Winter is almost here and for Vancouver, this means cold slush chilling our feet and hot drinks warming our hands. And maybe some CBD. Did you know that CBD can help beat the winter blues?
The benefits of CBD may be a game changer when it comes to surviving winter. Many have a love/hate relationship with the season, so here are three ways to prep for winter with CBD. Let’s shift our feelings toward the season closer to the love side.
1) CBD and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder triggered by seasonal changes. People typically experience heightened feelings of anxiety and/or depression. The crazy part is that this is not an uncommon phenomenon. About 2% to 6% of Canadians will battle moderate SAD in their lifetime, and a whopping 15% will face milder forms. Any percentage of people experiencing SAD is too high in our books.
While CBD doesn’t boost serotonin levels, it can increase the brain’s ability to transmit more serotonin signals. This allows the benefits of CBD to help alleviate SAD symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. Because CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, finding THC-free products might be key to helping relieve your Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms.
2) CBD for Cold and Flu
A natural cold and flu remedy? Yes, please.
CBD has remarkable anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and interacts positively with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This makes CBD a great option to help alleviate common cold symptoms or flu symptoms.
The benefits of CBD are known to fight nausea and vomiting, muscle aches, joint pains, headaches, inability to sleep, and anxiety and depression. All of which tend to accompany cold and flu season.
It’s important to note that CBD is not a substitute for medication. Please speak with your healthcare practitioner to find the right remedy for you.
3) CBD for Muscle and Joint Pain
Cold weather calls for muscle aches and joint pains. When we start hearing semi-worrying cracks and pops in our every step, CBD just might be the natural remedy to our aches and pains.
Many preclinical studies on chronic CBD consumption suggest its anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties positively affect the body. A fancy way of saying that CBD can help with pain relief. In fact, the benefits of CBD have caught the eyes of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. Athletes can now use CBD to help soothe muscle aches and pains.
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are also promising when it comes to relieving arthritic pain. 1.2% of Canadians struggle with Rheumatoid arthritis daily, and finding ways to alleviate the pain is invaluable.
So, welcome the winter season with the benefits of CBD. Regardless of your relationship with the season, we hope these tips help you through it. We recommend finding CBD-only products for your best winter yet.
Always remember that cannabis consumption differs from person to person. Be mindful of your dosing and consult your doctor if you’re uncertain whether CBD is right for you.
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RMC – https://revolutionmedicalcannabis.ca/cbd-seasonal-affective-disorder
CFAH – https://cfah.org/cbd-oil-for-colds
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