Do you get distracted by intrusive thoughts or a wandering mind during your mindfulness practice? Are achy joints and muscles slowing your Yoga progress? You aren’t alone. These problems are common even among yoga and meditation experts. Now, many mindfulness practitioners are using CBD oil as an all-natural way to find relief and move their practice forward.
Why use CBD in meditation and yoga?
There are many reasons that CBD is becoming a popular choice for meditators and yoga lovers around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular.
CBD calms the mind
One of the key aspects of a successful practice is being able to relax and calm your mind. But the stresses of daily life often don’t allow us to let go and truly live in the moment. Worries, doubts, shopping lists and more seem to pop up as soon as our feet touch the mat. It has been shown in study after study that CBD is an effective tool to calm the mind, relieve anxiety, and dispel intrusive thoughts. And the best part? It’s all natural. Taking CBD oil drops is a great way for meditation and yoga practitioners to achieve a peaceful mind, as its effects can be felt almost instantly.
CBD relieves joint and muscle pain
Both beginner and experienced yoga practitioners deal with pain as they stretch dormant muscles or start to feel achy joints as they age. And meditation is not without its fair share of pain, either. One of the biggest obstacles to successful sittings is joint pain and back pain that cause you to lose focus and change position. Studies suggest that CBD oil and CBD topical creams can alleviate both chronic and acute pain. It has been especially helpful to those suffering from joint paint caused by arthritis, and further research suggests it can relieve pain caused by fibromyalgia and sports-related strain. In fact, many athletes use CBD products to help with post-workout pain.
It only takes a few drops of CBD oil before your practice to feel relief. To make things better, CBD also fights inflammation that causes pain to flare up in the first place, so it actually helps to prevent pain at the source instead of just masking it.
CBD adheres to the 5 precepts
Many who practice meditation or yoga shy away from taking certain medications or even drinking coffee before practice, as these don’t adhere to the fifth precept. This precept states that you should not take any intoxicants. Most don’t conform to the precepts during daily life, but it is encouraged during practice. CBD oil made from hemp is an all-natural product that is extracted from the cannabis plant. CBD is non-intoxicating and does not alter the mind, so it is well within the precepts to use during practice.
CBD fights drowsiness
Have you ever fallen asleep whilst meditating? Go ahead, admit it… we all have! Feeling drowsy and nodding off is only natural when you’re in a relaxed state, but it is not good for your practice. In fact, the prominent Vipassana meditation teacher S.N. Goenka said that drowsiness was one of the biggest enemies of successful meditation.
CBD, when taken in small doses, boosts alertness and focus. Many take it at work (especially when the after-lunch lull kicks in) to stay productive and avoid the jitters caused by coffee and energy drinks. Meditators and yoga practitioners use it to keep the mind alert even when the body is at rest. Remember, CBD is not an intoxicant, so it won’t affect you as a stimulant would. It simply makes you feel more awake.
Choosing the Right CBD Oil for Meditation and Yoga
If you’d like to try CBD oil to help you to advance your meditation or yoga practice, here are some tips to make sure you get the best CBD oil. Do your research and buy from a reputable CBD company. At the moment, CBD is not regulated in the UK, so there are a lot of low-quality products on the market. Try a few oils and see which works best for you. Different CBD oils are made from different strains of hemp and may contain varying concentrations of cannabinoids and CBD. CBD is safe and legal in the UK, but we always recommend talking to your doctor before adding any supplement to your diet.
Taking CBD oil for meditation and yoga is a great way to improve your practice and your general well-being. Namaste!
Benjamin Gorman is a writer and editor who specializes in cannabis, health, and wellness. Currently based wherever he can find a bit of sunshine, he enjoys going to the beach and writing fiction in his free time.