CBD is used for a number of reported benefits and is popular as a natural supplement to ease stress and anxiety, which leads to it being a tool people use to relax and self care at home. During challenging times and when we have overworked ourselves or are feeling under pressure, we all need to take time to relax and re-centre ourselves. Whatever this means for you personally, CBD could be one of the tools you use to feel calmer and take time out for yourself. Here, we take an in-depth look at how CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, and its products can be used at home for self care and relaxation. We are going to explore:
- CBD and self care at home
- What is CBD and its role in relaxation?
- How does CBD work to help relaxation?
- What types of CBD products are there?
- How to use CBD for self care
- Suggested products
- Choosing isolate or full spectrum
- Summary on CBD for relation and self care
It is important to know that in order to feel relaxed and live a healthy life we should try to improve our health not just mentally, but also physically. Improving our physical fitness can help us to clear our minds and maintain a positive, calm and collected headspace which, in turn, helps our bodies to be healthy.
CBD and self care at home
During the Covid-19 pandemic a significant number of us are confined to our homes with our families or alone. Some of us are lucky enough to be able to work from home, while others have to work out on the frontline. As a society we have had to adapt and alter how we socialise and move about freely. A large portion of our day must be spent inside and it isn’t always easy to relax; we either have a few precious moments to enjoy for ourselves or an unexpected abundance of downtime. Take it easy, be patient with your siblings, children, housemates and most importantly treat yourself right. What is the role of CBD in being able to relax?
What is CBD and its role in relaxation?
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of 113 identified cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is a non-psychoactive compound, which means it does not alter our state of consciousness, nor does it produce a ‘high’ or ‘stoned’ feeling. THC, another cannabinoid, is the compound that is responsible for psychoactive effects. CBD is used to treat a large variety of illnesses, disease and ailments. Some of these include (but are not limited to):
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic pain
As CBD is thought to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as ease pain, its properties and effects can help a person to relax and stay calm. This would work especially well if it also helps you to sleep better and get the rest you need to function properly. The best way to begin is to consult your GP before you try CBD and then to take a small dose before you go to bed and judge the effects. See our guide on how to take CBD for sleep and fight insomnia for more information.
How does CBD work to help relaxation?
CBD is an impressive supplement that interacts with the human body and is thought to:
- Reduce blood pressure
- Provide relief from symptoms of chronic pain
- Balance mood or reduce anxiety
- Aid recovery from injury or strenuous physical activity
- Ease relaxation
- Increase concentration
It also helps to boost the signalling ability of our serotonin receptor. When our serotonin levels are optimum you should feel focused, calmer, happier and more emotionally stable. This can happen when CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is found throughout our central and peripheral nervous systems, our brain and the rest of our body. The ECS is involved in regulating the physiological and cognitive processes, which include but are not limited to, the sensation of pain, immunity, mood and appetite. CBD does this by binding itself to receptors in the brain. For example, when CBD binds to the CB1 receptor it inhibits glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter. The inhibitory actions of the CB1 receptor play a part in maintaining normal brain activity and protecting the brain against seizures.
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CBD helps to prevent overstimulation of our CB1 receptor, which is the receptor responsible for modulating neurotransmitter release and reducing pain and other inflammatory symptoms. It does this by boosting our body's production of endocannabinoids. Some research suggests chronic stress (such as the stress we encounter from a lack of relaxation and time to care for ourselves) can be held responsible for damaging neurons. CBD is reported to stimulate growth of new neurons, which can lead to reduced anxiety; in this way CBD could help rectify the damage caused by chronic stress.
What types of CBD products are there?
CBD is one of the most dynamic products on the market and there are a range of ways you can introduce it to your lifestyle from edibles and teas to water soluble CBD oil and e-liquids. As a result, we can fit CBD into our lives easily and see how it personally works. At ICE Headshop we pride ourselves on only stocking the very best, certified CBD products on the market, all available to browse and buy in our online store. When choosing products for relaxation consider:
- What time of day you’d prefer to take it
- The method you think would work best for you
- Whether you want flavourless or flavoured CBD options
- Where you have to store CBD (cool, dry places) out of the reach of children
- If you're looking for CBD products to replace non-CBD products you already enjoy, for example face masks
When you come to take CBD it is entirely your choice on how you take it, within manufacturer’s recommendations.
