Is CBD a Superfood?
Cannabis has been around forever but ever-growing research suggests that CBD may be the hottest new superfood on the scene.
Cannabidiol oil (CBD) has a reputation for several health-promoting properties but is it a superfood? We think so, and so do a growing number of health professionals.
What is CBD oil and does it count as a superfood?
CBD (cannabidiol) oil and hemp oil come from different parts of the cannabis plant. CBD oil uses the whole plant, while hemp oil comes from its seeds. CBD oil derives from various parts of the mature hemp plant but primarily from the flowers. The result is a superfood rich oil with a high CBD content.
Using CBD oil as an antioxidant
There are many environmental factors such as exposure to pollutants and UV rays, smoking and some medications may cause excessive production of extremely reactive molecules known as free radicals within the body. Free radicals can cause damage to our healthy cells, as well as impairing those cells’ ability to function normally.
Free radicals are oxygenated molecules with an uneven number of electrons. Because of the uneven number of electrons, these molecules react readily with other molecules in the body.
Oxidative stress occurs when the body has too many free radicals and produces an insufficient number of antioxidants. The rise in the prevalence of oxidative stress has been linked to increasing environmental toxicity.
Researchers believe oxidative stress is a factor in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS and multiple sclerosis. Oxidative stress could also speed up the aging process by changing the body’s cell structures.
Using CBD oil as an anti-inflammatory
Within our bodies, Inflammation is a normal cell function. Inflammation serves the body by protecting it from infections and parasites. Once an infection or parasite is detected, the body’s defences isolate that area. In response, the body sends immune cells and often results in redness and swelling.
When inflammation occurs too often, it becomes chronic. Chronic inflammation can begin to damage healthy cells and tissue because of the increased production of free radicals, leading to oxidative stress.
Autoimmune disorders can be caused by chronic inflammation. It may also be a factor in diseases such as asthma, cancer and diabetes. Chronic inflammation may result in a notable degree of pain, anxiety, and sometimes depression.
CBD oil binds to the body’s TRPV1 receptors that mediate pain, sensory perception, inflammation and body temperature. CBD binds to those receptors, pacifying them. CBD oil also reduces inflammatory pain by interacting with the glycine receptor, which transmits pain signals via the spinal cord to the brain.
Studies show that CBD oil could also significantly reduce inflammation following potent chemotherapy treatment within cancer patients.
Is CBD oil a superfood?
While research into the powerful benefits of CBD is still in the early stages, there is strong evidence that CBD oil could be a superfood.
In two studies, results show CBD oil has antioxidant and neuroprotective qualities that help reduce the neurological damage of free radicals. In addition, the American Cancer Society has found that, in animals, it can slow the growth and spread of some cancers because it fights oxidative stress and inflammation effectively.
A review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, notably found CBD to help in preventing the spread of cancer precisely because of its tendency to suppress cancer cells’ growth, as well as promoting the cells’ destruction.
Research has suggested that smaller doses of CBD oil 3 – 4 times daily is more beneficial than a single, large dose. You should always do thorough research when looking to purchase CBD Oil to ensure you are getting a high quality product. Our oil is cold pressed, organically certified and we have independent lab tests performed to ensure the quality and integrity of all our oil.
As with all supplements, consult a medial practitioner before beginning any alternative course of therapy.
After evaluating years of cannabis research, the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering found that “in adults with chronic pain, patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.” The NASME qualified its conclusions, saying they are based on what is known about THC or THC plus cannabidiol.
While the science is still in the early stages, CBD users attest to its effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory for joint pain. Early research and user testimonials also indicate that it shows promise for its antioxidant properties — both desirable qualities found in many superfoods.
As always, if you have any questions in relation to any of our products please do reach out, we are always happy to help.