CBD and Meditation
CBD; best known as a Cannabidiol is a naturally produced molecular compound found in both the hemp/cannabis plant. While the emergence of CBD does bring several health benefits, several people have mistaken this compound for THC (a psychoactive compound) containing intoxicating properties. It is important to note that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) contains psychoactive properties that induce a euphoric “high” effect, while CBD does not contain intoxicating compounds that you may associate with cannabis.
Many researchers suggest that the cannabidiol compound has the physiological ability to promote focus and relieve anxiety symptoms using the endocannabinoid system This system aids in governing the receptors that manage our pain sensation, fear reactions and stress coping.
This article explains how leveraging the endocannabinoid system can enhance the meditation experience as we approach our Moon Meditation event on November 11th!
How does CBD help with Anxiety?
Research suggests that anxiety can negatively impact the optimal meditation experience.
Anxiety can be characterized by a broad spectrum of symptoms, to name a few: excessive fear, apprehensive/tense feelings, excessive worrying, or shortness of breath amongst several others. These symptoms can create difficulty in a successful meditation practice. By having a direct impact on CB1 receptors; (a receptor in the brain that impacts a number of neurotransmitters, including dopamine and serotonin) we can help monitor our ability to effectively process fear, pain and stress.
Research suggests that ingesting CBD may relieve several symptoms related to mood disorders and anxiety that of which disrupt a healthy meditation practice.
How does CBD help with Focus?
A spiritual meditation practice requires a great amount of concentration and rhythmic breathing in order to achieve a sense of stillness and bliss.
The biggest obstacle in achieving this experience is our chemical imbalances. Research suggests that CBD helps to regulate the endocannabinoid system, a system that directly impacts the central nervous system and dopamine levels. Dopamine is also known to be directly associated with memory, focus and mental awareness. CBD can regulate dopamine levels while promoting consistent focus and memory allowing for a fluid meditation practice.
The key to a healthy meditation practice is both stillness and focus. CBD has been known to enhance the quality of focus while balancing hormonal levels directly linked to the brains ability to process anxiety, concentrate and regulate changes in mood. The emergence of new research results encourage us to utilize unconventional strategies to experience an improvement in mental health. CBD provides a great option for those who are interested in an natural alternative to achieving a more balanced mind and body.