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CBD for the New Year and New You

CBD for the New Year! CBD for the new you! The end of the year is quickly approaching and it’s tradition to create New Year’s resolutions. It’s quite a pain, really. Personally, I’m the one to make these grandiose plans that I believe will rocket me into a new life (and most of the time, a new body). The New Year comes and I wake up with a hangover and excuses to last for the next couple months. Is anyone else like this? I’m sure I’m not alone in this. 

I’m also a toxic person due to the fact that I’m always looking for a loophole, life hack, or a cheat code. Obviously this isn’t conducive to making life changes. But come on! Who actually wants to make life changes and New Year’s resolutions when you’ve just been through the ringer of the holidays? Not me. Of course, there are people that look forward to a fresh start and a new beginning to try to make themselves a better person.

Whether you’re making big moves for the new year, trying to make small changes that are easy, or if you’re looking for something that you barely have to think about, you should look to CBD. 

CBD is awesome for any of these scenarios. It can help with your New Year’s resolutions, big, small, and everything in between. 

WHAT IS CBD?

CBD, which is short for “cannabidiol”, is a chemical compound that is found naturally in plants like hemp. CBD helps regulate your body’s systems, mainly your endocannabinoid system (ECS). Your ECS is responsible for regulating a lot of parts of your body such as your brain, lungs, digestive tract, liver, pancreas, spleen, bones, skin, immune system, and more. It’s easy for your ECS to get out of balance and your body does try to fix it. Your body already creates its own cannabinoids, but sometimes it needs a little help. Using CBD (or THC or HHC, for that matter), can help your body maintain a healthy and balanced ECS. 

CBD is not psycho-intoxicating, like its cousins THC and HHC. This means that you won’t feel “high” or euphoric when using these products. If you want the benefits of CBD plus that body high, you can try THC products. Per the 2018 Farm Bill, products with less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC by dry weight are considered federally legal. Just because they seem less potent doesn’t mean they are, though. People do use these products recreationally while also benefiting from the cannabinoid aspects that help keep your ECS balanced.

CBD CAN HELP KEEP YOUR RESOLUTIONS

There are SO MANY different types of New Year’s resolutions. Every person is different and has different goals. People also look at goals differently in terms of importance. With this in mind, let’s look at some common New Year’s Resolutions that people make at the end of the year.  

I want to lose weight

While CBD will not shed those extra pounds for you, it can help promote your efforts on your weight loss journey. It may help promote your weight loss because of its influence on your appetite. Cannabis and other related cannabinoids are usually attributed to getting “the munchies”, with CBD, not so much. It can actually help suppress your appetite, making it easier for “intuitive eating” which is, simply, eating when you’re hungry and not eating when you aren’t. This helps diffuse the eating a lot of us do (me!) when we are bored and wanting to snack when we aren’t hungry. When you take CBD daily, it helps keep that random “hunger” away while regulating the rest of your body’s systems. 

Gummies are always a good way to take CBD. Especially if you’re trying to lose weight and you want just a small sweet treat that is still helping you with losing weight, gummies are a good bet. Not to mention they are super fun to take. 

Using CBD oil can help because even though it is edible, you don’t have to tempt yourself with eating something sweet and then wanting more. CBD oil can either be taken sublingually or it can be added into your favorite beverages, yes, even alcohol!

Enjoy Lazarus Naturals CBD Fruit Tarts or JustCBD Gummy Worms for some yummy treats. Or if you prefer flavorless, try Lazarus Naturals Cycling Frog CBD Softgels and Medterra CBD Oil.

I want to be more active

Speaking of losing weight, being more active is also a big New Year’s resolution for people. Being active, regardless of what fitness level you’re on, can be tough. For me, I have to be in the right mindset and it has to be the right part of the day (or maybe that’s me making excuses). CBD isn’t going to grab you by the shirt and drag your butt out of bed and go on a walk, but it can make working out easier on your body and mind. 

CBD as a pre-workout can help promote energy and focus for your workout. Using it before your workout can also help lessen your anxiety and stress from the day (or from whatever!). Since CBD helps ease your stress, that gives you more mental energy to put into whatever your workout is!.

