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Keep Calm and Live in NYC: Why CBD is everywhere in the city

“The Big Apple,” or New York City as it is technically known, accepts millions of tourists every year. 

In addition to this, it houses lots of career-driven individuals. With its impressive skylines and bustling social scene, New York City is one of the busiest cities in the world. Within the fast-paced lifestyle is a growing love of CBD. 

August 29, 2023, High Society CBD store opens in Chelsea, New York. Credit: Shutterstock/rblfmr

Mainly, CBD is used to relax people, and often, people take it or consume it when socializing. CBD, in the last few years, has dominated the wellness industry around the world, and it is no different in New York. It’s really taking off. 

What is CBD? 

CBD is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. It is derived directly from the hemp plant. It is important to understand that CBD does not cause a ‘high’ by itself. It is different from marijuana. 

CBD is known to be non-psychoactive. This means that it does not cause the same euphoric effect that many drugs do. It doesn’t make you feel completely out of it! Instead, it is known for its wellness and relaxing qualities. This is what people crave and why CBD has become so popular. 

The science behind CBD, very simply, is this: 

  1. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body (ECS)
  2. The ECS system is essential to how the body reacts psychologically to certain scenarios. E.g., pain, stress, extreme emotion.
  3. CBD directly influences these ECS reactions and, most of the time, calms the reaction. Hence, individuals often use CBD to experience immense relaxation. 

The Rise of CBD in the City 

CBD has mainly grown in popularity recently due to a change in mindset surrounding the natural drug. Equally, there has been an increasing focus on well-being and holistic health treatments. Some would say the rise in CBD use goes hand in hand with the increasing rates of meditation practices and mindful exercises such as yoga and pilates. 

As research into the benefits of CBD emerges, people are becoming more open to trying it for themselves. When told it can help inflammation and cardiovascular health and improve sleep anxiety, why wouldn’t people want to give it a go? It is worth noting that research into CBD is still very much taking place; nobody is too sure how it works and why it can be so effective for some people. 

Oils are a popular way to use CBD 

CBD is available in a wide range of forms. It can be consumed or appreciated in a range of ways and, similarly, with a range of strengths. Here are just some of the main ways CBD is used.

  • Oils. CBD Oils are one of the most popular ways that people interact with CBD. Whether rolling oil onto themselves, placing it in a diffuser, or placing a few drops under the tongue, this is one of the most versatile ways to encounter CBD. Under the tongue, oil allows for quick absorption into the body, and you can start to feel the effects almost immediately.
  • Edibles. Edibles are another popular way to use CBD. Delta 9 edibles use hemp in all sorts of forms, shapes, and sizes to suit you. Lots of people like using edibles as an alternative to smoking cannabis. Edibles take a bit longer to digest, and thus, the effect takes longer to kick in. However, lots of people would argue that, in return, the effects last longer. 
  • Capsules. These are easy to swallow and a convenient way to access CBD. These are especially popular with people who don’t like the taste of CBD and, therefore, want to have all the effects without having to taste it. 
  • Vaping. Vaping is so popular nowadays, and for a lot of people, being able to combine their CBD love and vaping is ideal. Like other flavors, vaping CBD involves inhaling vapourised oil. There are many potential risks associated with vaping generally, so it is always worth doing some research on those. 
  • Patches. These are very similar to tobacco patches. Effectively, they are small sticky patches infused with CBD that are stuck onto the skin. Over the day, the CBD will slowly have an effect on the body. It enables a controlled dose and can be great for people who want to limit their intake a little bit. 
  • Creams. Similar to patches, CBD creams are applied directly to the skin. It is essentially normal creams infused with CBD. They are often used for localized relief, such as on particular muscles or certain pressure points on the body. 

In Conclusion 

CBD is ever-growing in popularity. Whether in gummy form, in an oil, or through direct contact with the skin, there are endless possibilities for you to try the effects. Many people find it relaxes them, eases pain, and is generally an enjoyable experience when used safely and correctly.