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We do not think that we are stepping on anyone’s toes when we say that Austin, Texas is one of the most entertaining cities around. After all, it is the Live Music Capital of the World, being home to Austin City Limits, the South by Southwest festival plus large numbers of nightclubs and other music venues.
But beyond the live music scene, Austin is just a hopping place to live overall, and you can tell by some of their impressive statistics. For example, did you know that Austin has the second-highest number of food trucks per capita in the entire country? And speaking of food, you can find some of the best barbeque in a state known for its barbeque right here.
We could go on for days, but it is safe to say that Austin is more than just Texas’s state capital — it is a wonderful place to both live and visit. With the flagship campus of the University of Texas here in the city, it comes as no surprise that not only is there a large population of college-educated residents (number eight in the nation), but there is also quite a bit of medical research. One area of special interest is the use of CBD oil and other CBD products.
CBD for Optimal Health
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a major compound found within cannabis plants. Most of us know that THC is the compound that causes the famous effect of marijuana, but CBD products contain negligible — if any — amounts of THC. In fact, the most reputable manufactures only use extracts from hemp plants versus marijuana, since that way they can avoid any accidental THC contamination.
The reason that CBD is so effective is that your body already produces compounds that are almost chemically identical and play a role in balance throughout your body. In fact, CBD often works by bringing your body back into its normal homeostasis.
But what are some specific benefits of CBD that would be of interest to Austinites?
Natural Recovery for an Active Lifestyle
As previously mentioned, Austin is an urban paradise for active people. Although this makes for healthy people, a lot of those healthy people are in pain. When you punish your body like that on a regular basis, you have to expect that.
That is where CBD products shine, as they work with your body’s natural pathways to help you regain your normal equilibrium. Your body can’t repair itself well unless you get to this state first.
Saving You from Your Worst Enemy
Even though Texas is one of the fittest cities in the state of Texas, Texas still has a problem with obesity overall. It is a bit of a big fish in a small pond scenario.
However, there are multiple studies (some here in Austin itself) that have shown that CBD can play a supportive role in weight control. CBD works in two distinct ways to help you here. First, in restoring balance to multiple body systems, it naturally works to help you have a normal, human appetite.
A second method is by changing the composition of fat already inside your body. If you think about fat in general, what color is it? Probably white. However, you also have brown fat inside your body, which acts differently within the body and is much easier to burn. CBD products actually assist the body in converting the existing white fat into brown fat. While you want to keep your total fat content down as low as possible, brown is better.
Helping to Maintain Mental Health
We just want to start off by saying that mental health issues should always be diagnosed and treated with the direct supervision of mental health professional. While it is true that many types of emotional and mental issues need specific medications, other milder forms allow themselves to have a gentler approach.
For many of us, stress may play a large role in our lives. For others, anxiety can rob us of our joy or desire to spend time with others. Over time, these can evolve into something larger and more destructive.
CBD is famous for its ability to work with the brain to calm your nerves, giving a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. Also, CBD’s ability to help with other mental issues, such as focus and attention, can make getting through the day just that much easier.
Health Challenges in Austin
Despite Austin being known as a healthy city, it still has issues that need to be addressed.
For example, homelessness has been on the rise in the past decade. While that doesn’t sound like a health problem, the truth is that some of the causes of homelessness can be. We’ve already covered mental health issues in the last section, which can easily lead to homelessness if not addressed. But another condition that goes along with that is illegal and legal drug abuse.
Many times, people start to take drugs as a result of a need that is not being met. This could range from relatively minor emotional issues to severe mental disease. As previously mentioned, CBD is not designed to replace prescribed medical treatment. However, for relatively minor issues, CBD is certainly a more viable option than opioids or other substances.
In addition, while this is certainly very much in the testing stages, it appears that CBD can help to ease withdrawal symptoms of various substances such as alcohol. However, more research needs to be done before it can be a viable treatment option.
Moving on from the heavy subject matter of drug use and homelessness, CBD can be used to help in obesity in other ways than previously mentioned. Although Austin does much better than its neighbors in this regard, it can still use a little boost to even break into the top 20 most fit cities in the country.
Besides causing physical changes in the fat within the body, CBD also makes healthier habits a more viable option. It does this by helping with insulin resistance and in the improvement of the general amount and quality of gut hormones.
Plus, if you do not feel good in general, how likely is it that you can drag yourself off the couch and onto a treadmill? The general feeling of wellbeing that we mention so often can play a large role in helping to keep you motivated to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
How to Use CBD
Of course, none of the benefits of CBD will mean anything unless you know how to use it. Along those lines, this is what we recommend to you before going out and buying anything: be sure to understand why you are using it, where you are using it and what you hope to get as an outcome.
Let’s start out with an example. For the sake of discussion, let’s say that you have chronic back pain from sitting at a desk all day. In that case, you may want to consider an external product, such as creams, lotions or roll-ons.
Or, what if you suffer from anxiety and want something to help you before you go on a flight. It would probably be best to use an internal product, such as gummies or capsules.
If you want to use a product you already enjoy, perhaps a body lotion or a beverage, you can usually add CBD oil to the mix to give you the desired result. Of course, that may change the smell or taste of the product you are using.
Also, there are two other factors to keep in mind when beginning to use CBD. First, remember that as with any other substance that has the ability to change your mood or relax you, be sure of how CBD affects you prior to operating heavy machinery or driving.
Second, understand that you may need to use CBD a few times before you start to feel the benefit. So, if you are not feeling that it is working the first time you try it, be patient before giving up.
Common forms of CBD products:
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If you were buy something for therapeutic reasons, would you buy it in a dank headshop or gas station, or would you rather purchase from a location that has professionals in lab coats who seem to know what they are talking about? Also, would you rather travel halfway across town and wait in a little store or from the convenience of your own living room?
As far as we’re concerned, the choice is clear! Besides, the convenience of purchasing from Verlota has many other benefits. For instance, as a Verlota+ member, you get free shipping on your order straight to your door, not to mention referral bonuses and other benefits as a loyal customer.
Our products are expectedly crafted to address one of five vital areas of human health: Balance, Energy, Immunity, Calm and Sleep. Our naturally sourced, American made and grown CBD products use only the highest quality, hemp-extracted compounds. All of our products are tested at being below .03% THC.
Our products are not designed as a general cure-all, though we do take a holistic approach to health. From design to production, our CBD products are made to create an overall sense of wellbeing and general health. When you feel good in general, the rest of your health will follow suit. Our greatest joy is to fit that role in the lives of our customers.
Austinites, it is no secret that you all have so much to be proud of as a city, but remember that nothing can replace good health. While “Keep Austin Weird” has been the motto of the city in recent years, we have a better idea: keep Austin healthy! As far as we are concerned, the best way you can do that is to supplement your life with Verlota-brand CBD products.