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Cannabidiol (CBD) and the Impact on the Brain

By Dan Putnam September 05, 2016 0 comments


Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the two main components found in the cannabis plant, the other being tetrahydrocannabinol, (THC). These are both cannabinoids, however they are remarkably different, in that only THC causes the symptoms most commonly associated with recreational drugs like a high, the munchies, paranoia, or overexcitement. Cannabidiol is the part of cannabis more frequently used in medical marijuana for it’s abundant healing benefits, and strains of the plant are now being produced specifically to contain significantly higher levels of CBD than THC. This ensures it can be used safely for medical purposes, with no alarming side effects. One use of CBD that is currently being researched, is to treat schizophrenia, by acting as an antipsychotic.    

Why is CBD Important?

CBD, while technically a component of cannabis is risk free, and is being turned to more and more in medical practice. It is being used to treat a whole host of conditions, such as epilepsy, arthritis, diabetes, auto immune diseases, and even schizophrenia. While the THC components give you the munchies, CBD is actually an appetite suppressant, so there is no risk of weight gain and the medical conditions that come with it by using it as a treatment.

The levels of THC determine the classifications of cannabis, and by having more CBD, less THC, the product is more likely to be considered hemp, which is totally legal, and sounds a lot less scary. While there ae mountains of research into the risks of long term cannabis use, CBD is not the important player in those risks – THC is, as it is THC that causes the cognitive and psychoactive side effects. Plus the risks of taking synthetic pills with horrific side effects every day, or letting conditions go untreated are much more serious.

How does it work with Schizophrenia?

CBD works as an antipsychotic, and so reduces the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia, allowing sufferers to enjoy a normal life. Much research is currently still underway on this topic, however national laws on marijuana are limiting the research can be done. What is now known for a fact is that CBD is an anti-oxidant, which is always good for the brain and body, and the Journal for International Neuropharmacology recently tested it and while some findings are inconclusive, they have determined that it definitely works against stress.

By yielding anxiolytic and anti- psychotic benefits it targets schizophrenia in the brain, and naturally combats things like paranoia, as it grows to balance out the negative effects of THC. It is well recognised that schizophrenia is often associated with the over activity of Dopamine 2. Another cannabinoid named Anandamide is proven to combat this over activity, and thus serves as a treatment to Schizophrenia. Studies have proven that CBD aids in the body producing increased levels of Anandamide, and so is a natural treatment to the brain disorder. It is undisputable that this treatment is in its infancy, however it is also harmless, so why not give it a try?  

Why is it better than the alternatives?

Current treatments available include medications like Risperdal and Clozapine have enormous lists of side effects that go with them. While some people find them only slightly limiting, others find them completely debilitating. These side effects include anxiety, agitation, weight gain, dizziness, nausea, increased sweating skin rashes, abdominal pain, aggressive behaviour, blurred vision, difficulty concentrating, difficulty swallowing, memory problems, trouble sleeping and many, many more. In short, living with these side effects may provide relief from the symptoms of schizophrenia, but it does not provide relief to the sufferer, who is still in constant pain or discomfort. There are no known negative side effects to using CBD. None at all. And it could be just as effective a treatment.

Is CBD for me?

While using an antipsychotic from a cannabis plant, known for creating a psychoactive experience may seem like an alien concept, it is scientifically proven that CBD is not psychoactive, and will instead work as an antipsychotic and aid in treating conditions such as schizophrenia. Colorado and Arizona are already approving clinical human trials, s more information will be available soon, and in the meantime CBD hemp oil is still accessible. While your doctor may seem reluctant to prescribe this, remember that it can’t be patented by pharmaceutical companies as it is not a synthetic chemical, so it will remain a natural and affordable treatment, which may not be good for your doctor’s business.

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