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Everything You Need to Know About CBD

Over recent years, a lot has been learned about the benefits of CBD. Experts have carried out ongoing research into the benefits of this product, and a lot of very positive things have come to light. This has resulted in a lot of positive press, and changes have been made to legislation in various states to make CBD more accessible to the masses. As a result, there has been a sharp rise in the number of people using CBD for various reasons.

Some people have heard about CBD but have never tried it for themselves. Some are still unaware of the many benefits that it offers. So, if you are new to the world of CBD products, it is well worth learning a bit more about it so you can decide whether it is right for you. This also means you can choose the right CBD product for your specific needs. In this article, we will learn a bit more about CBD products.

How Do You Take CBD?

One of the things that newbies often want to know is the best way to take CBD. The good news is that there are various different products you can choose from, so you can easily find the right one for your needs and preferences. So, let's take a look at some of the products you can choose from if you want to benefit from CBD:

CBD Capsules

One way in which you can take CBD is through capsules. If you are not very good when it comes to swallowing tablets, don't worry as you can get CBD gel capsules that are very easy to swallow. Many people like to take capsules to get their dose of CBD because it is not only simple and convenient but also makes it easier to monitor dosage. You can get capsules in various strengths so you can buy the ones that best suit your needs in terms of the dosage.

CBD Edibles

Another way in which you can use CBD is through purchasing edibles that contain CBD. You will find a wide range of edibles you can choose from including chews and gum among others. If you enjoy a little treat, you have a sweet tooth, and you want total convenience, CBD edibles could be an ideal solution for you. You can enjoy using CBD discreetly no matter where you are when you choose edibles.

CBD Drops and Tinctures

One very popular way of using CBD is through the use of drops and tinctures. CBD oils such as these are very easy and convenient to use, and you can benefit from a very effective product that can provide all sorts of benefits. When using drops, you can simply hold the liquid under your tongue for around 90 seconds, and this will ensure maximum effect and efficiency when it comes to enjoying the benefits of the product.

CBD Creams and Balms

You do not necessarily have to ingest CBD in order to enjoy its benefits, as you can also purchase topical products that contain CBD. This includes products such as creams and balms, which can be applied directly to the skin. This is great for those who have pain or inflammation and want to target a specific area. CBD is also great for keeping the skin in great condition and properly nourished, so you will find plenty of CBD moisturizers and skincare products available.

How Does CBD Help You?

Of course, another thing you will want to know is what CBD can do for you and what the benefits are of using CBD products. Well, CBD offers a wide range of benefits that can help to boost your health and your quality of life, which is why these products have become so popular. Some of the key benefits of CBD are:

Relieving Stress and Anxiety

With the fast pace of life that many of us lead these days, stress and anxiety come with the territory. However, just because you feel stressed and anxious, it doesn't mean you cannot take action. CBD is a great solution because it helps to reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Also, if your mood is low, it boosts the release of serotonin to lift your mood and leave you feeling brighter.

Aiding Sleep

Sleep is very important to our health, wellbeing, functioning, and life quality. However, a surprising number of people fail to get the amount of sleep they need. Some struggle to get to sleep at all, while others may fall asleep but keep waking up. Well, by boosting serotonin levels, CBD can help to regulate your sleep patterns. This then means you are more rested, and it can have a huge positive impact on your health, appearance, focus, and life quality as a whole.

Dealing with Inflammation and Pain

When you are in pain or suffering from inflammation, it can impact everything from your ability to carry out day to day tasks to your quality of life. Nobody wants to spend all day in pain or experiencing inflammation, and this is something that CBD products can help with. Research has shown that CBD can help enormously when it comes to tackling pain, and it is also a very powerful anti-inflammatory.

Providing Energy

Are there days when you feel as though you are drained of energy and have no get up and go? Well, this is something we all experience from time to time, and it can affect our ability to get on with the day's tasks or focus on work and other things. CBD can help to give you an energy boost, and all you have to do is take it in small doses throughout the day. It can help to sustain higher energy levels so you can get on with your life.

A Great Modern Solution

As you can see, CBD can help in many ways, which is why it has become a popular choice. It is now considered a modern solution for all sorts of issues.

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Lessons Learned and the Power of Turning 50

Except for 16, I have celebrated all of my milestone birthdays in New York City.

I turned 16 in Arnold, Missouri. Arnold is a small town (though not small anymore) 20 miles south of St. Louis. St. Louis is known for the Gateway Arch, a beautiful arch of shiny stainless steel, built by the National Parks Service in 1935 to commemorate Thomas Jefferson's vision of a transcontinental U.S. St. Louis is also known for its custard, a frozen dessert that is so thick, they hand it to you upside down with a spoon inside. Something else about St. Louis you should know is that there is a courthouse just steps from the base of the Gateway Arch where one of the most important cases in history was tried: Dred Scott v. Sanford.

