Practice yoga daily. Commit to a bedtime. Meditate every morning. We’ve all made lengthy lists of New Year’s resolutions in the vein of “new year, new me” only to fall short.
“The biggest mistake people make is trying to change more than one thing at a time and chasing monumental changes,” says Lisa Bélanger, who has a Ph.D. in Behavioural Medicine. Her advice? Start small, tweaking one tiny habit, and build from there. Enter: CBD.
Incorporating CBD into your wellness regimen can enhance overall well-being—and all you have to do is add a few drops to your water every day. Sounds easy enough? If so, read on to discover the myriad of ways that CBD can improve your 2020. Plus, it just might help you stick to those other resolutions.
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.
New Year, New Me #1: Get a Better Night’s Sleep
We’ve all heard the research: getting seven to nine hours of sleep is crucial to your physical and mental well-being. Even so, clocking in the requisite shut-eye is much easier said than done. Whether it’s the anxiety of daily life or the stress of our always-on culture, sleep eludes most of us. Fortunately, CBD has been scientifically proven to promote a better night’s rest by targeting the receptors in the brain responsible for regulating sleep. From tinctures to roll-ons, there’s a variety of (easy) ways to incorporate CBD into your nighttime routine. It’s sweet dreams with this sleep set.
New Year, New Me #2: Stick to Your Workout Routine
Congrats. You’ve actually stepped inside the gym. The only problem? Your muscles are screaming with every step. Any workout, especially an unfamiliar one, triggers small tears in your muscles that eventually repair themselves leading to increased strength and stamina. The only problem is that this process can be painful and debilitating, which is why many of us desert those New Year’s resolutions. Fortunately, CBD plays a crucial role in reducing inflammation, so your muscles can heal themselves more quickly—and you can get back to that 7am spin class. Here are our favorite CBD creams for post-workout relief.
New Year, New Me #3: Reduce Anxiety & Stress
Who isn’t stressed out these days? Texts, emails, calls, DMs, slacks, messages. In our constantly connected culture, there are a thousand ways to get in touch—and get stressed out. So it’s no surprise that recent studies have declared millennials, especially women, the most anxious generation in history. Although many of us turn to fast-acting, albeit addictive, prescriptions to combat these feelings, there is a natural alternative: CBD. Whether ingested as tinctures or edibles, CBD has been scientifically proven to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
New Year, New Me #4: Promote Overall Relaxation
Self-care. The buzzword of buzzwords. Whether your regimen involves bubble baths, face masks, or moon dust, there’s one easy addition every wellness guru can agree on: CBD. It works by stimulating receptors in the brain that regulate functions like sleep and mood. When applied topically, the compound can soothe muscle soreness, relieve tension, alleviate joint pain, and treat chronic aches and pains. In short: CBD is the ultimate addition to any relaxation routine. Our advice? Add a few drops of our lemon tincture to that cucumber water and bliss out.
New Year, New Me #5: Quit Smoking (For Good)
We all have them. Bad habits, we just can’t quit. Smoking is probably one of the hardest to kick (thanks, nicotine). 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 works by targeting the parts of the brain responsible for the stress and anxiety that trigger smoking. Plus, it’s so much more chic than the patch.
New Year, New Me #6: Have More Sex
The New Year’s Resolution no one talks about: have more sex. Getting tangled in the sheets can lead to greater intimacy, reduce stress, improve sleep, and even lower your risk of a heart attack. Add in CBD, and it’s a whole lot more fun. There happens to be loads of cannabinoid receptors in reproductive organs, and just a few drops can increase sensitivity and increase the body’s natural lubrication. So whether you’re partnered up or flying solo, add some CBD to your favorite lubricant and take things up a notch. You’re welcome.
New Year, New Me #7: The Resolution of Resolutions
Funny enough, CBD is a resolution in of itself, but it also helps you accomplish so much more, whether that’s hitting the yoga mat daily or ditching cigarettes for good. It’s the resolution of resolutions.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that not all CBD is created equal. There are many brands out there that market “blends” and “hemp extracts” as true CBD, when in fact, their formulas contained less than .03 percent CBD. You don’t have to be a scientist to know that these so-called “blends” are pretty much marketing in a bottle. This is why we created Reverie to be the best CBD on the market.