In many CBD products, CBD is mixed with a carrier oil that’s rich in omega-3, like hemp oil or olive oil. These oils carry CBD very well, but the omega-3 fatty acids in them may actually do much more than that. It’s thought that omega-3 can provide powerful support for CBD, essentially maximizing its effects. Curious about how this powerful combination works and what benefits it may provide? Read on as we go over everything you need to know about how CBD and omega-3 work together.
How CBD and Omega-3 Work Together
In order to understand how CBD and omega-3 work together, you need to understand how each of these things works within the body’s endocannabinoid system.
A Primer on the Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a system in the body that plays a role in regulating many bodily functions. The ECS is thought to help regulate pain, inflammatory response, mood, metabolism, cell communication, memory, appetite, and more.
Generally speaking, there are three elements that make up the ECS: enzymes, endocannabinoids, and receptors. ECS enzymes synthesize and degrade endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that communicate with the body’s cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) in order to prompt cells to perform certain tasks.
Different endocannabinoids work differently within the ECS, so how much of each endocannabinoid you have in your ECS may make a huge difference in how you feel. That’s where both CBD and omega-3 come in.
How CBD Works in the Endocannabinoid System
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a phytocannabinoid, which means it is a cannabinoid that comes from a plant. When they enter the body, phytocannabinoids like CBD can interact with the ECS in much the same way that endocannabinoids can. Also, like endocannabinoids, different phytocannabinoids work differently within the body. A clear example of that would be cannabidiol (CBD) vs. tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These phytocannabinoids, both found in cannabis plants, produce very different effects because they interact with the ECS in distinctly different ways.
The way that CBD interacts with the body is fairly unique among cannabinoids. While other cannabinoids affect the ECS by binding with CB1 and/or CB2 receptors directly, CBD appears to influence both CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors from afar. Though the research on how CBD works within the ECS is still in its infancy, there are some theories about how it works. Many of the more popular theories speculate that CBD works by changing how the body’s own endocannabinoids work. For example, by perhaps prompting the creation of more endocannabinoids or by slowing the breakdown of existing endocannabinoids, making each already existing endocannabinoid more effective.
How Omega-3 Affects the Endocannabinoid System
Now, let’s talk about omega-3’s role in all this. Endocannabinoids are lipid-based, which means they’re made of fatty acids. In order for the enzymes in the ECS to make endocannabinoids, they need fatty acids like omega-3. Research has shown that a diet that is low in omega-3 fatty acids actually disrupts endocannabinoid synthesis and ECS function. Whereas, on the other hand, a diet that’s rich in omega-3 appears to promote the synthesis of omega-3 endocannabinoids.
Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are used to create endocannabinoids, but researchers are especially interested in omega-3 because it appears to play certain important roles in the endocannabinoid system. Some research suggests that omega-3 is needed to anchor endocannabinoid cell membrane receptors, making omega-3 essential for ECS health. Another powerful way in which omega-3 may impact the ECS is by creating a certain type of endocannabinoid epoxide that studies suggest has impressive anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD and Omega-3: Working in Harmony
CBD works by interacting with and potentially amplifying the endocannabinoid system, while omega-3 is vital for endocannabinoid creation and overall ECS health. This means that omega-3 is simply the perfect complement to CBD, since it may essentially increase its effectiveness. When omega-3 creates a healthy ECS that’s populated with plenty of endocannabinoids, CBD has more healthy cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids to interact with, making it all the more beneficial.
The Health Benefits of CBD and Omega-3
Omega-3 is an incredibly healthy fatty acid on its own, then is also thought to increase the benefits of CBD. So, what kind of benefits can you get from omega-3 and CBD? Below, we’re sharing the benefits of these two wellness boosters.
The Benefits of CBD
It’s thought that omega-3 may maximize the many potential benefits of CBD. While the research on CBD is still in its early stages, some studies have shown that CBD may have a variety of benefits, including:
- Pain relief
- Anxiety relief
- Depression relief
- Nausea relief
- Insomnia relief
- And more
*Did you know that CBD is now in a United States Food and Drug Administration approved seizure medication? In 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, a seizure medication with just one active ingredient: synthetic cannabidiol (CBD).
The Benefits of Omega-3
We’ve already looked at one of omega-3’s benefits (its potential ability to maximize the effectiveness of CBD) in depth. However, omega-3 also has many other benefits for the body and the brain.
It’s thought that omega-3 fatty acids may be especially helpful for heart health, as omega-3 can:
- Decrease triglycerides
- Reduce the risk of blood clots
- Slightly lower blood pressure
- Decrease heart failure risk
- Decrease stroke risk
- Reduce irregular heartbeats
Studies have shown that omega-3 may be beneficial for more than heart health alone. Scientific studies have linked omega-3 to:
- Improved eye health
- Reduced chronic inflammation
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Promoting brain health during pregnancy and early life
- Reduced risk of certain autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis (among those who get enough omega-3s during their first year of life)
- Reduced symptoms of certain immune system diseases, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease
- Decreased age-related mental decline
- Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- Lower asthma rates in children and young adults
- Reduced liver fat in those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
- Improved bone and joint health
- Improved sleep
- Healthier skin
FAQ: Is CBD Oil High in Omega?
CBD and omega-3 work wonderfully together. So, is CBD oil always high in omega-3? Not necessarily. CBD oil is thought to provide many of the same benefits as omega-3 (and then some), but it may or may not feature an omega-3 rich carrier oil. For example, some CBD oils are made with coconut oil, which contains plenty of omega-6, but no omega-3.
If you want your CBD oil to be high in omega-3, look for a blend that is made with an omega-3 rich carrier oil. Hemp seed oil is a potent source of essential fatty acids, including omega-3, so it’s a good choice. Some other common carrier oils for CBD that have a good amount of omega-3 include avocado oil and olive oil.
Of course, if you want to take both CBD oil and a high dose of omega-3, remember that you don’t necessarily have to consume them in the same product. You could also simply take another omega-3 supplement. Which oil is the best for omega-3 is debated (often, it comes down to hemp oil vs. fish oil), but you can simply choose the option that’s right for you. And then, generally, it’s perfectly fine to take a dose of CBD oil and your favorite omega-3 supplement at the same time. As always, however, know that it’s best to consult with your doctor before starting any new supplementation regimen.
Final Thoughts on CBD and Omega-3
This wraps up our guide to the wonderful, synergistic pairing of CBD and omega-3. If you have any questions for us at Essence (or if you want a specific CBD oil recommendation), please don’t hesitate to reach out– we love hearing from our customers. You can get in touch with us through our website or you can give your closest Essence Dispensary location and speak with one of our knowledgeable team members over the phone.