CBD has got to be one of the biggest buzzwords in health and wellness right now. Is it a craze? Or does CBD have the potential to help people cope with a multitude of conditions and problems in ways we may not even be aware of yet?
We do know that CBD has worked wonders for those experiencing anxiety, sleep problems, chronic pain, and even for your pets – what can’t it help with?
Although there is no magic cure-all for life’s problems, CBD is the best thing we know of that works like a jack of all trades, or at least many trades.
At Birch + Fog we get hundreds of product reviews from our customers daily, and we’ve come across some pretty surprising and unique ways our B+F community are using CBD to get relief from their pesky problems and enhance their daily experience.
But instead of keeping these little secrets to ourselves, we wanted to share some of the most unexpected (but useful) ways to use CBD that you’ve probably never considered. A few more life hacks to add to your arsenal - you’re welcome.
CBD has documented anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties. So, there’s no wonder CBD not only helps to relieve pain, but to speed healing. These properties in CBD work to prevent infection after injuries from minor scrapes, cuts and burns, as well as deeper wounds.
For scarring, CBD helps support the regeneration of skin cells and also limits the spread of damaged cells. It also helps scars heal by regulating collagen production.
Applying CBD directly to a scar, it can help soften and smooth it, which reduces the appearance and texture of the scar tissue. Rub a few drops of oil right on affected areas, or take it orally to initiate these healing processes from within.
One of our foggers says she “uses it for maintenance - I notice cuts heal faster when I take this.”
“As a holistic nutritionist & wellness mentor, I recommend this adaptive product to all of my clients for their varying needs; this product is a go-to dependable CBD oil for mood & pain issues (hyperactivity, anxiety / depression, insomnia, tinnitus, chronic neck/back pain from auto accident, age-related wear & tear, neurological & psychological disorders, adaptogenic needs, pre/post-cancer treatment, workout recovery, overall wellbeing remedy, and more...”
The nerves responsible for triggering migraines are the trigeminal nerve, which spreads throughout the face, and the occipital nerve, which is located on the back of the neck and head.
Even though many of those who suffer from migraines take pain-relief meds like Advil or Tylenol orally to help get relief, try a topical or pain stick on these nerves and areas.
“I use this for migraines topically on my temples and the back of my neck. It smells wonderful like lemon and menthol and was fast and effective – eased my migraine in 30-45 minutes and reduced to nothing within an hour.”
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes facial flushing, a distinct redness that can affect central portions of the face. CBD is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties in humans.
Applying CBD directly on the face can help calm the condition. CBD combined with other natural anti-inflammatory ingredients like those in our Nectar Oil have the potential to change the feeling and appearance of the skin.
“So I started using the Nectar CBD facial oil about a week ago, and I believe whoever branded it forgot to mention that it’s literally nectar OF THE GODS. I’ve struggled with redness and inflammation for as long as I can remember and this week is the first time in a long time I’ve felt comfortable without makeup. LOVE this stuff!”
“I really like the Nectar. Main reason i bought it was it’s supposed to help with rosacea. I’ve not had much luck with anything else.”
CBD helps to decrease inflammation, increase blood flow and help with muscle relaxation, which makes CBD-infused lubricants a no brainer. CBD is a vasodilator, meaning it helps open up your blood vessels – meaning heightened sensitivity and better orgasms.
“My favourite cannabis line out there! And I’ve tried more than a few. This stuff really works and have no weird taste or smell! And makes me c*m so quick. I would recommend this high-quality product to anyone searching to use cannabis to spice up their love life or solo selfcare.”
“This product works right away! Very effective! I don’t usually like a tingle sensation in my lubricants but this was a very welcomed surprise. No weird smell or taste to this product either! Very effective and worth every cent! My fave cannabis lube on the market and I’ve tried more than a few.”
By improving digestive functions and reducing inflammation and nausea, CBD combined with essential oils like Arnica and Menthol can help calm cramping and bloating.
A specific blend of carrier and essential oils work together to open up your pores and pull in the healing properties directly to the problem area.
While a topical won’t completely eliminate the pelvic pains, the cooling/heating sensations and anti-inflammatory properties will help get you through that time of the month and ease the discomfort.
As one fogger says, “I've been using this for a year and I love this product. I apply this all over my body after workouts. And girls, for menstruation cramps this thing works amazing - you put it all over your tummy especially when you feel bloated - it helps with that!”
Another community member experience: “This product starts working simply by the amazing smell. It also seems to reduce my painful stomach cramps and neck pain. Definitely a go to product for me now.”
Despite the controversy, some experts say that the combination of CBD and coffee will give you the alertness of that cup of morning jo, but without the jitters. CBD Coffee products have been popping up in both cafes and stores, so what’s all the hype about?
Although coffee has many benefits, the caffeine can increase levels of the stress hormone Cortisol. CBD oil is known to help with anxiety and pain, but can also cause drowsiness in some people.
When the two are combined, several users have found that they balance themselves out in a perfect way.
The distinct and bitter taste of coffee also helps cancel out the earthy and sour nature of CBD oil that many find to be distasteful. And even if you don’t drink coffee, adding CBD oil into any beverage in the AM can help relieve anxiety and manage pain when you’re going into a stressful day.
“I’ve been loving this product. I just add it into my morning coffee/tea and you can’t taste it at all. You can notice the effects of this product pretty quickly.”
“I put 7 drops in my coffee every morning to help with my chronic shoulder pain! Tasteless and so easy to use!”
Why take a shower when you can have a CBD bath? An aromatic, CBD-infused bath bomb is a perfect way to experience CBD’s effects without ingesting it, all while doing something you already enjoy (lounging in a bathtub).
Heat causes vasodilation of the blood vessels, enhancing and expediting the process of CBD absorption into the skin and bloodstream through the pores. Anti-inflammatory properties work to soothe muscles and dry or irritated skin all while you unwind mentally.
A CBD filled bath can provide the ultimate restorative reset and promote a calm sense of well-being, as well as a good night’s sleep.
“These bath bombs are such a blessing in terms of relaxation. They calm pain, soothe muscles, and help to relax an anxious mind.”
“These bath bombs smell so good, and they make my skin so soft that I don't need to put on lotion after the bath. I have a pretty good-sized tub and even with so much water, they are so concentrated that they still work great! I highly recommend these after a long day or for sore muscles. “