Seasonal joint pain may sound like an old wives’ tale, but it’s a very real experience for a lot of people. Research is limited, and the studies that have been done on seasonal joint pain are surprisingly contradictory. Still, the fact remains that aching joints can be exacerbated by changes in the weather, even if we don’t necessarily understand why. The good news? A cannabis topical can help soothe those aches and pains, whether they’re caused by wintry weather or barometric pressure changes. Try these tips for a well-rounded treatment plan.
TRY A TOPICAL
A cannabis topical combines the soothing anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis with the benefits of massage. They’re applied to the skin for localized relief, and there is no intoxicating effect. Instead, as a transdermal delivery method, the cannabinoids in cannabis infused topicals bind to CB2 receptors that are found throughout the body. These receptors are activated through the body’s own naturally-occurring endocannabinoids, or by cannabis compounds introduced externally.
KYND’s balm is a prime example. This healing salve is designed to penetrate deep into the skin for effective pain relief. It’s a potent blend of shea, cocoa, and mango butters, essential oils, MCT oil, and premium cannabis oil, with a 2:1 CBD/THC ratio. The balm can be applied wherever you need relief. For best results, spend a few minutes massaging the balm into painful areas.
Next time you stop by a Mynt dispensary, ask your favorite budtender for a topical recommendation specifically for aching joints. We promise, you’ll have a few great options to manage seasonal joint pain, especially when you incorporate the following tips.
Warm layers are the best option when you’re spending time outdoors in cold wintry. Keep aching hands warm with gloves, and wear warm pants and footwear to protect your knees and ankles.
Drinking plenty of water has a number of health benefits, including keeping energy levels high. But interestingly, mild dehydration has been linked to greater pain sensitivity.
Maintaining a healthy body weight and staying active are keys to minimizing joint pain. The more sedentary your lifestyle, the worse your physical function. Try exercising indoors if the weather is too cold, but don’t skip your workouts!
TAKE THAT VITAMIN D
Vitamin D, or the sunshine vitamin, plays a role in muscle and bone pain sensitivity specifically. It’s also associated with healthy bones and a reduced risk of a number of cancers and high blood pressure. It can be challenging to meet the recommended daily dose in colder months. Studies show an optimal dose measures 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily, so consider a supplement.