• Karen Watts Nauman

CBD & Aging Brains

I can remember something that happened 30 years ago but can’t remember why I walked into a room! It’s called the Doorway Effect and happens more as we age.

As we age, the processing speed of our brain slows down and it becomes harder to learn new things or do several things at once. This is normal but what is scary are the neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s that occur with age.

In recent studies, CBD has been shown to reduce or remove the impact of inflammation, oxygen buildup and brain cell decline. Inflammation increases the negative impact of these diseases.

A 2017 study done at California’s Salk Institute, found that CBD can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s.

Memory loss and other brain deterioration leads to increased oxygen in the brain. CBD is an antioxidant, which reduces the problems associated with oxygen stress. It acts as a brain stimulant and neuroprotectant because of its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Keeping stress down is an ongoing struggle for many seniors ESPECIALLY during pandemics. CBD is thought to ease anxiety by helping the body process serotonin, a hormone and neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating emotions.

In our endocannabinoid system, CBD acts similar to anandamide, the body’s natural antidepressant. When you feel blissful and happy after a workout, that is the anandamide. CBD is believed to achieve a similar effect helping to reduce anxiety and depression.

Next up, CBD & Aging Skin

Karen Watts Nauman

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