-Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the major therapeutic ingredient in hemp flowers.
-CBD exerts its effects through interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
-Studies have shown CBD inhibits the breakdown of the endocannabinoid anandamide (known as “the bliss molecule”) and may interact with or affect other endocannabinoids.
-Due to its varied effects on our bodies, research suggests that CBD may help maintain whole body health in the following ways:
- Potent Antioxidant with Neuroprotective Properties
- Natural Antibiotic Actions
- Stimulant of Neurogenesis or Brain Cell Growth
- Metabolism Enhancement
- Analgesic for Menstrual Pain
- Effects On Bone Healing
- Relieve pain
- Reduce inflammation
- Aid with sleep
- Alleviate stress
CBD Oil Benefits for Longevity and Whole Body Health
CBD, or cannabidiol, the main therapeutic ingredient in hemp flowers, has long been used for its potential to alleviate the symptoms and underlying causes of many health issues. From its actions as an antibiotic capable of exhibiting antibacterial activity against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria like MRSA, to its role in combating inflammation, pain, stress, and sleep, CBD has become known for providing functional support for health and wellness. But can it also play an important role in the lives of people who aren’t suffering from chronic pain or disease?
Can CBD Improve the Health Outcomes of Already Healthy People?
Studies suggest that CBD can play an important role in longevity, helping to prevent and offset natural aging processes, improving metabolism, stimulating the creation of new brain cells, enhancing bone formation, and offsetting the negative effects of unavoidable daily stressors, like feeling sore after exercise or having to work at your desk when you’d rather be hiking.
In addition to improving a variety of overall health metrics, CBD may help your system to rest by decreasing the need for it to use its own finite resources to produce endocannabinoids. It is possible that by working less to produce its own endocannabinoids, your body can use CBD to save its energy and nutrients for other purposes while still achieving wellness effects associated with stimulation of the endocannabinoid system.
CBD Produces Its Benefits by Interacting with The Endocannabinoid System
The human endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short, is the command center of all of your working parts. A brilliant communication network in control of all the body systems (like the nervous system, digestive system, circulatory system, etc.), the endocannabinoid system is king and the rest of your body its subjects.
The ECS responds to both interior and exterior stimuli, including hunger, pain, inflammation, pathogens, cold, heat, fear, arousal, anxiety, danger, anger, happiness, and so much more. Involved in physiological processes such as sleep, memory, stress response, metabolism, mood, appetite, immunity, and pain sensation, endocannabinoid receptors can be found on cells throughout the body. These receptors are activated by endogenous (that is, cannabinoids your body makes naturally) like Anandamide and 2-AG. Hemp made phytocannabinoids like CBD and THC are known as exogenous cannabinoids. They too interact with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors to produce desired effects similar to those of your endocannabinoids.
The endocannabinoid system triggers endocannabinoid synthesis on demand when and where it is needed. Studies examining the effects of cannabidiol appear to suggest that like your body’s endocannabinoids, CBD can also be used where it is needed by your body. Compounds that interact with the endocannabinoid system, like CBD, can, therefore, be a good therapeutic target for normalizing and optimizing endocannabinoid related processes within the body.
Whole Body Benefits
Cannabidiol Is A Potent Antioxidant With Neuroprotective Properties
Evidence suggests that cannabidiol is a potent antioxidant and protects the brain against glutamate neurotoxicity, a series of chemical reactions that leads to cell damage and cell death. Antioxidants are natural substances that protect the body from oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals. They do so by donating an electron.
Oxidation is a chemical reaction that produces free radicals. Free radicals, which are produced by the body’s cells during normal metabolic processes, are both good and bad.
Our immune systems are the major producers of free radicals. In response to a pathogen or other stimuli, immune cells become activated and trigger the production of free radicals to destroy damaged structures. In the process of doing their jobs, these free radicals damage their neighboring healthy cells causing inflammation.
In addition to our immune systems, diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors like pollutants and radiation all contribute to oxidative stress and excess formation of free radicals in the body. Cigarette smoke, pesticides, and ozone can all cause free radical production.
High numbers of free radicals can eventually lead to cell damage and death as well as illnesses and chronic diseases. As a potent antioxidant, CBD may help to neutralize these damage-causing agents.
Even if we are seemingly healthy on the outside, our body is constantly responding to pathogens in the environment. The average person encounters thousands of germs every day. Each time we touch the kitchen sponge, kitchen towel, the dog bowl, dog toys, coffee reservoirs, bathroom faucet, and everything in between, we come into contact with germs. And while most people have strong enough immune systems to fend off the household germs from these everyday offenders, the constant protective activity of our immune systems may be contributing to some wear and tear. Neutralizing free radicals with a potent antioxidant like CBD can be one way to stay younger and healthier for longer.
