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Summertime CBD Use & Body Hydration: What Should I Know?


Pet owners and their furry friend enjoying the summer.
Summertime activities with people and dogs on the water

As summer approaches, many of us turn to CBD (cannabidiol) for its potential benefits in promoting recovery and rest. However, it's important to remember that CBD can have an impact on our and our pets body's water balance.


CBD's Potential Effects on Hydration:


Recent research suggests that CBD may have an impact on the body's hydration levels. As CBD interacts with the ECS, it can influence various bodily processes, including our water balance. A stronger and more active ECS, which can result from CBD use, may lead to increased water usage within our bodies.


Staying hydrated is crucial for overall well-being, especially during the summer when the heat and physical activity can cause increased water loss through sweat. Proper hydration supports healthy bodily functions, including temperature regulation, digestion, nutrient absorption, and circulation. It can also help with muscle recovery and to promote restful sleep.


Hydration Tips for CBD Use:

  1. Drink Plenty of Water: Make it a habit to drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day, especially when using CBD. Aim for at least eight glasses of water daily, or more if you're physically active or spending time outdoors.

  2. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to your body's signals and drink water when you feel thirsty. Thirst is a sign that your body needs hydration, so don't ignore it.

  3. Maintain a Balanced Diet: Consuming water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables can contribute to your overall hydration levels. Incorporate hydrating foods into your meals, such as watermelon, cucumber, and citrus fruits.

  4. Avoid Excessive Caffeine and Alcohol: Beverages containing caffeine and alcohol can have diuretic effects, increasing water loss in the body. Limit their consumption, especially with the combined use of any CBD, and balance them with water intake.

As you enjoy CBD during the summer months, remember the importance of staying hydrated to support optimal functioning of your endocannabinoid system. Drinking enough water can help counteract the potential increase in water usage associated with a stronger ECS. Stay mindful of your body's hydration needs, especially in hot weather or during physical activities. By maintaining proper hydration, you can maximize the benefits of CBD for recovery and rest, making your summer experience even more enjoyable.

Sources:

  • Babson, K. A., Sottile, J., & Morabito, D. (2017). Cannabis, cannabinoids, and sleep: A review of the literature. Current Psychiatry Reports, 19(4), 23. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-017-0775-9

  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2017). The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research. The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/24625

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