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CBD for neurodegenerative diseases

Although warm and sunny days are lulling us into a light-hearted mood, today’s post will focus on a more serious topic - namely, the use of the CBD cannabinoid for neurodegenerative diseases. This topic has been researched, talked and written about for several years now and scientists agree that CBD has neuroprotective effects. This is due to at least three important features of CBD. If you’d like to know which ones, keep reading!

Neurodegenerative diseases in a nutshell

Neurodegenerative diseases are all conditions that primarily affect neurons in the brain. The most common are Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, neither of which is curable as of yet, so the treatment is symptomatic. However, there’s more and more research (some of it very promising) every year, and scientists are convinced that we are on the verge of many breakthroughs in understanding and treating neurodegenerative diseases.

CBD is a popular alternative support for coping with neurodegenerative diseases.

Why is CBD cannabinoid also a popular choice for relieving symptoms and problems associated with neurodegenerative diseases? First and foremost, it is worth mentioning the completely natural origin and the absence of (serious) side-effects of CBD use. Another important factor is the high availability of products on the market and the growing body of scientific research demonstrating the many positive effects of CBD - including when it comes to combating neurodegenerative diseases. The three most important ones are described below.

CBD reduces oxidative stress in the body and brain

Antioxidants are substances that protect our cells from free radicals and oxidative stress. Free radicals are responsible for unwanted chemical reactions and cell damage in the body, which accelerates ageing and can lead to various diseases, including neurodegenerative ones. Research shows that CBD, like other antioxidants, breaks the chain reactions of free radicals, scavenges them or converts them into less active forms. For more information on the effects of CBD cannabioid on oxidative stress and inflammatory processes, you can check out this 2020 study.

Reduces sleeplessness and stress

Stress and sleeplessness are both conditions that contribute to oxidative stress in the brain and prevent the body from recharging its batteries and rebuilding its cells. This is even more vital in the case of neurodegenerative diseases, since the body needs as much restorative rest as possible. In addition, sleeplessness is one of the major symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that has a significant impact on the patients’ quality of life. CBD drops naturally reduce sleeplessness and improve sleep quality.

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CBD reduces inflammatory processes - in the brain, too

Evidence suggests that chronic inflammation in the brain is a major contributor to the development of two of the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. CBD cannabinoid has a remarkable ability to regulate the immune system and, consequently, to regulate inflammatory processes in the human body. In fact, immune system malfunctions are often the main culprits (in addition to lifestyle and some external factors) for chronic inflammation in the body. CBD binds to CB2 receptors in the body, which are linked to the immune system, and thus acts on the latter directly, inhibiting its overactivity and inflammatory processes in the body. The positive impact of CBD cannabinoid on chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases is also demonstrated by a 2014 study conducted in the Netherlands.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7023045/

https://dailycbd.com/en/best-cbd/neurodegeneration/