As you inhale and exhale deeply in preparation for your next meditation session, consider doing it with CBD – because this little molecule goes together with meditative practice in a dreamy kind of way… If you have struggled with a meditation practice due to anxiety, restlessness, or pain, then CBD can be a great help. If you felt unsure or intimidated about using hemp oils, this guide will provide an overview of what CBD is and how to use it for mindfulness practices.
CBD To Enhance Meditation
As you inhale and exhale deeply in preparation for your next meditation session, consider doing it with CBD – because this little molecule goes together with meditative practice in a dreamy kind of way…
It’s commonly known that the cannabis plant has served as an enthogen (a substance used in religious or spiritual context) for an extremely long time. There’s evidence of its use as far back as 2000BC in Shamanic, Pagan, Aztec, Greek and Vedic cultures as a means to enhance the effects of a practice and aid in the focus and peace needed to achieve enlightenment. Even today, this ancient and revered botanical species is still held in high regard and used readily where legal, and now many of us have found a contemporary way to introduce this plant to our own meditations – CBD oil.
Not everyone wants the high feeling imparted by cannabis which doesn’t have the THC removed, not to mention the fact that it’s not legal to use in this country (unless prescribed as medical cannabis). However, what we now know about Cannabidiol (CBD) has enabled us to understand how (even without the psychoactive molecule) it might help you enter that calm, trance-like state we hope to achieve through deep, meditative practice.
Why are CBD and meditation a great combo?
The way CBD interacts with the body lends itself to maintaining perfect balance – something which any yogi will tell you is an essential part of finding your inner Om. As we attempt to connect our mind, body and soul, introducing CBD can help take care of physical and emotional alignment for a sense of relaxation, focus, and even energy if that’s what you need.
First and foremost, let’s take a look at our own endocannabinoid, Anandamide. Named after the Sanskrit word for ‘bliss’ it should be clear right off the bat that this is something that plays a vital role in meditation.
This neurotransmitter is released by the body as needed, which can be in times of exertion, pain, during intense exercise or intense focus like meditation. It then makes its way to the brain where it attaches itself to cannabinoid receptors to induce a sense of tranquillity.
Scientists believe that higher levels of Anandamide equate to increased happiness and reduced cortisol, as well as a fight or flight response that’s kept properly in check. This endocannabinoid is an essential part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which works constantly to bring a state of balance to the mind and body.
When you enjoy a meditation session, it’s quite normal to find yourself in a state where you have become so engrossed in the practice that time flies by. Your focus is entirely on the task at hand, you allow your mind to release any busy thought, you are still and content. Eventually parts of your frontal brain temporarily switch off, leaving you without a sense of self, will and self-criticism. This mindset has been dubbed ‘a state of flow’ by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , who explained during his 2004 TED talk that becoming totally absorbed in a creative task is the ‘secret to happiness’.
Existence outside that activity becomes temporarily suspended and for a short while, anything feels possible. When you are in a state of flow, your body naturally begins to produces higher levels of Anandamide for a whoosh of bliss – just one of the reasons why meditation is so good for you!
But not all of us produce healthy levels of this endocannabinoid. In fact, cannabis expert Dr Ethan Russo coined the term ‘endocannabinoid deficiency’ which he believes can occur as a result of things like chronic stress, lack of quality sleep and poor diet. Meditation is one of things we can employ to naturally boost endocannabinoid levels – and so is CBD.
If you take a dose of your Kloris CBD oil half an hour or so before starting your meditation, you will give your body a head start on Anandamide production. The CBD molecule supports the release of Anandamide and inhibits the enzyme which breaks it down, meaning it lasts longer and builds up faster than it would without the help of Cannabidiol.
The meditation cocktail
Anandamide isn’t the only pleasure and performance enhancing neurotransmitter released during meditation – serotonin and dopamine come out too! All of these are responsible for blocking pain, feelings of happiness and satisfaction.
Incredibly, CBD also directly activates these receptors, meaning a dose of CBD works in synergy with your body’s natural response to meditation.
If you’re now keen to try mixing CBD and meditation, head on over to our shop where you’ll find a selection of dropper oils to take before your practice, and an on-the-go CBD balm to work out any physical tensions after.
CBD and Meditation—Can It Enhance Your Practice?
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been a somewhat controversial wellness product for the last few years, especially when used for meditation. As CBD oil and hemp oils enter wider usage, it turns out there are a lot of benefits to using these supplements to enhance meditation. If you have struggled or have been unsuccessful in establishing a meditation practice due to anxiety, restlessness, or pain, then CBD might be a great help. If you felt unsure or intimidated about using hemp oils, this guide will provide an overview of what CBD is and how to use it for mindfulness practices.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD is one of the 113 potentially beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant. When people think about using hemp or CBD oil, they often get confused about marijuana, and it’s THC compound that gets you high. CBD oils do not have the same negative side effects of THC, such as hyperactivity, spatial and verbal impairment, short term memory loss, and paranoia.
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It’s understandable if you’re a bit hesitant to try CBD oil, but know that it is something completely different than THC. Rather than running the risk of leaving you paranoid and anxious, CBD oil can be very supportive for meditation due to its mind-body balancing and stress-relieving effects.
Can You Get High On Hemp Oil?
CBD is non-intoxicating, yet there are some kinds of hemp oil which do have a small amount of THC. Hemp oil, by federal regulation standards, are required to have no more than 0.3% THC. Hemp oil is either found in isolate, full, or broad-spectrum extracts. Full-spectrum means that all of the plant compounds are preserved in the final product, and this means there is likely to be a small amount of THC. If you are extremely sensitive, you want to use a broad-spectrum or isolate, which has absolutely no THC at all.
Why Should You Use CBD Oil For Meditation?
We understand and support the argument that students should avoid “external substances” to help them meditate. Yes, the use of CBD can be seen as a crutch, but there are many positive reasons to use hemp oil for your meditation. Many of these benefits are similar to using CBD for Yoga, but there are also specific benefits related to meditation. CBD works slowly with your endocannabinoid system, and it may take several weeks or months to notice the benefits. The top four benefits include:
Increased ability to concentrate. This is important, especially when you’re beginning your practice and when you wish to extend your meditation practice time. CBD oil has been shown to improve concentration, focus, and attention. This, in turn, allows your mind to resist random thoughts and allows you to sit for longer periods with less distraction.
How To Use CBD Oil For Meditation
There are a few ways to incorporate hemp oil into your meditation. You may feel the calming and focusing effects right away, or it could take 15-60 minutes, so plan your dosage based on your response. There are three main ways to take CBD:
- Taking CBD orally before practice. Put a dropper full (or other recommended amount) of a CBD tincture under your tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing. CBD oil tincture manufacturer CBDfx recommends to start with a small amount (1/4 to a full dropper) and gradually increase until you find your perfect serving.
- Add Hemp oil to your morning smoothie or add it to some tea. If used in tea, you can sip it slowly during your yoga practice, and when you’re ready to meditate, your body will be relaxed and ready.
- Adding oil to your skincare. Adding hemp oil to your favorite hand cream and then applying it to your hands, neck, and chest before you start can help you in your meditation. You can add the oils to your favorite creams yourself or choose hemp-infused products. Make sure you test new skin products on small patches of skin and wait 12 hours for any allergic reaction.
About Christine Heilbron
Christine has been teaching and practicing yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for over ten years. She has explored many different styles of yoga under local and international teachers. She is a graduate of a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and is certified to teach vinyasa, Hatha, and restorative styles of yoga and has additional training in trauma sensitivity.