The Benefits Of CBD as a Daily Supplement
Intro- CBD as an Essential Part of Your Daily Health Regimen.
As ongoing research about cannabidiol (CBD) progresses, doctors, trainers, fitness experts, and life scientists are all beginning to recognize the critical importance of the human endocannabinoid system and the role it plays in maintaining the optimized state of health scientists refer to as "homeostasis". Scientists now believe that "manipulating the endocannabinoid system" can be the key to curing a plethora of diseases and disorders, and the key to that manipulation method is CBD. Today we'll take a look at how a moderate daily amount of supplemental CBD can benefit any health regimen. By the time we've explained the incredible health-enhancing properties of CBD for both mind and body, you may find yourself asking, "Why am I NOT taking CBD?"
What is CBD?
CBD, the abbreviation for cannabidiol, is one of two known active cannabinoids produced internally within our bodies, and the bodies of all mammals, hence the prefix "endo" meaning "internal". The other is THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, and both of the active cannabinoids are produced by the cannabis species Sativa L cousins marijuana and hemp. While THC from marijuana has some very beneficial therapeutic uses, the majority of all therapeutic characteristics in both plants come from the CBD content. THC's unpredictable psychoactive nature and its high content presence in marijuana rule it out as part of a daily health regimen for many health consumers who want to optimize health without being mentally impaired by an undesired mental high.
Modern Nature CBD Supplements Daily For an Active Healthy Lifestyle
At Modern Nature (MoNa) all of our vegan-friendly CBD products are derived from the hemp plant with less than .03% naturally low THC content in full compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill. Our informed health consumers can rely on MoNa CBD as an essential part of a safe, effective daily health regimen and all in a low dosage. In this article, the CBD experts at MoNa will highlight CBD's many benefits for brain and heart health, its incredible antioxidant power, and the metabolism-boosting properties that CBD as a daily supplement can provide for the optimized state of well-being scientists call "homeostasis".
CBD as a Powerful Antioxidant Supplement
Antioxidants rose to fame in the mid 20th Century as a result of research into the inevitable breakdown at the cellular level as part of the aging process known as "oxidative stress". As a result, many of us are already familiar with the term "free radicals" and the toxic role they play as byproducts of the oxygen metabolism process we all rely on to stay alive and function. The unavoidable result of life as an oxygen breathing organism is oxidative stress, a condition that can cause significant damage to living cells, DNA, and tissues.
Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons. Electrons naturally exist in pairs, so a free radical electron will attract electrons from molecules in healthy cells, leaving those cells with an unpaired electron in a runaway cascade effect. This process is analogous to the same oxidative effect commonly seen as rust on metal. Antioxidants, such as CBD, act as electron donors which pair up with free radical electrons before they can pull electrons from healthy cells.
Though a certain level of free radicals is unavoidable in even the healthiest body, behavioral and environmental conditions can increase oxidative stress. According to this article by William B. Salt MD these factors which increase free radicals include:
- Cigarette smoking is the most powerful free radical generator in the body. It's important to note that just one or two puffs are enough to launch oxidative stress to dangerous levels. There is no minimum "safe" amount of cigarette smoke.
- Fried foods
- Exposure to chemicals such as fluoride
- Charcoal broiled meats
- Environmental pollution, smog
Free radicals increase the risk for many forms of cancer. They also disrupt cell membranes and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke by damaging the interior lining of the blood vessels. The good news is that known vitamins and minerals have antioxidant properties which can keep free radical numbers under control to manage oxidative stress. The even better news is that clinical and preclinical studies (both human and animal) are pointing to CBD as a more powerful antioxidant than even vitamins C and E, two well known and effective free radical fighters.
The US government has been aware of CBD's multifaceted antioxidant actions for some time, even going to the extent of filing US Government #Patent 1999/008769, specifically for the neuroprotectant and antioxidant properties of cannabinoids. The patent describes the CBD and THC cannabinoids "that act as free radical scavengers for use in prophylaxis and treatment of disease."
The patent was filed way back in 1999 by highly respected government researchers: Aidan J. Hampson, Julius Axelrod (1970 Nobel Prize Winner), and Maurizio Grimaldi.Now, nearly two decades later, the general public can finally benefit from the outstanding neuroprotective and antioxidant properties of CBD without breaking the law.
