It’s no secret that CBD has the potential to help many people in many ways. There are countless testimonials ranging from relief from anxiety, pain and inflammation, insomnia, to even regulating blood pressure and decreasing seizure activity. The list doesn’t end there either. However, we feel that it is important to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
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A lot of consumer purchases and life decisions in modern society is the result of seeking instant gratification. It’s not uncommon for a first-time CBD user to feel discouraged when they try it and all their symptoms aren’t relieved in the first day. So, it’s important to understand that CBD is a “regulator”. CBD is used to supplement a system in our bodies (endocannabinoid system) that is responsible for promoting homeostasis or “balance”. While using CBD alone can have a positive impact here, there are other contributing factors that we should look into as well.
I know, the words “diet” and “exercise” make me cringe too. However, most people that look into using CBD have the intentions of trying to “help” something. That may be anxiety, pain, or even sleep. You’d be surprised how much regular exercise and a healthy diet can have a positive impact on these types of symptoms, especially when done in conjunction with a daily regimen of CBD. A quick Google search on Gut Health and Exercise vs. Well-Being can open a lot of eyes.
Taking care of our minds is just as important as taking care of our bodies. Many people struggle with taxing situations in their lives that can negatively impact mental health. Anything from stress at work, life events, previous trauma etc. can be factors that affect mental well-being. It’s important to take the time to make sure we are taking the right steps to ensure we are caring for our minds. Practices like meditation and Yoga can have a significant impact on taming the white noise of life. Take some time out of your day to designate specifically for this. It can be as simple as listening to nature sounds alone in your favorite chair for 30 minutes a day. Also keep in mind that attitude goes a long way!
There’s a story that is reported to be from Cherokee folklore, about a Cherokee elder teaching his grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he says to the boy. “It’s a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, false pride, and ego.
The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, and compassion. The same fight is going on inside you — and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thinks for a minute and then asks, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee replies, “The one you feed.”
Moral of the story: Be sure to feed the good wolf inside of you!