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How To Give Yourself a 5-step CBD Gua Sha Facial

Originating from Traditional Chinese Medicine, gua sha is a face and body massaging technique that can offer up plenty of benefits like decreased puffiness, promote lymphatic drainage, relieve tension, and firm the skin.

 

Gua sha is usually done with a boomerang-shaped tool typically made of stone like jade or quartz. These tools also come in stainless steel, but those are better for other areas of the body and not recommended for the face. 

 

How to give yourself a 5-step CBD Gua Sha FacialPairing gua sha with Daily Treatment Oil is a match made for firm and glowing skin. Our Daily Treatment Oil is packed with seven nutrient-rich botanicals, which nourish and renew deep into the layers of your skin. Featuring 500mg of full-spectrum CBD to moisturize and heal along with powerful oils like Sweet Almond, Litsea, and Olive Squalane, this multipurpose oil will support a range of common skin concerns – from dry skin to sun damage to pore size.


While gua sha facials are available in spas, this treatment is also one that you can do at home. It is a great way to relax and practice self-care. 

 

How To Gua Sha Using Daily Treatment Oil 

 

Step 1

Start with a clean face and apply 2 pumps of Daily Treatment Oil. If you don’t own a gua sha tool you can always use your fingers!

 

How to give yourself a 5-step CBD Gua Sha FacialStep 2

Start at the middle of the chin and gently glide the tool upwards along the jawline towards the ear. Repeat 3 times on each side of the face.

 

Step 3

Move to your under-eye area and with a sweeping motion, move the tool out to the temple, all the way to the hairline. Repeat 3 times on each side. 

 

Step 4

Move to the forehead starting in the middle of your forehead. Using the flat side of the tool, glide the tool up and toward your temples.

 

How to give yourself a 5-step CBD Gua Sha FacialStep 5

Finish your treatment with a mug of herbal tea or a glass of water to keep you hydrated.

 

This relaxing gua sha CBD facial treatment can be done 2-3 times a week and many people find that results last longer when done with regularity.

Why Adding CBD To Your Daily Skincare Routine Will Change Your Skin

While it’s no secret that the benefits of CBD taken internally are extensive and well-known, you may be less familiar with the topical applications of CBD oil in skincare, and how introducing this new step into your skincare routine can deliver effective solutions for challenging skin conditions. 

 

CBD skincare has existed for quite some time, with manufacturers adding it to everything from cleansers to masques. Many of those early products, however, relied more on consumers’ familiarity with CBD rather than solid scientific evidence as to its efficacy. In addition, many mass-market CBD skincare products may contain untested CBD from unknown sources, resulting in uncertainty about the formulation, concentration, and even authenticity. 

 

A number of recent peer-reviewed studies have sought to examine which CBD formulations are most effective for topical applications, and which skin conditions they can address. Because of that research, we’re able to more specifically identify not just how CBD can be used in skincare, but which products work best, and how and why they’re effective. 

 

Why Should You Add CBD Oil to Your Skincare Routine?

 

With the introduction of our Daily Treatment Oil, Equilibria offers a full-spectrum topical CBD oil specially formulated to help give you hydrated, nurtured, and glowing skin with ingredients proven to address specific skin concerns. While all skin types can benefit from this multi-purpose formulation, CBD oil is found to be particularly effective in addressing the following:

 

1. Reduce Inflammation

3 reasons to add CBD to your daily skincare routineCBD has long been known for its anti-inflammatory properties when taken internally, but is it as effective against inflammation when used topically? Research says yes. 

 

In a 2019 study, patients with severe inflammatory skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis applied CBD twice daily to affected areas as well as scarring resulting from previous lesions. The study found that topical treatment significantly and visibly improved inflammation, with no reported irritation or allergic reaction. These findings are promising for those with other inflammatory skin conditions, such as rosacea or eczema.

 

2. Protect from Environmental Aging Factors

As we age, our skin tends to be one of the first places we see the effects of time and the environment. Fine lines, loss of elasticity, discoloration, and loss of hydration are all common signs of environmental skin damage, caused by longtime exposure to the sun, air pollution, smoke, and more. 

 

Clinical research has found that CBD is an extremely effective antioxidant, protecting skin from environmental factors that can damage it over time. Combined with other powerful antioxidants such as grapeseed oil and evening primrose, the full-spectrum CBD in our Daily Treatment Oil helps to shield skin from the damage caused by everyday life. 

