The creaking and aching of bones is supposed to be a Halloween thing, right? So it’s got no place as we start the new year. But lo and behold, here it is. You’re getting up from your chair, and your knees try to strike up a conversation with you about why that’s a terrible idea — and they are loud.
It’s fine, you know? It’s fine. You’re no stranger to the sound and the discomfort. There is no use complaining about it, other than all the times you actually have complained about it. Better get used to it, anyway.
Except it’s not really okay, is it? Furthermore, it’s rather dangerous to assume it’s okay and let it keep going on like this. So, before you resign yourself completely to a lifetime of thorns wrapped around your bones, let’s take a look-see at what the problem is and how these problems might be helped (here’s a little hint: it’s CBD).
Thanks a Lot, Jack Frost
There’s a reason why we’re talking about winter joint aches and not just generalized joint aches. The science on this is pretty straightforward. When stuff gets cold, whether biological or otherwise, it tends to shrink, condense, or snuggle up with itself. Unfortunately, this affects the human body by making joint pain worse, as the muscles around said joints grip the bones tighter and cause the tendons and ligaments to stretch and pull.
Winter aches and pains can affect people who otherwise don’t experience joint pain. However, for those who do, the pain could potentially become unbearable. So if being reliant on relief is something you’re afraid of, your options should reflect that desire.
It Really Is (Not) Fine, Though
It feels like the thing to do: just shrug it off, dismiss it, try and take it in stride. But, unfortunately, even if you don’t have a predisposition towards dismissing pretty bad things, you might be under the impression that drawing attention to it will just make things worse.
However, it’s more than likely that the real reason that people try and shrug stuff like this off is that, even if there was a way to treat chronic pain, it’s probably unreasonably expensive. Or we have an idea that many of the options to ease the pangs in our joints are addictive pain killers.
This reasoning is valid. It can be prohibitively expensive to get treatment for joint pain even if a chronic condition does not cause it. Medical professionals may tell you that addictive pharmaceuticals are the only choice, and you may not be informed of alternative options. It’s not shocking that many people choose to ignore their aching joints rather than spend too much money on dangerous solutions. However, there is a relatively inexpensive and non-addictive way to treat your joint aches.
CBD is Good for What Aches
In whatever form you choose, CBD is an amazing supplement for the bodily discomforts of any stripe. It is a versatile product that comes in tinctures, softgels, edibles, and more also makes it an appealing choice for those who would rather make it more fun than “just taking medicine.” But what, you ask, does CBD actually do for you and your aching joints?
In a general sense, CBD is believed to have properties that may reduce inflammation, which is very important here because a lot of causes of chronic aches are inflammatory in nature. It can also relax tense muscles, another cause of joint discomfort. But on top of this, it also affects what’s called the nociceptive system, which is a fancy way of saying it numbs discomforts. CBD does this by working with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system to help it perform at optimal levels — a state known as homeostasis.
What is just as important as the effectiveness of CBD in dealing with winter aches is that CBD is not an addictive substance. It is a natural substance derived from the hemp plant, so your body adjusts to it extremely well. There are few side effects to CBD, and all of them are minor in nature and can be alleviated by simply lowering your dosage.
In addition to all of this, CBD is relatively inexpensive. If you do some shopping, you are sure to find a product that fits your budget. But be careful of outrageous claims and those the sell hemp oil that contains very little CBD. Look for respectable retailers who have their products tested through a third-party laboratory.