What is wellness? Like self-care, wellness is a term we use frequently, and in a lot of contexts. But, how often do we stop and ask ourselves what we’re actually talking about when we talk about wellness? Before we think about CBD for wellness, we need to understand what we mean by wellness.
Wellness is a holistic concept. It’s about the health of the whole person — physical health, mental health, and emotional health. The Global Wellness Institute adds spiritual, environmental, and social health to their definition of wellness.
The World Health Organization even expands this holistic definition beyond the individual, stating that wellness is “the optimal state of health of individuals and groups.”
When we think about trying CBD for wellness, we have to think along these lines. How can CBD help our physical, mental, and emotional health?
Let’s dig into what CBD is, how it works, and how we can use CBD for wellness of the body and mind.
What Is Wellness?
It’s important for us to appreciate the breadth and depth of what wellness means, because wellness isn’t a passive state. It’s an active one.
The World Health Organization points out that wellness is “complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” In other words, there’s a world of difference between thriving and simply not being sick.
Wellness is a state achieved through active participation on our parts. Diet, exercise, self-care, healthy habits and lifestyle all come into play in building overall wellness. It requires balance. If we run five miles a day, but have poor work/life boundaries, our wellness is off balance.
To achieve healthy and sustainable wellness, we have to pay attention to our bodies, minds, diets, relationships, and feelings.
Why CBD for Wellness?
Sometimes, we can’t do it all on our own — especially in this hectic modern world. We often need assistance, whether that takes the form of a therapist, personal trainer, dietician, or supplements and doctor-prescribed medication.
If we’re willing to take a multivitamin to supplement our diet, and a sleep aid to help us get better rest, shouldn’t we consider the multiple benefits of CBD for our physical and mental health?
By learning more about what CBD is and how it works, we can better evaluate if CBD for wellness is a viable option.
Cannabis and CBD
Let’s start with the foundation. CBD is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is a molecular compound that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant.
CBD and its sister compounds, like CBG and CBC, are known as cannabinoids. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t cause a “high.” Instead, it interacts with receptors in our bodies to impart other therapeutic benefits.
Cannabinoids interact with a system in our bodies known as the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is closely integrated with our central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as systems that regulate sleep, mood, digestion, immune function, and more.
Humans aren’t the only animals with endocannabinoid systems. Nearly all animals, including our dogs, cats, turtles, and birds, have them.
When a cannabinoid interacts with a receptor in the endocannabinoid system, it imparts an effect in relation to where that receptor is and what its function is. You can learn more about the ECS and how it works in our guide to the endocannabinoid system.
How Can CBD Help With Your Health and Wellbeing?
When we think about how to use CBD for wellness, we should keep the many different systems the endocannabinoid interacts with in mind.
CBD can help our physical wellness and mental wellness in myriad ways. Scientists are continuously studying its potential to treat conditions from epilepsy and arthritis to inflammation and anxiety. The results are still out on all the studies, so we can’t make definitive claims about whether CBD “treats” conditions. (And no content on this site should be construed as medical claims or recommendations.)
But, we can look at thousands of years of hemp use throughout history, across all cultures. We can also see how it works for ourselves, and listen to people who find it to be incredibly therapeutic.
We know that people describe the effects of CBD as soothing, restful, focusing, and relaxing. They say it helps them fight stress and rest better. Also, people use CBD topical creams and balms to fight soreness and inflammation.
Knowing that, how can we use CBD for wellness?
Nutrition and CBD Supplements
You may already take a multivitamin or other supplements to make sure your healthy diet is supported by all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay in prime shape.
Did you know you can combine your multivitamin regimen with CBD? Our Multivitamin CBD Gummies come in formulas created specifically for women and men. In addition to 50mg of broad spectrum CBD and vitamins A, C, D3, E, and B complex, they’re also packed with other important minerals and nutrients women and men need to stay at their best.
If you’re an apple cider vinegar fan for its many healthy properties, be sure to try our CBD Gummies with Apple Cider Vinegar, featuring 1000mg of apple cider vinegar per serving, as well as 50mg of CBD, plenty of vitamin B12, and pomegranate — a natural antioxidant.
Exercise & CBD Recovery Products
When it comes to physical fitness, athletes casual and pro alike look to CBD to help soothe sore muscles and speed their recovery.
We offer a potent and invigorating CBD Muscle and Joint Cream made with broad spectrum CBD, menthol, white willow bark, and caffeine. It cools, calms inflammation, and relieves aches.
Our CBD balm sticks are also designed to help with sore muscles, stiffness, and irritation. Our CBD Muscle and Joint Balm is a cooling formula made with CBD, camphor oil, peppermint and wintergreen for a bracing, muscle-relaxing rubdown.
If you’re looking to soothe irritated skin and calm your mood, our Calming and Moisturising CBD Balm makes the most of shea butter and Roman chamomile oil to moisturise skin, and CBD with botanicals like lavender and tea tree oil to soothe irritation and deliver a calming wave of chill.
Massages with soothing CBD topical creams and balms not only feel great, they also may help speed our recovery.
CBD Products for Relaxation and Sleep
A good night’s sleep is the key to muscle recovery, as well as to keeping every single system in our bodies in prime operating condition. Good sleep is key to memory, brain health, mood, and much more.
Rest is the cornerstone of wellness, and CBD is the cornerstone of restful supplements. CBD can help us rest deeply, unwind from a long day, and get the sleep we need.
Our CBD Gummies for Sleep make the most of CBD, chamomile, and passion flower to send you off to dreamland.
CBD products aren’t only for chilling you out. Our CBD Morning Capsules, made with CBD and CBG, are just the ticket to start your day with focus and calm. CBG is a cannabinoid many find to have a focusing effect, especially in combination with CBD. The morning capsules also have a moderate dose of time-released caffeine sure to perk you up without causing the jitters.
Self-Care and CBD
Just like rest, self-care is vital to our overall wellness. We have to know when to stop, step back, and take care of ourselves, whether that’s through a restful break or through re-evaluating boundaries and relationships.
CBD Oil and Overall Wellness
When it comes to supporting overall wellness with CBD, look no further than our CBD + CBG 2:1 Wellness Tincture. These oil drops are made with a 2:1 ratio of CBD to CBG, as well as the natural antioxidant powerhouses curcumin and coenzyme Q10. Its special terpene blend promotes absorption and efficacy of the tincture. This is the ideal CBD wellness product, designed for calm, focus, and physical health.
The Last Word on CBD for Wellness
Finding that balance of physical, mental, and emotional wellness takes time, effort, and balance. In addition to moderate exercise and a healthy diet, we have to take care of our mental and emotional wellbeing, and get plenty of rest.
Through proactively achieving and maintaining our wellness, we improve our quality of life exponentially, feeling better in every aspect of our lives. It also improves our relationships. When we feel better, the people around us feel better, too.
We hope you try CBD for wellness, and we feel confident that you’ll find adding CBD to your daily routine will make it easier for you to tackle the challenges of life, big and small.
Want to try CBD for wellness, but not sure where to start? Give our CBD + CBG 2:1 Wellness Tincture a try!