CBD has taken the health and wellness industries by storm, and the rise is popularity is well founded. CBD or cannabidiol, is one of many naturally occurring compounds in cannabis and hemp plants. Though CBD is still in the early stages of scientific research and trials, there is promise in the direction of pain management, inflammation reduction, anxiety relief and sleep aid. So how do we maximize the effects of this naturally relieving gift? It could be as simple as Omega-3s.
The bottom line, to get the most out of using CBD, you have to make sure your body is set up for ideal absorption. If you are deficient in omega-3s, your CBD dose will be working harder to deliver any of its potential therapeutic properties.
What is CBD? How Do Fatty-Acids Help CBD Work?
Research and scientific studies are still limited but continue to emerge surrounding CBD and its interaction with the ECS and potential therapeutic benefits. Based on anecdotal evidence and the studies readily available today, CBD is believed to work with the ECS by attaching to receptors that transmit messages to the brain, mimicking the body’s own endocannabinoids and releasing serotonin. The human body’s endocannabinoid system is made up of lipids which are naturally comprised of a cell’s omega-3s and omega-6s. These lipids stimulate the receptors of a cell, promoting a specific response from the body and brain, similar to the way CBD can impact the receptors in the ECS.
CBD is one of over 100 compounds that are derived and can be extracted from hemp and cannabis plants. CBD is often confused with another popular and well-known cannabinoid, THC which is best known for its psychoactive properties. Both CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), but they can impact the human body and brain much differently. CBD is becoming more and more well known for its ability to impact cell metabolism through the ECS. This bodily system is responsible for managing range of physiological functions like inflammatory response, mood regulation, pain management, metabolism, etc.
Omega-3s and Omega-6s are fatty acids vital to the human body and its cell function. Our bodies build up these fatty acids, the endocannabinoids or lipids in the human body are created readily in response to stimulating brain activity. Because CBD and omega-3s both directly with the endocannabinoid system, the connection between one improving the effectiveness of the other is becoming more prevalent.
Considering the deep involvement of omega-3s in the endocannabinoid system, you would think that anyone fascinated by CBD’s effects would also have a dual interest in fish oil. However, when compared to most omega-3 supplements, CBD has clear advantages.
Found in every organ and tissue of the body, endocannabinoids are important lipids made naturally from the cells’ content of omega-3s and omega-6s. These lipids stimulate specialized cell membrane receptors, which in turn prompt the cell to perform specific tasks.
As mentioned above, endocannabinoids are lipids made from the cells’ omega-3 and omega-6 content. Once cells build up a sufficient inventory of these fatty acids, endocannabinoids are created rapidly and as-needed in response to brain activity and stimuli (like stress and exercise).
What Happens When You Don’t Get Enough Omega-3s?
Some years ago, I attended a meeting on the effects of a new molecule that had potential for treating Alzheimer’s. The presentation was inspiring, and left attendees with a feeling that this new molecule could be a major therapeutic tool.
CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a substance extracted from the flower and leaves of the hemp plant. Discovered in the 1940s, CBD is one of over 100 identified cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. Unlike another prevalent cannabinoid (THC), CBD does not appear to create the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana (1, 2).
Most people in the United States do not get enough omega-3s, either from diet or supplements. This is in stark contrast with other countries, like Japan, where omega-3 intakes are much higher.
Many people have asked us if we make any products with CBD oil in them, but as of the time of publication, we do not. Please also note that the FDA has made it clear that combining CBD into existing supplements is currently not allowed.