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2021 begins with a sense of hope that it will be better than a 2020 which was honestly miserable for most people. This year more than many, people are taking the opportunity of the new year to commit themselves to bettering themselves.
Can CBD be part of making your New Year’s Resolution a reality? Absolutely it can! In fact, CBD might just be the thing which turns a 2-week lark into a lifetime commitment to a better you.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which is found in all animals. The endocannabinoid system was discovered fairly recently so there is less known about the endocannabinoid system than some other bodily functions, but studies show that the system and the cannabinoids which interact with it have a role in regulating sleep, appetite, pain, immune response, stress levels, and more. Your body produces some cannabinoids on its own, but the hemp plant produces different cannabinoids and a lot more of them than your body makes.
CBD interacts with two receptors in the endocannabinoid system, called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. That is how CBD can produce the effects which in turn can help you during the new year.
The two most common New Year’s Resolutions are to exercise more and to lose weight. CBD can help with both of those goals. 2021 is now two weeks old and you may be learning that starting to work out or changing your eating habits is difficult. If you are struggling with that new workout regimen or that diet, CBD may be able to help you build new habits for the new year.
Getting fit is difficult, especially when just starting out. There are new habits to build, equipment and clothing to buy, and there are those first frustrating few weeks when nothing seems to happen. And there is often pain. Even seasoned athletes deal with normal aches and pains and injuries from time to time, but new athletes who have not learned the right training methods can be especially prone to causing themselves pain during workouts. CBD can help with pain and other aftereffects of exercise.
CBD, the popular name for cannabidiol, is a potent anti-inflammatory. In fact, reducing inflammation is the primary effect of CBD on the body. In the case of sports and fitness, this anti-inflammatory effect can reduce pain in the muscles and joints. CBD also helps many people get a better night’s sleep. Quality sleep is an important part of athletic recovery, so CBD can help with your new training regimen in two ways.
If the aches from your first run in 2021 seem bad, imagine the pain experienced by a top-flight rugby player. You can read the story of Jamie MacKenzie, who played rugby for the Canadian national team and professionally in the UK for Esher RFC, wishes he had CBD back in the day and how he uses it now to help with athletic recovery as he plays for the Toronto Arrows home in Canada.
MacKenzie uses CBD as an oil taken under the tongue. If you wish to replicate his regimen, you may choose Heidi’s Naturals 30 ml formulation. Taken twice daily, Heidi’s CBD will give you nearly the maximum CBD recommended by United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA). It is a “full spectrum” formulation, which means it also has other non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as CBA and CBG. Most people believe that full-spectrum CBD formulations bring more benefits than CBD alone.
On the other hand, if your sleep and stress levels are great and you have localized pain, a balm such as our cbdMD Freeze Roller may be the right solution for you. The Freeze Roller combines CBD with menthol, which offers immediate pain relief to combine with CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects.
Perhaps even more difficult than starting an exercise regimen is making changes to your diet. CBD may be able to help with those changes. When people think about medical cannabis, they may think first about increased appetite – cannabis can induce “the munchies,” where you want to eat everything in sight. And that is true for THC, the psychoactive ingredient which makes cannabis users high. However, CBD is a non-psychoactive cousin to THC and it appears to have the opposite effect. A 2012 study by scientists at the University of Reading School of Pharmacy found that in rats, CBD led to significantly reduced feeding. A review in 2020 in Frontiers in Endocrinology shared that CBD may have anti-obesity effects directly by reducing appetite and indirectly by helping with the body’s metabolism, glucose regulation, and inflammation.
Every year some people resolve to reduce the amount of stress in their lives. This year, more people than ever might be making that resolution after a 2020 which was incredibly stressful. CBD can be part of a stress-reduction strategy. Studies on animals and humans both show that CBD can reduce stress and anxiety, and that is one of the main reasons people use CBD. Most people seeking to use CBD to help them reduce their stress use an oil, such as the Janus Organic 10 ml CBD formulation or a capsule such as Janus’ CBD Capsules. Another way to take CBD for stress is to have a nice relaxing cup of tea. CBD Vitals Calm Down Tea is made from 100% dried hemp leaves and is a very relaxing way to add CBD to your stress management regimen.
After a stressful year, you may be looking for ways to treat yourself better. Small luxuries during these times can help you look forward to better times ahead and it can help with your other resolutions by providing an immediate reward for your hard work. Our Janus Relax CBD Bath Bomb is just such a luxury. It combines 100 mg of CBD with essential oils to elevate your bath into an affordable extravagance which will improve your entire day.
Another way to pamper yourself and learn how CBD works best for you at the same time is to experiment with a CBD bundle. Elements of Green offers a variety of CBD bundles depending on your goals. Our stress bundle includes a bath bomb, CBD oil, capsules, and delicious double chocolate brownies.
However you decide to add CBD to your New Year’s Resolutions, you can have confidence when you purchase from Elements of Green. We insist that all of our products are lab tested so that you can know that you are getting all of the CBD you are paying for and no contaminants. We also pride ourselves on our customer service. We want to help you usher in a better 2021.