For the fourth year in a row, January is officially National CBD Month. And we’ve got a lot to celebrate!
The last four years have seen enormous growth in public awareness of CBD. Back when we started the first National CBD Month, we were answering basic questions like “What is CBD?” Nowadays, consumers have more specific questions: Which CBD products should I take? How can they improve my life?
In this piece, we’ll help you start your New Year off right with suggestions and ideas for how different CBD products can enhance your everyday health and wellness routine.
Broad Spectrum vs Full Spectrum CBD
One of the first things you’ll want to decide is whether your CBD products should be THC-free* (broad spectrum) or if you’re willing to include a little THC in them (full spectrum). The amount of THC in our full spectrum CBD products isn’t intoxicating, but most people find the full spectrum to be more potent. Still, there are several reasons you might prefer broad spectrum CBD:
- You’re subject to drug testing
- You want to take CBD while you’re active and the THC makes you sleepy
- You don’t like the “weedy” taste of full spectrum products
So as you can see, which kind you choose is a matter of preferences and life circumstances. Fortunately, you can get a wide range of products either way!
CBD for Wellness
People use CBD products for a wide variety of things – and you’ll see a lot of wild claims out there – but what it really excels at is helping you maintain whole-body wellness. Your endocannabinoid system has its tendrils in so many bodily functions, and because researchers seem to be discovering more of them all the time, it’s difficult to pin down just one thing that it does.
What it really does is help to maintain the balance of your whole body, which in turn helps maintain the balance of your mind.
The key to taking high quality CBD for wellness is that you need to be consistent about it. You want your body to maintain a stable level of CBD from day to day, so daily use is essential. And as we all know, starting a new, healthy wellness routine can be a lot easier than sticking to it consistently.
Fortunately, there are a lot of different ways to take CBD, and you’ll likely find one that’s so easy and convenient that it makes your daily CBD regimen a breeze. Let’s look at some of cbdMD’s options.
CBD capsules and softgels are a great option if you’re already taking some sort of pill every day, whether it be vitamins, herbal supplements, or medicines. Just add a CBD capsule to the daily round, swallowing it with water.
The main thing to be careful about if you’re taking medicines is that CBD can interfere with the effectiveness of some of them. Talk to your doctor before starting a CBD regimen to make sure you’re not taking one that’s on that list.
Hemp derived CBD gummies can help keep your daily regimen on track for a simple reason: they’re delicious! cbdMD’s broad spectrum CBD gummies come in a tasty Tropical Mix blend, which includes strawberry, orange, raspberry, and tropical fruit gummies. And our full spectrum CBD gummies offer a Tropical Twist blend with cherry limeade, lemon, and pineapple coconut flavors.
CBD Oil Tinctures
CBD oil tinctures are a popular option for CBD users, due to their range of uses. If you want to get the quickest results from CBD, take a tincture and hold it under your tongue for at least 30 seconds before swallowing, and you’ll probably start to feel the benefits in about half an hour.
For daily wellness maintenance, however, you don’t need the fastest-acting method. And that can make tinctures a lot more fun, because you can combine them with so many different foods and drinks. Check out cbdMD’s recipe portal for ways to fit CBD tincture into everything from your morning brew to beef jerky.
CBD for Calming
Relaxation is one of the most popular reasons to take CBD, especially the full spectrum versions. But sometimes you might need a little something extra to help you unwind.
That’s why we’ve created our Calm CBD Gummies with a heaping helping of ashwagandha and other soothing herbs, along with L-theanine and GABA for a well-rounded mellow. Just pop a couple after work or whenever you need to de-stress, and savor their delicious raspberry flavor. You can also get broad spectrum Calming CBD Gummies if you’re avoiding THC.
For some extra hardcore calming, check out our Delta 9 THC Gummies. These have 50 mg of CBD and 10 mg of THC per piece, so they’re mildly intoxicating and strictly for downtime, but they give you the most powerful chill-out.
CBD for Sleep
Even though “sleep more” might sound like one of the easiest wellness goals to achieve, it might turn out to be a bit challenging. When you’re traveling, under stress, or just really busy, it can be difficult to turn your brain off and really unwind. Yet sleep is one of the most important things we do for our health.