CBD Acts As A Natural Antibiotic
Cannabinoids like CBD have long been known to contain antibacterial properties. Ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Arabic, Indian, and Greek civilizations documented the use of cannabis as a topical antiseptic for wounds, leprosy, and other skin conditions, as well as its ingestion to treat lung and gastrointestinal infections.
In June of 2019, a group of Australian researchers presented laboratory findings at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Their studies showed CBD had a potency similar to that of common antibiotics like vancomycin or daptomycin against gram-positive bacteria including Streptococcus pneumoniae and MRSA, but not gram-negative bacteria.
In September of 2019, researchers from the United Kingdom (UK) published a study showing how CBD acts against bacteria and increases the effectiveness of antibiotics. Although these studies are in their very early stages, giving your body a hand in fighting off potential threats seems like an overall positive whole-body health impact.
CBD Can Stimulate Neurogenesis
Cannabinoids have clear modulatory roles in neurogenesis, or the formation of new brain cells, and CBD has been shown to stimulate neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the process by which new nerve cells are created and it includes the active production of new neurons, astrocytes, glia, as well as other neural lineage cells. Scientists think that CBD’s positive effects on memory processes are tied in part to its impact on stimulating neurogenesis.
CBD Can Boost Metabolism and Improve Healthy Fat Levels
Metabolism is responsible for delivering nutrients at a cellular level. It includes the chemical reactions in the body’s cells that eliminate waste and turn food into energy as well as the building blocks for proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and some carbohydrates. These functions allow organisms to grow, reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments.
One study examining the effects of CBD concluded that CBD boosts metabolism in three important ways. First, by boosting the activity of mitochondria in cells, CBD increases the body’s ability to burn calories. Second, CBD appears to decrease the availability of proteins that are necessary to create fat cells. Lastly, CBD aids in the browning of fat cells by stimulating genes and proteins to more effectively break down and oxidize fat cells. Whereas white-colored fatty tissue stores energy in the body and is associated with negative health outcomes such as heart disease and diabetes, brown fat burns energy and produces heat thereby helping to increase weight loss.
CBD Can Alleviate Menstrual Pain
If you are one of the 84% of women who experience menstrual pain and discomfort, then CBD oil may be a way for you to achieve natural balance and optimize your monthly flow. The endocannabinoid system is critical to reproductive tract functioning and imbalances in endogenous, or body-made cannabinoids, such as Anandamide and 2-AG have been linked to reproductive complications and diseases. Studies suggest that supplementing your body’s natural endocannabinoids with hemp-based phytocannabinoids like CBD can make a huge difference in the severity of monthly menstrual symptoms such as cramps and mood fluctuations. Check out our period ease blend and whole line of feminine balance hemp products.
CBD Enhances Bone Healing
As we age, we experience bone deterioration. Slowly, but surely our skeletal system becomes less and less apt at building and healing itself. This is why elderly folks experience increased numbers of stress fractures. Our skeletal endocannabinoid system, which controls bone growth and healing, is thus a potential therapeutic target for increasing the quality and longevity of our bones.
According to one 2015 study, administering CBD to rats encouraged bone growth and significantly helped heal bone fractures. Another 2017 study examining the effects of CBD on bone loss in a rat model of spinal cord injury concluded that CBD administration reduces bone loss. As evidence in support of CBD supplementation to improve bone strength continues to emerge, we are likely to see more and more people utilizing its benefits to increase the longevity of their bones and skeletal systems.
Is CBD Right For You?
Cannabidiol has the potential to aid your body in a variety of ways. How your body responds to CBD can be unique and impacted by a variety of external factors including other drug interactions, cannabinoid composition in the strain of hemp oil you are consuming, and the quality and purity of the product you are using.
Ned’s full spectrum hemp oil is a 50/50 blend of the strains Elektra and Suver Haze. Elektra features naturally elevated levels of the phytocannabinoid CBG and a myrcene-dominant terpene profile. Suver Haze is a CBD rich strain featuring the terpenes farnesene and beta-caryophyllene which contribute to its sour apple essence.
All of the hemp flowers that go into Ned’s CBD products are organically grown in Colorado and gently extracted with food-grade ethanol to retain a rich cannabinoid and terpene profile in the end product.