Hello, fellow yogis! Today, we’re going to visit a subject that has been gaining more and more attention over the past couple of years both in my classes and online.

People pursue yoga for any number of reasons, from a desire to strengthen their body to reduce mental ailments such as anxiety. I can’t tell you the number of students who have regaled me with stories of the sleepless nights and dread-filled days they faced prior to finding the calming art of yoga.

This latter group often pairs their exercise with the use of chemical substances, whether that be pharmaceutical or more holistic. With the decriminalization of the sale of cannabis a few years ago, an increasing number have shown interest in the medicinal benefits of the plant and its derivatives.

While I do not judge those who partake in the use of weed in its various forms, I far prefer the non-intoxicating derivative, CBD, when it comes to treating mental ailments like depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, there is still some confusion over what CBD oil does and its relationship to cannabis, which creates some lingering stigmas over the use of CBD as a topical holistic medicine.

Cannabis sativa, a species of the cannabis family, has long been cultivated due to the intoxicating effects of the THC chemical produced in its leaves. When ingested, THC produces a state of altered consciousness, commonly referred to as being ‘high’.

Everyone experiences this high differently, and it can produce different effects based on the amount ingested, the mental state of the user, and the chemical composition of the plant that had been harvested. While many users can actively practice yoga while using cannabis, weed can cause issues with fine motor skills and impair mental processes, both of which I find essential for getting the most out of yoga.

While THC is the most well known chemical found in the C. sativa plant, it is far from the only one. C. sativa contains over 400 unique chemicals, 65 of which are classified as ‘cannabinoids’. Many of these cannabinoids contain unique properties which have been shown to have beneficial effects on the user.

The compound cannabidiol, otherwise known as ‘CBD’, is chief among these beneficial cannabinoids. While CBD does not have the intoxicating properties of THC, it does have many therapeutic benefits that make it an attractive option for those suffering from chronic pain and mental ailments such as anxiety.

Decriminalization of the sale of cannabis hasn’t reached the federal level yet, meaning the cannabis industry is in somewhat of a legal grey area. This murky legal status has lead to the proliferation of dubious cannabis sellers that sell compromised weed and related products, including CBD oil.

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While THC and CBD both come from the C. sativa plant, they have profoundly different effects on the human body. For those looking to get the reported benefits of cannabis but are not looking for the intoxication, CBD oil sourced from high quality sellers like Bottle & Stone will provide everything you need. Call today:

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