Aging is an experience that affects us all, those of us who have already aged, middle-aged people who are starting to experience wrinkles of the skin, even those of us who are caretakers of aged community or family members. From the moment we are born, we are all growing older.
In addition, our society is currently undertaking a magnificent population boom. More than ever, we must discover therapies that enable our bodies, brains, families, and communities to age healthfully and peacefully. Finding affordable, accessible, and effective treatments, can be taxing, not only monetarily but physically and emotionally. Cannabidiol know as CBD could potentially be a miracle cure for aging conditions, but for now, we have a lot to learn. CBD is a completely natural product that was discovered by researchers looking to understand how cannabis interacts with the human body.
They discovered the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids. Studies beyond that have illuminated the vast medical potential for the compound CBD, and we are learning more about uses nearly every day. CBD shows a definitive lack of any psychotropic effects according to the U.S. Library Of Medicine and is really changing the way people view medical cannabis.
CBD simply won’t get you high, unlike THC, the hallmark compound associated with cannabis consumption and changes in cognitive behavior. CBD interacts with nearly every organ in the body through endocannabinoid receptors, every layer of the epidermis has nerves that respond to cannabinoids, the cardiovascular system, and even the brain. CBD is considered to be an extensive homeostatic regulator that aids our metabolisms to stay in homeostasis.
It has numerous healing properties that are showing promise for applications in modern therapy. It’s an antioxidant and has been found to have anti-cancer effects as well. CBD really is one of the most promising plant medicines available to us now and is showing immense potential to treat a number of debilitating diseases associated with aging, both of the body, and of the brain.
CBD has some useful properties for aging skin conditions. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and can potentially help reduce itching or psoriasis. It plays a role in the behavior of sebocytes, the cells in our skin that produce a lubricating natural oil known as sebum. Upregulated sebum production can result in conditions like acne vulgaris, in cases where sebum production is too low, conditions like psoriasis and eczema might occur.
CBD works to regulate these conditions by regulating the amount of sebum production. It is thought to inhibit sebum production in sebocytes, through a rather complex series of metabolic pathways. Ion receptors, signaling devices, adenosine receptors, the rabbit hole goes even deeper. Simply put, we are preliminarily understanding how cannabinoids and skin conditions are connected.
CBD is being researched for its role in decreasing sebum production, but we still have much to learn about the complex roles it has with every layer of the epidermis. Research is starting to center around other potential treatments associated with down-regulated sebum skin issues, like pruritus, allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and even melanoma (2).
CBD might even be used for helping reduce wrinkles. The free-radical theory of aging supposes that our bodies and cells age due to oxidative stress, free radicals are released within our bodies and agonize cellular behavior over time. The theory remains to be fully proven, but many are expressing testimonials about the anti-aging effects of CBD, answers might soon follow with scientific evidence supporting it as being anti-aging, through its antioxidant properties.
Apoptosis is the programmed death of cells, it is a natural process involved with healthy growth and development, from the conception to old age. Apoptosis is the process that separates fingers from each other in the developing hand of a fetus, it also plays a role in the passing of damaged cells.
Cancer, in part, is able to proliferate and grow due through inhibiting apoptosis. When cellular DNA is damaged beyond repair, faulty cells may not go through apoptosis. It might be able to be used to initiate pathological apoptosis, If this is true, then CBD is almost certainly anticarcinogenic when you really look at all its benefits.
CBD could help with hypertension and other diseases of the heart and coronary systems. Anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid, increases pulmonary pressure and could be regulated using it. By regulating anandamide, CBD may effectively help widen blood vessels (4). It seems to promote overall plasticity of cellular function, as well as contribute to cellular plasticity in relation to a constantly changing environment.
Now, more than ever, we live in a polluted environment, if CBD is indeed a medical miracle, and can help us deal with toxic stress, then it is time to really learn whether it is, or is not, all that it’s being touted to be.
CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) cannabinoids are capable of getting through a barrier known as the “blood brain barrier”. This is a type of membrane that allows certain substances to pass through it allowing for blood to separate from cerebrospinal fluid. In layman’s terms this barrier allows for good things (nutrients) to get in and keeps bad things (bacteria) out.
This means the cannabinoids are especially useful in treating diseases of the brain, as they can potentially gain access to damaged areas, or areas of the brain in trouble, and provide assistance. When you consider that cannabinoids are being found to have neuroprotective properties the potential benefits are interesting to say the least. Some studies have found cannabinoids (THC/CBD) capable of slowing the degenerative process of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Alzheimer’s often results in a debilitating and emotionally damaging loss of memory, as well as associated cognitive functions. An Australian study on the effects of CBD on transgenic mice using Alzheimer’s models showed, it to be a neural antioxidant. Researchers findings were hopeful for Alzheimer’s treatments using CBD based therapies. The hallmark research showed that CBD might be especially useful for memory retention with their preliminary findings.
Neurological process become inhibited, in part, by the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques on the central nervous system, as well as the peripheral arteries, and even the brain.
CBD, interacts primarily with the CB2 receptor of the endocannabinoid system, processes originating at the CB2 are generally anti-atherogenic, meaning, the CB2 could help break down these damaging plaques and might be used as a preventative treatment.
Research speculating the applications of CBD for treating bodily illnesses and malfunction is growing, as is our understanding of the underlying mechanisms. There are many natural remedies touted for their anti-aging properties, some more promising than others. It can be found in a variety of products available nowadays, traditional uses like tinctures and balms, to high-tech delivery mechanisms, like pills and inhalers.
CBD, is getting a lot of attention from cannabis culture, but it’s appeal and medicinal applications are quickly becoming more apparent to many other walks of life. Pharmaceutical companies are now developing synthetic cannabinoids for use in treating many diseases. Dronabinol is a synthetic cannabinoid that imitates THC. It is used for treating HIV/Aids patients, anorexia to stimulate appetite, and even cancer patients to ease the difficulties of going through chemotherapy.
In the near future, we might be seeing synthetic cannabinoids coming from pharmaceutical companies a lot more often. Some recreational novel products that use cannabinoids have shown to have some pretty nasty side effects though, spice is one of these you might have heard of. These designer drugs, are not nearly as well studied as they should be. Marijuana and its counterparts CBD and THC are much safer when compared and contrasted to these dangerously understudied synthetic compounds.
Designer drugs containing synthetic cannabinoids might be dangerous, but using natural cannabinoids from the cannabis plant has shown to be very safe, and there is a lot more research backing its efficacy and safety. Instead of subscribing to a culture that caters to pharmaceutical giants’ profits, let’s keep the enjoyment of cannabis in the hands of the people, allow them to grow it affordably, and to use it for all its medicinal potential.
Increasing awareness of CBD and its potential benefits via the endocannabinoid system will lead to further research of the endocannabinoid pathways which are said to provide the potential benefits of cannabis based cannabinoids. It is considered a more safe and natural product of the cannabis plant that has been used for hundreds of years medicinally.
Historical uses for cannabis include; rheumatism, potentially beneficial for arthritis or epilepsy, demulcent for the relief of inflammation and irritation, a diuretic, an emollient, a skin supplement, mood enhancer, hair-tonic and alopecia, cannabis was even used as a central nervous system stimulant speeding up metabolism.
Given the rich historical background supporting the mounting scientific evidence supporting the use of CBD for anti-aging, we really ought to keep it at the forefront of the conversion surrounding cannabis legalization.