Weeding Out the Competition: The Rise of CBD Oil

Remember last year when literally anything was wrong, and someone would recommend using coconut oil to fix it? Dry skin? Coconut oil. Yellow teeth? Coconut oil. Milk in your coffee? “No, coconut oil, thank you.” 

Welcome to 2019, the year we kindly ask coconut oil to step aside. A new plant oil is rising. 

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Okay, hold up. Coconut oil is still quite amazing and most certainly a mainstay. Nevertheless, from cosmetics to coffee houses – there is no denying that CBD oil is popping up all over the place, and for good reason! This somewhat edgy oil is still a bit of a mystery to many. Have you found yourself wondering about CBD? Are you curious about the effects? Are you intrigued by the fact that it is cannabis? (We won’t tell!) You might even feel a little silly about asking how to use it - Do you smoke it, rub it on your sore shoulder, or drink it in your tea? 

Let’s break it down for a bit more clarity. 

A quick science lesson:

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CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive, naturally occurring ingredient in cannabis plants. CBD is not to be confused with THC – the cannabis ingredient that elicits the sensation we know as being “high.” Hemp plants, which are a type of cannabis, contain high levels of CBD, and low or no THC. Marijuana plants, another type of cannabis, contain CBD and THC. Still with me?

Okay, so if CBD does not get you high… what does it do?

Sources indicate that CBD may have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, and could be a viable option to manage chronic pain as well as anxiety. CBD has also received quite a bit of press coverage for its use in treating symptoms associated with epilepsy in children. Some studies are even examining the potential positive benefits that CBD may have on cancerous cells.  When applied topically, CBD can work with the localized area to achieve these antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as helping to balance the amount of sebum production to work to control acne. From an Ayurvedic perspective, plants are food and food is medicine, therefore plants are also medicine. This plant has shown in every single person I’ve worked with that it has positive benefits when applied topically or taken orally. I predict that CBD oil could be the next golden liquid.

Sounds like some pretty potent potion! Interested in giving it a try?

From topical applications like YINSA face oil, to edibles such as infused honey, CBD oil can be used in a variety of delectable ways. However, in true CYA (“cover your ass”) form, we are going to put this right out on Front Street: Should you decide to use CBD, please know that the legal status and regulation of CBD is in flux. Currently there is quite a bit of scientific research and government deliberation underway to further understand the benefits of CBD and determine how it should be regulated. YINSA recommends that you do your own research and have a conversation with your doctor prior to usage.   

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Now that we got THAT out of the way…

We don’t exactly know what this year will bring, but it’s highly likely it will include many options to add CBD. Here at YINSA, we proudly say: “Yes, please!” The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potentials of CBD are remarkable, which is why we have consciously chosen to include the oil in our skincare line. Currently YINSA offers three topical products infused with CBD oil: a luxurious massage oil that feels so amazing on those tight, tense spots; a rich and exfoliating body scrub to slather all over your bod, and a soothing face oil that is sure to leave you glowing. If you have any questions on using these products or are interested in giving them a try, please do not hesitate to reach out! YINSA is all about providing customized service to benefit each unique individual. Please reach out if you have any CBD questions, and visit my events page to learn about upcoming events.

With Love and Light,