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There are a lot of things that are just meant to go together. Peanut butter and Jelly. Fish and Chips. And now you can add Yoga and CBD to that list.
Both CBD and Yoga have been hot wellness trends for a little while now, and there are lots of reasons why, but maybe the most important one is that people see results.
So roll out that mat. Get your CBD oil. And join us in looking at some of the reasons CBD and Yoga work so well together.
Yoga, CBD and the Endocannabinoid System
You can’t talk about your overall wellness without talking about the endocannabinoid system (ECS)The ECS is a naturally occurring system in our bodies made up of endocannabinoids, receptors and enzymes. It responds to internal cannabinoids that are made naturally in our body and one's from outside of the body as well, including CBD!
Researchers are still trying to find out exactly how CBD interacts with ECS, but they do know that it helps it maintain balance or homeostasis in our bodies. So when your body experiences something like pain or stress, ECS will start getting to work to bring your body back to a state of balance.
There is some evidence that yoga positively interacts with this ECS, like CBD.
Some research has suggested that activities like yoga or meditation may actually mimic the effects of cannabinoids on the ECS. Another study found that osteopathic manipulative treatment activities such as yoga could have the same results asendogenous cannabinoids.
CBD And Yoga May Reduce Anxiety
That is probably one of the most popular reasons why people try yoga. In that class for an hour, you get to focus on breathing, relaxing and stretching out your body. That is also another reason people are choosing CBD because of the stress reduction potential.
Research that has been done on CBD has found that it could be used as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders like generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Yoga has also been found to reduce ‘exaggerated stress responses’ that could help with depression and anxiety. A study from 2007 recruited people who lived with stress to take part in 10 weeks of yoga sessions. After the 10 weeks, yoga helped improve stress over time, reduced anxiety and improved their overall health status. A more recent study in 2018 found that after 12 weeks of hatha yoga,depression, anxiety, and stress decreased significantly for the women who participated.
Combining both is a great way to deal with stress, anxiety and even depression.
Amphora's Peace CBD oil vape formula is perfect for inhaling before you do a yoga session. It can help you feel calm and relaxed, which can make for a really great yoga experience.
CBD and Yoga Could Help You Focus
Being able to focus, especially on yourself, is way easier said than done. There are so many distractions around us all of the time that being able to look within yourself and reflect can be difficult. That is what yoga asks us to do. To let go of the day and focus on breathing and being in that moment.
CBD may be able to help you do this because of the reduction in anxiety we talked about before. When you’re ready to destress, and your mind is more at ease, you can actually attempt to do what yoga is asking you to do. Then yoga can take over from there. A 2013 study of cancer patients who practised yoga found that participants had 'better body awareness and attention to the 'inner self.'
Getting down to work and focusing outside of yoga class is something that both CBD and yoga may also be able to help with. A study found that overall cognitive performance after people did yoga was much improved. And in 2012 researchers found that rats who were given CBD had a reduction in their hyperactive tendencies. This reduction may be able to help people who want to focus on a task at hand.
Amphora's Inspire CBD vape formulais perfect for this. It’s formulated with organic ingredients and natural terpenes (with their own medicinal benefits) that help with focus and creativity.
CBD And Yoga May Reduce Pain
Whether you’re dealing with pain from an injury, post-workout or chronic pain –you know how it can impact your life.
Different studies have shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that may be able to help with chronic pain. Researchers have also found that it may be an alternative to certain pain medications and can help specifically with issues like back pain, migraines, nerve pain and neck pain.
A study from 2010 found that people with chronic pain who participated in an 8-week yoga course were able to ‘reframe what it meant to live with chronic pain.’ And they also found that they were better able to control how pain’ interfered with daily life.’
CBD And Yoga May Help with Sleep
Trying to get some sleep these days can be a challenge. Stress, anxiety and our constant connection through technology can be distracting and don’t allow us to wind down and relax. That’ why combining CBD and yoga could help you get a great night’s sleep!
Several different studies have shown that CBD may be able to help with lots of areas of sleep disturbance including insomnia,REM sleep behaviour disorder and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Yoga may be able to help as well. A study of older adults who did yoga in 2009 found that doing yoga improved their ‘overall sleep quality; sleep efficiency; sleep latency and duration.’ Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that doing yoga improved sleep efficiency, total sleep time, total wake time and the amount of time it took for them to fall asleep.
Amphora's ZZZ formula would be an excellent option for right after a nighttime yoga session. Our CBD oil vape formula has ingredients that help you feel calm and relaxed as you head to bed.
Whether you’re already a big yogi or just starting with your practice, combining it with CBD offers so many added benefits. To get the timing right just make sure you know what kind of bioavailability the method your taking CBD has. Bioavailability is the rate and speed at which your body absorbs CBD. If you're vaping, it could take around 15 minutes, whereas eating an edible could take up to an hour.
No matter how you're taking the CBD, we hope this finds you well.
Written by | Infused Amphora Team
The Infused Amphora Team is dedicated to creating resources to educate and engage consumers on the growing evidence of CBD benefits and the extensive health and wellness properties of CBD oil.
Contributors | Angus Taylor + Dr Gaylord Wardell
IPI is a pharmaceutical ingredient company that cultivates cannabis strains curated to extract specific cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids for the formulation of effects-based health and wellness products. Angus is an experienced public speaker, engaging stakeholders, governments and media. Angus was the co-founder of NewLeaf Cannabis, Canada’s most successful retail brand to date, and has been established as a well-known and recognized expert in the field.
Dr Wardell is a practising physician with over 40 years of clinical and educational experience in pain management, medical practices and education. Dr Wardell is past President of the Pain Society of Alberta, and current President of the Alberta Medical Association, section of Pain. He is a popular public speaker, an active blogger on medical and pain-related issues, and proponent for scientific validation for patients experiencing pain.
Infused Amphora “Learn” is intended for informational purposes only and is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.