Maybe you’ve started to incorporate CBD into your wellness regimen, or maybe you’re curious about it but don’t know where to start. That’s understandable; after all, CBD comes in many forms, from vape pens and oils to topical creams and gummies. (There are even CBD products for your pets!)
You also have more options than just ingesting CBD directly. Why not get creative and spice up your daily routine? Here are 10 ways to incorporate CBD wellness into your life.
But first: what is CBD anyway?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound from the flower of the cannabis plant. It is harm-free and non-addictive and does not alter your mental state like THC, another compound from the plant that has psychoactive properties.
CBD works by “sending a message” to receptors in our bodies that are part of what’s called the endocannabinoid system. This system plays a crucial role in regulating physiological processes like sleep, pain sensation, mood, and memory.
- Add CBD to your favorite morning beverage.
Adding CBD to your morning coffee, smoothie, or glass of water is the perfect way to start the day, so you’re focused and energized. Go with our lemon flavor to add a little personality to your water or choose spearmint if you want a taste that won’t clash with your toothpaste. Our natural flavor is a mix of pure CBD oil and coconut oil, so it blends seamlessly with coffee for a flavorless option.
- Supercharge your skincare routine.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can also help smooth your skin and treat acne, which is why you can find CBD in everything from hand creams and lotions to face serums, lip balms, and soaps.
While you can replace your entire skincare routine with CBD products, why not just add CBD to the products you already use? Add a few drops of CBD oil to your lotion or face serum and give it a good shake for your own homemade CBD-infused products.
- Beat the afternoon slump.
Hit a wall at 2 p.m. every day? Need a pick-me-up to make it through the rest of your meetings? Replace your afternoon caffeine of choice with a few drops of CBD oil or add them straight into your drink. (Diet Coke and lemon, anyone?)
Feeling anxious before a test? Suffering from a migraine or menstrual cramps? CBD can help you get back on track and take control of the rest of your day.
- Enhance your exercise routine.
Take CBD oil before or after your workout, depending on your goal and the type of exercise. Use it to help clear your mind of any stress and anxiety before yoga, or take a dose immediately after a big day at the gym to help reduce soreness and inflammation. Learn more about how CBD can help enhance your workout routine.
- Get creative with your cooking.
CBD oil can be added to all kinds of recipes, from snacks like popcorn and guacamole to salad dressing and dessert. Check out these sweet and savory CBD recipes from Bulletproof, the supplement company taking a science-based approach to living a high-octane life. Cookies and cream cheesecake bites that also have the benefits of CBD? Yes, please.
Once you’ve found the right amount of CBD for you, you can add it to almost any recipe. To preserve the benefits, just don’t cook with it at high temperatures.
- Stop smoking.
If you’re struggling to give up cigarettes, try CBD instead. Researchers speculate that substances like CBD that alter the endocannabinoid system can be an effective treatment for nicotine addiction.
CBD can help reduce the stress and anxiety that often triggers smoking. Plus, reaching for a vape pen instead of a cigarette can help replace the physical habit.
- Upgrade your cocktail recipes.
Going out for a drink? You might find cocktails with CBD on the menu, as they’re becoming increasingly popular at bars and restaurants.
If you have a nightcap at home, add a few drops of CBD to your cocktail. For a Pimm’s Cup with a punch or a gin and tonic with a twist, try these CBD cocktail recipes from Goop. (Bonus: Add our spearmint CBD oil to the Mint Julep to make it extra minty fresh.)
- Wind down with a bath or massage.
CBD oil is a great way to help soothe sore and achy muscles at the end of a long day. Add a few drops to a warm bath or find a CBD-infused bath bomb of your choice.
Feel like treating yourself? Some spas now offer massages that use CBD products. If your significant other is feeling generous, you can also add a little CBD oil to your favorite lotion or massage oil and let them take it from there.
- Spice up your sex life.
Speaking of partner massages … CBD can also improve your sex life. Ananda Hemp medical director Alex Capano explains to Healthline: “There are so many cannabinoid receptors in reproductive organs and sexual tissue. CBD increases blood flow to tissues, which increases sensitivity and promotes the body’s own natural lubrication.”
Want to see for yourself? You can find lubricants and massage oils containing CBD or add a few drops of CBD oil to your product of choice.
- Sleep well.
CBD helps promote quality sleep, which is one of the most important gifts you can give yourself. Take a few drops of CBD oil before you brush your teeth or add them to these homemade melatonin gummies for some delicious ZZZs.
Ready to incorporate some CBD wellness into your life? Check out our guide to finding the one that’s right for you.