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Welcome first time guest author, Terence Mann, to the Yoga Living Project as he lays out ways to calm yourself using yoga, CBD oil and meditation. Read below for ideas to help you do what's best for you. Does this spark ideas for you on how yoga is intertwined in your life that you'd like to share? If so, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to contribute to the Yoga Living Project.

 

3 Ways To Calm Yourself: Yoga, CBD Oil, and Meditation

Mind and body are not mutually exclusive entities – they blend and interact to become one’s being. Similarly, meditation does not end at yoga or vice versa.

The connections are very real, and balance is a major theme. As mind and body intersect, we seek to bring them into a state of equilibrium. In yogic poses or movement, we endeavor to harmonize muscles, breathing, and thinking.

In a world full of distractions, pressures, and sensations, meditation brings balance through the simple act of being.

With balance comes harmony and calm.

In fairness to ourselves, complete equilibrium is a tall order in any era. Our modern lives may not allow it. But the very universe seeks to balance itself and calm the chaos through entropy. If this pursuit is good enough for everything in existence, it’s a worthy pursuit for you and me.

Yoga and meditation serve as incredible pathways towards the goal of balance and calm. And cannabidiol (CBD) is yet another tool we might use on our quest.

 

CBD Facts

Misconceptions abound during these early days of hemp cultivation in the United States.

First, it’s important to note the differences between CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

THC is the active ingredient in marijuana. Put simply, it’s a psychoactive substance that causes intoxication. On the other hand, CBD is not psychoactive and does not create a “high.”

Legality is also a major area of confusion.

What’s certain is that the farming and processing of industrial hemp – defined as having less than 0.3 percent THC – is legal at the federal level. In turn, CBD products can become legally produced and sold nationwide. Unfortunately, state laws and the status of CBD at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration make matters less clear.

 

There are different ways of extracting CBD from hemp, resulting in various products. For the sake of brevity, here’s a bullet-point breakdown:

  • Full-spectrum CBD is an extract that includes all cannabinoids including small amounts of THC, terpenes, amino acids, and other substances
  • Isolate contains only CBD, and no other substances
  • Hybrid, broad-spectrum CBD extract contains all terpenes, amino acids, and cannabinoids – not including THC

 

You should also know that studies on the effects of CBD are in the early stages. The results are encouraging, especially as it pertains to anxiety, chronic pain, and inflammation. There's quite a bit of anecdotal evidence of CBD’s health benefits. Again, these show great potential. But medical professionals and academics are calling for more research.

CBD works with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system - a network of receptors tied to energy homeostasis.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the World Health Organization found that CBD “presents no potential for abuse or dependence.”

 

A Three-Pronged Approach

First, let’s address the elephant in the room.

There are plenty of people who have discussed the use of cannabis with yoga and meditation. On the whole, they’re talking about getting high. Often, they try to shoehorn marijuana into the sutras. And yes, cannabis has been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.

I won’t begrudge those who take this approach to their wellness. But I also want to be clear that I’m not suggesting stoned yoga or baked meditation.

In fact, I’m not suggesting anything.

But for those of us who seek balance and calm, CBD may be a valuable asset to our wellness routine.

Those using CBD daily or situationally report a variety of effects — less anxiety, relaxation, better focus, and better sleep. Drowsiness is a stated side effect of CBD products but does not include haziness in the report.

So how can CBD work in concert with your practice of yoga and meditation?

Well, it’s simple really. No matter how many days a week you practice, you still have to deal with the rest of your life. Realistically, it’s possible to devote an hour or so per day to yoga and meditation. But what about the other 23 hours where you are dealing with work, family, or personal stressors?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have something working in the background to help maintain your sense of balance and calm?

 

Choose Wisely

There are several things to consider before you try a CBD oil or another CBD-infused product to supplement your practice.

First, you should consider speaking to your doctor before starting CBD or any other substance. Physicians express concerns about how cannabidiol may interact with drugs or affect certain health issues.

Next, it’s important to research products thoroughly. There is a range of things that affect the end product, such as plant cultivation, processing, and manufacturing. Look for a full list of ingredients and a Certification of Analysis from a third-party lab.

Reviews are a valuable resource as well.

If you’re in the United States, it’s wise to use a product sourced and made domestically.

 

Do What’s Right for You

Yoga doesn’t work for everyone. Meditation doesn’t work for everyone. CBD doesn’t work for everyone.

But CBD may enhance your present routine to help you find greater balance and calm.

How you practice and what to put into your body are deeply personal choices. Make those choices with all the facts and a deep, inward look at your whole self.

 

Be happy and be well.

-Terence Mann

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