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Watch our quick video to learn how to naturally decrease pain, relax, improve mood, sleep better, look better, feel better, and age slower by boosting your endocannabinoid system!
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What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system is a system of receptors on cells throughout the brain and body that positively affect “cell signaling.” When functioning optimally, the system signals our cells to manifest health! Because the receptors span across almost all organs, glands, tissues, and cells, improving functionality of this key system can dramatically improve health in multiple ways—especially in the category of healthy aging.
CB1 receptors are found throughout the body. In the brain they impact cellular function and influence neurotransmitters including GABA, dopamine, and serotonin.
CB2 receptors are also found throughout the body, regulate the immune system, and powerfully influence brain and body inflammation.
Stimulating the Endocannabinoid System is a Key to Healthy Aging
Research has shown that the endocannabinoid system affects everything from healthy hormone balance; to a healthy immune system; to bone and muscle strength; to fat and glucose metabolism; as well as the entire metabolism and basil metabolic rate. Even more, by regulating metabolism and “fat-browning” the endocannabinoid system may potentially be the answer to permanent weight loss and fat loss!
If you want to look better, feel better and age slower, supporting and stimulating the endocannabinoid system is a key to healthy aging and longevity. Each of these three natural compounds separately or in combination are currently the shining stars in this category of supporting and improving the endocannabinoid system.
Xanthohumol and Beta-Caryophyllene: The Dynamic Duo of Healthy-Aging, Super-Food Phytonutrients
In a growing body of research, scientists have identified at least three plant-derived compounds or “phytonutrients” that can improve the endocannabinoid system. These compounds have been shown to be extraordinarily beneficial and can improve the overall health of both the brain and body.
Xanthohumol is a potent botanical antioxidant that is 200 times more powerful than resveratrol. It’s a phytonutrient flavonoid that excited researchers because science shows it is a healthy-aging “Nrf2 activator” that positively signals genetic expression, stimulating healthy aging factors in the brain and body.
In addition, research in otherwise healthy individuals has shown this amazing powerhouse can help support our body’s healthy defenses against environmental toxins and even help inhibit DNA damage. Protecting DNA from damage is a significant part of maintaining healthy cellular function and cell division.
Beta-Caryophyllene is a phytonutrient with the unique ability to bind with CB2 receptors. CBD alone interacts mainly with CB1 receptors in the body and does some fantastic things. But adding Beta-Caryophyllene supports the body’s entire endocannabinoid system more completely and robustly. Even more, by supporting CB2 receptors, Beta-Caryophyllene helps support joint function while also providing substantial benefits towards supporting a healthy inflammatory response and reducing oxidation at the cellular level – the two keys to lasting overall health.
Brain & Health Benefits
Naturally stimulating and supporting the endocannabinoid system can lead to an amazing number of brain and body health benefits …
A large survey conducted by the Brightfield Group found that more than 60 percent of CBD users have taken it to relieve anxiety symptoms. Researchers believe that supporting the endocannabinoid system is the key to reducing stress and anxiety and here’s where CBD plays a major role. CBD prolongs the natural life cycle of our own natural endocannabinoids so they can confer more therapeutic benefits. Much like you tone weak biceps by lifting weights and exposing your muscle fibers to extra muscle-making stimulus, CBD boosts the “tone” of your endocannabinoid system by exposing it to an extended dose of cannabinoid activity. This may be the key mechanism whereby CBD helps to protect the brain, buffer stress, reduce anxiety, and fight disease. Also see the section on, “improved mood & increased feelings of pleasure and optimism."
About 70 million U.S adults suffer from chronic sleep problems and research shows the endocannabinoid system (ECS) may be the key to resetting and restoring healthy sleep cycles. The hypothalamus - which plays a significant role in the stress response, memory, mood and the ECS - is a peanut-sized structure buried deep in the brain, enriched with cannabinoid receptors, and governs the circadian rhythm of our sleep-wake cycle. CBD taken right before bedtime has been shown to improve sleep quality and may improve deep sleep and REM sleep helping adults to wake up feeling more rested and refreshed.
Cannabinoids like CBD are shown to be effective for managing pain, muscle soreness after exercise, and even muscle spasms. As such, CBD has been shown to be anti-inflammatory and helps in controlling pain and inflammation. In fact, CBD is utilized and recommended by nutritionally oriented doctors across the country to effectively manage and relieve pain. CBD also leads to enhancement in the release of oxytocin, which increases pain thresholds, exerts an anxiolytic-like (calming) effect, and promotes growth and healing.
CBD has received growing attention due to its anxiolytic (reduces anxiety, calming) and antidepressant (alleviates depression) properties. CBD is considered a promising new agent in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders as it positively interacts with both serotonin and GABA receptors. GABA is known for producing a calming effect and is thought to play a major role in controlling anxiety, stress, and fear. The potential benefits of GABA also include lowering blood pressure, reducing muscle spasms, and improving mood. CBD also leads to enhancement in the release of oxytocin, which can induce anti-stress-like effects such as a reduction in blood pressure and cortisol levels. It promotes positive social interaction and stimulates healing.
Preclinical and clinical studies have shown that CBD can deliver numerous potential therapeutic properties: anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, analgesic, antioxidant, and more. Yet, research has just begun to show that CBD may also help adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Anecdotally, nutritionally oriented doctors have seen and reported CBD’s benefits in this category. That said, the results vary from person to person. Also see the section on, “improved mood & increased feelings of pleasure and optimism” as researchers are finding that impulsivity may directly correlate to lower levels of oxytocin. Thus, boosting oxytocin would lead to less hyperactivity and impulsivity.
CBD is one of the main pharmacologically active phytocannabinoids, is non-psychoactive, and delivers multiple beneficial health-supporting effects, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Most notably, CBD is shown in multiple studies to powerfully protect neurons from oxidative stress. In addition, it belongs to a group of compounds with anxiolytic, antidepressant, antipsychotic, and anticonvulsant properties, among others.
Neurogenesis is the creation of new brain cells in the brain. Science shows neurogenesis is critical for maintenance of memory, brain health, learning new skills, and may even help with anxiety and depression. One thing is for sure, your ability to create new neurons is essential to who you are, what you do, the new skills you can or will learn, and your experience of life itself. Certain factors like CBD stimulate the endocannabinoid system and help protect and even improve neurogenesis.
Preliminary and promising research links CBD to headache and migraine relief. One 2021 literature review reported that CBD and THC had very encouraging short and long term outcomes for individuals suffering with migraines. Studies that examine CBD alone show that CBD can be effective for chronic pain. CBD use has been associated with a decrease in migraine days and impact. Anecdotally, nutritionally oriented doctors have reported benefits observed in practice for years. That said, the results vary from person to person.
The two leading causes of skin aging are oxidative damage to the epidermis and inflammation. CBD is an incredibly effective ingredient in skin care due to it being a wonderful antioxidant, providing anti-inflammatory benefits, and enhancing endocannabinoid tone. CBD may also help to hydrate the skin, while helping to support healthy collagen formation. The skin’s cannabinoid tone constantly affects all compartments of the skin, as endocannabinoids act on various cell types and contribute to their healthy physiological function.
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