cannabis for wellness

CBD: establishing cannabis in the wellness market

CBD is helping to establish cannabis as a legitimate products in the wellness market.

CBD, the more commonly known name for cannabidiol, is one of more than a hundred compounds found in the cannabis plant, and while there are several perceptions within the public around the benefits of CBD consumption, the most widely known fact about CBD is that it is non-psychoactive.

For most consumers, CBD products provide a variety of health-related benefits. CBD oil is used in several medical applications such as for the treatment of anxiety and depression, stress relief, diabetes prevention, mitigation of pain, alleviation of cancer symptoms, and acne reduction.

CBD products for wellness

Overall, the increasing awareness about the medical applications of cannabidiol have caused several mainstream retailers to adapt and start selling CBD-based products, and many countries began to adopt CBD-based products for medicinal purposes.

The global cannabidiol market is expected to increase from $303m in 2018 to $2.28bn by 2025 while registering a CAGR of 33.5%, according to data compiled by QY Research.

Much of the growth estimated in the wellness market is a result of CBD’s recently acquired status as a health and wellness product.

With CBD, a third cannabis category – wellness – is emerging. Supporters of CBD in a wide variety of products claim the compound works on everything from headaches to aching joints, relieves anxiety and skin conditions, as well as relaxes and rejuvenates all parts of the body.

Despite all the positive buzz around CBD products, obstacles remain and the regulatory infrastructure around such products remains complex. Currently, in America, most of the regulations surrounding hemp-derived CBD – especially as it relates to the consumer package goods (CPG) marketplace – are the domain of the FDA, which states that it is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to a food or labelling it as a dietary supplement.

The FDA also claims that some CBD products are being marketed with unproven medical claims and are of unknown quality. Earlier in 2018, the FDA has approved one CBD product, Epidiolex CBD oil, oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, said: “This approval serves as a reminder that advancing sound development programs that properly evaluate active ingredients contained in marijuana can lead to important medical therapies. And, the FDA is committed to this kind of careful scientific research and drug development.”

CBD is helping to establish cannabis as a legitimate products in the wellness market.

How to Make Cannabis a Part of Your Wellness Regimen

As cannabis becomes increasingly more accepted and wellness becomes increasingly more important, we have the opportunity to explore the two together. After all, they’re both paths to the same goal—feeling our best.

While both work well to reach that goal on their own, combining the two can give you an advantageous boost with each adding to the other’s benefits. Exploring the two together could be the push you need to reach your health and wellness goals, provided you do it in an intentional way.

There are plenty of ways to integrate cannabis and wellness, so let’s start with some wellness activities you may already be doing.

Cannabis and Your Morning Routine

When it comes to morning routines, consistency is key. Sticking to the same steps every morning can help you grow and maintain a positive mindset, stay focused on your goals, and keep stress at bay. Cannabis can also help you in those areas, which makes it a perfect addition to your morning routine. Plus, it’s easy to include without disrupting your flow.

Adding Cannabis to Your Morning Beverage

Cannabis tinctures are an ideal product for infusing your morning routine because they can be added to your morning beverage of choice. Of course, first consider your plans for the day. If you’ve got a long to-do list, we suggest reaching for a CBD-heavy option, like this hybrid by Stanley Brothers. At a 20:1 CBD to THC ratio, it’ll cut any stress or anxiety you might be feeling toward the day, but it won’t leave you feeling sleepy or unmotivated.

The other benefit of cannabis tinctures is that if you don’t want to add it to your morning beverage, you don’t have to. You can simply and quickly take your dosage sublingually and continue on with your routine.

Using Cannabis with Your Morning Workout

Depending on how you workout, cannabis can be a helpful addition before, during, or after. If you start your day with a relaxing round of yoga, try using something with a little more THC like this Indica vape before you get started. The added THC not only helps to open your mind but also adds a time-altering effect, which can help encourage you to practice longer, and the vape option will be easier on your lungs than smoking.

If your morning workout is a little more rigorous, something with more CBD or an energetic Sativa could be just what you need to kick it into high gear. Cannabis’s anti-inflammatory properties can help you work out longer and recover more quickly, so you’ll reap the benefits whether you consume before or after the workout.

However you choose to incorporate cannabis into your morning routine, make sure you’re deliberate when choosing what strain you consume and how you consume it. You don’t want to get stuck on the couch when you’ve got a full day ahead of you.

Cannabis and Meditation

Mindfulness is a cornerstone of wellness. Being mindful allows you to stay in the moment and keep your thoughts present. Meditation is one of the best ways to become more mindful. It helps you identify your feelings and work through them instead of dwelling on them or burying them. Meditation can be difficult, though—it’s hard to quiet the mind! Fortunately, cannabis helps to do just that, which is why it’s been a meditation “facilitator” for thousands of years.

Cannabis and Body Mindfulness

Body mindfulness is an easy, approachable introduction to meditation. It’s an effective strategy to counteract restlessness, and it’s a perfect place to introduce cannabis to your meditation. Practicing body mindfulness starts with a body scan—you start by focusing on just your toes and how they feel. Are they cold or tingly or heavy? Are they touching anything? Then move your focus up your body, pausing to notice your ankles, pausing to notice your calves, and so on.

Using an Indica-hybrid strain like our Kush Cake can be helpful because it has relaxing, full-body properties while still being uplifting and euphoric, so your body feels open and your mind doesn’t feel totally sedated.

Cannabis and Massage

Along with mindfulness, taking care of your body is just as important, and a massage is one option to help keep your muscles relaxed and pain at a distance. Massage s can also help with a variety of other issues, including anxiety, digestive disorders, and headaches, which are all issues cannabis can address as well.

Going into a massage using a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio is a good place to start because you’ll get the full entourage effect of all the cannabinoids, but the CBD will help level out the effects of the THC, so you won’t feel too high. Cannabis topicals, like our cannabis-infused cream, are a convenient option to experience cannabis’s benefits without any mind-altering effects. Massaging a topical directly onto your pain points allows the cannabis to directly target the inflammation, and you don’t have to go to a massage parlor to get the job done.

Cannabis and Your Wellness Regimen

Whether your wellness regimen involves a morning routine, meditation, massage, or a combination of the three, cannabis can add more than a happy buzz. Its anti-inflammatory, time-altering, and mind-opening effects can add value to your practices and make them more effective.

There is a method to combining cannabis and wellness, though, and it’s important to consider the strains and consumption methods you use. Our staff at all our dispensary locations throughout Florida are trained to help you understand those options and discover the right cannabis journey for you. Take that first step and stop by your nearest VidaCann today.

As cannabis becomes increasingly more accepted and wellness becomes increasingly more important, we have the opportunity to explore the two together. After all, they’re both paths to the same goal—feeling our best.