By now we all know that Cannabis has the potential to make us our most calm, cool, and collected selves. Something else that’s incredibly effective in allowing us to function at our best is how we wind down. It’s all too easy to let the screens and stressors of the day follow us right to our pillow (which should make poor sleep or waking up in a state of stress come as no surprise) but it’s important that we give ourselves the authority to prioritize shutting it all down and hitting the reset button.
It’s important to give our bodies and minds a break from the stimulation of the day, and an opportunity to rest before we sleep so that we can actually, well... rest. Taking time to shake off the day allows you to you show up ready to take on the next one. Making time in the evening to recalibrate is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself and Cannabis is a perfect aid in doing so. Cannabis can help us better manage stress by balancing the endocannabinoid system, allowing us to relax overall and potentially sleep better.
Since every body is unique, we had some of our friends share their favorite ways to incorporate Cannabis into their nighttime rituals.
1. Apply a CBD topical after bathing.
My favorite way to incorporate CBD into everyday life is by using it topically, after showering or taking a bath at the end of my day. Once I’ve toweled off, before dressing, I take a little CBD salve (a little goes a long, long way) and massage myself with it, taking my time and focusing on joints and other stiff or painful areas. It’s especially helpful in the winter, when my muscles are tighter and my skin is dry. This ritual allows me to tune into and connect with my body; much of my stress is somatic and I tend to carry tension in certain places without realizing it (the Cool Soothe Balm by Plant Alchemy is excellent for relieving that). Upon completion, I feel lighter, relaxed, more aware of my physical and emotional state. It’s like I’ve introduced my heart and mind to my body all over again.
2. Add CBD to your evening elixir.
by Rachelle Robinett, Founding Sister of BCC and Founder of Supernatural
I’m a very high-energy human and often very wound-up by the time my days end. My favorite herbs have always been those for peace, calm, and sleep. While CBD affects some folks that way, I find the oil to be quite energizing (and often use it before a long run). Plant Alchemy’s Water-soluble CBD though, is quickly and deeply sedating for me. I need far less of it and feel the effects right away. For that reason, I don’t use it during the day, but have come to love it for nights when I really need some helping getting down. I always use it in combination with other herbs because I feel strongly that while cannabis is an excellent plant-remedy for a lot of people, it’s just one of so many herbs that work wonders.
Evening Get-Down Elixir Recipe:
- 6 - 8oz hot water
- Herbal tea of choice. (I recommend a blend of a couple nervines (nervous-system soothing herbs) simmered on the stovetop for about 10 minutes. My favorites include: lavender, skullcap, oatstraw, passionflower, rose petals, and chamomile.)
- 5-7 drops Plant Alchemy water soluble CBD
- Optional: Add cinnamon, clove, or anise to simmering tea for a warming winter version. Add a finger of fresh ginger or scoop of turmeric for immune-support. Add a dash of coconut oil or mana and blend for a creamier elixir. Sweeten with a touch of honey or maple syrup if needed.
3. Try Cannabis instead of a nightcap.
by Kate Miller, CEO of Miss Grass
Balancing business and life in general brings with it its fair share of stress. My days can feel non-stop, running from meetings to calls to emails. My nighttime ritual is so important to my mental health. It’s my time to detach from my phone, my emails, my to-do list and turn inward. It’s my nightly reset. And it very much involves cannabis. This can look a bit different from night to night, but for the most part it includes a joint. Lately I’ve been loving a 1:1 THC to CBD pre-roll to help me slow down, settle in, and as a conscious shifting tool. It’s my time to reflect, and most often I do my best brainstorming and creative thinking during this time. I’ve come up with new business ideas, problem-solved what felt like complex issues earlier in the day, reflected on and learned things about myself and others, let go of the day’s stresses, and the list goes on..
If THC isn’t your thing, you can sub a CBD vape (loving Beboe’s) in for the joint.
Read more on how CBD can help enhance the ways you care for yourself here and head to plantalchemycbd.com for products that can help you do so (all of which you BCC members save 20% on, but you knew that).