CBD has become part of the daily routine of many people, who use this natural cannabinoid to improve their well-being, along with other healthful practices, supplements or medicine.
Many people take a dose once or twice a day by filling a dropper with CBD oil, eating a few CBD gummies or swallowing some CBD capsules. They report that CBD helps them manage chronic conditions such as pain, anxiety and insomnia.
Some people prefer to use a CBD product shortly after they wake up, to start their day with its natural benefits. Others prefer to take CBD in the evening -- at dinner or just before bed. Still others use CBD throughout the day, maintaining a level of CBD in their system to help with pain management or to diminish stress levels.
The stresses and activities of everyday life can sometimes get in the way of remembering to take your daily CBD intake. So, how can you incorporate CBD oil into your daily life with ease? If you’re new to CBD, or are having trouble fitting it into your routine, this guide will help you find the optimal ways to use CBD to enhance your life.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the flowers and buds of the hemp plant, which is a distant cousin of marijuana. However, unlike its relative tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn’t get you high. Their only similarity is that both CBD and THC act on the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in many processes, including appetite, pain and memory.
CBD has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes. Today, the therapeutic properties of CBD are being studied by scientists and medical workers around the world.
Will CBD get me high if I take it as part of my daily routine?
No, CBD will not get you high. By law, anything made with CBD must contain no more than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that makes you feel “high.” However, Penguin CBD products have absolutely no THC, and therefore there is nothing in our products that would impact your cognitive abilities or keep you from functioning at your best.
Penguin is proud to work with Proverde Laboratories, one of the country’s leading independent third-party labs, to make sure that our gummies are free of any harmful chemicals or unwanted additives. This means you can rest assured that our products are completely safe to consume.
What is the best time of day to take CBD?
There’s no one “right” time of day to use CBD oil. Generally, the ideal time is whenever best fits your schedule and lifestyle, so that you can be consistent with your CBD routine. When to take a dose of CBD is a matter of determining what you desire to get out of CBD and the effect the compound has on you as an individual.
If you feel energized by CBD, taking it in the morning can be a huge boost to your day. If it makes you feel less anxious, consider taking it during times when it’s imperative that you keep your cool. If it makes you feel sleepy, then it makes sense to take it before bed. Again, the potency and dosing size may also affect how CBD makes you feel.
Kick off your day with CBD
Many people start their day with a dose of CBD because it has been found to have a number of helpful and healthy properties, such as being a calming and effective mood stabilizer, as well as an anti-inflammatory agent.
There are a number of ways to incorporate CBD into your morning. If you start your day with a steaming (or iced) coffee, you can easily add a few drops of CBD to get your caffeine fix and your CBD dose at the same time. Don’t drink coffee? No worries -- you can add CBD to anything you consume. For instance, you can mix CBD into your morning smoothie, tea or juice. You could even try adding it to your heart-healthy bowl of steel-cut oatmeal!
For mindfulness, meditation and yoga
Meditating, stretching and practicing mindfulness are wonderful practices for your mind, body and spirit. But let’s face it, in our stressed-out and overly busy world, it’s often hard to find peace within and be able to fully relax in a yoga class or during your daily meditation or stretching.
Some people have reported that incorporating CBD into their routine before meditation or yoga helps them quiet their minds so they can get the most out of these practices. Think of it as giving yourself a little “mindfulness boost.” You can simply place a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue and allow it to absorb for about a minute, or eat a few CBD gummies or take a CBD capsule about 30 minutes before you plan to begin your activity.
Then take a deep breath and allow yourself to sink into relaxation.
Easing social anxiety and improving public interactions
If you deal with social anxiety, you aren’t alone. Approximately 40 million American adults -- roughly 18 percent of the population -- have an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Similarly, public speaking anxiety (or glossophobia) affects about 73 percent of the population, the National Institute of Mental Health reports. And for many of us, that means we’re faced with multiple situations in our daily lives that may be causing us a great deal of anxiety.
The good news is that CBD may be able to help.
A promising 2015 literature review presented evidence that CBD is useful in managing a social anxiety disorder, and CBD has also been shown to be helpful in lessening generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The research also shows that CBD may help many people feel more comfortable with speaking in public. Its effects on the limbic and paralimbic brain areas can give you more confidence, making it unnecessary to do mental exercises like picturing everyone in their underwear before you open up your speech.
