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The COVID-19 pandemic has not only changed the way people work and lead their lives, it has also posed a challenge to people’s mental and physical well-being. Studies, such as one recently conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine, further substantiate this claim. To help people ease their anxiety and better cope with this difficult period, Sojen, a New York City-based provider of hemp-derived CBD products that launched over a year ago, has come up with a unique solution to appease the collective angst —-introducing Sojen Exhale.

“The main inspiration for [Sojen Exhale] was how do we connect working professionals with a resource right now they can use and is helpful for them at home,” said Sojen co-founder Caleb Putrich, explaining the project’s mission. “With people being at home, it’s a really unique opportunity to start yoga. It doesn’t require much. All it requires is a mat, a good teacher and the bundle really amplifies the benefits of doing yoga both mentally and physically.”

Putrich, who prior to launching Sojen ran his own property management business, said the idea for Sojen Exhale materialized because he and co-founder Nick Willeke, a former Goldman Sachs associate, had been looking for an opportunity to work with Yoga Shanti, one of Sojen’s first partners. Also, he and Willeke had approached Rob Schware, executive director of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, with the plan of using the proceeds from the bundle to support New York City public schools during the ongoing pandemic.

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That’s the sensibility of the Alchemist’s Kitchen, which grows cannabis plants in Upstate New York strictly for CBD, then extracts oils and makes balms, capsules, and tinctures for healing purposes. CBD (cannabidiol) is derived from cannabis, but it doesn’t have the psychoactive effects of THC, the compound people are usually seeking if they want to get high. “We have a farm in upstate New York which is licensed for hemp and CBD, not THC,” Sagar tells me. “Now the whole plant can be grown with lower levels of THC.”

CBD yoga isn’t a novel concept. The connection between cannabis and yoga can be traced back to the practice’s ancient Indian roots: Cannabis is referred to in the Vedas as one of five sacred plants, and images of the Lord Shiva with his chillum are ubiquitous.

“Is CBD the silver bullet that’s going to fix everything?” Parcher asks. “No. But it’s a tool.”

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In New York State, the debate over recreational weed is on the table, with gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon and her running mate Jumaane Williams setting it as a centerpiece of their campaign against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. But so far, stories of “high tea” and “green yoga” are generally relegated to the Left Coast (and more recently, Massachusetts and Maine). New Yorkers, however, are finding a new and ambiguously legal way to enjoy some of the benefits of the cannabis plant.

A 65-year-old woman in a Prius pulls up beside me blasting Enya. Clearly, I’ve arrived at CBD Yoga.

It’s time for savasana. With each strum of the sitar, I visualize my brain waves. CBD oil, peppermint, and sweet cedar mingle in my body. Parcher lifts my feet and swings them side to side, then props my legs over a bolster. I settle back, into my mat. I feel lifted and grounded at once. Is it the CBD? The yoga? It’s hard to tell. But there’s definitely a shift, and not a trace of paranoia.

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