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Antioxidants: How Does CBD Measure Up?

Colby McCoy
Written by Colby McCoy

The term ‘antioxidant’ has become kitsch amongst the health food community in recent years. As a result, public awareness of antioxidants and their benefits has increased drastically.

These days, most major health-centric products boast their antioxidant content openly, which in turn tends to attract health-minded consumers. At this point, CBD itself has soared into high popularity due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties.

But, what about antioxidant content? Does CBD measure up to the benefits of other antioxidant-rich nutrient sources? Fortunately, we have already begun to see studies appear that answer this exact question.

As an example, one study sought to test the effectiveness of cannabis as a neuroprotectant in lab rats exposed to high levels of glutamate, which leads to overexcitation of nerve receptors in the brain. The study found that cannabidiol (CBD) was highly effective in mediating receptor neurotoxicities. [1] Thus, CBD has the potential to act as an extraordinarily powerful antioxidant—which is an exciting prospect for an industry still in its infancy from a legal standpoint.

Personally, I’m one who doesn’t shy away from including CBD in my daily routine, and knowing that it has antioxidant potential as well is a huge bonus.

Another huge plus is that CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways. If you’re looking for a stress free and healthy launch into a hectic day, simply add your favorite CBD tincture into your morning shake or meal. Consuming CBD through a food medium can be a much more enjoyable experience for those looking to avoid the taste of some tincture products.

Perhaps food isn’t your thing, and you would like something more therapeutic. One great method is to include CBD in your skincare routine. CBD lotions, balms, and oils are excellent for pain relief and are more user friendly in comparison to edible products. Why shouldn’t we take advantage of the benefits of antioxidants when our skin is one of the most delicate parts of our body?

Regardless of your preferred CBD dosage method, one thing remains crystal clear: CBD can wear multiple hats to treat much of what ails us.

References:

  1. Hampson, AJ. et al. “Neuroprotective antioxidants from marijuana.” Ann NY Acad Sci. 899,1 (2006): 274-282. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-6632.2000.tb06193.x

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