It’s in this area that you’ll really see why cbdMD is one of the top CBD brands in the US. Our award-winning CBD sleep aids combine the most venerable calming herbs from around the world with melatonin and our Superior Broad Spectrum CBD formula for a gentle, natural solution.
But we should note it’s not some miracle pill – you shouldn’t expect to run around frantically or play action-packed video games right up until you go to bed, then have a CBD sleep aid instantly knock you out. The best way to use CBD for sleep is to (again!) work it into a daily routine that helps you unwind for the night. What works for you depends on your unique needs, but here are some possibilities.
Have a Nice Cuppa Tea
Sipping on a cup of herbal or decaffeinated tea is a popular way to relax, especially on chilly winter nights. In fact, the “sleepytime” teas that you can buy often contain some of the same herbs as CBD PM, such as chamomile and lemon balm. So why not try adding a squirt of PM tincture into your teacup? Choose from mint or berry flavor – whatever harmonizes best with the tea!
Practice Nightly Meditation
Meditation and similar mindfulness exercises have lately spread all over the western world as a countermeasure to our frenzied pace of life. And you don’t have to be an expert – check out our earlier blog post on CBD and meditation for some helpful tips to get started.
For nighttime relaxation, a good way to begin is by taking a CBD PM softgel. It takes an hour or more to get through your system and into your bloodstream, so you can use meditation to unwind as the calming effects slowly steal up on you.
CBD for Pain
There are a lot of reasons that people have trouble starting or sticking to workout routines, but one of the most elemental is pain. After all, if your body is protesting after you do something, why would you want to do it again? But while severe pain is a sign of injury that you should heed, a certain amount of discomfort just comes with exercise, especially if you haven’t done it in a while.
This is where CBD can also be a big help. By itself it supports overall wellness, but combined with other ingredients that help with pain and fatigue, it can be the perfect workout companion. Again, cbdMD offers multiple products to choose from to help you stick to your goals.
Use cbdMD Freeze for Instant Cooling Relief
A popular product with athletes is cbdMD Freeze, which won a Product of the Year award in the CBD Topicals category. In addition to the soothing powers of CBD, Freeze brings the time-tested pain-killing properties of menthol, which temporarily relieves muscle and joint pain with a pleasant cooling sensation. You can pack a Freeze roll-on wherever you go so you’re ready if that knee or Achilles tendon starts acting up.
Use cbdMD Recover for Stiff Joints
The cooling sensation of Freeze can be great when you’ve got a tendon or muscle that feels hot and inflamed, but sometimes the problem is stiffness. This can especially come on hours after you exercise, or even the next day – if you work out one evening and then work at a desk the next day, you might stand up and feel your joints protesting at the sudden movement.
For those occasions, cbdMD Recover may be your best option. It’s formulated with histamine dihydrochloride, which also provides temporary pain relief but with a warming sensation that increases blood flow to the area and helps loosen it up.
Rehydrate with CBD Drink Mixes
Getting enough water is essential to any workout routine. Even if you’re swimming, you might not feel like you’re sweating, but you are! And a great way to rehydrate during and after a workout is with cbdMD’s CBD drink mixes.
These drink mixes have no sugar or caffeine, but they have plenty of vitamin C to support tissue repair along with CBD for that all-over wellness. So fill up your water bottle with a tasty CBD drink for your next workout.
Use cbdMD MAX for Persistent Pain
If you’ve got that bad knee or old sports injury that reliably rears its head whenever you work out or over exert yourself, you’ll want a longer-term option than the topicals. That’s why we created cbdMD MAX for Pain, with a clinically proven herbal blend called Univestin to improve joint comfort and mobility along with a power pack of full spectrum CBD. Take two tablets a day, and within a week you should find you’re feeling better and moving more freely.
Tell Us How You Celebrate National CBD Month
These tips for incorporating the many benefits of CBD into your healthy routine are the perfect way to celebrate National CBD Month. But the great thing about the occasion is that there’s no one way to do it right! Tag cbdMD on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to tell us about your favorite ways to use CBD to meet your wellness goals.