Remember, there is no magic pill or ‘cure-all’ that will magically erase stress and anxiety. CBD needs to be used as a tool, in conjunction with a variety of other stress and anxiety-relieving modalities, for maximum effectiveness. This includes good sleep hygiene, proper nutrition, exercise, and other stress management techniques for a more holistic approach to stress and anxiety management.
Before we get started, the one thing I cannot stress enough is an important fact that there is no ‘right way’ to do self-care.
You just want to to develop a routine that works for you and your lifestyle.
#1 ADD CBD TO YOUR DAILY SUPPLEMENT ROUTINE
Smart supplementation can play an important role in any daily self-care routine. While the FDA does not recognize CBD as a dietary supplement, many people, including me, that use CBD take it at the same time they typically take their vitamins, probiotics, and other supplements. This is desirable because CBD is best experienced when used on a daily basis. For me and most customers I chat with, that add CBD to their daily supplement routine by using a sublingual CBD oil.
This simply means they are holding the CBD oil under their tongue for absorption, typically for 60-90 seconds. Daily sublingual absorption is ideal because it has a near 30% bioavailability rate, which is higher than oral consumption (edibles).
There are no standard dosing recommendations but it is always best to start low and increase your dosage slowly over time. A small dose placed under the tongue before bed is a good place to start.
For daily use, I recommend 500mg Full-Spectrum CBD Oil for any beginner looking to start CBD use.
#2 ADD CBD TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
A simple skincare or beauty ritual is common to many women’s self-care practices. Our skin is the body’s largest organ, which is why it is so important to take time to care for our skin.
Women are rapidly discovering how amazing hemp-derived CBD products can be for skin health. Hemp itself is a nourishing botanical that contains important nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Many hemp-based products also contain CBD, which can incorporate more beneficial effects like anxiety and pain relief because the body can absorb cannabinoids directly through the skin (1).
Topical absorption of CBD has a near 30% bioavailability rate, but unlike sublingual tinctures, it requires no under-the-tongue absorption, which is desirable for many clients.
CBD can be absorbed directly through the skin and can provide targeted relief for common symptoms like pain and inflammation. You can also infuse topical CBD into your favorite homemade personal care products, like CBD Infused Lip Balm OR a yummy smelling CBD Roll-On.
#3 ADD CBD TO YOUR FOOD & DRINKS
While it is nice to make CBD infused sweet treats, it is important to remember that a nourishing diet is a supporting your healthy lifestyle.
Using CBD to make nourishing recipes is smarter than using CBD to make empty-calorie treats. But those CBD treats can also be so yummy and sometimes needed 🙂
Eating CBD, also known as oral consumption, has an approximate 6% bioavailability rate, meaning you typically need to use more to see the same results. So if you were to make treats, I would recommend using a Concentrate in your recipes because you can add more milligrams of CBD in a smaller volume.
Whether you take a few hours on meal prep Sunday to make your own Homemade CBD Infused Gummies or have just a few minutes to slowly sip on a CBD Infused Pumpkin Spice Latte, adding CBD to your food and drinks may be one of the easiest ways to incorporate CBD into your self-care routine.
#4 ADD CBD TO YOUR BEDTIME ROUTINE
Thankfully, a review of the research suggests that cannabinoids like CBD may help to improve sleep quality, decrease sleep disturbances, and decrease sleep onset latency (2).
Bedtime routines are all unique, but many of my friends and family who use CBD do so multiple times throughout the day, and then again at bedtime. Remember, it is whatever works best for you!
Many people use their sublingual CBD Oil before bed because they can take it both sublingually, under the tongue, and apply it topically… if you don’t have it flavored. TIP: Apply a small amount of your tincture to your head, neck, and shoulders to release some tension before your bedtime routine.