We know that health and wellness start from the inside, even when it comes to maintaining our health and wellness on the outside.
Marine collagen alone has a myriad of health benefits that we’ll explore below. Pair that with the “mother of all cannabinoids” and you’ve got yourself an antioxidant powerhouse to help heal you from the inside out!
Not only will this post discuss the science and benefits (and drawbacks) of collagen supplements, specifically marine collagen, but we’ll also touch on the science and synergistic benefits of CBG in conjunction with a collagen regimen.
None of the information presented in this post is meant to provide or replace medical advice. Consult with a physician before starting any supplement or cannabis regimen.
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What is Collagen?
Please note that collagen is not vegan-friendly. Take special precautions if you have allergies or cultural/religious restrictions related to fish, eggs, or bovine.
Collagen protein is a primary component of muscles, tendons, bone, cartilage, and skin that’s found solely in animal (connective) tissue.
However, other factors such as cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, inadequate sleep, and frequent sun exposure can also negatively affect collagen synthesis.
Collagen supplementation is most beneficial to help restore collagen levels to help:
- protect joints and working muscles, reducing your risk for both exercise-induced & age-related injuries
- fortify and strengthen connective tissue
- improve skin tone and elasticity by protecting it from oxidative stress
- restore skin’s natural moisture
Supplementation is simple and easy to incorporate. While there are over 20 different types of collagen, most collagen powders are hydrolyzed to easily mix into your favorite hot or cold beverages with little to no flavor.
The most common types are:
- Type I: the most abundant type; found in all connective tissue (marine and bovine collagen)
- Type ll: found in joints and intervertebral discs (marine collagen)
- Type lll: found in blood vessels and skin (bovine collagen)
- Type lV: found in the inner ear, eye lens, and kidneys
Marine Collagen v Bovine Collagen
Bovine collagen is certainly one of the most popular forms on the market and is likely what you’ve seen or heard about most often.
But did you know that we can also get collagen from wild-caught fish (marine) and eggshells??
In addition, marine collagen is more bioavailable than bovine collagen, meaning that you’ll absorb (i.e. utilize) more of it.
What is Marine Collagen?
As mentioned above, marine collagen is more bioavailable and also more sustainable than bovine collagen.
But this “waste” can be used to our body’s benefit.
Plus fish tend to feed on kelp and seaweed, which also provide essential antioxidant vitamins and beneficial trace elements, such as iodine which may help boost energy and improve brain function.
Benefits of Marine Collagen
There are several benefits to marine collagen that other forms of collagen simply don’t provide.
But you’ve got to turn it a habit in order for it to work. Healthy habits are necessary for continued (mental + physical) growth and improvement.
Studies have shown that daily type I collagen supplementation may help reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis by supporting (and potentially improving) the functioning of the cartilage cells, known as chondrocytes.
In addition, reduction in synovial hyperplasia has been observed in several studies, proposing that type I collagen peptides provide an anti-inflammatory effect around the joints, tendons, and ligaments.
And in this 24-week study performed on athletes, daily dietary supplementation of collagen appeared to provide anabolic effects on cartilage and reduction in joint deterioration to assist in sports performance and recovery.
>> Learn more about sports performance here: How Can Cannabis & CBD Affect Sports Performance? <<
While studies have been unable to confirm that collagen supplementation can improve muscle protein synthesis (MPS) – i.e. increase muscle mass – they have been able to observe that consistent supplementation can increase your tolerance for repeated bouts of high-intensity resistance training.
In addition, a decrease in muscle soreness of ~4.1 – 5.4mm post-workout was observed. This mechanism may be the reason why collagen has the potential to speed up muscle recovery and protection by remodeling the extracellular matrix.
>> Learn more about muscle recovery here: How Can Cannabis & CBD Aid in Sports Recovery? <<
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that my hair appears more brittle and dry these days. Luckily I’m in no short supply of hair follicles but I do shed quite a bit, which is common with longer hair in dry climates anyway.
I’ve tried several different types of shampoos, conditioners, hot oil treatments, and leave-in conditioners filled with all kinds of nutrients like biotin and keratin, but nothing seemed to improve my hair’s tone, shininess, or thickness until I started treating it from the inside out.
Several studies conducted around marine proteins have observed consistent results in improving hair integrity and growth while reducing shedding and hair loss.
In this 6-month study, participants were those with self-perceived hair thinning who associated this thinning with stress, diet, and other lifestyle factors.
They found that within 3 months that hair shedding had drastically reduced with stronger follicles, and was then sustained at 6 months.
There was some improvement observed at 2 months but wasn’t statistically significant at that point in time, thereby forecasting that consistency is key when it comes to collagen (not just CBD).
Who doesn’t want more radiant-looking skin, especially after being stuck inside for long?
Now that the world is ready to emerge (and start seeing the sun again), collagen can act as a natural anti-aging treatment to improve and maintain your skin’s hydration, turgor, and glow.
And it’s certainly far less invasive, expensive and painful than a facelift, chemical peel, or Botox injection(s).
As such, epidermal thickness appeared to be higher in all subjects administered various doses of marine collagen peptides regardless of the dosage.
Our skin is meant to protect us, so think of it as our natural body armor. The thicker that layer, the less susceptibility to foreign attacks and damage.
Now excuse me while I fangirl for a minute over these two beautiful brothers in arms…(you see the connection I’m tryin’ to make, right? ;p)
…alright, I’m back.
