CBD and Yoga
Bring an ancient healing plant to your practice.
In this busy and stressful world, a yoga practice takes you to moments of tranquility, allows you to turn inward and reminds you to breathe. You can improve your practice with accessories: a mat, blocks for support, cushions to relieve tension, soft straps to extend stretching.
But, what about adding CBD to your yoga practice?
Cannabis has been used for centuries in spiritual practices. A mixture called Bhang, a mixture of cannabis, milk, and spices, was consumed as part of the Hindu tradition and is still consumed by yogis today. It is said that cannabis is one of the five sacred plants referred to in the Vedas, ancient Hindu texts. Keep in mind that while Ayurvedic teachings accept cannabis as a medication, recreational use of the plant is not recommended.
If you have never tried cannabis with yoga, a practice often called "Ganja Yoga", you can start with a non-intoxicating cannabis compound. The main chemical compounds in cannabis are called cannabinoids, and they interact with the receptors in your body to promote a variety of effects, some of which may be beneficial for your yoga practice when consumed in moderation.
You may be familiar with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), an active ingredient in the cannabis plant that produces a feeling of euphoria and can alter your brain's perception, that feeling of being "high".
CBD (cannabidiol) can provide a subtle relaxation without the "high", so it is an appropriate starting point to introduce plant medicine in your yoga practice.
According to reports from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, part of the National Health Institute, CBD can be effective in several ways:
As an anxiolytic for the fight against anxiety.
To reduce inflammation, both topically and systemically.
To reduce pain as a neuroprotective antioxidant.
If you live in a place where the CBD is legal and you want to incorporate it into your practice, ingesting an oil with CBD could be a more convenient introduction to the beneficial elements of the cannabis plant than smoking or vaping. A dose of CBD oil under the tongue can relieve pain and improve healing over time.
Follow the common "start small and go slowly" tips. Unlike THC, which provides effects that are felt relatively quickly, in a few seconds, minutes or hours after consuming them, CBD requires time and regular use to begin to obtain all the benefits.
The consumption of CBD to improve your practice is a personal choice that requires investigation on your part. Be aware of why you would like to add plant medicine to your practice.
Approaching CBD to relax, calm down and heal is a good place to start.