How CBD Helps Our Health as We Age

Americans increasingly are turning to CBD to treat a range of medical conditions with joint and muscle pain, anxiety and depression cited as the top three. Research also indicates that CBD can play a role helping to prevent conditions that commonly occur as we age.

Heart disease: CBD has anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties that may be able to reduce high blood pressure, a heart disease risk factor. CBD also be able to reduce stroke. A 2017 study in which healthy human volunteers were subjected to stress and received CBD found that the cannabinoid lowered their blood pressure.[1]

Diabetes and Obesity: CBD has been shown to lower the incidence of diabetes in non-obese animal subjects.[2] Research on obesity suggests that CBD may be a potentially promising therapeutic agent by turning white fat to brown fat.

White, visceral fat accumulates in obesity and needs to be reduced to improve health. When brown fat, which gets its color from iron-rich mitochondria (Located in the cell’s cytoplasm, mitochondria are responsible for energy production that powers cell biochemical reactions.) calories in the form of white fat are burned for energy. CBD was found to increase the expression of multiple genes that are involved in the browning of fat.[3]

Brain Health: Cannabinoids help maintain and regulate brain health by removing damaged cells and improving the efficiency of mitochondria.[4] Research indicates cannabinoid signaling possibly decreases in ageing. Elevating cannabinoid receptor activity either by pharmacological blockade of the degradation of cannabinoids or by receptor agonists (An agonist binds to a receptor and produces a biological response in the cell.) could be a promising strategy to slow down the progression of brain ageing and alleviate the symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders.[5]

Bone Disease: CBD 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. CBD helps spur the process of new bone-cell formation.[6]

Protects and Heals Skin: As we age, changes occur to our skin. Here’s how CBD can help. [7]

  • Fights dryness: CBD is a powerful humectant, which means it draws moisture from the environment and delivers it to the skin. CBD also binds with CB receptors in the skin to regulate oil levels to help skin glow.
  • Boosts collagen levels: CBD is a powerful antioxidant, which helps halt the aging process by reducing free-radicals that speed up the breakdown of collagen to keep skin looking more youthful, firm and strong.
  • Controls inflammation: Research on animal models suggests a connection between CBD oil and the reduction in inflammation. CBD could interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to reduce the sensitivity of a trigger that could cause skin inflammation.
  • Reduces signs of aging: CBD is rich in antioxidants which helps with aging problems such as wrinkles, dark circles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.

While CBD can’t turn back time, research indicates it can help fight some of the conditions associated with aging.

 

[1] “CBD for Heart Disease: Benefits, Side Effects, and Treatment,” healthline, accessed December 12, 2020. https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-for-heart-disease
[2] Weiss L, Zeira M, Reich S, Har-Noy M, Mechoulam R, Slavin S, Gallily R. Cannabidiol lowers incidence of diabetes in non-obese diabetic mice. Autoimmunity. 2006 Mar;39(2):143-51. doi: 10.1080/08916930500356674. PMID: 16698671.
[3] Lagano, Laura, “How CBD Can Potentially Combat Obesity,” Fresh Toast, February 3, 2020. https://thefreshtoast.com/cannabis/the-connection-between-obesity-and-cbd/
[4] Leinow, Leonard and Birnbaum, Juliana, “The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Everything You Need to Know About the Miraculous Benefits of Cannabidiol,” Conscious Lifestyle, Accessed September 27, 2021. https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/cbd-health-benefits/
[5]Bilkei-Gorzo A. The endocannabinoid system in normal and pathological brain ageing. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2012;367(1607):3326-3341. doi:10.1098/rstb.2011.0388 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3481530/
[6]Leinow, Leonard and Birnbaum, Juliana, “The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Everything You Need to Know About the Miraculous Benefits of Cannabidiol
[7] “7 Amazing Anti-Aging Benefits of CBD,” CBD World Online, April 9, 2020. https://www.cbd-world-online.com/anti-aging-benefits-of-cbd/