Debate: Could CBD Become the New Vitamin C?

1st September 2019

We see vitamin C absolutely everywhere. The fact that is good for you has so much scientific backing that we now know it for certain.

It is a natural antioxidant, it helps support the growth of cells in the body and it is commonly linked with helping the body to clear itself of unwanted coughs and colds.

It was discovered in the 1930’s and formed the basis for the foundations of modern nutrition. CBD has only recently been discovered, and the more we learn, the more we see similarities between the two.

Could the sky be the limit for CBD? Could we view it in the future as an essential element of our diets in the same way we see vitamin C?

We will take an overview of the properties of both CBD and Vitamin C and give reasons why CBD could be just as beneficial

Antioxidant – CBD & Vitamin C

Our body requires antioxidants because other damage will occur to the tissues which results in an array of diseases. Vitamin C has long been one of the major antioxidants our body has got through our diet.

Vitamin C has been strongly linked with preventing diseases such as atherosclerosis and cancer, which can be caused from damage done through a lack of antioxidants in the diet.


What is CBD?

Vitamin C gets rid of free radicals in our body which cause this damage. It does this by donating electrons to the free radicals and neutralising them.

CBD can donate electrons in exactly the same way as Vitamin C does, so the theory is that if you have CBD in your body, that it will act as an antioxidant in exactly the same way.

Initial studies into CBD are confirming this. And also, because CBD can pass the blood-brain barrier, CBD is being shown to be a neuroprotective antioxidant, meaning that it may help to prevent certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease.

Immune System – CBD & Vitamin C

Vitamin C has long been linked with contributing towards our immune defense, because it helps to support and regulate certain essential functions of our cells.

The idea is that if you are not getting enough vitamin C in your diet, then you will be more susceptible to colds. This is because regular cell function isn’t functioning as it should and foreign bodies (i.e. common cold virus) aren’t flagged as dangerous and can wreak havoc on your body.

Furthermore, Vitamin C has been shown to reduce inflammation in our cells provoked by an incorrect immune response.

CBD has often been linked with helping with a common cold, although no studies currently back this.

However, one major property in which CBD is known to help with is inflammation, which is a major symptom of a lot of illnesses.

CBD also helps to reduce inflammation when it is not needed by the body as part of an incorrect immune response. Exactly the same as Vitamin C.

Skin Health – CBD & Vitamin C

New skincare routines crop up almost daily it seems. One which hasn’t ever gone away is the use of vitamin C.

It has been shown to help with acne, dry skin as well as other minor skin conditions.

However, vitamin C-infused skincare products are very expensive because vitamin C breaks down through contact with the air.

CBD, on the other hand is stable in air and has been shown to help with all of the same skin conditions as Vitamin C.

Particularly with acne, where CBD has been shown to help regulate the production of sebum. This is the oil on the skin where an overproduction leads to acne.


CBD isn’t going to replace Vitamin C as a regular staple in our diets, but it is showing all the qualities of being equal in terms of being beneficial to our bodies.

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