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Pushing Through the Winter Blues with CBD

by Kelsy Chauvin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday February 24, 2021

Pushing Through the Winter Blues with CBD
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With winter chills may come winter blues. Even if you're not one of the estimated 10 million Americans suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), bouts of depression, insomnia, irritability, weight fluctuations and other symptoms may take their toll on your wellbeing.

Thankfully, there is good news from the cannabis world. CBD (cannabidiol), one of the hemp plant's abundant cannabinoid molecules, works with the body's endocannabinoid system to help our nervous, digestive, endocrine, circulatory and other systems. The result can be more balanced physical, mental, and emotional states that allow our brains and bodies to feel better all over.

With the help of EVO3 Oils, SAD sufferers can rely on concentrates that deliver CBD in ratios proven for better absorption. The EVO3 brand stands apart from other CBD manufacturers for its custom terpene blend, which restores original hemp terpenes lost during the CBD-extraction process.

Why does it matter? Terpenes help CBD cross the blood barrier, increasing absorption so that our endocannabinoid system can get the full benefits and process them more efficiently. It's a natural boost delivered through just a few drops of oil daily and can be enhanced with EVO3's CBD topical rubs and sprays.

Uplifting Solutions
Hibernation is natural for bears, and a less-lengthy version can be helpful for humans, too. But in winter, sleep may be lost due to changing daylight hours and SAD symptoms. EVO3 tinctures can help steady your sleep habits by reducing anxiety, lowering cortisol (the stress hormone), and boosting melatonin production.

With better sleep, we tend to feel better all around. Beyond its sleep benefits, CBD also can lift your mood even during winter's shorter days, the same way it does at night — by balancing hormones. Taking just a few drops of CBD oil each day can help the brain's serotonin response and alleviate angst, depression and other stressors.

Nurturing Relaxation
Whether it's winter doldrums, COVID-19, or life's other anxieties, relaxation is usually something we must seek out and foster. One of CBD's natural benefits is helping reduce stress, which is partly why cannabis "has been cultivated and used for its medicinal and industrial benefits dating back to ancient treat a plethora of ailments," notes one 2019 medical study.

Coupled with practices like yoga and meditation, CBD can promote a deeper calm in body and mind. Together with CBD, these wellness actions can help relieve chronic pain, diminish paranoia and increase flexibility.

While some consumers may incorporate psychoactive, THC-dominant cannabis (tetrahydrocannabinol) for body-mind-spirit practices, many favor CBD for its non-psychoactive profile. Though trace amounts of THC (.3% or less) naturally occur and are legal in hemp-derived CBD products, EVO3 offers both full-spectrum oils and broad-spectrum oils (THC-free).

Soothing Remedies
The COVID pandemic continues to preoccupy us, but we're still subject to winter's familiar old cold and flu season. Those ailments are lessened by CBD's anti-inflammatory effect, helping to diminish pain and heal sore muscles.

Because CBD works with the endocannabinoid system, it can also support the immune and central nervous systems. Medical research is still unfolding on this topic, but some studies show that CBD helps to regulate white-blood-cell production and help your body's overall health function.

CBD is proving its analgesic (painkilling) properties, too, with particular benefits for skincare. In winter, EVO3 topicals like muscle rub, roll-on, and spray can help relieve dry skin. Plus, adding CBD oil to lotions may also help soothe acne, psoriasis and other breakouts.

Relief from winter may be challenging, but CBD can support your mood and physical health. Doses of two to three drops of CBD, taken two or three times a day, can help your body reach homeostasis. It's all part of the physiological equilibrium that keeps us feeling better all year long.

Kelsy Chauvin is a writer, photographer and marketing consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in travel, feature journalism, art, theater, architecture, construction and LGBTQ interests. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @kelsycc.


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