Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is popular as ever. Thousands of users are emerging from the woodworks, singing its praises for impacting their daily life.

And it doesn’t stop there: more and more research is emerging, confirming the buzz surrounding CBD.

As if you needed more reason to try CBD oil, right?

These nine CBD hemp oil benefits will make you consider adding this new-age botanical to your morning routine.

How Does CBD-Rich Hemp Extract Work?

CBD-rich, full spectrum hemp extracts are extracts of the non-psychoactive industrial hemp plant. While CBD is the main cannabinoid in hemp, full-spectrum hemp extracts contain the full spectrum of active cannabinoids (CBG, CBN, CBC), terpenes, antioxidants, sterols, and more. These cannabinoids bind to receptors within a system called the endocannabinoid system, causing chains of events that lead to their well-documented benefits. Together, hemp compounds work together for a beneficial, synergistic effect.

There are two kinds of receptors in the endocannabinoid system: CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are mainly located in the nervous system and impact mood, brain function, and sensory pain. CB2 receptors are concentrated in the immune system and their activation regulates inflammatory processes.

Interestingly, CBD, unlike other cannabinoids, has a low affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors. New research suggests that CBD works instead by upregulating one of the body’s natural cannabinoids, anandamide (1).

9 Reasons You Need CBD Oil in Your Morning Routine*

        1. Start Your Day Off Stress-Free

Living stress-free is a pillar of health. While we can accomplish this using mental techniques like meditation, journalling, and mindfulness, dietary changes and supplements are also a great tool.

CBD-rich hemp extracts contain cannabinoids that can modulate neurotransmitter function to relieve stress.

There are various animal models of stress that have demonstrated CBD’s ability to relieve stress. Researchers have observed a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure and reduction in chronic stress-related anxiety (2). They attribute these effects to the activation of CB1 and serotonin receptors by CBD.

       2. Natural Pain Relief

There are two ways CBD-rich hemp extracts provide pain relief. Activation of CB1 receptors results in a reduced perception of pain through changes in the nervous system (3). Acting synergistically, activated CB2 receptors downregulate the production of and trigger cell death for inflammatory proteins (4).

Other compounds, found only in full-spectrum hemp extracts, also enhance the pain-relieving benefits of CBD-rich hemp oil. Cannflavin A, an antioxidant flavonol unique to hemp, decreases the production of the inflammatory protein PGE-2 thirty times better than aspirin. Β-sitosterol, a hemp sterol, powerfully decreases inflammation. These are in addition to various terpenes that also possess pain-relieving properties.

When combined, full-spectrum hemp extracts are a great alternative to other forms of pain-relief.

 

       3. Reduce Inflammation

As new research emerges, the body of literature is pointing towards chronic inflammation as the culprit behind disease (5).

Some of the classic anti-inflammatory drugs work by inhibiting two enzymes: COX1 and COX2. These enzymes turn omega-6 fatty acids into powerful inflammatory proteins. While these are effective, they pose risks for gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach ulcers, and cardiovascular complications.

CBD works with neither, meaning it doesn’t have the same dangerous side effects.

Instead, CBD inhibits TNF-α, a pro-inflammatory signaling protein that turns on a transcription factor called NF-κB (6). NF-κB then makes it way to the nucleus, where it activates the expression of more pro-inflammatory genes (7).

By inhibiting TNF-α, CBD prevents downstream NF-κB activation, resulting in reduced inflammation.

        4. Boost Brain Function

Your brain function is not the only key for optimal performance but for your well-being, too. Chronic brain fog can be frustrating.

Interestingly, inflammation might be linked to brain fog. Researchers believe that inflammatory proteins can stimulate the brain’s immune system, leading to brain inflammation (8).

Studies have demonstrated CBD’s ability to reduce the activation of the brain’s immune system, lowering brain inflammation (9).

Additionally, continual use of CBD may stimulate neurogenesis, the growth of the brain (10). Through this, the use of hemp extracts may contribute to enhanced brain function over time (11).

       5. Balance Your Mood

New research also links neurogenesis, which is stimulated by CBD, to the anti-depressant effects of antidepressant drugs (13).

Various animal studies have also demonstrated CBD’s anti-depressant effects (14, 15).

To boost your mood, consider adding a dose of CBD hemp oil to your morning routine.

        6. Achieve Clearer Skin

Acne is a disease caused by excess skin cells, increased sebum production, and bacterial overgrowth, resulting in immune system activation and inflammation.

