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Do you have any nagging aches and pains that you’re trying to work out in your yoga class or practice? A new ingredient might be able to help.
CBD is getting lots of buzz in the beauty and wellness worlds, with celebrities like Mandy Moore and Busy Philipps using CBD products to relieve their aching feet, and several studies suggesting that it might help with pain relief. Wait a second, you might be saying to yourself … what does CBD stand for?
What Is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a plant compound, known as a cannabinoid, that’s found in the cannabis plant—i.e. in hemp and marijuana. CBD can be found in other plants, like broccoli and kale, but the hemp plant is where it is most abundant. A lot of people are talking about CBD right now because it can provide the therapeutic benefits that are associated with cannabis without any psychoactive effects, says Kerrigan Behrens, co-founder of Sagely Naturals, which offers several CBD products including their Hemp CBD Relief & Recovery Cream. In other words, using CBD cream will NOT get you stoned. “People who are looking for pain relief are turning to CBD instead of THC, because they can count on getting relief without the need to get high,” she explains.
If you’re still a little nervous about using a cannabis-derived product, don’t be: while CBD can come from either hemp or marijuana, Sagely Naturals gets its CBD from hemp so they can provide their products legally to people across the country. And if you’re among the many yogis who have turned to the practice for pain relief—or tend to feel a little sore post-yoga—here’s why CBD might be right for you.
How CBD Cream Can Help You Feel Your Best Before, During, and After Yoga
When you use CBD cream, the CBD absorbs into your skin and activates your endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a central regulatory system in the body that helps to regulate the immune, nervous, and digestive systems and keeps the body in balance. The cannabinoids in CBD products bind to cannabinoid receptors in the body—specifically in the central and peripheral nervous systems—helping your brain sense that you’re experiencing pain or strained muscles and joints. Then, they send signals to that exact part of your body to desensitize the pain at the site of the nerve receptor. There’s also emerging research that CBD can lessen the impact of inflammation and also help to combat inflammation. “The way CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system is what allows it to have the ability to reduce inflammation,” says Behrens.
Sagely Naturals also uses co-ingredients in all of their products to work synergistically with the CBD to enhance its therapeutic benefits. The Relief & Recovery Cream and Relief & Recovery Spray both contain essential peppermint oil and menthol, which deliver immediate cooling and pain relief.
Yogis Give It a Try
Marcia Bunda, a 36-year-old yogi who lives in New York City, tried Sagely Naturals’ Relief & Recovery Cream on her shoulder after her yoga class last week, and quickly experienced its healing effects.
“My husband massaged the cream into my shoulder, which was sore from class, and I could immediately feel the tingle and cooling. That faded over the course of a half hour and then when I noticed again, my shoulder was feeling better,” she says.
The following day, she used Sagely Naturals’ Hemp CBD Relief & Recovery Spray on her shoulder just before class, and liked the fact that it easily hit places on her back that she couldn’t get to with the cream. “Practicing Gomukhasana doesn’t mean you can massage your shoulders,” she joked. “Throughout the class I felt more and more open as I felt the tingling.” Bunda’s husband also tried Sagely Naturals’ Relief & Recovery Headache CBD Roll-On for a tension headache, and liked it so much he used it again the next day.
Sagely Naturals recommends spritzing their Relief & Recovery Spray before yoga, so you don’t have to get your hands greasy (slipping on the mat during Downward-Facing Dog is no fun!). After class, they recommend massaging the Relief & Recovery Cream into the areas where you’re sore (or ask your partner to help you out). And the benefits of both products last long after Savasana, says Bunda. “They’re calming, and they totally smell like a spa day.”