On New Year’s Day, nearly 40% of Americans set resolutions for the coming year. Some people vow to try something new, like hiking in a different spot once a month, while others resolve to bring back old routines they’ve let fall by the wayside, like drinking more water or reading more books. Why do we set resolutions? Because we want to create change in our lives in the hopes of feeling healthier, happier, and more connected.
For those who have resolved to make 2020 a healthier year, integrating CBD into your life is a great place to start and easy to do -- it’s simply a matter of figuring out what methods work best for you. We are already a month into 2020, and if you’re interested in adding CBD to your daily routine, here are some suggestions.
MORNING: RISE AND SHINE!It’s 6 AM, and the alarm just went off -- time to get up! One of the best things you can do after you get out of bed is drink at least 8 ounces of water before having that cup of coffee to help flush out the toxins your body has stored overnight. With that water, you can take a capsule of CBD (which come in a variety of doses), put a dropper of tincture under your tongue or add it to the water itself. The tincture will likely make your water taste herbaceous, and that flavor might take a bit of getting used to if you have never used it before. That said, many tinctures offer complementary flavors like citrus or berry that can soften the bitterness of the cannabinoids. If you prefer a warm beverage first thing in the morning, you can add CBD oil or a single serve CBD packet to your tea or coffee. Drinking a CBD-infused smoothie can also be a great way to not only hydrate your body but also fuel it with healthy fruits and vegetables that provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber to promote digestion.
MID-DAY: RE-ENERGIZEAt 1 or 2 in the afternoon, you can feel your energy start to fade. While you might be inclined to head to the office coffee maker for yet another cup of java, try a sparking water infused with CBD instead. Many of the waters on the market today have terrific natural flavor profiles like lemon-lime, cucumber-mint, and pomegranate, to name a few. A sparkling water with a quality CBD emulsion will have a consistent taste from the first sip to the last, and the CBD dosing will be uniform throughout the beverage. If you need a sugar pick-me-up, CBD gummies, hard candy, or chocolate will likely satisfy that sweet tooth and provide some energy for the rest of the afternoon.
EARLY EVENING: WORK OUTNow it’s 5-ish, and you are finishing up work for the day. Time to get your body moving (another resolution, perhaps?)! Maybe you’ll head to the gym, go for a run, take a yoga class, or hit some golf balls at the driving range. Whatever exercise you do, applying a CBD lotion, balm or salve to your muscles before or after the activity may bring you relief from tightness, soreness, or muscle fatigue. These topicals are designed to loosen muscles, cool inflamed joints, or increase blood flow through warming properties and will contain one of the following forms of CBD: isolate that has CBD only; distillate that has CBD and other cannabinoids; or broad spectrum that contains CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes. Before you head to your local drug store to buy a product, make sure to do some research first. It’s well worth taking the time to look at company websites and read reviews of products; most importantly, make sure the product has a COA -- a Certificate of Analysis. When you buy a container of salve that says it contains 500 MG of CBD, you want to be sure you are getting exactly what you are expecting and paying for.
NIGHT: DINNERFinally you’re home -- time to have dinner and settle in for the evening. If you enjoy cooking, it’s easy to incorporate CBD into your meal. When it comes to food, most people associate CBD and other cannabinoids with sweets (need I mention the infamous brownie), but CBD works very well in savory foods too. Making a small batch of guacamole for your fish tacos? You could add ½-1 teaspoon of CBD oil as you are mixing all of your ingredients together. Whipping up some pesto for pasta? You can add CBD to that too. You can find recipes written by our Director of Culinary, Stacy Primack, on the blog, and there are recipes on the internet as well. If the idea of cooking with CBD intrigues you, here are a few tips:
- Less is more -- start with a small amount of CBD first. If you are experimenting with a recipe, make a small batch first -- and if it turns out well, then you can make a larger batch.
- Keep an eye on temperature. Warming CBD oil can increase its effectiveness, but high temperatures can kill off some of the active components and can bring out bitterness.
- Store CBD in a cool, dark place so the CBD does not degrade; this can also lead to bitterness.
NIGHT: WINDING DOWNIt’s after dinner -- maybe you’re catching up on today’s news online, or you’ve settled down to watch The Crown or Sports Center. Relaxed and comfortable, you can feel sleepiness washing over you -- time to start thinking about heading to bed. Why not end the day with soak in the tub featuring a CBD bath bomb? Bath bombs come in different doses -- anywhere from 50 MG to 250 MG. Fill your tub up, drop in the bath bomb, watch it dissolve, then get in the tub for a relaxing 20 minutes. Not a fan of baths? Before bed, you can place a transdermal patch directly onto your skin instead. Cannabinoid patches deliver a steady, continual stream of cannabinoids into your bloodstream for up to eight hours. You can adjust the dosage yourself by cutting the patch into smaller pieces. One thing to note is that patches can be pricey, especially if you plan to use them daily. Finally, before your head hits the pillow, take a few minutes to write down the different ways you’ve used CBD over the course of the day, and how you are feeling physically. The more you document elements of your daily routine, the better you will be able to see over time how different products and amounts of CBD affect you. Creating a list of resolutions can be relatively easy; what’s harder is developing the routines you need to stick with them. The trick to sticking with your resolutions is believing you can do it and believing you will be better off for doing it. Whatever your resolutions may be, we hope you have a healthy, happy, and rewarding 2020, one powered by CBD and powered by SōRSE.
If you want to learn about other consumption methods for cannabis to suit your lifestyle, check out our blog: Consumption Methods for your Lifestyle
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