Humanity has tried to find a cure for aging for millennia, with legends such as the fountain of youth promising a way to reverse the effects of aging. There are two reasons why humanity has pushed to fight aging for so long, one of which is perhaps quite vain in the pursuit of beauty, whereas the other is for immortality.
Current research into anti-aging is expansive but still inconclusive. Aging can be attributed to the steady exposure over time to harmful internal and external stressors like environmental toxins, the sun’s radiation and pathogens like bacteria, fungi and viruses. The exposure to these stressors lead to mutations in our DNA. All this happens on a small scale but over time the results become visible in the form of wrinkles, sun spots, fine lines and a slow decline in our physical and mental health.
Modern research has shown promising leads in aging, linking it to the effects of oxidative stress on cellular health (the proliferation of free radicals) and the shortening of DNA strings, known as telomeres. There are currently no human studies in CBD and the anti-aging process but there is initial evidence to suggest that it can be an effect ingredient in the fight.
Cannabidiol and the Aging Process
The breakthrough evidence that suggests that CBD may assist in fighting the aging process has got the cosmetic industries very interested. There are many anti-aging beauty creams out there that contain CBD, but how effective are they? There are three main areas of aging that CBD could be key in combating aging: free radicals, inflammation and decreased cognitive ability.
Fighting Free Radicals
CBD is a strong antioxidant which means it has the significant ability of fighting free radicals. Free radicals are a natural byproduct expelled by a cell when they create energy. They are unpaired molecules which by nature are unstable and look for another molecule to pair with. Antioxidants pair with them and stabilize them, however without antioxidants free radicals will pair with positive particles from your DNA. This DNA damage ultimately is responsible for cell deterioration and aging.
CBD working as an antioxidant helps stabilize free radicals which prevents them from damaging your DNA structure. CBD has been proven to be more powerful than other antioxidants such as vitamin C and E.
CBD is well known for being an effect anti-inflammatory. Normally this makes it great for pain management but it could also play a part in helping with the aging process. Scientists believe there may be a way to slow the aging process by slowing inflammation. Studies show that CBD reduces the damage caused by inflammation on oxidative stress, which then protects the organs and cell tissue from damage. Couple this with the reduction in inflammation from disease and illness and there are many important avenues that would merit further research.
Protecting Cognitive Function
CBD is well documented in helping with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. There is evidence to suggest that CBD protects against brain cell death. Reduced cognitive function comes with age as a result of brain cell decline. CBD increases the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which is a compound that promotes new brain cell growth and protects against brain cell death. This explains why CBD shows potential for treating neurodegenerative diseases as well as reversing the damage caused by old age.