Dynamic duo: CBD and vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is a thing. Really. In fact, the International Journal of Health Sciences calls it an ignored epidemic. How did that happen you ask? Well, we first need to look at the most efficient way your body gets vitamin D. Sunlight. Yep, you stand in the sun and your body makes vitamin D from the sun’s rays. Going outside for as few as 10 minutes in the midday sun—in shorts and a tank top with no sunscreen—will give you enough radiation to produce about 10,000 international units of the vitamin.

The problem is that we’ve all gotten so freaked out about being in the sun, many people avoid it or slather on sunscreen even if they go out in the sun for 10 minutes. But, using sunscreen blocks your ability to absorb the sunlight and manufacture vitamin D.

So, what’s the big deal about vitamin D? Glad you asked. Vitamin D is important for many reasons. It regulates the functions of more than 200 genes and is essential for growth and development. In fact, according to an article in US News, it “may protect against a host of diseases, including osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon. What's more, sunlight has other hidden benefits—like protecting against depression, insomnia and an overactive immune system.”

Vitamin D options

Other ways to get vitamin D is through diet and supplements. You can find a host of benefits, foods and just plain good advice about vitamin D in this article.

A really good source of vitamin D is CBD. If you ingest full-spectrum CBD oil, you also get vitamin E plus other essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, fiber, protein, chlorophyll, flavonoids, and terpenes, as well as potent antioxidants. Also, CBD helps absorb calcium. Here’s the best part, no side effects.

Another point of interest is that CBD has a natural sunscreen of 6. Use CBD-infused topicals and stand in the sun for 10 minutes without fear. Because CBD doesn’t block the sun’s rays, you’ll reap the benefits and produce your own vitamin D.

So now that you have abundant information about the importance of vitamin D, and that CBD is an excellent source of the vitamin (and then some), what are you waiting for? You owe it to yourself to have your doctor check your vitamin D levels. Then find a full-spectrum CBD oil to supplement your diet and use topicals for some protection.