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What does CBD do to your brain?

The science of the human brain is incredibly complex. In fact, the scientific community has a greater understanding of some of the most inconceivable facts about astrophysics than it does of the workings of the human brain. There is, however, a growing body of research about the way cannabinoids interact with the brain, starting with some significant breakthroughs in the 1960s by a team led by Dr Raphael Mechoulam. This team identified the chemical structures of both THC and CBD, and since then the system with which these cannabinoids interact within the human body has been discovered.

Interacting with the body

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system in humans and many other animals that has evolved to be directly responsive to certain compounds from the cannabis plant. It has receptors throughout the human body which link directly to the central nervous system and, thus, to the brain. In simple terms, different kinds of receptors react differently to certain chemicals, and in the case of the ECS CB1 and CB2 receptors, it is believed that CBD may dampen their response. Other receptors will bind efficiently with CBD to trigger a neural connection via synapses inside the brain. The impact of CBD on the other chemicals of the brain sheds light on its potential applications for therapeutic purposes.

CBD’s relationship with other chemicals

The brain’s 5-HT1A receptor is involved in the transmission of serotonin. This chemical helps regulate mood, and this specific receptor has been identified as a potential link to the mediation of depression and anxiety. It is believed that CBD has properties which help reduce anxiety. It may even have a compounding effect to help boost the body’s own production of endocannabinoids.

There are also signs that CBD might impact non-cannabinoid receptors, such as opioid receptors. This could indicate that CBD may be helpful in treating opioid addiction by altering the way the brain ‘rewards’ their consumption. Dopamine is the brain’s chemical that gives that sense of reward, along with Anandamide, and CBD seems to inhibit their reuptake and breakdown. There is even some belief that CBD stimulates the development of neurons in the hippocampus, enlarging that portion of the brain to improve memory and anxiety management.

The effects of CBD on the many chemical processes in the brain are still being researched, but there is lots of promise for its therapeutic benefits for things like treating anxiety and stress, as well as the reported benefits for conditions like epilepsy. The effects of CBD on the brain revolve around the body’s ECS receptors and the way it interacts with other chemicals, and so far the research looks very positive for the consumption of CBD.