CBD is becoming the most famous cannabis compound with each passing day. With an increasing number of studies on its therapeutic effects, it is drawing the attention of everyone. So far, we know that CBD helps in relieving patients from anxiety, lethargy, chronic pain, and some other conditions as well. It is the new favourite because it heals without any intoxication.
The world has been unfair to the compound. It’s not its fault really since all it knew was marijuana. Mary’s little cousin just got neglected. Nobody knew what hemp was. But today, we have a range of hemp products that can accompany us from breakfast to bed.
And with hemp comes its constituents which inherit its properties. After exploring the amazing things that hemp could do, researchers began to study the other major cannabinoid. We have talked about how CBD can potentially be an asset in cancer cure, we will focus on its relationship with the human brain today.
Potential Neurological Effects of CBD
CBD is gaining popularity because of its many medicinal properties. Some of those include:
CBD protects the neurons from degeneration. Therefore, it could be useful in treating neurological conditions.
Studies show that high doses of CBD might be able to inhibit cancer cell growth. This could help in treating leukaemia and ovarian cancer.
CBD is a popular pain reliever. It can impede the neuronal transmission without causing any analgesic tolerance. This leads researchers to believe that it could help in treating chronic pain.
Studies show that CBD can reduce anxiety, discomfort, and cognitive impairment in the brain thus proving helpful in treating anxiety disorders.
CBD and the Human Brain
Science can tell you what’s going on in the 6th planet of our solar system with more confidence than it can about the human brain. That is just how it is. There is a growing body of scientists researching on the interaction of cannabinoids with the brain. These are following the breakthroughs that were made in the 20th century.
Now, the scientists know that key answer to these CBD effects lies in its pharmacology. CBD has the ability to influence a wide range of receptor systems in the brain and the body.
It is the 1960s. A team of Israeli scientists identify the chemical structure of CBD and THC. Studies begin and scientists find an endocannabinoid system in the human body. They establish the interaction between this system and the cannabinoids.
ECS and the human body
The endocannabinoid system has cannabinoid receptors throughout the human body. Some of these link to the central nervous system which links itself to the human brain. Since the author is not a big science nerd, she will just say that different chemicals react with different kinds of receptors. Some receptors (CB1 and CB2) bind well with CBD triggering a neural connection in the brain.
This effect is mostly indirect. That explains why CBD does not intoxicate the body. But, that’s not the main point here. CBD interacts with multiple receptors in the brain. It can increase the level of the naturally-produced cannabinoids in the body. And it can influence numerous non-cannabinoid receptor systems.
- CBD interacts with the opioid receptors which work for pain regulation.
- CBD interacts with dopamine receptors which regulate behaviour and cognitive aspects.
These two interactions indicate CBD’s ability to curtail drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms. More research is being done on this.
- CBD interacts with the serotonin system as well. Studies indicate that CBD can directly activate multiple serotonin receptors in the brain. This accounts for CBD’s anti-anxiety properties.
Therapeutic Benefits of CBD in the brain
Now that we have some understanding of how CBD acts on the human brain, let’s look at some of the therapeutic benefits of CBD occurring in the brain:
CBD can potentially treat epilepsy and neuropsychiatric disorders. CBD has anti-seizure properties and thus has low risk of extreme effects on epileptic people.
Anxiety, Depression, and Stress
According to studies, CBD can lessen the amount of stress experienced by the brain. Multiple clinical trials support that CBD can be a treatment for generalised panic and anxiety disorders as well as OCD, PTSD, and social anxiety disorders.
Because CBD helps reduce anxiety, it helps with sleep difficulties. CBD can elevate the wholesome amount of sleep by pacifying insomnia and chronic pain.
Cannabinoid has consistently been showing great potential w.r.t to its medical uses. Researchers are consistently trying to understand the properties of CBD and hemp for the human body. We are already incorporating hemp-based products in our daily lives. Even CBD oil is being used widely. It is only a matter of time before this becomes a go-to medicine for some treatments and the stigma around it is eliminated.