How to use CBD for self care
The first thing to consider is how to choose the correct product for use, as discussed above. What best fits into your lifestyle and which product can be incorporated easily? If you enjoy to start your day with a cup of coffee or tea, perhaps exchange your regular brew for a CBD brew. This can give you a good and calming head-start to the day to help relieve you of any potential anxiety or stress. A cup of tea can also be the warming, evening remedy for a cosy night on the sofa. If you appreciate cosmetic products you could try finishing your day with a relaxing CBD face mask or exchange your regular moisturiser for one with CBD for an added boost of relaxation and clarity. Once you have chosen a product that works best for you, there may be an option to pick a flavour or strength. When choosing strength, take into account that more mg per dose should have stronger and fuller effects. For example if you apply moisturiser frequently then a higher % of CBD will give fuller stronger effects. CBD is open to interpretation and we can choose our dosage, frequency and how we take it for ourselves. Have a thorough browse of our shop and find the product which is best for you and one that will best help you relax and feel pampered or complete.
Edible CBD products come in all flavours, shapes and sizes. They are easily incorporated into our lifestyles and are an easy and delicious way to get our CBD. Remember, CBD is open to interpretation. Experiment with products and see what works best for you. Try starting with the recommended dose and top up within the manufacturer’s maximum dosage until you reach your desired effects. Do not exceed the guideline amount and always consult with your GP. Typically, edible products take longer before the effects can be felt because they have to be digested and metabolised by us. The effects will vary person to person depending on height, weight, activity level and how much we have eaten. The effects can be felt from between 30 minutes and up to two hours. Here are a couple to take a look at: Orange County Broad Spectrum Vegan Large Gummies These tasty and vegan treats are available in three strengths - 10mg, 25mg, 50mg of full spectrum CBD. They come as bears, rings, buttons or worms and in packs from 800mg to 2000mg. Why not indulge? There is no preparation required, simply sit back, relax and enjoy your chosen gummy. Somnio CBD Brew Blended Tea 45mg These come as ‘Sencha Green Tea’, ‘Relax and Sleep’ or ‘Detox and Cleanse’. Each box comes with 15 tea bags at 3mg each for a total of 45mg of CBD: a simple and effective way to get your dose. Incorporate CBD into your life effortlessly by switching your standard English breakfast tea for something a little more wholesome and satisfying.
These magnificent lotions and balms are applied directly to the skin and come as various cosmetic products, such as face masks and creams. Also available are pain or recovery products for injury or chronic conditions. A touch of pampering to treat yourself, check out the full range in different strengths as roll-ons, balms, tinctures and creams. CBDFX Face Mask 20mg These broad spectrum hemp face masks are available in five styles, each one with slightly different results: Aloe Vera, Charcoal, Cucumber, Lavender Night and Rose. These are soothing and rejuvenating. Your skin will instantly reap the benefits! Perfect for a relaxing evening in or a day off pampering session. Somnio Revive CBD moisturiser 90mg This is available in two tantalising scents. Give your skin the vitamins and nutrients it needs. This moisturiser helps to instantly brighten your skin and clear impurities. Choose from either lavender or hemp and honey. Lay back, relax and de-stress your mind.
Choosing isolate or full spectrum
The CBD market is growing rapidly; science is forever pushing it forward and the variety of products is remarkable and ever-expanding. There is just about something for everyone here, a product to suit each individual lifestyle. Whoever you are, and whatever it is that you are doing there is a CBD product for you. CBD products will usually specify if they are full spectrum or isolate, but what is the difference?
An isolate product means that the CBD it contains is extracted to a pure state and that it only contains the cannabinoid CBD. People tend to pick these products for peace of mind about purity and lack of other cannabinoids, such as THC.
CBD full spectrum
Full spectrum products contain other terpenes and cannabinoids. They therefore sometimes contain trace amounts of THC. People tend to choose these products for a more organically complete product. The other terpenes and cannabinoids are thought to help create the ‘entourage effect’. Again, the choice will largely depend on personal preference.
Summary on CBD for relaxation and self care
While research into the benefits and effects of CBD is still ongoing, there is much evidence to suggest CBD can help with easing and relieving symptoms of many illnesses, ailments and conditions. It helps reduce stress, anxiety and blood pressure and helps with immunity. As part of a healthy lifestyle, CBD can be a wonderful addition to help us relax and bring our body into balance and homeostasis; the perfect supplement for self care and relaxation during this taxing time and throughout our lives. It is beneficial to focus on not only the wellbeing of our loved ones and families, but ourselves. We seldom take time out to appreciate some relaxation and quiet time. Cosy evenings have never been so appealing and CBD can be the answer to aiding the essential relaxation of our body and mind.
Contact ICE Headshop
Our team is on hand to help advise on any of our products and to provide assistance wherever we can. Speak to us on the phone or email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Email: [email protected] (24/7/365) Phone: Mon-Fri, 10am - 4.00pm Phone orders: 01626 903101 General enquiries: 01626 903102 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.