 

3. Treat Acne and Reduce Appearance of Pores

3 reasons to add CBD to your daily skincare routineA 2014 study from the Journal of Drug in Dermatology found that, in addition to CBD’s well-known anti-inflammatory properties, it is also extremely effective at controlling oil production in the skin. This is great news for those looking to control acne breakouts, as the combination of reduced inflammation and decreased sebum production means fewer breakouts and faster healing from prior breakouts.

 

To supercharge the effectiveness of the CBD in our Daily Treatment Oil, we add in sweet almond and litsea oils to clarify the skin and reduce the appearance of pores. Used as the last step in your AM and PM skincare routine, Daily Treatment Oil heals and calms acne-prone skin. 

 

No matter your skin type or concerns, Daily Treatment Oil is a powerful addition to your skincare regimen. This combination of seven nourishing botanical oils will leave your skin hydrated, protected, and revitalized. And with Equilibria CBD products, you know you’re getting the highest quality CBD available that’s fully traceable and backed by solid, lab-tested science.  

 

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4 Powerful Products to Add CBD Into Your Skincare Routine

Whether you’re a CBD veteran or are just starting out, you’re probably aware of the long list of benefits ingested CBD can offer. From alleviating stress and improving your quality of sleep, to easing muscle tension and headaches, it’s no wonder why millions of Americans across the country are giving CBD a go. According to one of the latest surveys conducted in 2019 by Consumer Reports, 64 million Americans said they had tried CBD, or cannabidiol, in the past 24 months.

 

But does CBD have the same effects when used in skincare? According to Cedars-Sinai, using a skincare product that contains CBD may help with treating dry skin and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help keep acne at bay as it has shown to be effective in slowing the production of sebum. 

 

While all of those benefits sound great, it’s important to consider the quality of the CBD product you are using on your skin before purchasing. Make sure you’re buying from a trusted brand, and that the product contains exactly what is on the label. At Equilibria, quality and consistency are everything to us. Our CBD is hand-harvested, cleanly extracted, single-source, and third-party lab-tested to provide you with the best product possible. Learn more about our practices here. 

 

Here you’ll find our top recommended products to add CBD to your skincare routine head to toe, along with what’s in them and how to use them. 

 

4 Powerful Products to Add CBD Into Your Skincare Routine

 

Relief Cream

4 powerful products to add CBD to your skincare routineGreat for easing topical discomfort, and relieving dry skin, Relief Cream can be used multiple times a day as needed and kicks in within minutes. With 500mg of full-spectrum CBD, this shea butter-based balm features hemp flower oil, coconut oil, menthol, arnica, lavender, and rosemary. It’s commonly used for arthritis, jaw discomfort, ovarian/uterine discomfort, headache relief, muscle soreness, and even on the feet after a long day in heels. 

 

How to use: For targeted relief — apply to sore or dry areas, starting with a pea-sized amount and adding as needed. Relief Cream does not enter the bloodstream the same way CBD does when you orally ingest it, so it’s perfectly safe to use as frequently as you’d like on problem areas.

 

Daily Treatment Oil

4 powerful products to add CBD to your skincare routineLooking to give your skin a much-needed soothing treatment after getting through winter weather? Daily Treatment Oil is packed with 7 nutrient-rich botanicals + 500mg of premium, full-spectrum CBD, and nothing more to nourish and renew deep into the layers of your skin. Safe for all skin types, Daily Treatment Oil was made to

  • Increase skin hydration
  • Support epidermal elasticity 
  • Protect skin’s protective barrier
  • Deliver topical antioxidants
  • Soothe and clarify the skin

 

With consistent use, consumers saw an increase in skin hydration, a decrease in skin redness and irritation, and overall smoother skin. 

 

How to use: Apply as needed on face and body morning and night as your last step in your skincare routine to lock in the benefits of any water-based moisturizers or serums.

 

Mineral Soak

4 powerful products to add CBD to your skincare routineBoasting over 30 minerals, this powerful soak is delicately infused with 200mg of full-spectrum, premium CBD to calm inflammation, and purify and moisturize the skin. Gardenia and jasmine aromatic oil blends nourish skin and invigorate senses with modern floral and grapefruit notes. You’ll leave your bath not only feel refreshed and de-stressed, but your skin will feel silky smooth. 

 

How to use: Pour approximately 1/4 of your bag (2oz) into a full warm bath. Relax and enjoy. 

 

Roller Duo

4 powerful products to add CBD to your skincare routineOur Dynamic Roller Duo offers 75mg of full-spectrum, premium CBD to relieve pressure points, regulate mood, and ease topical discomfort. If you’re looking to reset and get a boost of energy, reach for the Peppermint + Jasmine + Lemon roller. Want to wind down and bliss out? Consider the Lavender + Bergamot + Rosewood blend. Both also feature coconut oil to soothe and smooth skin. 

