CBD Oil & Meditation
If stress or work has you feeling down, you might give meditation a try. Meditation is not only an ancient mind and body practice but many also use it as an effective, free complementary therapy for many ailments. It is a widely used practice in many eastern countries and is gaining popularity in other parts of the world. According to one report, the number of adults and children using meditation in the United States has tripled from the years 2012 to 2017.
Although there are many variations of meditation styles, most people would agree that meditation involves sitting comfortably in a quiet, relaxed place. Some people choose to sit cross-legged or lie down. There are free guided meditations available on the internet, but focusing strictly on breath, a phrase or a mantra are all great options too. The idea is that the practice of focusing on something will achieve mental clarity. Meditation sessions are sometimes short (2-5 minutes) or can last much longer (up to several hours).
Meditation is said to promote physical and mental relaxation through mindfulness, positivity and habitually training your mind to redirect your thoughts. It is a useful tool for dealing with the daily stresses of life and developing positive lifestyle changes. Many people report that a daily practice of meditation can increase their creativity and tolerance while decreasing negative thoughts. Ideally, it could be the key to gaining a new perspective in many challenges and aspects of your life.
Many emotional/psychosocial benefits of meditation are reported by people who use meditation but difficult to study because results vary from person to person.
Several studies examine the health and wellness benefits of meditation but overall there are a lack of controlled studies available. This study published in JAMA Internal Medicine states that researchers at John Hopkins examined 18,000+ meditation studies and out of the bunch only 47 studies met their rigorous standards.
This is common with the study of alternative or complementary therapies.
Researchers believe that meditation can be beneficial to people with many ailments and conditions including:
- Stress or Anxiety
- Chronic Pain
- High Blood Pressure
- Substance Abuse Disorders
- Smoking Cessation
Other studies use modern brain imaging technology to examine the effects of daily meditation. Their findings show actual physical and chemical changes within the brain. These changes include:
- Increased gyrification (the part of the brain that processes information)
- Slow, stall or even reverse aging in the brain
- Altering pathways in the brain that process emotions
How can CBD Oil Improve your Meditation?
Although meditating sounds very simple, clearing your mind of worry for five minutes is easier said than done. It can be difficult to even be relaxed enough to want to meditate.
This shouldn’t be a reason to miss out on the incredible benefits of meditation.
Whether you are brand new to meditation or a well-seasoned meditation guru, CBD will enhance your practice in many ways.
Studies show that CBD acts on the vast network of endocannabinoids within our body. It has a broad number of uses and works with parts of our body that control sleep, mood, memory, pleasure and more. This includes the parts of the mind that control fears and anxieties.
CBD helps to clear some of that mental chatter and makes it easier to get into the meditation mindset quickly and efficiently.
When considering adding CBD to your meditation regimen, it is important to consider how long it takes your CBD to kick in. For CBD oil or capsules, be sure to give them 30-60 minutes to take effect.
Effective meditation doesn’t have to take up several hours of your day. Using CBD is a cost-effective way to add meditation into your life and expand your practice. Especially when your time is so valuable.