CBD has been found to be a great antioxidant. But what exactly does an antioxidant do?
Our bodies are under constant attack from oxidative stress, as oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons.
Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms - called free radicals - scavenge the body to seek out electrons to pair with, and in so doing cause damage to our cells, proteins and DNA.
Free radicals are associated with disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and many others. In skin, they are associated with visible signs of ageing.
Antioxidants give out electrons to the lonely electrons in free radicals, creating a pair that then stabilises the molecule and prevents the degrading of our cells that is caused by stolen electrons.
We are able to produce our own antioxidants up to a certain level, but not enough to neutralise all of the harmful effects of external factors like pollution, junk food, smoke, and many more.
That’s why it is vital that we get antioxidants from other sources like fruits, vegetables… and CBD.
A study way back in 1998 found that cannabis compounds CBD and THC prevented oxidative damage just as well as, or better than, other antioxidants.
A daily dose of CBD can help your body to balance free radicals - preventing damage to your cells, and potentially even disease.