 

How to use: Shake roller well before use. Apply to temples, inner wrist, places of acute discomfort, or dry skin.

 

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Traveling with CBD: 5 Reasons It’s a Must Have

Whether you and your family are in need of a change in scenery or you’re enjoying a romantic, getaway at a nearby Airbnb, even short-distance travel can be a wonderful way to break out of a rut and decompress. To have the best, safest time possible, you’ll want to take certain, CDC-advised precautions for your health. At the same time, you might find that it’s tough to wind down from the daily grind — and all of the challenging aspects of this past year that can be difficult to shake. And you might want to make the most of your trip by bolstering your immunity, guarding against stress, and getting quality sleep. In short, there’s a solid case for ensuring you bring your favorite CBD routine on the road. 

 

Here you’ll find five reasons to include your go-to CBD products when you pack your suitcase. 

 

  1. It’s legal

If you’re traveling domestically, you don’t have to worry that you’ll be breaking any laws by bringing a hemp-derived CBD product with you. The Federal 2018 Farm Bill (the Agricultural Act of 2018) legalized the production and sale of hemp bred with 0.3% percent or less THC. The industrial hemp plants Equilibria uses meets this requirement, and our full-spectrum, whole-flower hemp CBD products are completely federally legal. 

 

That said, marijuana-derived CBD products (those with over 0.3% THC) are illegal under federal law and under state law — except in states where medical and/or recreational cannabis is legal.

 

  1. It can help with on-the-road stress and anxiety relief

Traveling with CBDChronic stress is a staple of most of our lives, and because it affects us both mentally and emotionally, it can impede on the ability to be fully present while attempting to enjoy a break from your usual routine. And frequent, if not constant, low-level, anxiety might have become a familiar feeling in the past year. 

 

Thankfully, activating the endocannabinoid system (ECS) with CBD can bolster how you cope with both stress and anxiety. As Project CBD explains, “The endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes that affect our everyday experience — our mood, our energy level, our intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, how we experience pain, stress, hunger, and more.” 

 

And when you’re faced with situational stress on the road — be that hitting bad traffic or contending with unruly, tired kids — CBD can help to directly combat the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol, according to research. In turn, reducing the amount circulating in the blood. 

 

Plus, CBD will support storing the body’s own natural endocannabinoid anandamide, which can be compromised by stress. Nicknamed the “bliss” molecule, anandamide is produced when you work up a satisfying sweat at the gym or eat chocolate.

 

  1. You could get better quality sleep

Being off-routine and in a different place is often a recipe for missing out on Zs. But CBD can serve as a powerful sleep aid. In 2019, participants in a comprehensive research study by Project CBD found that:

  • CBD helped them get to sleep more quickly. Reducing the average time from about an hour to 20 minutes. 
  • They also reported waking up much less often: 1.4 times per night versus 4.3 or about a third as many times. 
  • Without CBD, almost three-quarters of participants reported waking up tired; with CBD, 9% reported waking up tired.

 

  1. It could offer a natural energy boost

Traveling with CBDIf a long car ride has sapped your get-up-and-go or you’re feeling burned out from all the prep leading up to your trip, reaching for a targeted CBD product can help you feel revitalized. Consider Equilibria’s Dynamic Roller Duo, featuring the company’s proprietary essential oil blends. Each multi-purpose roller offers 75mg of full-spectrum, premium CBD to relieve pressure points, regulate mood, and ease topical discomfort. If you’re looking to reset and get a boost of energy, reach for the Energizing Roller Duo which features Peppermint + Jasmine + Lemon essential oils and coconut oil to soothe and smooth the skin. 

 

  1. It can soothe achy muscles

As much as we can dream that setting up an auto-reply on your work email would automatically lead to all that tension being released from your tired muscles, it just doesn’t work that way. But packing topical CBD can help you loosen up. Great for aches, pains, and cramps, Equilibria’s fast-acting, better-than-topical cream packs 500mg CBD per 1oz jar and is formulated with Colorado-grown, activated full-spectrum hemp flower oil, coconut oil, shea butter, arnica, menthol, lavender, rosemary and absorbs into the skin without entering the bloodstream. 

 

The bottom line

Though even the briefest trip can be an opportunity to take a time-out from the usual stressors of daily life, it never hurts to have your go-to self-care products to ensure that you’re feeling your best while away from home. Given the bevy of benefits it offers, there’s no doubt that bringing your favorite CBD products — be that your Daily Drops or a topical — is a must. 

