Healthy hippies the world over have been declaring the health benefits of marijuana for decades. Turns out they were right. Now that more and more states in the U.S. are rallying behind legalization, Reefer Madness is back, but in a very Goop-approved way.
While the typical stoner stereotype depicts a lazy bro with a salty case of the munchies, fit chicks (including Gwyneth) endorse a cannabis-sourced superfood that can enhance everything from food, to smoothies, to cocktails. Enter CBD Oil, an extract of the naturally occurring Cannabidiol (CBD) compound found in marijuana. You're probably already familiar with its counterpart, THC, the ingredient that causes you to feel euphoric (a.k.a. high).
Unlike THC, CBD does not have a psychoactive effect (meaning it won't make you giggle uncontrollably and contemplate the unknown for two hours). Rather, its benefits are mostly physical, promoting natural pain relief and healthy sleep cycles, as well as combating inflammation, anxiety, and other disorders. No wonder the wellness crowd loves the stuff.
In L.A., vegan Mexican hot spot Gracias Madre is serving up CBD-spiked cocktails. In Queens, New York, there's a coffee shop dedicated to CBD brews. Hell, some dedicated gurus are even using it to make salad dressing!
Since it's technically not illegal, why wouldn't you add it to your daily regimen? Wake up, CBD, SoulCycle, CBD, Sweetgreen, CBD...you get the idea.
If you're looking for a product to start with, we'd suggest The Daily Hit, an adaptogen-laced (this is a good thing) oil with a major focus on wellness. There are also capsules available online, which truly give new meaning to the term "take a chill pill."
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