Within the sebaceous gland, where sebum is created, cells called sebocytes divide or proliferate. These sebocytes are unique in that their cell membrane bursts to secrete sebum onto the skin. Essentially, anything that impacts the proliferation of sebocytes also modulates sebum production.

Sebum feeds a certain strain of bacteria called P. acnes. More sebum increases the levels of this bacteria within the skin. Once it overgrows, it incites the immune system and a pimple appears.

However, a 2014 study demonstrates that CBD may be able to intervene in some of these processes (16).

When researchers added CBD to cultured sebocytes, they found that it reduced the proliferation of sebocytes. Paired with CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory and observed antibacterial benefits, CBD may be a promising treatment to prevent acne and maintain clear skin.

        7. Promote Cell Regeneration

A cell’s worst enemies are free radicals. They oxidize cell components, causing dysfunction or cell death.

One theory describes free radical cell damage as a cumulative aging factor, meaning as free radical damage accumulates, aging occurs (17).

There are two ways the body neutralizes free radicals to maintain cells: natural antioxidant systems programmed in the body and dietary antioxidants. Some foods can upregulate antioxidant systems or act as antioxidants on their own.

CBD exhibits higher antioxidant activity than vitamin C or E (18). The industrial hemp plant also contains a myriad of other antioxidant compounds. It also activates Nrf-2, a molecule that controls the body’s natural antioxidant response (19).

Through these documented mechanisms, CBD can protect cells from free radical damage.

         8. Enhance Energy Production

The center of energy production can be found in one tiny cell component: the mitochondria. Recently, researchers have discovered a compelling link between optimal mitochondrial function and health (20).

Interestingly, CBD may enhance mitochondrial energy production (21). It accomplishes this in a few ways: enhanced glucose metabolism, neutralizing free radicals that can cause mitochondrial dysfunction, and regulating calcium levels in mitochondria.

Glucose is one of the main energy sources of the cell. Through promotion of more effective glucose metabolism, CBD may improve energy production.

Mitochondria are also particularly susceptible to free radical damage. Antioxidants and antioxidant systems protect these mitochondria to preserve their function. But, if free radicals overwhelm the protective systems, damage can impair mitochondria’s ability to produce energy. So, the importance of antioxidants like CBD in the diet is paramount.

Mitochondrial calcium levels also impact mitochondrial energy production. The upregulation of enzymes that catalyze mitochondria energy production are completely dependent on calcium. Intriguingly, CBD may target the mitochondria by regulating proper calcium balance in cells (22).

These actions suggest that CBD might be able to boost energy production — the key to an effective daily life.

Mitochondria are also particularly susceptible to free radical damage. Antioxidants and antioxidant systems protect these mitochondria to preserve their function. But, if free radicals overwhelm the protective systems, damage can impair mitochondria’s ability to produce energy. So, the importance of antioxidants like CBD in the diet is paramount.

Mitochondrial calcium levels also impact mitochondrial energy production. The upregulation of enzymes that catalyze mitochondria energy production are completely dependent on calcium. Intriguingly, CBD may target the mitochondria by regulating proper calcium balance in cells (22).

These actions suggest that CBD might be able to boost energy production — the key to an effective daily life.

        9. Care for Your Gut

Gut inflammation is not only painful but seems to impact the function of other parts of the body.

For one, there is evidence that indicates gut inflammation may reduce nutrient, water, and electrolyte absorption (23). Research on the gut-brain axis also shows that intestinal inflammation may impact the brain by stimulating the stress response and reducing serotonin activity (24). Moreover, intestinal inflammation may affect the integrity of the gut lining, causing problematic compounds to leak into circulation and cause systemic inflammation.

As research digs deeper into the gut, they are realizing that it could be the root of optimal health.

Here’s where CBD comes in: it reduces intestinal inflammation (25).

By maintaining the inflammatory response of the gut lining, CBD may foster the health of the whole body.

Hemp: Miracle Healing Plant for Your Daily Routine

As science evolves, the benefits of CBD oil in your morning routine are only more apparent. By supporting various parts of the body, it can make your days easier, calmer, and more productive. To maximize the benefits of your daily dose of hemp, make sure you opt for a potent and pure full-spectrum hemp extract.

At Phytologica, we offer various ways to harness the power of hemp while taking the utmost care to preserve the bioavailability of hemp’s nutrient profile. Check out our full-spectrum hemp products, complete with certificates of analysis for total transparency.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. FDA has not evaluated this product for safety or efficacy.