CBD or cannabidiol is without a doubt, one of nature’s natural healing wonders of the world. With over 30 known uses for treatment (and counting) CBD seems to be useful for managing numerous chronic conditions such as pain, arthritis, inflammation, anxiety, depression, epilepsy and other neurological disorders.
In this article however, we want to dive further into how CBD affects the brain and of its uses and benefits for brain-related function.
Perhaps most notably, CBD is known for its therapeutic effect for Child epilepsy treatment. A unique aspect of CBD’s prominence in providing so many physical and mental benefits lies in its influence on a wide range of receptor systems in the brain and body.
CBD helps make the mitochondria (powerhouse of your cells) more efficient. This provides them with more energy and since the brain is a very energy-dependent organ (roughly 10-15% of the body’s total energy consumption), the more power your brain derives when CBD is used. CBD also helps cleanse the oxygen used by the brain which helps “clean” the engine of your mainframe.
To give you some insight into how this works and a little high school science re brief: The brain contains a large number of highly specialized cells called Neurons. Every neuron is connected to others through structures called synapses and these are the sites where they communicate with one another and interact. How they interact with each other is through chemical messengers called neurotransmitters; like serotonin, dopamine, gaba and norepinephrine.
What’s intriguing is that CBD influences both neurons with and without cannabinoid receptor systems in the brain. For example, you’ll find CBD interacting with opioid receptors in the brain which are known for their role in pain regulation. CBD can also interact with dopamine receptors which play an important role in the regulation of cognition, behavior, motivation and reward-seeking behavior.
CBD is also being explored as a potential use for those addicted to drugs and alcohol because of its ability to influence opioid and dopamine receptors which may dampen drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
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What you’ll find even more surprising is that studies have shown that compounds in marijuana such as CBD can protect brain cells from harm and act as a neuroprotective agent. The US Department of Health even obtained a patent in 1999 for the neuroprotective effects CBD contains.
This is highly promising in the field of brain science with CBD’s fairly limited research thus far. It’s likely that as we study further into the effects of CBD on the brain, we’ll likely discover and create a variety of therapeutic applications that will help improve the lives of millions of people who are suffering both from neurological diseases like Dementia and Parkinson’s disease as well as more common conditions people face like depression, anxiety and emotional instability.