I know when my body is in the hurting mode, pretty much the last thing I want to do is something even slightly strenuous.  This is when I really rely on my favorite plant ally, CBD.  

There are so many great CBD products out there (check out my favorite company here for some incredible options).  The key is to actually use them, and use them at the most optimal times.

When I know that I’ll be doing something that will impact my body, such as gardening, I’ll take a CBD product at least 30 minutes prior to beginning the task.  I do that because, like Tylenol or ibuprofen, it takes a bit for the CBD to be absorbed in the body, especially if you’re going the edible route.  If it’s a task that’s going to take a few hours, at some point midway I’ll stop and take some more CBD.  (Also, side note, hydration is key to a happy body, so be sure you’re drinking enough water as you’re doing your thing.)  

Once I’ve finished the job and have taken a shower, I’ll apply a topical CBD product onto my body, especially in the areas that I know are likely to get cranky.  Depending on what I need, I’ll either use a CBD balm, CBD lotion, or CBD massage oil.  If I go the oil route, I’ll usually accompany it with either self-massage or my FasciaBlaster for even more relief.

There are many days, unfortunately, where I wake up and have a cranky body from the get-go.  On those days, I jump on the CBD train as soon as I’m out of bed.  

A few things to keep in mind when working with CBD:

*You can’t overdose.  It’s physiologically impossible for your to OD on CBD or cannabis in general due to incompatible receptors within our bodies.  

*It’s not a one-and-done thing.  While CBD is a miracle plant, depending on your pain levels, you will need to reapply or consume it more than just once.  Think of it like Tylenol.  Sure, the pain meds help with your sore back.  But once the meds run their course, the pain returns.  CBD is basically the same.  Keeping that in mind, don’t hesitate to layer your consumption and/or external applications so that you can continue to remain pain-free.

If you haven’t tried CBD to help with your pain levels (or anxiety, sleeplessness, nausea, etc.), consider picking up some at your local dispensary or order online.  Just be sure you’re getting high-quality products, because there are definitely some crappy ones out there.  Here’s the company that I use, and I have nothing but amazing things to say about them.

Whether you’re going topical or using an edible option, CBD is a natural way to help you feel so incredibly good.  Have fun experimenting!