In our opinion, there’s never a bad moment to take CBD. It comes in handy whether you’re prepping for an interview or recovering from a long run. But there are some scenarios in which CBD can be particularly helpful, whether by calming you down, improving your concentration, or just helping you be more present. Read on to see if you relate to any of these moments.
1. When you need some morning exercise motivation.
Most of the time, you can convince yourself to throw on workout clothes, roll out your mat, and queue up your favorite YouTube yogi. But once they start on that too-long intro, it’s easy to think, “Well, might as well check my work email.” Next thing you know, the YouTuber is halfway through her fifth sun salutation and you’re still in shavasana scrolling through TikTok.
Taking CBD about 10 to 20 minutes before you hit play can help you get in the zone and stay there. When you’re not thinking about your to-do list or that annoying email from your coworker, it’s easier to focus on your flow and remind yourself why you rolled out your mat in the first place. Not a yogi? Try taking CBD before meditating or any other time you feel restless or distracted.
2. When you’re gearing up for a big presentation with an important client.
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve practiced your talking points, the nerves set in as soon as you’re ready to go on. Your hands get clammy. Your chest tightens. You think, Is there any way can I get out of this? Can they hear my heart pounding? Am I about to throw up?
Experiencing a few jitters before giving a big presentation, teaching a class, or going on a job interview is completely normal (hello, fight-or-flight response), but you also don’t have to white-knuckle your way through. Taking CBD beforehand can help relax your body and still your mind, allowing you to recognize the reality of the situation (the audience is not a threat; you really do know your stuff). It might not turn you into Amanda Gorman, but it’ll help you feel calmer and more focused, so all that preparation can shine through.
3. When you’re getting off a Zoom marathon and need some extra zen to handle your kiddos.
You love your kids. That goes without saying. But when you’ve just sat through eight hours of back-to-back meetings—half of which were interrupted with, “Where’s my favorite crayon?”, “I need help wiping!”, “My computer keeps crashing”—you have to reach down deep to give your kids the patience and attention they deserve.
Taking CBD after you shut down for the day can help take the edge off, allowing you to more easily transition your focus to your kids. You can sit on the floor and play Go Fish for the zillionth time, without thinking about that email you left unanswered. You can even let go of the fact that they dragged out every. single. toy. in their closet. Most of all, you can be more present with the people who matter most.
4. When you’re lying in bed, browsing Wikipedia because you can’t sleep.
You do all the right things: Finish eating by 7 p.m. Turn off the TV an hour before bed. Take a hot bath. But the second your head hits the pillow, you’re the most alert you’ve been all day. Why did I send that text? Did I forget to lock the door? If I go to sleep right now, I can still get 6 hours and 22 minutes of sleep. Finally, you give up and grab your phone. It starts out innocently enough—I really need to order more laundry pods—but before you know it, you have 31 tabs open and are reading Titanic conspiracy theories.
As much fun as Wikipedia wormholes can be, taking CBD about 30 minutes before bed can help you drift off before you fall down one. It helps relax your body and quiet all those racing thoughts, so you can slip into slumber much more easily.