 

The History of Women In Cannabis

Throughout documented history, there has been a recognizable pattern of men represented as commanders of our governing bodies and industrial affairs, while women were often portrayed primarily for managing the home and for caring for their families. No longer are we accepting this limited and outdated outlook. Women have achieved historic strides toward equality in our society, but of course, there are still challenges we face. In order to appreciate the progress we have accomplished, let’s take some time to discover the history of women and cannabis, as well as, acknowledge a handful of the inspiring women who persisted in the face of adversity and ultimately helped develop the cannabis industry we know today. 

 

Anecdotally, women seem to have a long withstanding relationship with the cannabis plant. For thousands of years, numerous cultures worldwide have been integrating herbal remedies, including cannabis, into their medicinal practices as a natural source to promote healing. According to some historians, women have been using it as a botanical agent for a reprieve, with the most noted uses pertaining to reproductive health conditions. For instance, the earliest evidence of women’s use of cannabis dates back to Ancient Mesopotamia in the 7th Century BCE and theorizes women created herbal beverages consisting of saffron, mint, and hemp seeds to improve menses and difficult labor (Russo, 2002).

 

“Woman Sleeping in a Landscape with a Letter” by Bernard Gaillot (French, 1780-1847) is marked with CC0 1.0 

 

There has also been evidence to suggest that women from Ancient Egypt, Persia, and Ancient China ingested and applied cannabis topically as a therapeutic remedy for migraines and uterine discomfort (Russo, 2014). Moreover, historians speculate cannabis was implemented into ancient Arabic traditions as an aphrodisiac and to alleviate pain. In the 11th Century, women in European culture were first noted to use the cannabis plant for soothing their tender breasts during their cycles (Russo, 2002). Not to mention, sources chronicle that in the nineteenth Century Queen Victoria used cannabis prescribed by her physician to ease her menstrual cramps (Timeline: The Use of Cannabis, 2005).

 

The history of women in cannabis

“A Picture by Hishikawa Moronobu: Woman with a Set of Poem Cards” by Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780-1850) is marked with CC0 1.0

 

Until a cultural perspective shift in the early 1900s, cannabis was widely used medicinally and industrially, even within the United States. Following this paradigm shift, the plant was feared, stigmatized, and forsaken. Unfortunately, the claims about the cannabis plant were unfounded; there was no evidence either way to support or refute the effects of the cannabis plant. The popularity of the plant arose in the late 1960s and regained the interest of the scientific community in the 1970s after more studies were conducted speculating possible benefits (Russo, 2014). 

 

In 1988, Allyn Howlett, a biochemical neuropharmacologist, revolutionized medical science and our understanding of cannabis today. She made a breakthrough in cannabis research and pioneered the discovery of the CB1 receptor, one of the types of cannabinoid receptors in the Endocannabinoid System. Her research contributed to a greater understanding that our brains respond to compounds found in the cannabis plant via neural pathways (Lee, 2020).

 

Less than a decade after the discovery of the CB1 receptor, the medical marijuana industry reemerged in the state of California; in 1996, Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, was passed. This law allowed doctors to approve patients with serious health conditions to use medical marijuana in California. One of the well-known cannabis advocates to rally in this movement was Mary Jane Rathburn. She was a trailblazer and instrumental figure in the movement, as she relentlessly campaigned and gathered support for the initiative to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana despite substantial opposition (Saxon, 1999). 

 

In the twenty-first century, women continue to break down barriers in the cannabis field. It’s imperative to continue this progress by providing up-to-date, scientifically-driven information, advocating for change, and empowering people of all cultures to explore cannabis if so desired. Wanda James, a former Navy lieutenant and well-respected cannabis leader is a great example of a woman who is pushing the boundaries of the industry. Not only did she serve on Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee, but she was also an integral contributor to Amendment 64, which ended the cannabis prohibition in Colorado. In 2015, Wanda opened her dispensary, Simply Pure, and became the first African-American to own a legal dispensary in the United States. Since then, Wanda has served as the founder and president of the Global Cannabis Initiative seeking to promote cannabis reform and acts as an advocate for supporting the medicinal use of cannabis for veterans with PTSD. (wandaljames.com; Anthony, 2018).

 

Other influential cannabis activists are using social media to advocate and share knowledge regarding health, wellness, and social justice issues. Dr. Rachel M. Knox, Mary Pryor, and Dr. Lakisha Jenkins are just a few noteworthy women to mention. 