Being active is a major strain on your body. CBD can also help you recover from your workout or whatever has been ailing you. It helps reduce inflammation, which is a main reason for why your body is in pain after working out. It has also been shown to help relieve sciatica, tendonitis, arthritis, and more! Even if you suffer from asthma, which is inflammation in the lungs, CBD inhalers can help relieve symptoms, too.

To educate yourself further on how CBD can help with your New Year’s resolution to be more active, read our blog here.

For us asthma sufferers, try the Koi CBD Inhaler. Of course, don’t quit using your albuterol inhaler, but using CBD can help promote healthier lungs. Dreamsicle is my favorite. For muscle and joint pain, there is cbdMD Pain Cream Relieve Lidocaine Spray, Green Roads Muscle & Joint Heat Relief Roll-On, and Medterra Pain Cream. All great topicals for muscle tension and soreness.

I want to quit smoking

There are a ton of reasons why it’s difficult to give up smoking. From nicotine addiction, to oral fixations, being scared of the withdrawal symptoms, and even the routine of it, quitting smoking is no joke. While CBD can’t be your main crutch to lean on, it can absolutely help with relieving some of the symptoms of quitting such as headaches, anxiety, depression, and more. 

For more information on how CBD can help you quit smoking and other tips, read our blog here

For those of you that need to just switch out nicotine but still need the routine of smoking, try things such as Hemp Living Delta 8 Hemp Cigs, Savage CBD Flower Lifter Sauce, and Savage Lifter Sauce CBD Prerolls. If you’re comfortable with dabs, you can try our Hemp Living Delta 8 Dabs.

I want to focus on self care

Who doesn’t want an excuse to say “no” to plans? A New Year’s resolution I happen to stand by (and actually adhere to) is focusing on yourself and doing what makes you feel good. Self care includes focusing on the things that are important to you, such as mental health, focusing on new hobbies, getting the best sleep, and a lot of other topics from this list. Using CBD products can help with your resolution to take care of yourself in a few ways. 

CBD is obviously great to help relieve symptoms of mental health problems and for promoting quality rest. It is also great for enhancing creativity and focus so you can start on those new hobbies you want to try.

While we are on the topic of recreation, federally legal THC products can be used recreationally while also receiving the benefits. By using these products you may experience the same benefits as CBD products. Some of these benefits are anti-inflammation, reducing anxiety and stress, depression relief, sleep aid, increased energy, chronic pain management, and more. With THC products, though, you can also experience a body high, increase focus, and promote creativity. Try our Delta 8, Delta 9, Delta 10, THC-O, and HHC products for fun recreation self care.

Right now our staff really likes the experience and flavor of the Delta Extrax Sours HHC Gummies. They taste almost exactly like Sour Patch Kids! For sure a major customer favorite has been Kush Burst THC-O gummies, which are about 3x as powerful as Delta 9 THC. For Delta 9 + CBD gummies, try Koi in Grape. An all-time customer favorite has been Delta 8 gummies from Cannabis Life.

I want to put my mental health first

Speaking of self care, mental health can be a major factor into why you aren’t able to fully relax. We are finally in the years that mental health is important and acknowledged. We are also in years of pretty high-anxiety and depression due to world events, increased social media outlets, politics, science advancement, … have I got your heart rate up yet? A really good New Year’s resolution is to focus on your mental health. With mental health issues also come physical health issues; drastic weight changes, skin problems, headaches, muscle soreness and tension, and digestive issues to name a few. As CBD helps regulate your systems and reduce inflammation and stress, it is a good way to focus on your mental health.

Read more on CBD for mental health here and here

CBD oil is so great for mental health. It’s convenient and comes in many strengths and flavors. Enjoy the Canna River brand with their Broad Spectrum CBD Oil in Strawberry Lemonade and Peppermint (my personal favorite!). You can also try varying strengths in flavors of cbdMD CBD Oil Tinctures. For CBD Isolate tinctures, enjoy Lazarus Naturals in Blood Orange.

