While hemp products like CBD oil can be used all year round, some people need them just a bit more during the winter. Because although the benefits of cannabinoids can be felt during all seasons; some ailments are known to surface more in the colder months of the year. Want to know which these are and what CBD might do for you this season? This is how hemp might help you get through the winter:
CBD in the winter
’Tis the season to be jolly, but also the season of cold and darker days. So while it is a festive time for many, the winter also poses a challenge to a large group of people. Considering some of us have to battle ailments that emerge or worsen during the wintertime. Generally speaking, this has to do with lower temperatures, dry air and lack of sunlight - all triggers we can hardly avoid during this time of year. Though luckily, there’s a variety of hemp supplements - with cannabinoids like Cannabidiol (CBD) - able to help us get through the winter a lot easier.
CBD cosmetics to prevent and treat dry skin
One of the most prevalent issues in the wintertime is dry and damaged skin on the hands, face and other easily affected body parts. This is mainly due to the cold temperatures outside and dry air around us - from central heating for example - impacting our skin’s health. And even worse, influence the skin’s moisture regulation. Because when this gets disturbed, it might compromise the natural protective layer of the skin.
Normally, the evaporation of moisture in the skin is regulated by a balance between sebum and fat; located in the hypodermis of the skin. Though due to extreme changes in temperature and humidity, the skin might lose its ability to create the right ‘fattiness’ in which it thrives and feels best. At first this could cause itchy and flaky skin. But when it worsens, it might cause the skin to split, damage easily and sometimes even bleed. This is annoying and painful, to say the least. But luckily easy to resolve with Dutchnaturals’ CBD Cream or CBD Hand cream enriched with our organic, full spectrum hemp extracts.
Besides the benefits of CBD, the success of Dutchnaturals’ CBD Skincare products rely on a variety of cold-pressed oils for healthy and nourished skin. Thanks to the jojoba oil in the (hand) cream, these cosmetics offer a very beneficial and caring effect. Supported by other ingredients like Calendula oil to promote healthy cell division and stimulate damaged skin to heal. Another valuable ingredient in our CBD Cream and Hand cream is coconut oil. As it ensures the active ingredients in the CBD cream are easily absorbed by the skin. Coconut oil also has a low melting point, which makes the creams feel nice to the touch and easy to apply. Making the products ideal for daily use and to care for dry, rough and damaged skin, caused by the winter’s cold.
Decrease (chronic) pain with CBD
If there’s one thing that doesn’t help people with (chronic) pain, it’s extreme cold and wet weather. Something we unfortunately experience enough during this time of year. As discovered by scientists from the University of Manchester, this has to do with the air pressure; or ‘barometric pressure’ to be precise. In short, this is the weight of the atmosphere around us. When this decreases - the researchers explain - the body’s tissue covering a painful joint or nerve expands. Causing more pain than normal, the study named ‘Cloudy with a chance of pain’ found.
Luckily, hemp products - like CBD oil and our water soluble CBDactive+ - might help in the majority of these cases. For instance, using CBD could help decrease swelling and inflammation of joints and injured tissue. Moreover, it could also help regulate the sense of pain. As Cannabidiol slows down the ratio in which your body breaks down endocannabinoids like serotonine, anandamide and 2-AG. These neurotransmitters are responsible for our feeling of happiness. But they’re also responsible for the way we perceive pain. So by increasing the level of these body’s own cannabinoids in the blood, CBD oil could possibly ease the sensation of pain. While it also works on treating the cause of it, in many cases.
Hemp oil with vitamin D for (winter-)depression
Although the fall and winter means we’re getting closer to the holiday-season, it sure isn’t a festive time for everyone. Because the shorter days and colder nights also mean we see a lot less of the sun. And as you might know, its UV-radiation is an important element to our health. Considering that without it, our bodies do not get enough vitamin D. Consequently causing an hormonal imbalance; which makes it difficult for some people to control their emotional responses. With grumpiness, anxiousness, stress, negative thoughts and overall exhaustion as a result.
In such cases, it might be helpful to supplement your hormonal system with some extra vitamin D - from our CBD oil with Vitamin D3 for example. Besides the vitamin D, the Cannabidiol in this product might also help bring back the needed balance. By inhibiting the breakdown of the body’s own happiness molecules, as described above. In addition, it looks like the combination of CBD oil + vitamin D3 could even impact the novel coronavirus!
Discover more in 'Studies: 'CBD oil and Vitamin D3 could help treat and prevent COVID-19’’
Social anxiety and CBD
If you’re already prone to anxiety, the holiday-season might be an extra difficult time for you. After all, for most people it is a time of large get-togethers with family, friends and co-workers. Situations which could cause your (social) anxiety disorder to arise. Although the current pandemic could be a reason for some to not come together this year; it might also be a cause for anxiety in itself, too. Fortunately though, hemp might help in such cases.
Because research shows that CBD interacts with the CB1-receptor of the body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS) - and the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor. Along with a number of other cannabinoids in the brain - like explained earlier - responsible for happiness and regulating fearful and anxiety-based behavior. Moreover, this 2015 review provides preclinical and clinical evidence proving CBD’s efficacy in treating a number of anxiety disorders, such as:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic disorder (PD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
CBG to battle holiday-stress
Another product that might help treat (social) anxiety and stress during the holidays is CBG Oil. Because where Cannabidiol focuses on receptors that interact with neurotransmitters like serotonin and anandamide; Cannabigerol (CBG) on the other hand inhibits the breakdown of GABA. In short, this is an amino acid the human body produces naturally. One that is mainly responsible for taming certain stimuli in the brain; including anxiety and stress.
Also interesting: ‘CBG Oil effects: discover how Cannabigerol works in the body’
As proven by research, CBG oil might also help regulate the body’s natural fight- or flight reaction. Which is activated in stressful situations and helps us respond to danger adequately when needed. But in some cases, the body activates this mechanism unnecessarily - possibly causing (chronic) stress and anxiety disorders as a result. Luckily, Cannabigerol appears to modulate the α2-adrenergicreceptor. This reduces the release of the arousing neurotransmitter norepinephrin (or noradrenalin) responsible for the feeling of stress.
In other words, CBG oil could help calm the body and mind with its unique interaction with these receptors of the ECS. Helping you to stay relaxed during the holidays - with or without your family or friends at the table!