If you are of my generation, you have strong memories of Jane Fonda, as an actress and as an activist.
But it really startled me the other day to see this article in Longevity saying that Jane Fonda is 83. What’s the secret to her agelessness? Well, one thing she attributes it to is CBD oil.
Without question, the right supplements can be beneficial for some people with MCI.
Which is great for Jane Fonda, but is CBD oil right for people with mild cognitive impairment? I’ve been getting that question a lot lately, so that’s what I want to talk about today.
Hi, I’m Tony Dearing of GoCogno.com, the website for people with mild cognitive impairment.
Now without question, the right supplements can be very beneficial for some people with MCI. On that list, I would put things like fish oil. And MCT oil.
But CBD oil? Sorry, I can’t recommend that one to people with MCI. The evidence isn’t there yet. Still, I don’t dismiss it entirely.
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the active ingredients in marijuana. And it has legitimate medicinal benefits. As Harvard Health points out, it’s used to treat certain child epilepsy syndromes. And also, such conditions as anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain.
But when people with mild cognitive impairment ask me about CBD oil, I point them to the Cognitive Vitality website.
“However, most clinical studies have shown a lack of cognitive improvement.”
According to the Cognitive Vitality report on CBD oil: “Studies have suggested potential neuroprotective properties of CBD. However, most clinical studies have shown a lack of cognitive improvement, and no data exist for long-term treatment in humans.”
Now, because CBD has shown to be helpful in treating anxiety and sleeplessness, there is a potential secondary benefit. For someone with MCI, if you’re feeling less anxious or if you’re sleeping better, you’re likely to do better cognitively.
However, if your specific concern is brain health, and giving yourself the best possible chance to slow, halt or reversing whatever cognitive loss you’re experiencing, there’s much better evidence for supplements like MCT oil, or fish oil, or Lion’s Mane mushrooms or curcumin.
Hype isn’t going to make your brain better. You want something that’s safe and scientifically proven.
So yeah, there’s a lot of buzz right now around CBD oil. But hype isn’t going to make your brain better. You want something that’s safe and scientifically proven, and of course, you always want to talk to your doctor about any supplement or vitamin you’re considering.
So that’s my take on CBD oil. I hope you find it helpful, and if you want to know more, I’m including a bunch of helpful links below. Thanks again for joining me today. I’ll see you again next week. Until then, as always, be kind to your mind.