How Does CBD Regulate Genetic Risk?


cientists already know about how CBD is something that can help our bodies. In fact, the use

of cannabis for medical purposes goes back hundreds of years. But new research is done each year on how CBD affects our body, and some of the findings are very interesting.

A recent study that showed us how CBD impacts brain and breast cancer cell proliferation got a lot of attention. The reason the study was so interesting is because the results came because the expression of the ID-1 gene in the body was being inhibited. What does that mean going forward?

CBD and Genetics

The takeaway from that study is that it is possible CBD has an impact on our body’s genetics, and how we react to certain conditions or illnesses. Further research was done on the matter in Israel, and it showed that around 1200 genes in our body are somehow affected by CBD. Around 680 gene transcripts were activated when the body was introduced to CBD, while another 524 were turned off when CBD was introduced. And the chemical THC, which is found in the marijuana people smoke recreationally, impacted 94 genes.

If you have never heard about CBD, it is a compound that is found in cannabis. You can read more here, and we can give you a basic explanation. The cannabis plant has two main chemicals that impact our body, CBD and THC. It is the THC within cannabis that is psychoactive, and that is what people are experiencing as getting high when they are smoking or consuming marijuana recreationally. However, it is possible to manipulate the cannabis plant so that it has a lot more CBD, and very little THC. That means exceptional health benefits without any psychoactive impact on the body.

CBD and Gene Expression

It appears as though when a person is consuming CBD, they are having an impact on their body’s gene expression. The work is happening in the endocannabinoid system, and the result is that the body is reacting differently to external stimuli than it would otherwise. And this is particularly interesting news for people who may have an inherent genetic risk to get certain conditions. Does it mean that CBD could be the answer to helping those people? It is something that doctors will have to investigate in more detail before they can be sure.

There are so many people who are born with a genetic risk for getting certain conditions. One of their parents had the condition, which means they could have anywhere from a 25 to 75 percent chance of getting the condition themselves. When we talk about CBD activating and deactivating certain genes in the body, does it mean that we could deactivate those genes in certain individuals?

Right now, it is pure speculation. We are not sure about whether it would work, but we are hoping that more researchers and doctors around the world are going to try and study the impact of CBD on genes. It could save so many lives.

Tim McComsey

Tim McComsey is the founding owner of TRYM Fitness: Dallas’s Premier Personal Training and Nutrition Company, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Dietitian. He started TRYM Fitness in 2011 and has been growing successfully ever since! This is his 15th year in the fitness industry and his scope of work has broadened from being ambassador to Sunwarrior, a partner to Vitamin World, and a sponsored athlete to 361usa shoes and apparel. He also contributes to Men’s Fitness Magazine and Human Fit Project with video and content production. Through his years in the industry, he has placed 1st in several fitness competitions including the 2013 Dallas Europa Men’s Physique. His passion is to empower both men and women to be the healthiest and most fit they can be using various platforms.

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