CBD or Cannabinoid oil is already in discussion over the years. Studies have also linked it with the mechanism of Central Nervous System of your brain. It gives you a psychoactive high and creates a euphoric sense of well-being, say experts. No doubt, the impact of CBD on the Central Nervous System is immeasurable.
A chemical compound of the cannabis sativa plant, cannabinoid oil is known to provide palliative care by relieving pain, suppressing seizures and inflammation. Though, the medicinal benefits of CBD is still under the lens, users have experienced a plethora of neurological benefits of the Cannabinoid oil.
But, it’s crucial to know how does it impact your brain? Does it have any effect on your body? Let’s find out.
Understanding CBD and its effect on Brain
Talking about Central Nervous System would be incomplete without brain. In fact, the human brain experiences most of the “psychoactive high” through CBD. Here’s how.
Surprisingly, human brain also produces compounds like phytocannabioids , which is found in the cannabis plant. The compounds are called anandamide and 2-AG, which offer the same impact like THC & CBD. These are the neurotransmitters which interact with the receptors throughout our CNS and peripheral nervous system. The process impacts the cognitive and physiological processes in the body, such as memory, pain, stress response, and appetite.
According to the scientists there are more than 110 cannabinoids, which instantly interact with the ECS receptors of the human body, when you take CBD. Even more surprising is that the THC mimics anandamide which binds to the CB1 receptors and gives you a high psychoactive effect which pretty much resembles the feelings of euphoria associated with the ‘high’ from cannabis.
How CBD Affects our Central Nervous System
It’s simple. Phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids from the plant) bind to the ECS ( Endocannabioid System) receptors in such a way that they create a fitting connection with each other. However, the intensity of “high” depends primarily of the genetic makeup of the person. The brain behaves differently for different person depending on its capacity to experience the high.
CBD Regulates the Blood Flow in Brain & Controls Anxiety
José Alexandre S Crippa finds out how CBD works wonder in treating anxiety disorders. In a study published in Journal of Psychopharmacology, he explained how CBD is actually impacting on the way your brains responding to the anxiety. More fascinating is that the study was carried out on a group of individuals suffering from anxiety disorder. Their brain scans have revealed a perceptible change in the blood flow of the brain that controls anxiety.
CBD Alleviates the Sensation of Pain
Regulated use of CBD can help people manage the symptoms of chronic pain. CB2 receptors of the Central Nervous System is responsible for the sensation of pain or any physical discomfort. Regulated doses of CBD helps in modifying the CBT endocannabinoids. Alternatively, it may cause the body to produce more of the natural cannabinoids that attach to the CB2 receptors.
While there’s no scientific validation of CBD as a pain reliever, experts believe that CBD affects how these receptors respond to the pain signals. As a result, the nerves of the area under pain gets numbed as soon as CBD is applied. Thus, you get relief from pain and inflammation.
CBD Diminishes Oxidative Damage
Oxidative stress plays a key role in affecting your nerves and making you feel stressed out. Oxidative stress happens on a cellular level. Hence, manging this stress plays a key role in keeping you in good shape. However, it’s a natural process and happens when the cell generates energy. The process also generates free radicals, which is actually a waste product. Environmental toxins, such as smog exposure, also add to it. However, our body addresses by producing antioxidants, thus preventing damages to our DNA. Still, sometimes the production of free radicals exceeds beyond limit. And, diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and atherosclerosis happen.
Application of CBD directly acts on the CB2 receptors and significantly decrease the level of oxidative damage. The neuroprotective antioxidant capacity of CBD is primarily responsible for this. A study at the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reflects that the long term treatment of CBD results in reduces the chances of Alzheimer’s disease or anything related to memory deficit..
CBD Lowers Tensions in Brain Cells
Excessive stimulation of brain cells create overactivity in the brain cells. It might result into traumatic brain injury, stroke, hearing loss, and neurodegenerative diseases of the CNS, including multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. While these conditions are mostly age-related, there are evidences how systematic CBD treatment can address these issues. In fact, there has been significant number of research for CBD treatment in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
A study by Pretzsch in the Neuropsychopharmacology journal already discloses the effects of CBD on brain excitation and inhibition systems. In fact, CBD also contributes to the regulation of inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission in the autistic and typical brains.
CBD Comes with Significant Antipsychotic Properties
This benefit relates to CBD’s effects on anandamide, which is primarily a neurotransmitter that takes part in mood lifting. This neurotransmitter is excited by Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), but the regular application of CBD inhibits the potency of FAAH enzyme, thus lessening psychotic symptoms.
CBD’s antipsychotic effects relate to its impact on anandamide. A study by Leweke et al. published in Translational Psychiatry in March 2012, looked into the effect of CBD on anandamide production.
The psychoactive effects of cannabis on the central nervous system is quite extensive. It offers a placebo effect and works surprisingly wonder for a number of ailments related to your nerves. However, you must get in touch with an expert before starting on with your cannabis dose.