As we'll see, CBD's powerful antioxidant property is just one of many beneficial characteristics, all combining and overlapping to make it essential for optimizing heart and brain health as well as enhancing robust daily fitness by boosting metabolism to achieve balanced appetite and weight control.
CBD Supplements as a Metabolism Booster
When it comes to managing appetite and body weight research has shown that CBD far outclasses THC as the cannabinoid of choice. While marijuana has always been famous for its THC-induced appetite stimulating action, research is showing that CBD has quite the opposite effect. Preclinical research with rats has shown that of 3 cannabinoids tested, CBD minimizes total food consumption.
But CBD's potential for maintaining optimum body weight goes beyond mere appetite moderation. For many struggling with weight issues, a slow metabolism is a more significant contributing factor. In May of 2016, a study published by Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry revealed that CBD, working via the ECS, can play a significant role in preventing and treating obesity by boosting metabolism.
Results of the study concluded:
- CBD stimulates proteins and fat genes, enhancing oxidation and breakdown of fat.
- CBD increases cellular activity by increasing the number of mitochondria in the body's cells to burn more calories.
- CBD decreases proteins involved in lipogenesis, the metabolic process of fat formation. In other words, CBD works to prevent the creation of new fat cells.
CBD and White and Brown Fat
Scientists believe that of the 2 types of fat, white fat cells are to blame for serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Brown fat is the beneficial form which stimulates energy burning, and recent studies agree that CBD can induce "fat browning", by converting harmful white fat to the beneficial brown type. CBD also flushes harmful toxins from the body to boost the fat burning process.
CBD's Anti-anxiety Action Reduces Stress Eating
Eating "comfort foods" is a major contributor to obesity. These foods alleviate symptoms of stress temporarily by producing an infusion of "feel good" endorphins but at the high cost of ingesting unwanted calories and elevated blood sugar levels. CBD's known anti-anxiety properties can reduce symptoms of stress, fatigue, and the restlessness which can trigger binge eating. Supplemental CBD can raise levels of the brain's mood enhancing substance anandamide, elevating mood naturally to relieve anxiety and stress and reduce cravings for "comfort foods".
CBD For Safe Weight Management
Perhaps the most significant advantage of choosing CBD for boosting metabolism for healthy body balance is that it uses the natural regulating processes of the endocannabinoid system to restore body and mind together. Commonly used weight loss drugs can put the user in harm's way, with side effects that can be just as dangerous to both mind and body, even more than the excess weight itself including:
- increased blood pressure
- rapid heartbeat
- drug dependence and abuse
- withdrawal symptoms
In contrast to the hazards and risks of traditional diet pills, CBD's "side effects" are actually beneficial. Many who begin a daily CBD regimen to boost metabolism and achieve their optimal body weight are happily surprised to find that they're also sleeping better, thinking clearly, experiencing reduced levels of stress and anxiety and a host of other benefits.That's because, with CBD, you're not ingesting any foreign substance to treat a single symptom.
CBD works naturally with the ECS to regulate mood, emotion, memory, appetite, pain, inflammation, sleep, motor control, injury recovery, muscle development, and many other vital physiological processes by working with cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body and centered in the important limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain. CBD addresses the underlying causes of symptoms directly through the ECS.
CBD Supplements and Brain Health
Above, we discussed CBD's antioxidant properties which are a major contributor to overall health and optimized homeostasis, that wonderful state where everything is just right. Now it's time to look at CBD's amazing neuroprotective properties, and how cannabidiol from hemp oil has the potential to manage symptoms of brain and nervous system disorders by acting directly on the underlying causes. As we'll see, CBD is often very effective in cases where seizures and other symptoms of brain dysfunction are difficult to treat with traditional medications.
CBD For Symptoms of Epilepsy
CBD has proven itself to be very beneficial for the treatment of two forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut (LGS) syndrome, and Dravet syndrome (DS). 3 independent clinical studies have now concluded that successful treatment of these difficult to treat disorders is accomplished with low 10 mg dosages of CBD in the form of the drug Epidiolex. LGS appears at ages 3-5 years and causes various types of seizures. DS is a rare genetic disorder which appears in the first year involving frequent seizures accompanied by fevers. Both of these forms of epilepsy are very difficult to treat with traditional medications.
