The last few years have been difficult for everyone and if there is anything that the pandemic has taught us is that, now more than ever, it is very important to take care of yourself. This means first of all taking care of your mental health and your physique. Using CBD oil regularly, in your daily diet, can give you that extra boost and help you achieve better physical and mental fitness.
In this article we see together how you can integrate and use CBD oil in your everyday life , to help you with the 3 basic parameters that affect your state of health: sleep, stress and concentration.
CBD has many applications, but we all have different needs. Taking care of yourself could mean sleeping a little more and better, but it could also mean finding a chance to relax in the middle of your day, or being able to focus on those activities that are important to you.
Using CBD to sleep better
Sleep better if you have a nighttime routine that helps you relax and that tells your brain that it’s time to go to sleep. This means following some simple tricks such as turning off the TV and smartphone at least half an hour before going to bed, reading a good book or going out on the balcony and looking at the stars for a few minutes.
can easily fit into this type of routine, to give you that little extra push into the dream world. But how can you use CBD oil to sleep better?
You could simply take cbd oil drops under your tongue (check out our guide to find out the right dosage for you). Or, for an even more immediate and lasting effect, as well as pleasant, you could add a few drops of CBD oil to a valerian herbal tea.
CBD and Valerian herbal tea for a sweet night
Valerian root has been used for centuries as a natural sedative , and modern science confirms this: in a 1989 study, 89% of participants reported an improvement in sleep. In a 2000 study of insomnia patients, 36% of participants said valerian helped them achieve deep sleep faster. Other studies from 2002 and 2009 found that valerian could even help people with problems derived from long-term use of psychiatric drugs (benzodiazepines).
While changing your clothes with your pajamas, try drinking a hot herbal tea of Valerian and CBD. A small herbal remedy that will give you goodnight, in a completely natural way.
How to prepare Valerian and CBD herbal tea
- Heats 175-200 ml of water (avoid that of the tap because it contains chlorine);
- Dip a sachet of Valerian herbal tea and leave it to infuse for at least 5 minutes;
- Remove the sachet and add 5-10 drops of 30% CBD oil.
If you want to sugar the infusion of Valerian and CBD, avoid sugar and choose a teaspoon of honey or a natural sweetener such as stevia. Avoid synthetic sweeteners such as aspartame, sorbitol, acesulfame-k, which in addition to being harmful to your health also have exciting and stimulating effects that can interfere with sleep
Using CBD against stress
You probably already know some common strategies for dealing with stress. For example, drink plenty of water, go for a walk, or a yoga routine. CBD is a powerful addition to your anti-stress arsenal, especially when it’s combined with other natural stress relievers like theanine.
The L-theanine is a molecule that occurs naturally in tea leaves and is known to calm the mind without stunning: participants in A 2016 study reported feeling much more relaxed after a cup of tea, without suffering stunning effects typical of psychiatric drugs. L-theanine is present in higher concentration in green tea.
Your stress level, as well as your body’s response, depends a lot on the condition your body is in. First of all make sure you have a varied and balanced diet. So that your body has all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. Another important and very often underestimated parameter is the level of sugar in the blood. Under normal health conditions, the level of glucose in the blood (blood sugar) should always be more or less constant, without suffering sudden leaps and without having moments of the day when there is a lack of sugar.
Under normal health conditions, CBD can help in the regulation of blood sugar, especially when combined with other natural remedies.
CBD anti-stress green tea with apple cider vinegar and honey
This infusion is a real “miraculous” elixir. Its recipe has been handed down for generations and is widespread especially in northern Europe and the United States. Its potency is based on the synergy between the three main ingredients: green tea, apple cider vinegar (from cider) and honey.
Green tea provides a good dose of L-theanine, which as we have seen is a powerful anti-stress. Apple cider vinegar contains GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) an amino acid that blocks certain brain signals, promoting a state of calm. In addition, apple cider vinegar is also able to regulate the production of insulin, the hormone responsible for the absorption of sugars. Honey contains extended-release sugars, that is, which are released and absorbed slowly and steadily. CBD is added to the mix to ensure a muscle relaxing effect, and medical research has proven that CBD helps GABA reach the nerve centers responsible for stress.
To prepare the infusion proceed as follows:
- Prepare your green tea regularly;
- Add a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar (organic);
- Sugar with honey, 1 teaspoon should be enough;
- Add 5-10 drops of 30% CBD oil.
In a few minutes you will feel the symptoms of stress disappear, especially anxiety, depression and sadness. Repeat this “ritual” every time you find yourself in highly stressful situations or before facing stressful events such as a job interview, exams, etc …
Using CBD to Increase Concentration
While many classic remedies for concentration, such as tea and coffee, can increase stress, CBD (and other cannabinoids) encourage mental balance and enable you to face your day with the right charge and concentration.
Everyone, cannabis users or not, has an endocannabinoid system, an elaborate network that sends messages to the whole body, from the nervous system to the skin to the intestines. Scientists are still trying to figure out how exactly it works, but we know that the endocannabinoid system helps regulate many physical and mental processes.
When something is not working in our body, it is normal to feel restless and distracted. A little CBD can help you get back on your feet, get your work done, and focus more. It can be a useful addition to any concentration routine such as practicing meditation or taking adaptogenic preparations. Adaptogens are substances of natural origin that help your body achieve high levels of physical and mental performance.
Adaptogenic activity of ashwagandha and CBD
Ashwagandha (hash-ua-ganda) is an evergreen shrub that grows in Asia and Africa. It is commonly used for stress. Ashwagandha contains chemicals that can help “calm” the brain’s electrical activity, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and regulate the immune system.
The synergistic effects of combining CBD with ashwagandha can increase the therapeutic potency of both of these natural extracts in a way that makes them more effective than they are when taken individually. CBD and ashwagandha both provide a completely natural, non-toxic and effective way to lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels, regulate serotonin (mood regulating hormone) levels, and regulate GABA (neurotransmitter that affects mood, sleep, anxiety). Creating a systemic balance and restoring your natural balance.
You can buy herbal teas containing ashwagandha online or in herbal medicine, or use capsules or extracts in powder or molasses. Remember that, as with most natural adaptogenic remedies, ashwagandha needs time to manifest its effects. Experts and medical research normally recommend taking ashwagandha regularly every day, for at least 21 days. However, it is proven that the concomitant use of ashwagandha and CBD can accelerate the effects and lengthen their duration.
Precisely because it is a matter of obtaining a powerful effect of wakefulness and concentration, the use of ashwagandha is not recommended in the evening, just like for coffee.
All information in the article is intended for information and educational purposes only. When it comes to your health, always talk to your doctor before starting to take supplements of any kind, even natural.