 

Dr. Knox is a physician shifting the standard of the healthcare industry to focus on the Endocannabinoid System, using her platform to promote a holistic approach to patient care and dismantle unsubstantiated information about cannabis. Mary Pryor is another prominent woman on our radar, who has been a leader in shedding light on the necessity of diversity within the cannabis community and the need for inclusivity for all cultures. She created CannaClusive, a lifestyle brand, to equitably represent minority community cannabis users and fight stigmas surrounding cannabis (Anthony, 2018). 

 

Dr. Lakisha Jenkins is a physician who uses a naturopathic approach to medicine by empowering her patients with education and offering guidance in alternative healing therapies. Through her own personal experience, she was impassioned to understand and share her knowledge of whole plant medicine to support the maintenance of the human body. Her specialties include medicinal cannabis education and the endogenous endocannabinoid system, and she is a well-known proponent of using CBD to offer mental and physical health benefits. 

 

Women have been involved in the history of cannabis since the millennia and have played a vital role in advancing our understanding of this special plant. None of us would be where we are without our ancestors pushing the boundaries of culture, commerce, and science. Groundbreaking contributions, like those of the women in cannabis history, have continued to substantiate the necessity for more women at the forefront of leadership and innovation to proceed in moving the needle forward not only in the cannabis industry but as a whole.  

 

At Equilibria, we’re by women, for women. We are a community of women inspiring and empowering each other to be our best selves. We value and support all women in pursuing their endeavors and share the common goal to find balance in our everyday lives. Our co-founders, Coco and Marcy, are two industrious, professional women, with firsthand experience of the life-changing benefits of CBD and completely understand the challenge many women face in balancing work-life and home-life. We are providing a safe space for women to ask questions about CBD and cannabis, and want to help them personalize their routines to work with their health goals and lifestyles. We’ve donated 50K+ to black and brown women entrepreneurs, as well as, we have partnered with Black Girl Ventures to support black/brown women-owned businesses directly. As a collective, we can lift each other up and achieve our goals. 

 

 

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How To Add CBD To Your Fitness Routine For Beginners

With all the time we spend indoors lately, it’s so important to get in some type of movement throughout the day. In addition to endorphins – those feel-good chemicals we all know and love, exercise also helps our bodies produce anandamide, nicknamed your “bliss molecule”.

 

Whether you’re looking to add in more movement in your daily routine or want to improve your exercise performance and recovery, taking CBD pre and post-workout may offer several benefits.

 

How to add CBD to your fitness routine for beginnersStudies have shown that pairing CBD up with exercise can not only amplify the anandamide in our body but can also aid in increased mindfulness during your workout, feeling more relaxed/less stressed, participating in workouts for longer, experiencing decreased physical discomfort during and after exercise, and decreasing muscle recovery time.  

 

Below we’ve put together a simple guide to integrating CBD into your daily exercise routine. 

 

How to add CBD to your fitness routine for beginners

Morning: If you prefer to exercise first thing in the morning, consider taking one full dropper of our Daily Drops about 15 minutes before your workout. This can promote focus and decrease any muscle tension making you more relaxed for your workout and decreasing the risk of minor injuries. 

 

If you like to workout later in your morning, taking a Daily Softgel with food in the AM  may be a better fit.

 

How to add CBD to your fitness routine for beginnersAfternoon: If you’ve already completed your workout at this point, you may start to feel some muscle soreness. This is a great time to reach for your Relief Cream which can provide topical relief in minutes. With soothing ingredients like arnica, menthol, and lavender, Relief Cream features 500mg of full-spectrum CBD to calm muscle soreness or tension and can be used as much as needed throughout the day. 

 

If you enjoy exercising during your lunch break, we recommend reaching for our Daily Drops at least 15 minutes prior to promote focus throughout your workout and ease any muscle tension from working on your laptop all morning. 

 

Evening: The day is ending and it’s finally time to unwind. This is the perfect time to run a hot bath and soak with our Mindful Mineral Soak featuring over 30 minerals and 200mg of full-spectrum CBD to purify and destress. This will help promote muscle recovery and may help soothe inflammation so you’re not only prepped for a good night’s sleep but ready to tackle your workout the following day. 

 

Right before bed, consider also using our Relief Cream once more for added relief and muscle recovery while you sleep. 

 

If getting in some movement post-work is more your thing, try taking a 1/2 dropper of Daily Drops, waiting 15 minutes then exercising, or even just going for a walk to help you unwind from the day and clear your mind. Follow with a bath using our Mindful Mineral Soak then Relief Cream before bed.

 

A restful night’s sleep is always the best recovery tool, so adding in a full dropper of Daily Drops 30 minutes before bed will help you easily fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. 

 

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