I want to improve my sleep

I will say it time and time again, sleep is SO IMPORTANT. It’s important for your health, creativity, focus, mental health, and so much more! CBD can help promote quality sleep on its own or by being aided by melatonin

We have multiple blogs on how CBD can help you sleep better. Read these blogs here and here

A staff favorite sleep oil is the High Potency Sleep Tincture by Lazarus Naturals. Our customers have also been enjoying Medterra Good Night Capsules (CBD+Melatonin) and Green Roads Sleepy Z’s Gummies. For another melatonin + CBD product, try CBDFx CBD + Melatonin Gummies.

I want to help my pets

Ah, the 4-legged members of the family; cats and dogs. I don’t know about you, but my cats are absolutely purr-fect and no one can tell me otherwise! But, I do like to make sure their health is good and yes, okay, they can use some help in the anxiety department (like mother, like… cat). There are special CBD products that help your pet’s joints, anxiety, and overall wellness. CBD works the same way in cats and dogs as it does in people. Pets also have an endocannabinoid system and by using CBD products for pets, they help regulate this system.

Choosing products such as Honest Paws Calm Soft Chews and Honest Paws Wellness Oils can help improve your pet’s health and anxiety. Dogs also love the Honest Paws Calm Peanut Butter. Try the Medterra Joint Support CBD Chews for Pets if you have cats and dogs and really don’t want to get multiple pet products – I get it!

Check out our Honest Paws Review Blog where we reviewed all of our current Honest Paws products.

I want to improve my overall wellness

Maybe your New Year’s resolution is just to feel better overall. Since CBD helps regulate the body’s systems, when you take CBD daily, you are helping improve your overall mental and physical health. It can help with the symptoms of quite a few ailments and helps enhance things like creativity and focus. CBD can help you feel better overall. 

Enjoy uplifting Canna River Delta 8 Tincture in Berries. For everyday health try CBDFx Multivitamin CBD Gummies for Men and Women. Also by CBDFx Turmeric & Spirulina CBD Gummies. Finally, if you just need to relax, enjoy Green Roads Extra Strength CBD Relax Bears.

I want to save money

As luck would have it, good CBD products usually come with a bigger price tag. That’s because they are quality products! We get it, though, saving money is a big goal for a lot of people. We have multiple ways to help you save your hard earned money but also get the products you need. 

First, we do have an under $20 category. This includes a lot of premium products that include CBD, but also include other THC products in case you’re ready to branch out. I really love this category because I’m always hesitant to try an expensive product that I don’t know I’m going to like or a product that may not work for me. This category is great to try out different products before you spend more money on the products with heftier price tags. 

Another way we help you save money is our newsletter. When you sign up for our newsletter, which you can find at the bottom of any page of our website, you will receive weekly emails that contain discounts. Our discounts vary in percentages but never drop below 15% off. The weekly emails also include special discounts on new products, bigger holiday discounts, and more!

Finally, we offer memberships that will help save you a ton of money! Our Dragon Slayer and Dragon Masters memberships cost range from $14.99/month to $49.99/month. By signing up for annual memberships, you will, of course, save more money. These memberships include higher discounts than newsletter signups, some free products and swag, free and discounted shipping of different products, priority for backordered products, and more. 

Customer service is the most important thing for us. This is why we offer so many paths to save money while also getting the CBD products that are going to help you. 

ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEW YEAR? 

CBD can be so great for keeping your New Year’s resolutions! We know that every person’s body responds to things differently when it comes to trying new products. Which is why CBD is also great because you can choose from so many products and flavors, so it’s easy to find what works best for you and for what your resolutions might be.

CBD can be super beneficial for you, but if you find that it’s not working, you might not be taking the right dose or you might not be using the product for you. To measure your product’s success, read our handy guide on gauging how well your product is working for you. You can read that guide here

Always remember to listen to your body when you are trying new products and new doses. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to reach out to our team here

Let us know what New Year’s resolutions you have made and how CBD has helped with keeping them!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR, BRIE LOWREY

Brie Lowrey, resident Head of Customer Engagement here at The Green Dragon CBD, is a Kansas City Native now residing in St. Louis. She thrives on keeping up with social media trends, staying up-to-date on CBD news, and sending out office-wide dragon jokes. Connect with her on LinkedInInstagram, or read other posts by Brie.

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