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Just like eating vegetables or going to the gym, meditation is one of those things that everyone knows is good for them… and yet it’s so hard to do! No matter how many studies confirm the health benefits of daily meditation, there always seems to be something that keeps us from getting into a “mindfulness rut.”
It can be a struggle for many new meditators to sit still for even 10 minutes. Considering how hectic modern life is, it’s no wonder we can’t make our monkey minds settle with our breath!
Fortunately, CBD oil can provide a “cheat code” for people who are new to meditation. While Tribe CBD oil probably won’t make you an enlightened yogi, it might make it easier to establish a reliable meditation practice for your long-term health goals.
How could CBD oil improve your meditation?
Many new meditators say that CBD oil helps them feel more “serene” during the session. There are a few reasons why CBD seems to help people calm down naturally, but the main explanation has to do with its anti-stress properties. Some trials now show that a moderate dose of CBD oil could have a big impact on anxiety.
As mentioned in previous blog posts, researchers in Japan and Brazil recently studied the effectiveness of CBD against social anxiety disorder (SAD). The patients who participated in these trials took CBD oil capsules or placebo pills. Surprisingly, those who took CBD had fewer signs of stress and better self-reported mood.
No one is sure how CBD works for anxiety-related conditions, but many scientists believe it helps stimulate the reuptake of “feel-good” chemicals like anandamide and serotonin. People who have conditions like anxiety or depression often have deficient levels of these natural compounds.
Obviously, lower stress levels could help dampen hyperactive thinking during a meditation session. Also, since CBD is non-psychoactive, there is no risk of meditators feeling “groggy” during their mindfulness training. Many meditators claim that CBD helps them focus more on their breath than distracting thoughts.
In addition to the anti-stress properties of CBD, this cannabinoid can also reduce inflammation in the body. People who have physical ailments like arthritis may find it difficult to sit in meditation for long periods of time. A small dose of CBD oil can reduce aches and pains, which could make it easier for people to sit in meditation for longer.
How do people use CBD oil for meditation?
If you are taking Tribe CBD oil sublingually (i.e. under the tongue), you should plan to take it a few minutes before your meditation session. Since our sublingual glands absorb CBD directly into the bloodstream, it doesn’t take long for CBD oil to make an impact. Many people claim to feel the calming effects of CBD in just 15 minutes.
On the other hand, people using CBD gummies may need to take them 30-45 minutes before their scheduled meditation session. Unlike tinctures or oils, CBD gummies take longer to enter the bloodstream. Also, after these edibles pass through the liver, the total percentage of CBD entering your system will be slightly less. In general, the effects of CBD gummies are longer lasting, but are more subtle than CBD oils taken sublingually.
You should also be careful about dosing your CBD before meditation. You will likely experience a more sedating CBD experience if you take high doses of Tribe CBD oil. So, if you don’t want to fall asleep during your meditation training, stick with low to moderate amounts of CBD oil.
Use Tribe CBD as part of your holistic healing routine
CBD and meditation have phenomenal health benefits, but they are not “quick fixes.” In general, people who experience the most positive effects with CBD oil or meditation incorporate it into their daily routines. Also, don’t forget that other habits like hydration, healthy eating, and regular exercise will contribute to greater success on your meditation cushion.
By the way, if CBD doesn’t seem to help you start meditating, consider looking into Tribe CBD’s new CBG capsules. Some customers find that the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBG works better for their endocannabinoid system.