If you are looking for new tools to mitigate your anxiety and support your wellness, CBD is brimming with benefits that will help you take the wheel back on your mindfulness.
The Latine community has made significant strides to normalize the conversation around mental health. It seems many of us are on a journey to discover how to connect back to self and ‘feel good’ as we move through the world. One plant ally to consider including in your ‘feel good’ arsenal: CBD.
We had a chance to chat with the founder of the CBD wellness brand hustle + flo™️, Jamie Alexandra Galvis, whose mental health journey guided her to CBD. She understands firsthand the importance of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. In 2015, a life-shaking event unveiled unresolved personal issues triggering anxiety for the first time in her life. When prescribed medication brought her more harm than good, she embarked on a holistic journey of trauma healing, mindfulness practices, and alternative medicine. Finally, in 2019, Jamie was introduced to CBD after a four-year battle with anxiety, and the vision for hustle + flo™️ became crystal clear.
CBD might be a valuable addition to your wellness practice if you want to improve your overall wellness. Here are three ways CBD can support you on your journey to feeling good and living your most authentic life.
Sleep is vital to a functioning body and brain, yet many of us might struggle to sleep through the night.
“I believe the root of all evil is stress. Stress causes inflammation in the body, stress causes anxiety, stress causes you not to sleep”, said Galvis. “If you take CBD, it basically regulates your nervous system.”
CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the brain and can aid sleep and other health conditions such as anxiety and pain, both common causes of insomnia. So whether you’re up at night ruminating over a stressful circumstance or in high gear from a busy day, CBD can be helpful to catch some Z’s.
Clear Out the Mental Chatter
We all have experienced that moment when we face a challenge, and our mind starts going 100 miles a minute. However, you can use CBD to ground yourself, reduce the constant mental chatter, and approach your day with a clear mindset.
“[When you take CBD] you go from a state of chaos or stress to a present state of being,” said Galvis. “I can now think of solutions. It just clears out the noise in your head.” Scientifically, this “present state of being” is called homeostasis, defined as the state of steady internal, physical, and chemical conditions maintained by living systems.
Tinctures, gel capsules, and inhalants are just a few ways to take it. Experiment with what works best for you, and find the clarity that exists within you.
The thing about the modern-day hustle lifestyle is that it glorifies busyness and stress. The rhythm is unsustainable and affects our body and quality of life. CBD is a tool that allows us to be present in breaking that cycle and promotes life in flow.
“When CBD enters your system, it regulates your nervous system, your mood, your sleeping patterns, all of these beautiful things,” said Galvis.
Not only does it allow you to reap the benefits of a good mood, but studies have shown that CBD can aid physical pain, and many use it as a holistic alternative to western medicine. (However, consult your physician before swapping your prescribed medication with CBD.)
Remember to pair CBD with other practices like movement and a healthy diet. CBD is a tool to boost you further into a life brimming with wellness and to operate from that place because you deserve to feel good!
If you are interested in learning more about CBD, you’re invited to join Jamie’s AMIGAS in Cannabis circle. There you can ask questions, learn about other amigas’ experiences, and explore what wellness looks like for you.
About the Author
Chantelle Bacigalupo is #WeAllGrow Latina’s Editorial Staff Writer. She is a Bolivian-American photographer, multimedia journalist, and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work focuses on issues ranging across immigration, social & environmental justice, preserving Indigenous cultures, and reproductive justice. You can read more of her pieces here.