How to Use CBD Oil Around the Home

By: Melena Gurganus
Photo by Christin Hume

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has been shown to reduce anxiety and relieve pain. These medical claims require more research and the science surrounding cannabis derivatives is in its infancy, but the lifestyle implications are clear. People are increasingly turning to hemp products like CBD oils to wind down and relax. We took a look at some of the ways people are introducing tinctures, gummies, and topicals into their home life to improve wellness and breathe a little deeper after a long day at work.  

Finding a place for CBD

Spice cabinet

Cooking with CBD oil is easy to master even for the newest of chefs, and it pairs well with sweet and savory dishes alike. You can add a few drops of CBD oil into a cookie or cake batter, which masks the flavor of the hemp extract rather well. At dinner time, flavorful sauces like gravy or salad dressing are perfect for mixing in some CBD to enhance relaxation after a long day. Caleb Backe, health and wellness expert at Maple Holistics says, “In the same way that we eat foods to reap their nutritious content, the same can be done with CBD oil to reap benefits like anxiety reduction and healthy skin. Infuse it into your coconut oil or butter for best use in your recipes.”

When choosing a CBD oil, look for products that have other food grade ingredients or blend an herbal oil at home for a personalized cooking ingredient. To avoid disrupting the consistency of the final food product, use sparing amounts of oil. If you want a stronger amount of CBD, don’t increase the amount of oil, just use a CBD oil with a higher potency.

Note: Don’t place any direct heat on CBD oil while cooking, as this can remove critical cannabinoids and terpenes that elicit the synergistic effect of CBD.

Pantry

If cooking isn’t your forte, you’ll probably be more interested in other forms of ingestible CBD that don’t require a recipe. According to Jeff Gallagher of Made by Hemp, “There are many ‘pre-made’ foods which may easily be added after cooking something or many are ‘dessert’ type foods.” Look for CBD gummies, chocolates, or candy for a tasty treat that’s easy to swallow.

You can also find CBD edibles for other important members of the family—your pets. CBD treats are available for dogs and cats, which can help these animals with a wide range of symptoms, like pain and anxiety, but you might want to run the idea by your vet first.  

Medicine cabinet

After a busy workday it’s nice to relax in the comfort of your own home, but this is often easier said than done. Having your home as a stress-free zone is ideal, but other factors (like the traffic you encountered or your to-do list for tomorrow) can get in the way. Keeping CBD in your medicine cabinet—especially capsules, tinctures, or oil—may aid in relaxation and stress relief. This is also the perfect place to store your CBD since it’s discrete and keeps it out of reach of small children. For fast results, you can apply tinctures sublingually, or add some CBD oil into coffee or tea for slow absorption and a long-lasting calm.

Nightstand drawer

After a hectic day, falling asleep is less manageable than you might envision. Instead of tossing and turning trying to find the best sleeping position, you might be able to get a good night’s rest with a little relaxation provided by CBD. Annie Rouse, co-founder of Anavii Market says, “CBD is a fantastic alternative that can help with stress relief…or sleeping to help the body relax after a long day.” CBD tinctures or vape pens work particularly well in administering quick relief, so you’ll want to keep them within arms reach of your bed side for a fast-acting sleep aid.

Gym or yoga bag

We’ve all experienced muscle soreness after an intense workout or yoga session, usually leaving us with a painful reminder for the next few days. Not surprisingly, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can soothe aches in both joints and muscles. Keeping a CBD topical like an infused lotion or salve in your gym bag may be the key to relief after demanding exercises. Even world boxing council champion Ava Knight uses a CBD balm from Dixie on all of her injuries. She says, “I honestly don’t know how I’d be able to box as much as I do without it! Ever since I started using the balm, about a year ago, I have been able to train everyday and with less pain! While this product doesn’t heal any injuries, it does help me train well and recover correctly.”

Makeup bag

The CBD market has left no stone unturned, even in the beauty industry. The first wave of CBD beauty care essentials have started to emerge, and it turns out that this cannabis-derived compound may have many benefits for your skin. CBD can help acne prone skin by reducing inflammation and regulating oil production, but it won’t dehydrate. In fact, CBD is a great source of moisturization and can alleviated patches of dry skin, as well as more serious skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

What to consider about CBD

I’m not saying that CBD is a cure-all, but some people have found great wellness benefits that make this cannabis derivative seem like it’s worth a try. Information about CBD is spreading like wildfire, so it’s important to determine what’s true and what’s false. Simply put, be conscious about what you’re putting into your body before you decide to incorporate it into your next beauty routine or cooking recipe


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