It was only a matter of time, after the legalization of marijuana in certain states, that we would be seeing cannabis in all walks of life, and its impact on wellness has now reached even higher heights (higher…get it? Ok some stupid humor, let’s move on). My inbox, along with basically every wellness and health blog I frequent, seems to be overflowing with this stuff, and I honestly want to get to the bottom of what’s really being offered out there.
Cannabidiol (aka CBD) has been sneaking slowly into wellness, but, as of late, it seems like CBD is the answer to most of our problems. From simple beauty products to alternative medicine for treating terminal illness, there is no ignoring the personal stories of those that swear by the stuff. Cannabis is still considered a controlled substance, which means there is no clinical research backing the benefits, so we must rely on anecdotes for the moment.
With all the negative stigma surrounding cannabis, attempting to break out the benefits of just CBD seems like an unbeatable feat. CBD is one of the many naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis’ most known compounds are CBD and THC, but CBD won’t get you high, while THC contains all of the psychoactive attributes. Evidence has shown that with its high anti-inflammatory qualities, it has made way into products fighting chronic pain, headaches, anxiety and insomnia.
CBD Bath Bombs
The relaxation normally associated with CBD makes it only natural to extend that serenity to the bathtub. The Kush Queen bath bomb mixes our favorite anti-stress essential oils – Lavender, Chamomile and Frankincense – with CBD to boost your mood and help relieve anxiety, stress and inflammation.
Oh the woes of PMS! Sometimes it seems that there is no relief no matter what you take. Whoopi & Maya – started by Maya Elisabeth, a cannabis entrepreneur, and Whoopi Goldberg – offers a line of medical cannabis products especially for women. Soak contains soothing Epsom salts combined with cannabis and oils for that relaxing bath to help you during that time of the month. Savor – magnesium, iron rich raw cacao and cannabis help with those pesky cramps. Then there is Rub, which is a salve with cannabis, white willow bark, ginger and St. John’s wort to help soothe pain and uplift your spirits.
Kana Sleeping Mask
We all love a good mask before going to bed, but this Kana Sleeping mask stays on your skin overnight to insure total relaxation. This green beauty mask is CBD infused with lavender, chamomile, and hyaluronic acid for restorative and anti-inflammatory wonders on your skin.
Cocktails, Tonics and Juices
Cannabis has found its way into our juices and coffees, and the only obvious evolutionary next step is into our cocktails. While we already equate sipping that cocktail to a spontaneous release of stress, adding CBD into our mix should only give us that much more relaxation when we kick up our feet. Bartenders in California, Colorado, and Oregon are shaking both CBD and THC into their cocktails, depending what you are in the mood for. Cannabis concentrates are said to be similar to the taste of bitters, so if you are an Old Fashion lover, try a dash of Cannabis.
One of our favorite go to restaurants in Los Angeles, Gracias Madre, known for their plant based dishes but with a delicious cocktail menu filled with mezcal and tequila, made the Sour T-iesel: tequila blanco, lime, mint, matcha, aquafaba and CBD oil. Want your CBD, hold the alcohol? The CBD Snowcone has lemon, agave, hibiscus hielo respado and cannabidiol oil.
Thinking of making your own CBD cocktail? Most CBD brands recommend starting with 25mg then see if you would like to increase or decrease. If you are mixing it with alcohol, it might be best to mix in about 15mg per drink.
I am already obsessed with Turmeric Tonics, so why not try adding in some of the green stuff? Extra anti-inflammatory goodness right? CAP Beauty has developed The Daily Hit – CBD Oil laced with Reishi mushrooms and adaptogens “to take you higher.” You can use for your salads or sprinkle some into your smoothies and tonics. Just combine turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, honey and CBD oil get that relief from inflammation.
Certain yogis have incorporated CBD with their practice, saying that it helps its practitioners release stress and anxiety, thus being able to focus solely on your breath and movement. Practicing yoga is meant to bring balance mentally and physically, and CBD is meant to do just that as well. So, it’s only logical that the two would become one. If you are in the Los Angeles area, Kalina Salvador hosts Yoga + CBD classes with products from Blue Ridge Hemp Co. I can feel the zen already.
Want to go even further with your elevated fitness experience? Brandon Anthony has also brought to the Los Angeles fitness scene Cannabis and CBD infused dance classes. You can tailor the amount of Cannabis experience, and just dance. It allows you to release your inhibitions, be carefree about judgments and just let the music guide you. You all know I love a good dance class, so next time I am in Los Angeles, I will definitely try this.
Personally, I have not been able to try a single one of these products because I have to wait until I get back to California! Leave us a comment if you have tried any of these Cannabis products and your impressions – or if you have any other suggestions that I should put on my shopping list for next time I go back.