Many nutrition experts and counselors point out how important antioxidants are to our health and well-being. But what exactly is behind these substances? What qualities do they possess and how can our bodies benefit from them?
Simply put, antioxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation and reduce the associated so-called oxidative stress. During oxidation, waste products are formed in our body and free radicals are formed.
The body's own antioxidants, such as glutathione, are usually insufficient to prevent the production of free radicals. This is especially the case with increasing age, as the oxidative stress increases with increasing age. That is why it is important to supply the body with antioxidants from the diet.
Actually, oxygen is associated with life. That's true, of course, but in this case our body produces the already mentioned free radicals by oxidation of other substances (reaction with oxygen).
From them, a kind of chain reaction can occur in which molecules, cells or tissue can be damaged or irreparably destroyed. By reacting with them, antioxidants protect against free radicals.
CBD as an antioxidant
For a long time, vitamins such as C and E were among the most powerful antioxidants. In terms of mode of action, cannabidiol does not really differ from an antioxidant. The chemical structure of the cannabinoid contains an oxygen atom that can be released to free radicals and thus neutralizes them. This free oxygen compound is responsible for the antioxidant effects of CBD.
Several studies even confirm that the cannabinoids THC and CBD have a significant neuroprotective effect as antioxidants, which is many times stronger than for vitamins C and E.
Antioxidants are extremely important to our body. Without them, free radicals can cause immense damage. By providing oxygen atoms, antioxidants can neutralize the harmful compounds, making a vital contribution to our health.
In addition to vitamins C and E, cannabidiol has become a good source of antioxidants. Although more research is needed in this area, the results obtained to date are quite promising and provide insight into the antioxidant potential of CBD.
In addition, CBD could also keep neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's at bay. The potential of cannabinoid is huge. Unfortunately, it is difficult to make general statements and the effectiveness of CBD is best tested by yourself.
Every organism responds differently and should be slowly accustomed to using CBD as a nutritional supplement. Although no serious side effects of CBD are known, consult a doctor if you have any concerns about taking it.


BOEDEFELD, Christian. Die antodioxidativen Eigenschaften von CBD. 1 [online].19 Dec, 2019. Dostupné z: https://www.hanf-magazin.com/medizin/cannabinoide/cbd-in-der-medizin/die-antodioxidativen-eigenschaften-von-cbd/