My Insight On Using CBD For Meditation And CBD For Yoga
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 and how to combine yoga, CBD and meditation. Plus, I will give my opinion on whether it’s healthy and worthwhile using CBD [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, should we be using CBD in yoga and meditation? And if so, how?
We’ll answer those questions in just a moment. But first, in case you are wondering, just what is CBD exactly?
What Is CBD? [Cannabidiol] And What’s The Connection Between CBD, Meditation And Yoga?
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 CBD and THC is that CBD 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, so we are more able to focus in meditation and yoga.
So, is CBD 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 CBD legal?
That depends on where you live, and actually it changes very often. Most countries and most states have varying laws regulating the use of CBD. 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 is CBD good for?
Evidence suggests many benefits of CBD. In particular it could help with:
- Bacterial infections
- Chronic pain
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Substance Abuse
Great, but are there some side-effects of CBD?
Yes, there are side effects of CBD [although research suggests the side effects of CBD aren’t as bad as what most pharmaceuticals do to you—I digress].
Side effects of CBD range from irritability to nausea. And some people may be more effected by CBD than others. 
Plus, there are certainly people who should not take CBD, including pregnant women.
Bear those side effects in mind if you do decide to try CBD.
So, so far we have both some benefits of CBD and side effects too. What happens when you combine CBT with meditation and yoga?
Benefits of Combining CBD With Yoga And Meditation
If you are interested in combining CBD with meditation and yoga, you are probably looking for a way to stop stress and anxiety, right?
And you definitely are not alone.
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 combining CBD, meditation and yoga will massively reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. And it is certainly more natural than most pharmaceuticals.
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 CBD has over yoga and meditation, however, is this: it is really easy.
Why Everything Gets Easier When You Mix CBD With Yoga And Meditation
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.
Using CBD can make meditation and yoga easier for many people because it relaxes the mind and body before we start are practices.
This makes it easier to focus—and focus is essential for both meditation and yoga.
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.
Which types of CBD To Use With Yoga And Meditation
There are different types of CBD, and choosing the right type of CBD for yoga practice / meditation practice is a matter of personal preference.
The Different Types Of CBD Include:
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.
One Option Is To Try A CBD Yoga Class Or CBD Meditation Class
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 the CBD helps students to relax before they start. Evidence also suggests that CBD is anti-inflammatory  so this would make it beneficial physically for yoga.
As for meditation; CBD relaxes the mind to a degree that many people cannot manage, so by taking CBD some people can improve their meditation practice. For people with arthritis or joint pain, CBD 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 CBD is not too outlandish.
Should You Combine CBD with Meditation And Yoga, Or Not? What do you think?!
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.
On the other hand, CBD 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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Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book: Your Best Meditation