While cannabis products such as CBD oil can be used all year round, some people need them a little more during the winter. Because although the benefits of cannabinoids are felt in all seasons, some diseases are known to occur more in the colder months of the year. Want to know what CBD can do for you this season? This is how cannabis can help you get through the winter:
CBD in winter
“Winter is the season of the coldest and darkest days. So while it is a festive season for many, winter is also a challenge for a large group of people. Considering that some of us have to fight diseases that appear or worsen during the winter. In general, this has to do with cooler temperatures, dry air and lack of sunlight – all causes that are hard to avoid during this time of year. Although fortunately, there are a variety of cannabis supplements – with cannabinoids such as Cannabidiol (CBD) – capable of helping us get through the winter much more easily.
Cosmetic CBD for the prevention and treatment of dry skin
One of the most prevalent issues in winter is dry and damaged skin on the hands, face and other easily affected parts of the body. This is mainly due to the cold temperatures outside and the dry air around us – for example from central heating – affecting the health of our skin. And even worse, it affects the regulation of skin moisture. Because when this is disturbed, it can compromise the natural protective layer of the skin.
Normally, the evaporation of moisture in the skin is regulatedby the balance between sebum and fat, which is found subcutaneously. Although due to extreme changes in temperature and humidity, the skin can lose its ability to create the right “oiliness” in which it thrives and feels best. At first this could cause itching and flakes on the skin. But when it gets worse, it can cause skin tearing and sometimes bleeding. This is embarrassing and painful. But fortunately easy to resolve with Dutchnaturals CBD cream or CBD hand cream enriched with organic full-spectrum hemp extracts.
In addition to the benefits of CBD, the success of Dutchnaturals’ CBD Skincare products is based on a variety of cold-pressed oils for healthy skin. Thanks to the jojoba oil in the cream (hand), these cosmetics offer a very beneficial effect. It is supported by other ingredients such as calendula oilto promote healthy cell division and stimulate damaged skin for healing. Another valuable ingredient in CBD cream and hand cream is coconut oil. As it ensures that the active ingredients of 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 everyday use and care for dry, rough and damaged skin caused by the cold winter weather.
Reducing (chronic) pain with CBD
If there is one thing that doesn’t help people with (chronic) pain, it is excessively cold and wet weather. Unfortunately, something that we are experiencing quite a bit during this year. As scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered, this has to do with air pressure, or ‘barometric pressure’ to be precise. In short, this is the weight of the atmosphere around us. When this is reduced – the researchers explain – the body tissue that covers a painful joint or nerve expands, causing more pain than normal, the study called “‘Cloudy with a chance of pain”
Fortunately, cannabis products – such as CBD oil and our water-soluble CBDactive+ – can help in the majority of these cases. For example, the use of CBD could reduce swelling and inflammation of joints and injured tissue. In addition, it could also help to regulate the sensation of pain. As Cannabidiol slows down the rate at which your body breaks down endocannabinoids such as serotonin, anandamide and 2-AG These neurotransmitters are responsible for our feelings of happiness. But they are also responsible for the way we perceive pain. So by increasing the level of these cannabinoids in our body’s blood, CBD oil could potentially ease the sensation of pain. While it also works to treat its cause, in many cases.
Hemp oil for depression (winter)
Although autumn and winter mean that we are approaching the holiday season, it is certainly not a festive time for everyone. Because the days are shorter and the nights are cooler it also means that we see much less sun. And as you may know, its ultraviolet radiation is an important element for our health. Whereas without it, our body doesn’t get enough vitamin D. It consequently causes a hormonal imbalance, which makes it difficult for some people to control their emotional reactions. Resulting in nagging anxiety, stress, negative thoughts and overall exhaustion.
In such cases, it can be useful to supplement your hormonal system with some extra vitamin D – for example, our CBD oil with vitamin D3. In addition to vitamin D, the Cannabidiol in this product may also help to restore the required balance. By inhibiting the breakdown of the body’s happiness molecules, as described above. In addition, it seems that the combination of CBD oil + vitamin D3 could even affect the new coronavirus!
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Social Stress and CBD
If you are already prone to stress, the holiday season can be a very difficult time for you. After all, for most people it is a time of gathering with family, friends and colleagues. Situations that could cause your (social) anxiety disorder. Although the current pandemic could be a reason for some not to come along this year. It could also cause anxiety on its own. Fortunately, however, cannabis can help in such cases.
Because research shows that CBD interacts with the CB1 receptor of the body’s endocannabinoid system (ESS) – and the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor. Along with a number of other cannabinoids in the brain – as explained earlier – responsible for happiness and the regulation of fearful and anxiety-based behaviour. In addition, this 2015 review provides preclinical and clinical evidence demonstrating the efficacy of CBD in the treatment of certain anxiety disorders, including:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic disorder (PD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
CBG against holiday stress
Another product that can help treat (social) stress and anxiety during the holidays is the oil CBG. Because where Cannabidiol focuses on receptors that interact with neurotransmitters such as serotonin and anandamide. Η Cannabigerol (CBG) on the other hand inhibits the breakdown of GABA. In short, this is an amino acid that is naturally produced by the human body and is mainly responsible for neutralizing certain stimuli in the brain, including stress and anxiety.
CBG oil: discover how Cannabigerol works in the body
As evidenced by research, CBG oil can also help regulate the body’s physical or flight response. Which is activated in stressful situations and helps us to respond to risk adequately when needed. But in some cases, the body activates this mechanism unnecessarily – possibly causing (chronic) stress and anxiety disorders as a result. Fortunately, Cannabigerol appears to modulate the α2-adrenergic receptor. This reduces the release of the neurotransmitter that causes norepinephrine (or noradrenaline) which is responsible for the feeling of stress.
In other words, CBG oil could help calm the body and mind with its unique interaction with these ECS receptors. It helps you stay relaxed during the holidays – with or without family or friends at the table!