The Benefits of CBD on the BrainCBD helps the brain by being the following:
Antipsychotic effects of CBDOne of the benefits of CBD is it is an antipsychotic. A study posted in 2012 states that “CBD appears to have pharmacological profile similar to that of atypical antipsychotic drugs as seem using behavioral and neurochemical techniques in animal models.” These promising results support the idea that CBD may be a future therapeutic option for those suffering from psychosis and schizophrenia. The most common forms of psychosis are mental illnesses such as schizophrenia which affects more than 20 million people worldwide and bipolar disorder. Psychotic symptoms can also occur in conditions like Parkinson’s disease and alcohol or drug abuse. As Cannabis is becoming more open and more states are legalizing it we hope more studies can be done to find ways for CBD to help the Brain.
CBD as an antidepressantDo you suffer from depression? Well over 4o million Americans report taking at least one antidepressant, while over 35 million reports taking an anti-anxiety medication. In the years between 1999 and 2012, the percentage of Americans on antidepressants has almost doubled. So how does CBD help those with depression? First, it’s good to understand how the regular SSRI treatments work. Pharmaceutical SSRI drugs work by targeting serotonin receptors such as the 5-HT1A receptors. Through these drugs, serotonin absorption into the brain is restricted so that there is more serotonin available. Having serotonin floating around in the synaptic space means that the brain can communicate better, which in turn can assist in reducing symptoms of depression. CBD treatments appear to show similar effects to those of SSRIs and in studies by researchers, CBD seems to have even more powerful results than traditional treatments. In a preclinical animal study, CBD seemed to increase transmission of 5-HT1A thereby increasing serotonin availability.
CBD as an anti-anxietyMost of my reviews are about using CBD to help with my anxiety issues. Anxiety comes in many forms and those of us who have it are not diagnosed. Anxiety is characterized by feelings of worry or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities. Some symptoms of anxiety are a state of uneasiness and apprehension. One feels like there is a cloud over your head. Whenever I have an anxiety attack I cannot concentrate properly. My mind starts to dwell on things that it shouldn’t. Anxiety is not an illness, but an emotional state. CBD helps with anxiety-related disorders such as:
- Panic disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Mild to moderate depression
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Social phobia