CBD, THC, and many other cannabinoids may become our future allies in the war between free radicals & antioxidants. Studies are proving that cannabinoids have neuroprotective and antioxidant properties. Recent research has shown very promising results to support CBD as a potent drug against many severe conditions, and clinical trials are going on.
A lifetime war seems to be hosted by every living creature between “good” antioxidants and “bad” free radicals. For last 20 years, we are seeing this war under full media spotlight. The general public has become concerned consequently about it and have increasing their veggie and fruit intake. We all understood that free radicals can be bad for health and unfortunately, they will win the war anytime.
Out of the cannabinoids identified so far, cannabidiol known as CBD is one of the most exciting, due to its neuroprotective and antioxidant properties. U.S. National Institutes of Health has given a patent that has even acknowledged these potential CBDoobie uses and its therapeutic benefits.
Why is it so important to prove CBD is really an antioxidant?
We know antioxidants are considered as an important constituent of all nutritious diet and they are very essential for maintaining our health and also proper biological function. This antioxidant is considered as a natural substance which inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that produces free radicals that eventually damage cells leading to chronic diseases and illnesses.
Antioxidants can neutralize all these harmful oxidizing agents from our bloodstream and improves health of cells to reduce risk of developing diseases. Our body produces antioxidants naturally, but they are not often sufficient enough for neutralizing all kinds of harmful effects due to oxidative stress. A number of studies have always linked antioxidant-rich diet for reducing risk of diseases like stroke, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.
The National Cancer Institute also recognizes the therapeutic value of antioxidants to prevent the type of damage due to free radical, which have been related to cancer developments. Another study that was published in 1998, in fact was the first to publish antioxidant properties of CBD and CBD was considered as a powerful antioxidant in comparison with vitamins C and vitamin E.
What we mean when we say CBD is neuroprotective?
CBD helps as a neuroprotectant, in reducing damage to our brain and also nervous system and also encourages development and growth of new neurons. Various oxidative stress that is caused by traumatic blows, ischemia or autoimmune and other genetic disorders may cause permanent or even temporary neural damage, however studies have proved that CBD can protect against such damage and also improve recovery. All these findings may suggest that CBD may be therapeutically useful for spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and strokes. The neuroprotective properties of CBD are potentially beneficial to help prevent and limit the progression of neurological disorders, like epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS). More research needed to investigate efficacy of CBD for promoting our cell as well as neuron health, however the evidence suggests so far that CBD may be used for minimizing neural as well as cell damage to encourage healing.