Winter seems to now be well and truly upon us.
And while less sunlight and more layers are not ideal, there are also some common health problems accompanying these colder months that can make them all the more unbearable.
Luckily, CBD can save the day. Here are 5 ways this dynamic cannabis compound can help you get through this chilly season:
1. Dry Skin
Winter can be especially harsh on skin, with wind hitting the face and destroying delicate skin cells. Lips gets chapped easily from even the briefest stints outside, and hands can feel shrivelled and sore.
CBD is known to be incredibly hydrating and great for regulating the skin’s oil production. It can also help reduce acne outbreaks that can be even more prevalent and uncomfortable in winter.
CBD products like our goodleaf CBD body and hand lotions, face moisturisers and lip balm can be lifesavers, and the hemp seed oil used in our face and body washes provides gentle cleansing that won't dry out your skin even further.
2. Muscle stiffness
Sports and extensive bodily activity can feel especially punishing on the muscles in winter. Not only do they take longer to get warmed up, but once cooled down again they can also ache for hours afterwards.
Our CBD drops and topicals like our body lotion and Dr Kerklaan pain products can be used to reduce soreness and decrease muscle fatigue - ideal for sports recovery or even just a calf massage after a long day on your feet.
3. Seasonal Affective Disorder
For some people, when the sun sets early for months they can feel as if the light has gone out of their own lives too.
This phenomenon is known as SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, and is thought to affect 1-2% of the population while a milder form of winter blues may affect as many 10-20% of people.
Luckily a daily dose of CBO oil is well known for being able to help provide greater mood stability, and elevate depressed states of mind.
Researchers have even equated CBD’s natural effects with those of antidepressants and anxiolytics (anti-anxiety medication), touting it as a “potential treatment for anxiety disorders” including SAD.
4. Immune system stability
As the endocannabinoid system’s job is to bring homeostasis (balance) to the body, CBD works to regulate its various vital systems.
When the immune system is weakened, cannabinoids like CBD can help strengthen it, and when it’s hyperactive, as with cases of autoimmune diseases, CBD can help suppress it.
5. Joint Pain
Many people who suffer from arthritis find that it more easily flairs up during the winter.
The discomfort this cause can make it difficult for sufferers to do even the most basic of activities, but CBD is well known to help with this affliction.
Its power as an anti-inflammatory eases swelling around the joints, and makes it easier for people to move around without feeling pain.