Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the main active ingredients found in cannabis plants. It is popular due to its reported ability to reduce unwanted symptoms of various illnesses, conditions and ailments, including stress and anxiety. It can also be used cosmetically, therapeutically and recreationally. Due to these capabilities, CBD has become an even more popular health supplement during lockdowns as people in the UK have been seeking help with anxiety, trouble sleeping and other symptoms of stress. It has undoubtedly become a part of self-care and 2020 has made self-care and taking the time to look after yourself even more important. Here we look at how CBD can help in a lockdown situation and other ways you can self-care at this particularly difficult time. For more information on any of our CBD products, contact our expert and friendly team.
How can CBD help in lockdown?
Research by Forbes suggests that around 8 million Brits are now purchasing CBD products and that cannabidiol (CBD) demand has soared during the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns in 2020. The vast uses of cannabidiol can be applied to almost any aspect of our lives, including lockdown. The situations in which CBD can be used are almost limitless, and it can aid us in heightened and unfamiliar circumstances. Let us have a look at some popular uses for CBD that apply to lockdowns:
As a sleep aid
CBD can help individuals get to sleep more easily when sleep patterns have become irregular or interrupted. Lockdown has been shown to increase stress and anxiety, factors which both significantly contribute to sleeping difficulties. CBD oil can be used before bed to help with sleep by taking drops under the tongue (sublingually), and can quickly become part of a bedtime routine. See our guide on CBD and sleep for more information.
For physical wellbeing
CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system. Our endocannabinoid system is responsible for creating internal balance or homeostasis. As part of this interaction, CBD can help boost immunity and make people feel well in and of themselves.
CBD helps us to feel relaxed by reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. It can be a great way to help us unwind at the end of a long day. As products are available in so many strengths, the amount can be tailored to suit individual needs.
For pain relief
CBD is reportedly an effective pain relief and can be applied topically to areas affected, as well as being ingested via delicious edibles. CBD is suitable for chronic pain conditions and most painful symptoms. If you haven’t used CBD before, always consult with your GP.
What types of CBD could you use in lockdown?
One of the wonders of CBD is that it is entirely tailorable to your needs. There is no prescription required. Let us have a look at some of the main types of CBD types and some stand our products below:
These are exactly what they say on the label, CBD products you can eat! Some of the most popular edibles are jellies/gummies and confectionery. Simple to use, each pack has a specified amount of CBD. Start with the recommended dosage and top up until you reach your desired effects.
These tasty vegan treats are perfect for those evenings spent relaxing during lockdown. The strength ranges from 10mg all the way to 50mg and there is a choice of bears, rings, worms and buttons.
Soy free and vegan, these cookies tick all of the boxes. Each cookie contains a healthy dose of CBD (20mg) and boasts 13g of protein; ideal for a mighty boost during exercise sessions.
CBD e-liquids are arguably the most effective way to fulfill your CBD requirements. They are inhaled through a vaporiser pen and offer a fast, strong hit. We stock a showstopping range of e-liquids and vape juices from leading brands, featuring phenomenal flavours.
These liquids are brought to you at an affordable price by Canavape, a leading brand in CBD e-liquids. Available in flavours like (but not limited to) pink lemonade, blueberry and vanilla custard, you’re in for a delicious treat.
The Holy Grail is a whopper of a pen. There's a massive 88% of pure cannabis goodness in here. 58% CBD, 11%CGB, 5%CBDV and 14% other minor cannabinoids all crammed into 0.5ml - that equates to around 170 puffs. Find out more about this in our in-depth guide here.
These e-liquids by Harmony are flavoured with real terpenes, which means they have genuine cannabis flavour (but they won’t be getting you high). They come at a strength of 600mg of pure CBD in a 10ml bottle. Available in 12 different flavours, eight of which contain terpenes.
Balms and lotions
Balms and lotions are applied directly to your chosen area, within the manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions. Some lotions are purely cosmetic and others can be used for the treatment of pain due to exercise or chronic pain conditions.
Want to see your skin glow? Gently rub this into your face and neck and feel instantly revitalised. Not only does Infinity CBD’s cream contain 1000mg of CBD but it is also packed full of nutritious ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil, vitamin E oil and Eucalyptus essential oil.
This world class formula massage oil is brought to you by Provocan. Not just a massage oil for those relaxing, sensual moments, but this oil serves as a moisturiser, aftersun care and a pre or post workout lotion too! What more could you ask for?
What if you’ve used CBD before lockdown?
For anyone that has used CBD prior to lockdown, perhaps for many years, you may have kept to your same routine and dosage, leaning on it more and cherishing it more, or you may have reduced or upped your dosage - depending on what has been right for you. As lockdown can make stress and anxiety worse, you may find that CBD is a great partner to have during such trying times and that it has become an even more important part of your life. However your use has changed, if it has at all, the good news is that CBD comes in so many different varieties, strengths and flavours that you can choose exactly what’s right for you as circumstances change. Always be sure to check with your GP if you want to up your dosage and are using other medicines, breastfeeding or pregnant.
How else can you self-care in coronavirus lockdowns?
Caring for ourselves during the pandemic is highly important. Keeping our body and mind revitalised and motivated can be hard work however, as lockdown can bring extra strain to our relationships, social interactions and regular routines. Here are a few ways in which you can help to stay positive in lockdown with a few simple activities to improve your physical and mental wellbeing:
Taking regular exercise not only promotes a healthy body but helps release endorphins, which are responsible for reducing your perception of pain, and they also help us to feel a sense of well-being. Set aside a period of time in your daily or weekly routine to indulge in a cardio workout, some stretching, or a fun dance class. Many people are joining online groups on social media platforms or following tutorials for things like yoga online, so treat your body and mind. If you would like to read more about how exercise and working out can help, we have a guide on CBD and working out.
When you’re stuck at home it’s easy to try and search for something to do, but often end up procrastinating. To reduce this, you could try starting a new hobby or find a creative outlet. Activities like home-making christmas cards, baking or gardening can be fulfilling and, who knows, you might discover a new passion. Of courses, the choice is yours and there are no limits to your own creativity so if you can, be proactive and get stuck right in.
Nothing compares to a self-care session every now and then. It makes us feel renewed, fresh and ready to do it all over again. Depending on what works for you, you could try spending an evening in, take a hot bath with candles, some music and a CBD face mask. For an extra treat have yourself a CBD chocolate bar to finish the night off. Setting aside time like this for relaxation is key for you and your loved ones. Most of all, enjoy yourself and try to focus on what makes you happy.
Get in touch with ICE Headshop today
The team at ICE Headshop are here for you during lockdown and beyond with an incredible range of high quality CBD products. Our team of experts have a wealth of knowledge to offer advice 24/7, so don’t hesitate to reach out for a chat about our range. Email: [email protected] (24/7/365) Phone: Mon-Fri, 10am - 4.00pm Phone orders: 01626 903101 General enquiries: 01626 903102 As always, stay safe and check the current Government coronavirus safety advice to stay up-to-date. Disclaimer: Please note that you must be 18 years or older to purchase CBD products. All claims and effects of CBD have been regulated by the MHRA since 2016 and distributors require a license from the MHRA to make any medical claims. Claims are opinion based and non-scientific, and while we may discuss the opinions people share, they are not our own. Our CBD is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease. Although we can advocate its calming & healthy properties it is in no way intended for medicinal use.