Yoga and cannabis have a history. Cannabis is a sacred plant in India – where yoga originated – and has been smoked by holy men in conjunction with yoga practices for centuries. We turn to yoga as a way to calm down, go inward, and let go. It soothe’s in the short-term and allows us to check in rather than check out, whilst addressing anxiety with calmness.
Yoga is one of many great ways of coping. However with the increasing legalisation of cannabis and hemp-derived products around the world, the stressed-out among us are exploring new ways to cope with anxiety.
It all comes down to CBD, a cannabinoid compound found in the cannabis plant. Although CBD shares some similarities with THC, hemp’s better-known cannabinoid, there is one big difference: CBD has no psychoactive effects and won’t get you high.
CBD isn’t a miracle ‘cure’ for anxiety, and neither is Yoga, but research has opened our eyes to how they can both help. You may be able to take your yoga practise to another level when pairing with CBD.
So in summary, CBD can enhance your mind-body connection through the endocannabinoid system, improved yoga adaptation through local activation of the endocannabinoid system in muscle tissue, reduced inflammation, and enhanced focus and concentration during your practice.