Olive oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important in preventing heart disease. The body transforms these acids into prostaglandins, which are substances that can block inflammation and help regulate heart, liver and kidney function. EVOO also promotes heart health by reducing blood pressure and improving healthy cholesterol levels.
CBD, like all cannabinoids, is lipophilic – that means it loves fat! CBD is most readily absorbed in the body when paired with a fat, which explains why tinctures most often use an oil for a carrier. MCT and hempseed oils are common carrier oils, but here at Lily Hill we prefer using organic extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in our products for its long shelf-life and great health benefits.
Extra virgin olive oil is an unrefined oil made from the first pressing of the olives. It is considered the finest grade because it has the freshest, fruitiest flavor and is typically darker in color than other grades of olive oil.
Health Benefits of Olive Oil
Inflammation is thought to be one of the key drivers behind certain chronic health problems, including Alzheimer’s and Type 2 Diabetes. The predominant monounsaturated fat in olive oil is oleic acid, which makes up almost 3/4 of the oil content. Studies have shown that oleic acid has an anti-inflammatory effect that has been compared to ibuprofen in terms of its profile and potency. It is suggested that this acid may be able to help fight cancer by protecting healthy cells from the genes linked to cancer cells.
An intake of sufficient omega-3 and omega-6 is needed to repair and replace CB1 and CB2 receptors. This repair and replacement process is important so our bodies can utilize both phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids sources outside the body) like CBD and endocannabinoids (cannabinoids made in the body), which regulate homeostasis within the body. Research has shown that in order to get the maximum benefit from omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, you need to ingest them in the proper ratio; 1 part omega-3 to 10 parts omega-6. Coincidentally, that is the ratio in which they are present in olive oil.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biochemical communication system that regulates many of the body’s everyday functions. Cannabinoids (like CBD) bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the ECS, setting off a chain reaction that triggers different effects such as improving sleep and countering pain. If the receptors are damaged, the effects may not be so potent.
People everywhere are consuming CBD products – and for good reason! Ongoing scientific research continues to link CBD to a long list of benefits from combating inflammation to improving sleep to pain management. There are many forms of CBD found on shelves (topicals, capsules and gummies to name a few), but the most common form is a tincture, often referred to as CBD Oil.
Other research has focused on CBD’s antipsychotic properties and its role in patients with schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease (14, 15).
CBD oil contains one of those powerful components. It’s become a hot topic among natural health circles who claim it can help with everything from chronic pain relief to cancer.
7. Lowers Risk of Diabetes & Heart Disease
Summary: CBD oil, even in high doses, is safe, though you may experience mild side effects like tiredness, lightheadedness and changes in appetite or weight. Since CBD is not approved by the FDA, products on the market may be mislabeled or of bad quality.
Its various potential health benefits are impressive. Early research has found that CBD oil can help reduce chronic pain, anxiety, depression and even aid those struggling with substance abuse.
A potent compound extracted from the cannabis (marijuana or hemp) plant, CBD already has plenty of stigma around it.