Updated: Apr 24
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, has grown in popularity worldwide for its long list of medicinal benefits. With existing and new research on the way CBD has been shown to provide therapeutic relief for conditions such as Anxiety, Autoimmune Diseases, Depression, Chronic Pain and Epilepsy, to name a few.
Here are 5 ways CBD can be used as a preventative medicine
1. Reduced Risk Of Diabetes
CBD on its own was shown in 2006 to lower the incidence of diabetes in lab rats, and in 2015 an Israeli-American bio-pharmaceutical collective began stage 2 trials related to using CBD to treat diabetes. Research has demonstrated that CBD helps the body convert white fat into weight-reducing brown fat, promoting normal insulin production and sugar metabolism.
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 neuro-degenerative diseases.
3. CBD Helps Maintain Brain Health
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.
CBD's antioxidant properties work to reduce glutamate toxicity. Extra glutamate, which stimulates nerve cells in the brain to fire, causes cells to become over-stimulated, ultimately leading to cell damage or death. Thus, cannabinoids help protect brain cells from damage, keeping the organ healthy and functioning properly. CBD has also been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effects on the brain.
Cannabinoids have been proven to have an anti-inflammatory effect in numerous studies. CBD engages with the endocannabinoid system in many organs throughout the body, helping to reduce inflammation systemically. The therapeutic potential is impressively wide-ranging, as inflammation is involved in a broad spectrum of diseases.
5. Protect Against Bone Disease & Broken Bones
The body goes through a natural cycle in which old bone material is replaced by new at a rate of about 10 percent per year, crucial to maintaining strong, healthy bones over time. CBD in particular has been shown to block an enzyme that destroys bone-building compounds in the body, reducing the risk of age-related bone diseases like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. In both of those diseases, the body is no longer creating new bone and cartilage cells. CBD helps spur the process of new bone-cell formation, which is why it has been found to speed the healing of broken bones.