With the winter season just around the corner, it’s time to start amping up for winter sports. Whether you’re dusting off your skis, trying out new snowshoes, or practicing with your pooch and skijoring equipment, making CBD a part of your winter wellness regimen can help take the edge off of any aches and pains you may experience during the rough and tumble winter sporting season so you can spend more time doing what you love.
Winter Sports Wear and Tear
While wintertime activities are some of the most adventurous, they can also take a heavy toll on your body. If you’ve ever hit the slopes you know that your joints are especially susceptible to aches and pains, particularly in your knees and hamstrings. Skijorers who’ve guided a dog or grabbed their harness to maintain balance while a 2000-pound equine beauty guides them through the snowy landscape understand it’s both an adrenaline rush and a recipe for delayed-onset wrist pain.
Inflammation and swelling from collisions is common among tubers, and if you’ve ever been tree skiing and lost your balance you know it’s best to keep moving in the direction you were planning to go in order avoid a tree hug, even if that means tumbling, twisting, and turning your way along that same trajectory after a fall. All this can lead to lower back, muscle, and ligament pain, bumps, and even painful swelling.
Whether you’re a skier with muscle aches from all the twisting and turning, a snowboarder who fell on an outstretched hand, or a snowshoer who got caught up in exploring the winter scenes for a few hours too long, you’ll find that CBD is a great option to support your body through all the soreness brought on by your intrepid winter sports outings. Take a look at 5 reasons why.
CBD and Cold-Weather Wellness
Your body’s main systems have their own centralized command center known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS regulates many processes in your body, including neural (nerve signaling), hormonal, cellular, and immune functions. In fact, the ECS was discovered while researching cannabinoids such as CBD. Cannabinoids are simply chemical agents that mimic or enhance the functions of your body’s naturally-occurring chemical agents, known as endocannabinoids.
1. Repairing Joint Inflammation
The great news is that CBD is a completely non-intoxicating cannabinoid with the powerful ability to help balance your body back to an optimal state of health. One of the key ways it does this is through its anti-inflammatory actions, which have been shown to reduce joint swelling and pain in order to help bring your knees, hands, fingers, and hips back to full strength.
2. Reducing Aches and Pains
Reducing inflammation isn’t CBD’s only path to reducing your aches and pains brought on by outdoor activity. It also activates certain receptors in your brain to trigger the release of the pain-relieving neurotransmitter serotonin. In addition, CBD binds to other receptors to assist with modulating pain signaling so that you can relax and rest your body for better recovery.
3. Healing Dry Skin
The three main layers of your skin are the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis, and the outer epidermis is especially susceptible to dryness, chapping, windburn, and even sunburn on exposed areas during the winter season. CBD works to keep your skin’s main “guardian” – the ECS – strong and healthy, in part by inhibiting the breakdown of key receptors known as C1 and C2 so that healing can take place more quickly.
4. Warding off Winter Pathogens
CBD has been shown to have antibacterial, antifungal, and immune-modulating properties that make it a great natural defense against wintertime pathogens. A preliminary study even indicates that its ability to positively regulate your immune system may help you fight off viruses. Promising new research is also underway to help determine CBD’s healing effects on COVD-19 symptoms.
5. Protecting Your Pets
Just like you, your canine and horse companions experience aches and pains from their outdoor winter activities. The great news is they also have an ECS that can be positively boosted by using CBD. In fact, one recent 2018 study found that CBD was effective in reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis pain in dogs while significantly increasing their activity levels.
Your Best CBD Options for the Winter Months
CBD Oils and Tinctures
CBD oil is pure CBD that’s either mixed with other healthy hemp compounds (full and broad-spectrum CBD) or is purely isolated without any additional ingredients from the hemp plant. It delivers the highest concentration of CBD per dose, and has a good absorption rate when taken sublingually (under your tongue).
CBD tinctures are one of the best CBD options because they combine pure CBD oil with a healthy carrier oil to boost your body’s absorption rate. They are also a more economical option than CBD oil, and are often used in making delicious wintertime edibles because they’re highly water-soluble.
CBD Gummies are both a tasty snack and an excellent on-the-go option. They offer discretion, easy transport, and convenient packaging that doesn’t require you to measure your dose. This makes them an optimal CBD product whether you’re out on the slopes or winding down for the evening with a cup of soothing tea.
Healing chapped, dry skin is one of the most important winter self-care routines because your skin is the largest organ of the body, and your first line of defense against bacteria and other pathogens. You can use topical products such as CBD salves, lotions, and roll-ons to help revitalize and nourish your skin after a day out in the frosty air.
Top 5 Allvane CBD Picks for Winter
1. Lotion, Recovery Formula
CBD lotion is a great product to begin your wintertime self-care regime with because you can see your skin transform before your eyes – from dry, cracked, and red to lush, vibrant, and glowing. Packed with skin-nourishing vitamins and minerals, our 500 mg Hemp Extract Infused Lotion blends pure CBD oil with shea, aloe vera, and sunflower seed oil to help protect your skin from free radical damage. It’s unscented, hypoallergenic, and free of any toxins or unnecessary additives to ensure that it’s safe and effective, even on sensitive skin.
2. CBD Tincture, Pain Formula
You may have heard that the same aromatic compounds that give hemp its unique scent can be combined with CBD oil to boost its healing effects. These compounds, known as terpenes, also have healing properties of their own. We’ve carefully selected seven of these therapeutic terpenes for our broad-spectrum Hemp Extract Tincture – Pain Formula to give you powerful pain relief for both chronic injuries, and everyday seasonal soreness and joint pain. Start with this 500 mg formulation if you’re new to CBD products to help determine how sensitive you are to its effects. If you find you need a more potent formulation, try our broad-spectrum 1500 mg Hemp Extract Tincture – Pain Formula.
3. Hemp Extract Warming Salve
At the end of a long day on the slopes, skijoring, or snowshoeing across the landscape you’ll want to pamper your sore legs, neck, arms, feet, and shoulders with our Hemp Extract Warming Salve. With 500 mg of CBD, healing herbs like turmeric and eucalyptus, and a soothing beeswax consistency, it’s a wintertime favorite among sports enthusiasts looking for the perfect massage salve. Great for soothing all your tight, tense muscles.
4. CBD Gummies, Calm and Relaxing Formula
When you’re ready to relax and unwind, our 750 mg Hemp Extract Infused Gummies are a mouthwatering option because they contain organic fruits in multiple flavors that are combined with CBD hemp extract to give you long-lasting pain relief. They’re great for on-the-go use because they soothe tense muscles without any intoxicating effects, allowing you to relax into your day. You can also enjoy our gummies about an hour before bedtime for a restful, full night’s sleep. We recommend these tasty snacks of happiness (try one and see if you don’t agree!) for those who don’t enjoy the taste of CBD tincture, or who want an additional option for their daily CBD dosing.
5. CBD Tincture, Canine Formula
To help your canine companions recover from all their winter “sporting” activity, try our 250 mg Hemp Extract Tincture -Canine Formula that’s specially formulated with a bacon flavor dogs will love. It’s especially great for canines with joint issues or those in training. It’s also blended to help with sleep issues, arthritis symptoms, acute or chronic pain, immunity, and everyday quality of life. Our canine formula is gentle on a dog’s system because it only contains two ingredients, pure CBD oil and coconut oil.
All our natural CBD products are 100% THC-free, contain no heavy metals, chemicals, or pesticides, are third-party tested, and are sourced from U.S. growers and producers. Help your winter sports aches and pains discover relief with Allvane’s full line of CBD tinctures, salves, lotions, and gummies so you can get back to the snowy seasonal fun faster!