Cannabidiols popularity has grown worldwide for its long list of medicinal benefits but when you hear about CBD much of the focus is placed on more serious health conditions that it aids in, such as:
Cancer, Epilepsy, Chronic Pain, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer/Dementia, Parkinson’s and Muscle Spasms.
The above list is a few of the life altering conditions CBD can provide therapeutic relief for but CBD shouldn’t only be taken when we are battling these conditions but rather incorporated into our daily lives to obtain and sustain a healthy life style. Multivitamins and health supplements are a great alternative when your body isn't getting enough of the nutrients that it needs from our food sources, well then, CBD should also be taken as a health supplement by anyone because Cannabidiol packs a huge punch of antioxidants and is also neuroprotective.
CBD AS AN ANTIOXIDANT
One of the key factors to good health is how our body manages oxidative stress, which is a natural process that occurs at the cellular level. When energy is created in the cell, waste products called free radicals (unpaired electrons) are produced. Free radicals are also a result from stress and environmental toxins such as pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, medication and ingested toxins like fluoride.
Free radicals are unpaired electrons but electrons like to be paired with other electrons, in the case that doesn’t occur, they get “lonely” and will pull a partner off neighboring molecules, resulting in more lonely electrons and therefore causing more stealing from neighboring cells. The body’s natural response to this is to use antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals, disabling them from doing damage to the DNA in our cells. When an overload of free radicals cannot gradually be destroyed, their accumulation in the body generates a phenomenon called oxidative stress. This process plays a major part in the development of chronic and degenerative illness such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, aging, cataracts, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.
CBD AS A NEUROPROTECTIVE AGENT
Cannabidiol is neuroprotective, meaning that it helps maintain and regulate brain health by helping reduce damage to the brain and nervous system, while it also promotes growth and the development of new neurons. Oxidative stress caused by environmental hazards, traumatic injury or autoimmune and genetic disorders can cause temporary or permanent damage to the brain but studies have shown that CBD can aid in protecting the brain and creating new cells and pathways .