is no specific treatment for it. However, there are certain medications which can help to manage or reduce the symptoms of stress:
- Antidepressants (if you’re suffering from anxiety or depression)
- Minor tranquilizers or sleeping pills (if you have trouble sleeping)
- Medication used to treat physical symptoms of stress, like high blood pressure or irritable bowel syndrome.
But these medications are not always effective and often come with a number of unwanted side effects. For that reason, many people are turning to alternative treatments that help them to relax their mind and body. One of the most effective ones is meditation and also , CBD.
But can these two popular natural treatments be combined to improve your overall health? Read on to find out.
What is Meditation
The word ‘meditate’ is derived from Latin, and it means to think deeply or reflect upon something.
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses techniques (like mindfulness or focusing their mind) to train awareness and attention, and achieve an emotionally calm, mentally clear, and stable state. It involves mental exercises which are in some cases accompanied by physical motions.
Meditation has remained popular due to its wide range of health benefits, accessibility, and the fact that it is easy to learn. Along these lines, meditation is very similar to Cannabidiol (CBD), which is also very easy to use and is very beneficial for the mind and body. The question is, can meditation and CBD work together?
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation has a number of psychological and physiological benefits on the mind and body. They include:
- Relaxation of body and mind
- Improved overall health
- Improved emotional wellbeing
- Reduced stress levels
- Reduced anxiety
- Relief of depression
- Reduced heart rate
- Improved sleep
- Improved attention and focus
- Increased self-image and self-awareness
- Pain control
- Enhanced positive thinking and optimism
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)
CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the 100+ chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is very similar to THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), another major cannabinoid found in cannabis, but cannabidiol doesn’t have any mind-altering effects. In other words, CBD won’t make you ‘high’ but it will calm your mind down and relax your body.
CBD is believed to be efficient in the prevention and treatment of various conditions and diseases and conditions, including:
- Bacterial infections
- Chronic pain
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Substance Abuse
The effectiveness of CBD in cancer treatment and prevention is still being investigated. However, evidence suggests that CBD helps alleviate cancer symptoms and adverse effects caused by chemotherapy. Furthermore, the ability of CBD to inhibit the growth of tumor cells and reduce inflammation makes it a promising cancer treatment alternative.
Is CBD Legal in the States?
As of 2019, Cannabidiol products are legal throughout the States thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. This act reclassified hemp as an agricultural commodity and made it legal nationwide. As a result, you can now buy hemp-derived CBD products in Delaware, as well as the rest of the US.
When it comes to marijuana-derived CBD, things are a bit more complicated. Some US States have only legalized the use of CBD products obtained from industrial hemp, but have banned the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The legislation differs in each state and sometimes it can be really confusing. Some of the states that have legalized marijuana-derived CBD require a special licensing or a doctor’s prescription. On the other hand, some states that haven’t legalized marijuana have separate laws that regulate the use of cannabidiol. The amount of CBD an individual can possess or use also differs in each state.
Bottom line is, different states have different laws to regulate the use of marijuana-derived CBD, so it’s very important to check the legislation in your state before you decide to purchase and use CBD.
CBD for Meditation
The benefits of meditation will ensue only if you can calm your mind and block all thoughts that cause stress.
Meditation is a great way to escape the frantic daily life and restore your mind and body, but you need to be fully focused. CBD is a perfect solution for those who find it difficult to calm down and quiet their mind.
The connection between CBD and meditation can’t be denied. Similar to meditation, CBD is beneficial for the mind and body. If taken regularly, CBD can produce similar results as meditation, which is why many people decide to complement their meditation sessions with CBD oil or other CBD products.
Cannabidiol interacts with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) and enhances the meditating process in several ways. The use of CBD can help to calm the hyperactive mind, bring insight or situational perspective, increase enlightenment, etc. Combining meditation with CBD can provide improved relaxation, regulated sleep patterns, as well as enhanced concentration and better performance at work.
Which CBD Product Is Best for Meditation
Cannabidiol comes in a wide array of products represented in various flavors, sizes, and dosages. The most popular CBD products used for meditation are CBD oils, capsules, and gummies. You can also opt for liquid tinctures, gel, topical creams, etc.
The question is, which CBD product is best for you? That depends. Soft gels and tinctures allow the CBD to enter your bloodstream, thus affecting the entire body. But if you don’t like the taste of tinctures or you’d prefer not to carry a liquid dropper everywhere you go, capsules are a better choice.
Different CBD products also have a different impact on the body. For example, tinctures act much faster than capsules because they don’t have to go through the digestive system. It takes about 15 minutes for the body to feel the effects of CBD tinctures, whereas gels are usually felt after about half an hour. If you don’t want to take CBD orally, you can try CBD topicals like creams and salves applied on the skin.
Bottom line is, even though different CBD products look and taste differently, they provide the same benefits, so selecting the best CBD product for your meditation routine is a matter of personal taste and preference.
To ensure that the CBD product is 100% natural, buy products obtained with CO2 extraction. This guarantees that the CBD extract is free of metals, solvents, and other artificial substances.
To boost your meditation session, take CBD right before you start.
When it comes to dosage, there is no universal amount that works for everyone. To determine the dosage that works for you, test the selected CBD product for a week and see what happens.
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Paul Harrison, Editor, THE DAILY MEDITATION.