By Kristi Pahr
Cannabidiol is here to stay. This popular cannabinoid has found its way into everything from coffee to skincare, and its popularity is only growing. A modern-day panacea, cannabidiol (CBD) is effective at managing conditions from acne to seizures, and it’s become a go-to for improving everyday health and wellness.
But it’s not just a supplement — for many, CBD is a way of life. Integrating CBD into your routine might be a little different than just adding a new vitamin to your regimen. CBD is so useful and so widely available in so many different forms that it’s easier than ever to take advantage of its plethora of wellness and therapeutic benefits.
Make Your Skin Glow
Whether you start your day off with a refreshing CBD facial scrub or end the day with soothing lavender-infused CBD lotion, including CBD products in your skincare routine is a sure-fire way to reap the benefits. Your skin is chock full of endocannabinoid receptors, the receptors that CBD interacts with to promote homeostasis in your body.
By using CBD topically as part of your daily skincare routine, you can fight breakouts, rosacea, and other common skin problems and leave your skin looking great to boot.
Massage Away the Aches and Pains
Keeping a jar of CBD muscle relief balm in your gym is a must for achy after-work-out muscles and joints. Massaging CBD preparations into problem areas, or having a partner help with hard to reach spots like the back and shoulders, is a great way to provide relief without resorting to over the counter pain meds.
Emerging research shows that CBD has strong anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect choice for soothing angry muscles and inflammation after your next spin class. Muscles and joints will thank you, and you’ll be ready to hit the gym for your next class pain-free.
The Perfect Quick Fix
Keeping a pack of CBD gummies in your purse or bag is a must for those sudden pain or anxiety spikes. CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties make it a great choice for staving off chronic pain. Be sure to take them regularly to avoid flare-ups!
CBD is also great for dealing with anxiety. Got a big presentation coming up? Pop a gummy to get rid of those butterflies in your stomach.
It’s Even Good for the Doggo
That’s right! Even our four-legged companions can reap the benefits of CBD. Cannabinol-infused dog and cat treats are just what the doctor ordered for separation anxiety, travel, or on noisy nights like New Year’s Eve and Independence Day. More research is necessary, but anecdotal evidence indicates that CBD will calm and relax your pet, and best of all, no stressful trip to the vet necessary!
The Perfect Morning Pick-Me-Up
We are a nation of coffee drinkers — 62% of Americans drink coffee daily, according to the National Coffee Association. Because CBD is great for anxiety, adding it to your morning cuppa is the perfect way to stave off the jitters caused by too much caffeine and get a healthy boost to your endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the process.
Get Those Zzzs
If you find yourself tossing and turning at night or have difficulty falling asleep, instead of opting for prescription sleep medications with questionable side effects, reach for the CBD. Research has shown that taking CBD before bed can help you fall asleep faster, sleep more soundly, and limit sleep disturbances. CBD oils or gummies are a great choice for a nighttime nosh, and you can get those zzzs without worrying about weird dreams or sleepwalking.
Though it has very few known side-effects and is considered safe, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before beginning CBD treatment for chronic conditions.
- Hammell DC, Zhang LP, Ma F, et al. Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis. Eur J Pain. 2016;20(6):936-948. doi:10.1002/ejp.818
- Nagarkatti P, Pandey R, Rieder SA, Hegde VL, Nagarkatti M. Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs. Future Med Chem. 2009;1(7):1333-1349. doi:10.4155/fmc.09.93
- Babson KA, Sottile J, Morabito D. Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2017;19(4):23. doi:10.1007/s11920-017-0775-9
- Kuhathasan N, Dufort A, MacKillop J, Gottschalk R, Minuzzi L, Frey BN. The use of cannabinoids for sleep: A critical review on clinical trials. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2019;27(4):383-401. doi:10.1037/pha0000285
Kristi Pahr is a freelance health and wellness writer and mother of two who spends most of her time caring for people other than herself. She is frequently exhausted and compensates with an intense caffeine addiction. Her work has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Men’s Health, and many others.