This can be further explained by the antioxidant activity of collagen peptides in the defense against free radical damage in the dermal layers. Not only can collagen improve skin thickness, but also tone, evenness, and elasticity.
Elasticity = Resiliency
Any fellow nail-biters out there?
It’s a nervous habit of mine especially when I’m contemplating (literally chewing on my thumb trying to come up with this sentence) or when I’m stressed (or when my nail polish starts to chip away), but I’ve noticed that it gets much worse for me when my nail integrity is low.
When my nails feel paper-thin or when they snag easily on clothing, I tend to attack them more.
However, when they’re thicker, they’re obviously tougher to bite through AND I know my parents would very much appreciate me NOT using my $5000 smile (thanks to 5 years of braces and headgear) to crack through them.
Much like with my hair, I’ve tried many topical treatments in the past like nail-hardening base coats, polishes, and topcoats. I’ve tried cuticle creams and nail oils, but nothing really seemed to work until I (again) started treating it from the inside out.
In this study, only 2.5g of oral collagen was administered daily over a 24-week period (with 4 weeks off), but nail growth increased by 12% with a 42% reduction in broken nails after 28 weeks.
It’s promising to see that such low levels can have such a positive effect, but further research is warranted in all areas related to the benefits of marine collagen supplementation.
Side Effects of Marine Collagen
Most forms of collagen supplements are pretty well-tolerated by most. However, collagen is not vegan-friendly, and issues typically arise based on food allergens or cultural/religious restrictions.
As most sources are derived from cow, fish, or eggshell, if you have any allergies or intolerances or restrictions to animal-based products, marine fish, or eggs, you should either avoid collagen derived from those animal sources or consider a vegan-friendly option.
However, note that a vegan-friendly option will be genetically modified using yeast and bacteria and will have a much lower bioavailability since collagen can only be naturally derived from animal sources.
In addition, some have reported nausea, bloating, feelings of excessive fullness, or heartburn
Benefits of CBG
Referred to as the “mother of all cannabinoids”, cannabigerol (CBG) starts off as its precursor, CBGA, and is where all cannabinoids are derived from.
Through enzymatic activity, CBGA is shuttled towards CBDA and THCA, precursors to THC and CBD, respectively. Without CBG, CBD and THC wouldn’t exist!
Much like marine collagen, CBG works as a powerful antioxidant by binding to both CB1 and CB2 receptors (which are also found on the skin) and regulating the activity of anandamide.
CBG may be beneficial:
- As an antibacterial and antifungal agent to help reduce and smooth acne
- For inhibiting muscle contractions in those with bladder disorders
- For sleep regulation
- In preventing skin from aging prematurely by fighting free radicals
- To ease digestion and alleviate nausea
- To fight inflammation
- To improve skin tone and appearance
- To reduce anxiousness
CBG can act as an excellent complement to CBD (and your skincare routine) since we already know that CBD is highly beneficial for the skin through its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
Benefits of Marine Collagen (with CBG Hemp Flower Extract)
Now that we know the benefits of marine collagen and CBG on their own…what happens when we put them together?!
At Green Compass, we have a hydrolyzed collagen peptide powerhouse chock-full of bovine, eggshell, AND marine collagen PLUS 5mg nano-enhanced organic CBG hemp flower extract to really maximize the anti-inflammatory and protective benefits for your mental + physical wellness!
Like other brands, hydrolyzed collagen varieties are easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
The bovine collagen is made from cowhide of grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and is abundant in collagen types I & III for bone, joint, and gut health.
The eggshell collagen is abundant in collagen types I, V & X for skin and joint support.
The marine collagen is derived from wild-caught fish and is abundant in collagen type I for all the reasons listed above.
And finally, the CBG hemp flower extract provides further antioxidant and pain-regulating properties and could help ease digestion in those experiencing the side effects associated with collagen mentioned above.
Start Low, and Let’s GLOW!
This doesn’t only apply to cannabis! Much like anything you try for the first time, you need to take it slow in the beginning.
Yes, we want to get that skin glowing, hair flowing, and nails growing, but we’ve got to be a little patient and consistent first.
Studies surrounding collagen supplementation often promote or suggest ~10g of daily collagen consumption to assist with joint pain and overall wellness. However, plenty of people consume more but complain of digestive issues far beyond 10g (i.e. double or triple the amount).
Regardless of what form of collagen you choose, try starting with 5g/day for 1-2 weeks to give your digestive tract time to adapt to see if your body can tolerate it, then bumping up to 10g/day.
It’s possible to build up a tolerance to collagen, so much like how the biphasic effect works for cannabis, the same can be observed here with collagen peptide supplementation.
Especially if you opt for the CBG variety mentioned above. CBG is a cannabinoid, and your body needs time to adapt to it.
While in a very small amount, if your body isn’t used to it, it could react poorly the first time around.
There could still be trace amounts of THC so approach with caution (especially if subjected to drug-testing), but it shouldn’t provide any impairing effects and can be an excellent addition to your daily supplement regimen at any time of day.
Lastly, whether you’re using a cannabinoid-enhanced form of collagen or not, consistency is KEY. Based on some of the studies we looked at in this post, you can see that it takes several weeks to months to observe noticeable effects from collagen.
So while we need to start low and go slow, we must also keep going every single day. Be patient, consistent, and don’t give up!
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