Why CBD Should Be a Part of Your Daily Winter Routine
WRITTEN BY LAUREN KATAKOWSKI, MS AND DR. SWATHI
Sticking to a healthy regimen in our busy lives is a challenge. You may be skeptical of CBD, what it is, and what it might do for you. However CBD can offer many benefits to our well-being without the “high” feeling, and it may be worth trying. Whether you are into fitness or just starting your wellness journey, taking CBD daily could be very beneficial to feeling your best. Read on to learn a few possible health benefits of CBD and why you should be taking it every day.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is the naturally occurring, non-intoxicating component of the cannabis sativa plant. CBD works synergistically on your endocannabinoid system to maintain balance or homeostasis. CBD has the potential to relieve a multitude of symptoms related to various different conditions, promote well-being and healthy sleep patterns and help with low mood (1,2).
CBD products are made with CBD oil that is extracted from industrial hemp plants and are often mixed with medium-chain triglyceride oil such as coconut oil. There are several ways to take CBD including but not limited to topical creams/balms, capsules, or oil-based tinctures under the tongue (2).
What is the endocannabinoid system?
In recent history, researchers discovered the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and its receptors that operate for homeostasis to keep a healthy state of balance in the body. The chemical agents involved are called cannabinoids. These compounds work to relay information through pathways and interact with key receptors in your brain so that body processes such as metabolism, digestion, memory, and cognition are running optimally.
What is endocannabinoid tone?
However, like with vitamins and minerals, cannabinoids can become depleted. CBD is considered one of the most powerful cannabinoids for its health-balancing benefits. CBD helps to prevent and limit the breakdown and deactivation of your body’s natural endocannabinoids and helps increase your brain's endocannabinoids. Instead of healing any specific disease, CBD works to help balance your body’s internal endocannabinoids, and improve endocannabinoid tone and its system responses so that the risk of disease is reduced and conditions are better managed. Dysregulation of the endocannabinoid tone is known as endocannabinoid deficiency and can be caused by various conditions. Endocannabinoid tone describes the overall function or density of cannabinoid receptors, levels of endocannabinoids, and their metabolic enzymes. CBD is helpful for endocannabinoid tone if you are depleted and it will promote overall health and wellness (3,4,5).
Holiday stress & the winter blues
In a post-pandemic era, daily stress can be higher than ever before. Many people suffer from low mood in winter due to lack of sleep, less sunlight, and less activity outside and with others. Struggling to relax or turn off your mind may be an issue and CBD can help with that. A 2019 study concluded that CBD can help with low mood and stress. So whether you use CBD in the morning in your coffee or take a capsule at night to help you sleep, it can offer relaxation benefits (6).
Daily aches & pains
We all experience aches and pains and whether it's from an ongoing condition, winter sports, or shoveling snow, it may be worse on some days versus others. Finding relief can be a challenge especially if you are one of the many consumers that do not want to use prescription drugs or over-the-counter options.
CBD could be a great alternative and check many boxes for you and your needs. CBD is well tolerated. However, not all CBD supplements are created equal when it comes to how it’s made the risk of adulteration and chemical additives. It is important to purchase your CBD from a reputable company that is transparent with its batch testing and ethics (7).
Taking care of your skin
More recently, CBD has become more of a topic in beauty circles. Topical CBD skincare products can also help to nourish dry skin in the winter. CBD acts as an antioxidant to promote healthy, supple, and youthful-looking skin, and could be beneficial in lowering hyperpigmentation and redness (8).
There is much evidence that points toward the calming effects of CBD on the central nervous system. As noted above there is evidence that CBD helps with relaxation as well, so introducing CBD to your nightly routine may be beneficial for your sleep physiology (11,12). In a case study of 103 subjects, relaxation, sleep quality, low mood, and stress were improved for 72 of the remaining participants (6).
The bottom line
Taking CBD every day can be a great addition to your daily winter routine. By optimizing your endocannabinoid tone, you are taking steps to balance your overall system, preparing you for any holiday stress or harsh winter air has in store for you.
If you are interested in trying CBD, schedule a free 1:1 with our co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Swathi Varanasi.
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This article was edited by Dr. Swathi and was written by Element Apothec Scientific Communications Intern, Lauren Katakowski. She is a published researcher and medical writer. She completed a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics from Central Michigan University.