I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive.

Mr. Scott was born into enslavement around 1799 and, in 1830, was sold to a military surgeon who traveled back and forth between his military posts in Illinois and Wisconsin, where slavery was prohibited under the Missouri Compromise of 1820. In 1842 the doctor and Mr. Scott both married, and they, all four, returned to St. Louis. Still enslaved, Dred Scott filed a lawsuit against the doctor's wife for his and his wife Harriet's freedom. We don't know exactly why he chose this moment in time to file a lawsuit, however, he did. At the time of filing his, now, famous lawsuit, he was 50 years old. Ultimately, The Scott family did not gain their freedom, but their profound courage in filling this case helped ignite the Civil War and what we would come to know (or think we know) as freedom from enslavement for all human beings. Powerful then and even more powerful now.

My next milestone was turning 21, and I did it in the Big Apple. Having only moved to "the city that never sleeps" a few months prior, I knew nobody except my new friends, the bus-boys from the restaurant I was working at, Patzo's on the Upper West Side. And, yes, pazzo is actually the correct spelling of the Italian word, which translates to "crazy." Trust me we all had several laughs about the misspelling and the definition going hand in hand. I worked a full shift, closing out at around 11 PM, when, my kitchen team came out from the line with a cake singing, "Cumpleaños Feliz." It was fantastic. And the kindness of these almost-strangers was a powerful reminder of connection then as it still is today almost 29 years later.

I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy.

When I turned 30, I had just finished a European tour with Lucinda Childs dance company. The company had been on tour for months together and were inseparable. We traveled through Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, and Rome. We ate together, we rode on a bus together, we had drinks after shows together, and we even took turns giving company class to get warmed up before a show. It was deeply meaningful and dreamy. We ended the tour back in New York City at BAM, The Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was an incredible way to end the tour, by being on our home court, not to mention I was having an important birthday at the culmination of this already incredible experience.

So, when I invited everyone to join me at Chelsea Pier's Sky Rink to ice skate in late August, I was schooled really quickly that "tour" does not mean you are friends in real life, it means you are tour friends. When the tour ends, so does the relationship. I skated a few laps and then went home. This was a beautiful lesson learned about who your real friends are; it was powerful then as it is today.

Turning 40 was a completely different experience. I was in a serious relationship with my now-husband, Joe. I had just come off of a successful one-woman dance show that I produced, choreographed, and danced in, I had just choreographed a feature film, John Turturro's Romance and Cigarettes, with A-list actors, including Kate Winslet and James Gandolfini, who became a dear friend and had even been on the red carpet with Susan Sarandon at the Venice Film Festival for the movie a year earlier.

And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age.

This was a very special birthday, and I had, in those 10 years between 30 and 40, come to cultivate very real friendships with some wonderful colleagues. We all celebrated at a local Italian restaurant, Etcetera Etcetera (who is delivering for those of you in NYC — we order weekly to support them during COVID), a staple in the theater district. Joe and I were (and are) regulars and, of course, wanted to celebrate my 40th with our restaurant family and friends. We were upstairs in the private room, and it was really lovely. Many of those in attendance are no longer with us, including Joe's Dad, Bob Ricci, and my dear friend Jim Gandolfini having transitioned to the other side. Currently, that restaurant is holding on by a thread of loving neighbors and regulars like us. Life is precious. Powerful then and today even more so.

I write this article because I'm turning 50, still in New York City. However, I'm turning 50 during what I define as a miraculous time to be alive. And I could not be more filled with hope, love, possibility, and power. This year has included an impeachment hearing, a global pandemic, and global protests that are finally giving a larger platform to the Black Lives Matter movement. Being able to fully embody who I am as a woman, a 50-year-old woman who is living fully in purpose, takes the cake, the rink, and the party.

I'm making movies about conversations around race. I've been happily married for 11 years to the love of my life, Joe Ricci. I'm amplifying and elevating the voices of those who have not previously had a platform for speaking out. I choose who to spend time with and how long! I design the life I desire and the Universe creates it for me every day. I show up, keep the story moving, and work hard because I am relentlessly devoted to making the world a better place and this is how I choose to leave my legacy. Being 50 is one of the most amazing things I ever thought I could experience. And I encourage all women to identify their power and choose to be fully in your power at any age. I'm 50 and powerful. Dred Scott was 50 and powerful. This powerful lesson is for today and tomorrow. We have the power. No matter what age you are, I invite you to use your powerful voice to join me in making the world a better place.