Daily pain management
One of the primary benefits many people say they get from CBD is pain management. In particular, arthritis sufferers report that CBD has positive effects on lessening their pain, and research confirms this. A study published in the journal Pain in 2017 analyzed whether CBD could prevent osteoarthritis pain and joint neuropathy. Based on their findings, researchers affirmed that it did both because it decreased joint inflammation and served as a protectant to the nerves.
CBD has also been found to help relieve other chronic pain. For instance, research has shown that CBD can help ease pain in people diagnosed with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cancer. Other studies have reported positive effects for individuals taking CBD to ease their fibromyalgia pain.
Post-workout muscle recovery
Do you often get sore muscles from the previous day’s workout? CBD has shown a great deal of promise as a way to help people recover from exercise-related injuries.
Many athletes (or those just striving to get in shape) tout CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties as a great way to boost their post-workout recovery. Some trainers advocate using CBD as an natural alternative to over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen sodium (Aleve).
Some experts believe CBD has great potential in this area. "CBD for exercise-induced inflammation is absolutely the next big area we need to explore," says Thorsten Rudroff, an exercise scientist and director of the Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory at Colorado State University, and the co-author of the Frontiers in Neurology study.
CBD to ease muscle soreness can be applied topically or taken orally. Experts note that more research is needed in this area; however, CBD gummies are a great post-workout treat even if the CBD effects are minimal, as they also help replenish your body with needed carbs and sugars.
CBD is becoming a popular ingredient in skin-care and beauty products for a number of reasons. For one, this plant compound has been shown to have great antioxidants to fight signs of aging. CBD is rich in the fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, with high doses of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and vitamin E, all of which are great for the skin.
Many also regard CBD as an amazing secret weapon against acne and other skin conditions. CBD has been found to help soothe acne inflammation, and has the potential to decrease excess sebum (oil) production by possibly helping to balance the skin’s natural oils.
A 2014 study explored the effects of CBD on human sebocytes, which are the cells that create sebum. The researchers found that the CBD prevented these cells from creating too much of the oily sebum. They found that CBD oil triggered an anti-inflammatory reaction in the cells and prevented inflammatory cytokines from activating.
A 2016 review of the cannabis plant highlighted its antibacterial and antifungal effects. These effects may help reduce infections from dirt and other pollutants on the skin. To incorporate CBD into your skin-care routine, simply use a small amount of CBD oil mixed with a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive oil, and gently apply it to your face, neck or other areas that you want to target. You can also use a CBD cream.
Some studies have also shown that CBD may be helpful in managing and relieving symptoms of eczema and psoriasis, including diminishing the scars that these skin conditions often leave behind. This is where a topical like a CBD cream can come in handy.
Healthy hair and scalp
In addition to skin care, CBD is one of the hottest products to use on your hair. The omega fatty acids and other natural ingredients it contains are as good for your hair and scalp as they are for your face and skin. CBD also has high levels of linoleic and gamma linoleic acid (GLA) -- essential fatty acids that are believed to promote the maintenance of normal hair growth.
Some doctors have found that applying CBD topically to the scalp shows promise in helping patients suffering from alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes sudden loss of patches of hair.
CBD for better sleep
More than 80 percent of Americans say they have trouble sleeping at least once a week. One national survey found that 10 percent of Americans who use CBD say they use it to help them sleep.
There is a growing body of scientific research that supports CBD as a sleep aid. Researchers believe that CBD can be helpful because it has properties that can ease anxiety and pain, both of which can make it harder to fall asleep or stay asleep.
One 2019 study suggests CBD might help people with short-term sleep problems. The study involved 72 subjects, with 47 experiencing anxiety and 25 experiencing poor sleep. The subjects were each given 25 milligrams of CBD in capsule form each day. In the first month, 79.2 percent of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep.
Other research indicates that CBD may affect sleep directly, by interacting with receptors in the brain that govern the body’s daily sleep/wake cycles, according to a 2017 review of sleep and cannabis.
Things to keep in mind
Everyone may react to CBD a little differently, depending on what time and how often you consume CBD, and what CBD products you use. Similarly, the dosage required to get the desired effect or to manage symptoms may differ from person to person. It’s always best to start with a low dosage and increase it slowly until you find the ideal level to manage your condition and get the results you desire.
Don’t forget to talk to your doctor before beginning a CBD supplement, especially if he or she helps you manage a chronic condition. This is especially important if you take prescription medications. It's also important to keep in mind that CBD may impact the enzyme system in the liver, and may affect how your body absorbs other prescription and over-the-counter medications.
CBD is readily obtainable in most parts of the United States, though its precise legal status is still in flux. Most states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction, so always check with local legislation before making a purchase.