The Disease of Aging
Scientists refer to aging as a disease. The ravages of time on our body behave much like a disease. For some, signs of aging appear sooner than with others. Aging shortens our telomeres, dims our sight and dulls our hearing. But, if aging is a disease, that means we all have it.
Stress Shortens Our Telomeres
Researchers are getting down to the nitty gritty, dealing with aging at the cellular level. They’ve been coming up with all kinds of new ideas on how to slow down the process that wears us out. Although, the fountain of youth is yet to be discovered, we know by now that stress plays a big role in aging us. That’s because the accumulation of stress causes damage to our genes. And, no doubt —our telomeres. Therefore, whatever helps us to chill should also help to slow down our aging.
7 Ways Hemp Oil Combats Aging
1. Antioxidant and Neuroprotectant
Stress affects the whole body, including and especially the brain. In many cases, the brain is where stress can cause the most damage as we age. Stress can cause plaque build-up in the brain that leads to several diseases. In cellular research, hemp oil reduced levels of amyloid-beta (brain plaque).
What is Oxidative Stress?
When the body is unable to balance the positive with the negative byproducts of oxygen metabolism, oxidative stress occurs. This is a destructive action that can cause diseases such as autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases and other diseases of aging. But, Hemp oil combats aging of the brain by healing the diseases that are associated with oxidative stress. Active compounds in hemp oil are potent neuroprotective antioxidants. In addition, scientists have discovered that hemp oil combats aging by reducing the inflammation of the brain’s neurons. And, that combats the diseases of aging with a doubled mechanism action. This speeds the healing process in the brain.
2. Improves Memory
Hemp oil combats aging by improving memory in aging adults. Research in 2017 showed that mice given daily doses of hemp oil saw “dramatic improvement in cognitive functions”. The mice had been divided into three age brackets. The younger mice treated with hemp oil experienced reduced cognitive function and memory. But, the older mice improved in cognitive tasks and memory.
3. Better than a Chill Pill
Hemp oil combats aging by calming your stress more naturally than any chill pills you may try. Researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago have found that hemp oil eases stress in adults, inclusive of psychosocial stress. Psychosocial stress, which is triggered by social situations, is a major risk factor in developing anxiety, depression and other disorders. In fact, chronic psychosocial stress is linked to the risk of cardiovascular disease. It causes neurons in certain brain regions to die. It also negatively affects the CA3 region of the hippocampus —the sector responsible for memory formation.
4. Improves Sleep
Sleep is vitally important for all of us but, particularly for the elderly. Hemp oil combats aging by helping you get better sleep. During the REM phase of sleep, beta-amyloid plaque is flushed from the brain. That’s a good thing because this plaque contributes to the onset of brain diseases. Without sufficient deep sleep, these beta-amyloids are allowed to remain in the brain and build up, restricting blood flow. Most noteworthy, cannabis facilitates a deeper, longer sleep. And, the depth and length of your sleep is important to good mental health.
5. Skin Antioxidant
There are two ways that skin aging occurs. Natural aging happens over time. This is called intrinsic aging. When we leave our teen years behind, our skin begins to produce roughly 1% less collagen every year. The lack of collagen causes the skin to sag. But wait, there’s another factor involved. The environment. Pollution, UV rays and poor diet can speed up the aging process. This is called extrinsic aging.
Hemp Oil Combats Aging by Neutralizing Free Rads
The potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Hemp Oil make it a trusty combatant against extrinsic aging. It neutralizes free radicals that damage skin cells. Topical Lotion containing hemp extract also improves skin acne and protects skin from DNA damage.
6. Reduces Inflammation
Many of today’s diseases and chronic diseases are caused at least in part by chronic inflammation. Though inflammation is the body’s defense against stress and injury, chronic inflammation can contribute to health problems. Chronic inflammation is a major contributor to many diseases. Hemp oil contains a variety of anti-inflammatory compounds. With consistent use, hemp oil can combat the aging diseases that are brought on by chronic inflammation.
7. Improves Quality of Life
By reducing inflammation, Hemp oil relieves pain. Non-psychotropic hemp oil acts as an analgesic, soothing muscle pain and increasing mobility. Add an improved mood to that and you have a better quality of life. (Studies from 1992 found that depression rates are highest at the 80-year mark. Lowest depression rates occur at around 45 years old.) Senior adults who struggle with loneliness, anxiety and depression can appreciate the ability of cannabis to improve their mood and calm their anxiety. Older adults and their family have so much to gain by trying hemp oil. There are no worries about side effects because cannabis is non-toxic. It only makes sense, if you or a loved one is suffering from a chronic disease to try the up-and-coming herb that’s being born again as a natural healer.