CBD As An Antioxidant

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CBD As An Antioxidant

Certain substances which have the capability of protecting us against free radicals can be referred to as antioxidants. Free radicals have been known to play a significant role in illnesses. When you are exposed to radiation or tobacco smoke, or as your body breaks down food, free radical molecules are produced. Whereas, we don’t usually run into significant amounts of radiation on a daily basis – or we certainly try not to – the digestion of food and exposure to tobacco smoke are far more common. So, you can see where free radicals could be a problem without the  availability of antioxidants.

Though antioxidants are found through numerous sources, one of the latest and greatest sources of them may be from CBD oil.

 Where Can Antioxidants Be Found?

Antioxidants come in many forms including, phytonutrients, phytoestrogens, polyphenols, catechins, flavones, and flavonoids. Plant-based foods are a good source of each of those antioxidants. Though not interchangeable with each other, a different function is served by each antioxidant.

Certain foods are high in antioxidants including the following:

  • Kale
  • Raspberries
  • Artichokes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pecans
  • And, most people love this one, dark chocolate!

Generally speaking, getting your antioxidants through foods such as spices, seeds, nuts, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, etc. is possibly the most convenient way of doing so. In most cases, it can even be considered enjoyable – except for maybe kale.

 Benefits of Antioxidants

The benefits of antioxidants are many. When it comes to natural antioxidants such as carotenoids and polyphenols, they exhibit a wide range of biological effects including the following:

  • Anti-aging
  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory

 Getting Antioxidants through CBD

Can CBD be considered an antioxidant? It is, after all, derived from a plant source.

Recent lab studies are supportive of CBD as a neuroprotective substance and as an antioxidant. Research demonstrated that in neuronal cultures, cannabinoids such as THC and CBD acted as antioxidants, reducing neuron hyperoxide toxicity. As far as protective capacity is concerned, when compared to ascorbate and alpha tocopherol, cannabidiol was superior to both.

 Is CBD Oil Legal?

Still highly contested is the legality of the use of CBD products. Is it legal in your area? The laws and stipulation surrounding cannabis and products derived from it are constantly being debated and are just as constantly changing. Additionally, just to make things more confusing, federal and state regulations can not only differ, but can literally contradict each other.

In some cases, products derived from cannabis can be used medicinally, with a prescription, but not recreationally. Other states, with far looser restrictions, have no problem with the recreational use of cannabis and its byproducts. The only way to be absolutely sure is to check with the authorities in your area. Should you find out that a prescription is needed, consult your physician and discuss it with them. Be advised, however, that not all physicians want to jump on board the cannabis/CBD/THC/etc. wagon just yet.

Currently (and as stated, things are always changing), the use of CBD oil is legal in states such as Nebraska, South Dakota, Idaho, and numerous others.

If you want to know whether you can use CBD oil as an antioxidant, or if you’d like to explore its uses in the treatment of other health issues (and there are many), contact us at CanRelieve today. You too can discover healthier living through the proper use of CBD products.