by Caleb Summeril
CBD and Omega-3 are two health supplements receiving all sorts of hype lately – and for good reason! CBD oil has been shown to help with pain, reduce anxiety and depression, help with sleep and muscle recovery and even aid in cancer and diabetes treatment. Omega-3s have years of science backed research showing their role in improving brain health, reducing inflammation, decreasing risk factors for heart disease and improving bone and joint health.
Both of these come in many forms and make wonderful additions to daily supplementation and are crucial elements to vital daily health. On their own, CBD and Omega-3 have heaps of potential benefits, but new insight is showing that, when taken together, they may interact with one another inside the human body for even more added health potential.
The benefits of CBD happen as it interacts with certain receptors within the endocannabinoid system in the human body. These receptors exist naturally in all mammals and the purpose of the endocannabinoid system is to respond to cannabinoids created by the body. The receptors also react to external cannabinoids and that discovery has led to the rise in research and availability of CBD products for supplementation.
Omega-3 is essential for the function and maintenance of this endocannabinoid system. It keeps cannabinoid receptors healthy and properly functioning, aids in receptor growth and repair and is essential for cannabinoid synthesis. These oils also help to create or destroy cannabinoid enzymes as part of the body’s natural regulatory process.
Basically, if a body is deficient in Omega-3s, the benefits of CBD consumption will not be as effective. Omega-3 should be taken for overall health and is especially important for those supplementing with CBD.
Lafourcade, Mathieu, et al. Nutritional omega-3 deficiency abolishes endocannabinoid-mediated neuronal functions. Nature Neuroscience. 2011/01/30. 14/345