Living in a world filled with stress, we are all becoming more and more conscious about work-life balance. To this end, yoga has definitely reigned in the wellness sector for the past two decades. It’s not difficult to see why yoga is such a big hit. Yoga extensions enhance flexibility and bring about a deep sense of relaxation and calm. Recently, an increasing number of yoga practitioners have started incorporating CBD into their practice. Why are they doing this? How does CBD improve yoga practice? This article brings to light the benefits of using CBD in yoga.
CBD (Cannabidiol) comes from the cannabis plant but there is a major difference between CBD and the other chemical found in cannabis – THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and non-addictive. It is found to be generally well-tolerated and boasts a good safety profile according to the World Health Organisation. It is well-known for relieving pain, inflammation, anxiety and depression. Unsurprisingly, it also works harmoniously with yoga practice.
There is nothing more disappointing than your mind deciding to wander and overthink during a restorative yoga class, rendering the whole session a waste. According to Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research and Brain Sciences (2018), CBD can improve attentional control in psychological symptoms, prevent memory loss and boost cognitive flexibility, effectively helping you focus on your Downward Dog as well as giving your brain a lovely stretch.
CBD contains natural anti-inflammatory properties that helps reduce swelling, relieve pain and loosen up tight muscles. With these benefits, your body will be tension-free and ready to go into deeper stretches, enhancing your overall flexibility in the long run.
The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) is what triggers the experience of pain in your brain. If you are experiencing sore joints and muscles, or just trying to help your body heal better after a yoga session, CBD is your perfect aid. It encourages production of more natural cannabinoids in your body, which creates balance in the system and produces an anti-inflammatory response, relieving any post-yoga sore muscles.
All in all, CBD works in harmony with yoga practice, as it helps calm your mind from the start, allowing you to stay focused in the class, go deeper in your stretch and reduce post-practice muscle recovery time.