Surprisingly, the parents of children with epilepsy who participated in the clinical studies reported that the low 10 mg dose of CBD worked better than the higher 20 mg version to reduce seizures. As is frequently the case with supplemental CBD, a little goes a long way because our bodies are perfectly evolved to make the best use of available CBD through our incredible endocannabinoid systems. Frequently, the ECS needs just a small amount of supplemental CBD to restore homeostasis.
As we'll see CBD's known antiseizure properties combine with its anti-inflammatory and anticonvulsive actions to provide some amazing neuroprotective effects for treating a wide range of brain and nervous system disorders.
CBD's Therapeutic Role in Other Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Thanks to CBD's success at treating childhood epilepsy, CBD's potential is now under intense scientific investigation. Today, ongoing research is showing promising potential to treat not only epilepsy but an extensive list of other neuropsychiatric disorders. According to a 2018 review compiled by the International Journal of Neurosurgery and Neurosciences, the current neurological applications of CBD include adjunctive treatments for:
- neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (A condition of brain dysfunction that occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen or blood flow for a period of time)
- Huntington's Disease
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- neuropathic pain
- malignant brain tumors
- post concussion syndrome
- PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder
- mood disorders
The term "adjunctive treatment" means that CBD is used in addition to other therapies to alleviate these neurological disorders. Supplemental CBD contributes to alleviating the symptoms of these disorders by working directly on the ECS and by influencing the action of the endogenous cannabinoids already present. CBD also involves receptors apart from the ECS, stimulating neurogenesis, the process of growing brain and nerve cells. Neurogenesis enhanced by CBD is essential for recovering from brain injury and stroke.
The combined antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are also believed to be at the heart of its anti-tumor action. Preclinical studies on animals have shown that CBD reduced cell viability, increased cancer cell death, decreased tumor growth, and inhibited metastasis (the spread of cancer throughout the body).
CBD Supplements and Heart Health
CBD Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is the culprit for numerous health disorders including stroke, metabolic conditions, and heart attack. CBD is a natural remedy for high blood pressure. A recent study showed that CBD can reduce resting blood pressure and it also caused a smaller blood pressure rise in participants during stress tests designed specifically to raise the working blood pressure. Not surprisingly, we see CBD's many therapeutic properties combining to enhance cardiovascular health both directly and indirectly. Researchers believe that CBD's anti-anxiety and stress-reducing properties also play a role in the significant decrease in blood pressure.
CBD's Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties Prevent Heart Disease
Inflammation and cell death are both contributing factors to heart disease and CBD's known anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can provide a two-pronged technique to prevent both. Promising CBD research is pointing to the cardiovascular system as yet another therapeutic target.
CBD acts directly on arteries, causing "vasorelaxation" which enhances healthy unrestricted blood flow. CBD also protects against vascular damage caused by high glucose conditions found with type 2 diabetes and inflammatory responses which can cause vascular damage when the body is fighting off diseases or infections. CBD's anti-inflammatory properties are highly beneficial for preventing the debilitating heart muscle damage known as cardiomyopathy. This is a condition where the heart muscle becomes enlarged, thickens, or becomes rigid, triggering irregular heart rhythms, heart valve problems, and even heart failure.
CBD's wide variety of therapeutic properties again comes into play for comprehensive heart health. Cannabidiol's known cortisol-inhibiting action, cherished by athletes and fitness trainers for muscle building and muscle recovery, also contributes to optimal cardiovascular health by strengthening the heart muscle. Cortisol is an anabolic hormone known to cause muscle deterioration, and infusions of cortisol can be triggered by anxiety, stress, and sleep disruptions. Happily, CBD's wide range of therapeutic properties alleviates all of these to promote good heart health and overall muscle fitness as well.
Supplemental CBD From Modern Nature as Part of Your Daily Exercise Regimen
At Modern Nature, our vegan-friendly, low dose CBD products from all natural hemp oil can provide the essential CBD to ensure that your own incredible endocannabinoid system has the CBD it needs to maintain your mind and body at the optimized state of homeostasis. You can find out for yourself how a little CBD goes a long way toward enhancing your active healthy lifestyle by making Modern Nature CBD part of your daily exercise regimen. We're sure that by now you really are asking yourself "Why am I not taking CBD?", but if you do have any questions about the MoNa line of all natural, doctor-endorsed CBD, please don't hesitate to contact us.