I have a notebook full of new year’s resolutions that I’ve enthusiastically made every year for over a decade. Unfortunately, most of the things I’ve added to the lists have never been realized. There’s nothing wrong with creating goals and intentions, though if I’m honest, some of these thoughts scribbled on the paper are not very realistic or easily accomplished. I am who I am and I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided that eliminating ________ (fill in the blank) from my life was a realistic and achievable goal. We envision dramatic changes to our habits and the easy adoption of new ones. Instead of setting ourselves up for disappointment, by setting goals that are difficult to attain, and require ‘heavy-lifting (literally or figuratively) let’s aim for some realistic ones that will have us kicking off 2021 with positivity and hope.
It’s good to want to live a healthier life, but these goals can be hard to keep up with. Setting some that are more easily attainable is always a good idea, so you feel a sense of accomplishment rather than disappointment. Small changes matter and are the steps towards bigger changes. Of course, doing simple things like drinking more water, and going to bed earlier should make a difference, but what if you could add something that’s sustainable for your lifestyle that easily fits into your daily routine?
Would you believe me if I told you that incorporating CBD into your daily health and wellness regimen should be at the top of your realistic New Year’s Resolution list? There are a handful of reasons that you may want to consider this simple addition.
CBD is a non-addictive, non-psychoactive present from the hemp (cannabis Sativa) plant that does not impair you or get you high. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it may improve your ability to focus and to relieve muscle and joint discomfort caused by inflammation when you have finished a workout or activity. It may also help alleviate stress and make it easier to get to sleep.
Starting off the new year with the goal of improving your health and wellness will require that you get enough sleep, hydrate, set a healthy diet, and do so with consistency.
Incorporating CBD into this routine may help on your health and wellness journey. It’s important that you allow for a least thirty days to realize some of the potential benefits, though many may find relief sooner depending on their issue and the amount and frequency consumed. Additionally, it’s essential that you purchase products from a trusted and reputable company. Here is a checklist of a few things to consider when selecting a CBD product.
5 Things to Look for When Buying CBD
- Is the company a trusted, reputable company?
- Does it have independently verified customer reviews?
- Does the company provide full panel, independent third-party lab reports for all of its products?
- Does each product have a QR code to easily access the lab report associated with the product?
- Are the products vegan, gluten-free, and no GMOs?
After you’ve selected the right manufacturer, it’s important to determine the format of CBD you would like and that best serves your needs.
What is CBD
CBD is short for cannabidiol is one of many compounds found in the cannabis plant. This amazing compound has grown in awareness, popularity, and mainstream acceptance. Over the past two decades, there has been an overwhelming interest in CBD as an alternative plant-based wellness solution for many people and pet owners that are looking to lead a healthier and more active life. There are many scientific studies that have been done and many more to come to understand and validate the potential benefits of CBD. While it comes from the cannabis (marijuana) plant, it is not psychoactive, and CBD will not get you “high.”
CBD and You
CBD is not a “one size fits all” for everyone. While CBD may address issues one person is having does not mean it will do the same for you. We are all unique, divine individuals with different biochemistry, body composition, weight, and many more individual attributes.
If you are considering CBD, then it’s important to start by speaking to your physician to make sure CBD is right for you. And, if you do venture into CBD, we’ve got some valuable tips on how it can help you.
You may wish to check out our usage guide which may assist you on a plan to figure out the correct amount or concentration of CBD to take for your particular situation. Finding the correct amount and format is a unique personal journey and despite the desire for a one size fits all, finding the correct amount and format of CBD is well worth the modest amount of effort expended.
Getting your body off to the right start in the new year
Achieving your goals for maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the new year and keeping your immune system in its prime shape is a cocktail of many elements including at least 6 to 9 hours of sleep, proper hydration, exercise, nutrition, and consistency with these things. Most importantly is listening to your body – don’t overdo it – if your body needs time to recover from exertion, give it the time and help it needs. Quality sleep and consistent hydration are cornerstones of maintaining and restoring health, and easy to achieve with the correct attitude and means to achieve those goals.
CBD and Your Fitness Plan
After workouts, your muscles may be sore and likely have some amount of inflammation (relative to before your workout). That’s your body telling you that you worked it hard and it needs time to recover. It’s essential that you give your body time to recover. Your muscles need specific nutrients that aid in repairing them. Giving your muscles time to recover and what they need is key. There are many different things you can consider to help including before workout stretching, supplements, – AND CBD. A recent scientific study suggests that CBD may have some physiological, biochemical, and psychological effects that have significant potential benefits for athletes, but more research is needed. Anecdotal evidence suggests that people that use CBD after exercise have benefitted from relief for muscle and joint discomfort, and therefore, better quality sleep.
CBD May Reduce Swelling
Arduous physical activity may cause stress to muscles and joints in the body including swelling. Physical activity causes stress responses in the body, one of which is inflammation, which can cause muscle and joint discomfort. Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD may help alleviate that discomfort for muscles and joints.
CBD may reduce Discomfort
CBD may be an alternative to aid in alleviating the discomfort your body may have endured during an intense workout. There are options to take CBD internally using CBD tinctures, CBD gummies or CBD softgels, or externally using CBD infused lotion. Using these both before and after a workout may help reduce discomfort and you’re your muscles recover from exercise. If you are lucky, you may be able to have your spouse or partner give you a free massage using the CBD infused lotion to rub it deep into your body.
CBD may improve Sleep
In the words of Homer, “There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” The Sleep Foundation suggests that the average adult needs between 6-9 hours of sleep a night. Eight hours of sleep per night is the most optimal for adult humans. Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD may reduce stress which can help to improve the quality of sleep. An uninterrupted, restful night’s sleep is essential to keep your immune system strong and in shape to react to life’s stresses. Some suggest that CBD may help those that struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep. There are some CBD products that may help you find a more relaxed and restful state so that you are able to fall asleep and stay asleep. Alternatively, there are some CBD products that may help stimulate you, energize your focus, and add a kick to your day.
At High Falls Hemp NY, we have incorporated terpenes into some of our products (tinctures and gummies) to enhance the wellness benefits of CBD for use during different times of the day. We offer Relax / Restore tinctures and gummies (for use during the latter part of the day or night) and Focus / Empower gummies which are more suited for use throughout your day.
There are countless anecdotal stories that suggest overwhelming benefits that CBD may have and the experiences they have had with it. If you are on a mission to find a CBD product to incorporate into your wellness regimen, High Falls Hemp NY has the products for you. Their products are trusted, triple lab tested, QR codes on every product for ease in accessing the full panel lab report, provide verified reviews by independent sources, are vegan, gluten-free, no GMO’s, cruelty-free, and proudly grown in the USA on their farm in High Falls NY. Their array of products may satisfy many of the things you are looking for, to address your needs with natural, plant-based wellness alternatives as part of your New Year’s resolutions