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The winter months can feel long and low on energy for many people, especially seniors who feel trapped inside. Whether it’s the colder weather, the darker and shorter days, or the sometimes isolating feeling of the winter months, adding CBD to your routine can help in a number of ways.
Winter depression is not uncommon for some, especially those with an aging population, but there are ways to pull yourself out. CBD can help improve your sleep schedules, keep nerves at bay, and help with aches and pains brought on by the colder days. Read on for a few ways CBD can help you through the winter months.
Why should you consider adding CBD to your routine?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of many naturally occurring compounds in hemp and cannabis plants. CBD can be obtained through a number of extraction processes (usually CO2 extraction) and incorporated into a number of products. From CBD oils to CBD topicals, there are potential therapeutic benefits to users, from pain relief to stress reduction. CBD works by interacting directly with the human body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for many important bodily functions such as sleep cycles, appetite, mood, pain regulation and more. By attaching to receptors in the ECS, cannabidiol can help the body transfer messages to and from the brain and body. The ECS contains a number of naturally occurring cannabinoids to help balance bodily function, and adding CBD to that system can help with that. How can adding CBD to your daily routine during the winter months benefit you? Here are just a few reasons to try CBD:
Deal with stress
Winter can feel isolating at times, especially for seniors who may not want to drive in the snow or spend too much time outside in the cold. Taking CBD daily can help reduce the stress or discomfort of spending time alone during the winter months. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for some serotonin levels in the body, and The interaction of CBD can positively alter serotonin signals, leading to less stress and less anxiety.
Get regular sleep
During the winter months, the nights are longer, which you may think can help a sleep cycle, but sometimes it can have the opposite effect. Longer nights can make for restless sleep, while similarly making it more difficult to get up in the morning. Taking CBD before bed can help with a good night’s sleep by balancing cortisol levels and reducing stress that can cause insomnia.
Sudden or prolonged drops in temperature can cause our bodies to respond, putting more strain on the nerves in the ECS that control pain. It is believed that the drops in air pressure associated with cold weather can affect our joints, muscles and tendons to expand, which can cause pain. CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that can help with sore muscles and joints, even for those who suffer from arthritis. The way CBD attaches to the receptors in the ECS can help manage pain and keep the joints “well-greased” during the colder months.
Choosing the best CBD product for you
There are numerous options available for CBD products on the market. If you are looking for the fastest form of relief, a CBD oil or tincture taken sublingually may be most effective. A CBD topical is ideal for targeted application, applied directly to problem areas. There are even discrete CBD Edibles that are convenient for consumption on the go. Address companies such as Blue Ribbon Hemp, made with quality and care, 100% THC-free and available in various forms. To learn more about Blue Ribbon Hemp and co-founders Dr. Igor Bussel and cannabis activist Richard Cowan, look here.