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CBD and Your Brain

CBD and Your Brain

cbd-brainTHC comes to mind when a lot of people talk about cannabis, but CBD is getting quite renowned due to its beneficial effects on the body. As scientific research moves step by step forward every day, it becomes clear that every medical cannabis strain has its own properties. CBD helps the brain in an intricate and pertinent manner. There is no psychoactive effect attached to CBD. This makes it different from THC which has some psychoactive effects. This happens because CB1 receptors are not activated by cannabidiol. The manner by which cannabidiol affects the brain shall be explained further.

It has relevant antipsychotic properties

CBD has antipsychotic effects that are just like the ones for amisulpride. The recent trend is that more and more people prefer CBD due to the fact that it doesn’t have as much side effects as amisulpride. The antipsychotic effects of CBD stem from the effect it has on anandamide that is increased in the brain because of the presence of cannabinoids. A reduction in psychotic related symptoms has been connected to increased levels of anandamide in the brain.

It protects the brain cells from harm in neurodegenerative diseases

Research has indicated that CBD can keep the brain cells away from damage. This reduces the inflammatory response that the immune system produces. Chemokines, cytokines and other inflammatory molecules that are found at the sites of inflammation are then reduced. When various brain injuries from animal models were examined, it was found out that CBD boosted a number of viable brain cells. It also decreased the number of brain cells that were damaged by more than half. This shows that CBD can decrease the injury to the brain caused by traumas. CBD can also block pain signals that are sent to the brain by decreasing inflammation through peripheral means. Ointments that contain CBD reduced sudden pains and inflammation of the joints. Therefore, it is perfect for treating pain caused by arthritis. Chemical compounds of marijuana and marijuana itself are perfect for protecting the cells of the brain from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other dementia forms.

It helps with depression and anxiety

CBD can prevent compounds like THC from binding to CB1 receptors by interacting with the receptors in a specific manner. CBD can also cure a lot of problems caused by THC like memory problems and anxiety. CBD interacts with a serotonin receptor that relates directly to depression symptoms. It has also been seen that regions that get hyperactive during anxiety disorders can be calmed by CBD. CBD does this by decreasing flow of blood to the areas of the brain like the hypothalamus that are connected with anxiety. The general anxiety scores of those who partook in the study were decreased. CBD can also work as an antidepressant which is unique from its function as an anxiety reducer. For depressed people, CBD can create a balance in the impairment of their endocannabinoid system. In a study, imaging scans were used by researchers to understand the brain regions that are involved with the anti-anxiety effects of CBD. This has created new ways of curing depression. Although conventional medications that use to cure depression have side effects, CBD has none.

It can be used to treat epilepsy

The effect of CBD on epilepsy has created a lot of buzz and has led to huge progress in the cure for epilepsy. CBD can reduce seizures in epilepsy the same way that it can moderate other chemicals found in the brain. CBD can prohibit mechanisms of the brain that contribute to seizures by increasing the release of GABA, the inhibitory neurotransmitter. Charlotte Figi is the most popular case of CBD being used to cure epilepsy.

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  1. I take TRUE cannibus oil for $90 and someone who has epilepsy says BlueGrass CDB oil is better for epilepsy and it is $39. I looked at Charlotte’s Web and it has one for $40 and $90. I am so confused at this point. I would love to know which brand to take and what dose and $40 sounds better than $90 or do you have to spend more for better quality? HELP! Mary Jane. mjlevell@yahoo.com

    • I take TrUE CBD oil for $90 and someone who has epilepsy says BLUE GRASS is better for epilepsy. They have one for $39 and $90. I looked on Charlotte’s Web and they have one for $39 and $90. I am so confused. I would love to know a good brand and dosage. Help!!

    • Mary Jane,

      If you do not live in a state where actual medical grade CBD oil is available we feel you are wasting your money on over the counter hemp CBD. It isn’t the same thing you are reading about in the epilepsy treatment studies. There is a huge difference. You may want to watch a webinar we have done here on EpilepsyU about it. Just go to the Webinar tab. It is VERY informative and enlightening on the subject with an MD and medical director or a Medical Marijuana Producer as well. When spending the money be sure it is a proven medical grade product please. It is expensive and does not work for everyone but studies we continue to post are very positive in the results for many.

    • Thanks Chuck. My daughter says I am wasting my money but I hate taking Keppra which my epileptologist prescribed along with the CBD oil. He wants me to take 500mg. in a.m and 500 mg. in p.m. I take 250 mg. in a.m. along with TRUE CBD oil 8 drops and no Keppra at night and 30 drops TRUE CBD oil at night. My concern is that I am just guessing at brand and dosage. What is the website that discribes medical marijuana (sp.) and does it give a brand. Any advice is appreciated and thanks again for answering me. MaryJane

  2. I take TrUE CBD oil for epilepsy but it is expensive $90. A girl atVitamin Shoppe uses BluGrass oil from Kentucky at half the price and she said it is good. I am so confused. What CBD oil is good for epilepsy and is it low cost?

  3. Mary Jane, We don’t know of any specific site that will give a dosage or recommend an brand of CBD. We leave that up to the medical professionals. A dosage will vary by age/weight and tolerance. I have worked with families in the research studies and they seem to have to increase it as time goes one. Some children it worked for for a year or so and then didn’t after that. All medical studies on CBD have been on children with severe forms of epilepsy with great results. We don’t know of any studies yet done by the medical community with adults. If it is working for you, you are not wasting money but be sure to talk to your doctor about reducing or stopping your medication(s) to be safe. There has been no reports of adverse reactions to CBD other then some stomach issues. We know Keppra has some potentially strong side effects on some people. If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal (CBD) I would suggest you work with a good neurologist on the dosage and hopefully wean off of the Keppra some.

    Best wishes,

    • Thanks Chuck! Now if I could find an epileptologist who believes in CBD oil for epilepsy and not drugs and takes my insurance.

  4. Mary Jane,

    Many doctors are still afraid of dealing with it until the federal government comes around. Hopefully the FDA will reschedule it and things will change. Even if it is legal in a state it is still against federal law. When a few CBD products get final FDA approval, hopefully this year, more doctors may get on-board with it.

    Good luck and best wishes.

    • Thanks! I hope so too! Take care! Peace! Mary Jane

    • Thank you for this information, do you know if there are any studies on CBD oil and Catamenial Epilepsy? We are in Florida, I’m assuming no neurologist work with CBD oil in my state is that correct?

    • Medical grade CBD is available in Florida now and several pharmacies are now open. You do have to have a 90 relationship with a physician to obtain it. At present the only medical studies that we are aware of have been on children with severe forms of epilepsy. You may want to watch a webinar we did on catamenial seizures in our webinar section. If we see any news on an adult study or on catamenial and CBD we will be sure to share it. Best wishes.

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