Did You Know CBD Has Nootropic Benefits?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is second-most prevalent compound in the cannabis plant. It has been touted as the source for many of the medical benefits found in cannabis. However, new research is emerging that suggests CBD is also a possible nootropic, or “brain boosting” drug. This could potentially open up cannabis use for reasons beyond getting high or to treat a medical condition.
There are many ways that something can be a nootropic: it can promote focus, it can improve memory, or it can stimulate different areas of the brain. The most common nootropic in use is caffeine. Caffeine users know that they think better after they’ve had their first cup (or few) of coffee. Research for CBD as a nootropic is encouraging because it may help the brain in multiple ways.
First, it has been proven that cannabidiol actually promotes the growth of new neurotransmitters, a process called neurogenesis. Researchers from Complutense University in Madrid in conjunction with Brazilian researchers found that CBD provided stressed mice with stress relief by promoting neurogenesis in the hippocampus. It does this without being psychoactive, unlike its counterpart THC. However, like THC, CBD also has some neuroprotective properties though the reason for this is currently unknown.
A medication or an herbal supplement can also be considered a nootropic is if it has an effect on mood. CBD has shown promising benefits as an antidepressant. How does CBD work? Scientists are not exactly sure, but the current school of thought is that it is because CBD increases the amount of endocannabinoids in our bodies by inhibiting their breakdown.
Another way that CBD may help to protect our brains is that it combats our brain and nerve cells’ primary enemy: oxidation. CBD stimulates the production of brain-derived neuropathic factor, also known as BNDF. In turn, BNDF begins the repair of damaged neurons and promotes the growth and differentiation of new neurons.
One more possible nootropic benefit of CBD is that it stimulates cerebral blood flow. Not only would this produce a neuroprotective effect, it is also thought that it would produce a cognition enhancement effect.
The primary way that the brain keeps toxins from invading its tissue is through the blood-brain barrier. Inflammation compromises the BBB, which allows toxins to reach the brain and cause neurological inflammation. CBD, as an anti-inflammatory, prevents the inflammation-derived disruption of the BBB, which in turn, reduces neurological inflammation.
One final boon that CBD has as a natural nootropic? There does not seem to be a tolerance developed to CBD over time, requiring higher and higher doses to achieve the same effect. The neuroprotective effects of CBD do not reduce over time.
While there are still many more studies that need to be done to cement the nootropic benefits of cannabinoids, especially CBD, initial research is promising. Choosing a CBD oil and vaporizing it in a vape mod can help you experience the effects for yourself of this handy little molecule. And if it is proven that it has a demonstrable positive effect on human brains, that will add even more weight to legalization arguments.
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