Could CBD Ultimately Be a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?
How interesting would it be if a compound found in a drug that is associated with forgetfulness is actually found to improve the memory?
That’s a real possibility researchers say after a new study at the University College London showed that Cannabidiol (CBD), an ingredient in both marijuana and hemp, increases blood flow in memory processing regions of the brain.
Researchers say increased blood flow is associated with improved performance when it comes to the brain. And, on the other hand, decreased blood flow is associated with poor performance and is seen in many medical conditions including Alzheimer’s disease./p>
In this new study, researchers measured the acute effects of CBD on cerebral blood flow in brain regions associated with memory processing.
The study used baseline blood flow measurements as its key metric. Based on prior research findings, a higher resting hippocampal blood flow is associated with a better memory performance.
The study included 15 healthy subjects who had their brains scanned after being given either a placebo or a 600 mg capsule of CBD.
Cerebral blood flow was measured using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique called arterial spin labeling.
The results revealed significant increases in hippocampal blood flow following a single CBD dose. Blood flow increases were also seen in the orbitofrontal cortex, a region known for decision making.
The study’s lead author, Michael Bloomfield, said: “There is evidence that CBD may help reduce symptoms of psychosis and anxiety. There is some evidence to suggest that CBD may improve memory function. Additionally, CBD changes how the brain processes emotional memories, which could help to explain its reputed therapeutic effects in PTSD and other psychiatric disorders.”
He also added: “To our knowledge, this is the first study to find that CBD increases blood flow to key regions involved in memory processing, particularly the hippocampus. This supports the view that CBD has region-specific blood flow effects in the human brain, which has previously been disputed.”
CBD is one of more than 100 different Cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The other main cannabinoid, in addition to CBD, is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is the compound most often associated with marijuana’s psychoactive euphoric effects. CBD on the other hand is increasingly being found to provide a number of positive health outcomes to both humans and animals.
It recently became the first cannabis plant-derived compound ever approved by the FDA. It was approved for use as a seizure reducer for patients with severe forms of epilepsy.
Both CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system that is found within the human body – but this is where the similarities end. These two cannabinoids have very different effects once inside the human body.
By the way, the endocannabinoid system is a relatively recent discovery. This system is basically a signaling system that is responsible for regulating numerous functions within the body, including:
Basically, when CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system’s receptors they cause the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. These neurotransmitters can then impact how we feel.
The psychoactive properties of THC can cause a number of temporary side effects, including:
In comparison, even large doses of CBD have been shown to produce no unwanted side effects in humans. In the study “An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies” researchers determined that CBD appears to be safe in both humans and animals.
Here are just some of the benefits that have already been associated with CBD:
That’s quite a lot. For example, let’s look at pain relief which is something that a lot of people are interested in.
In a study entitled “Pharmacotherapeutic considerations for use of cannabinoids to relieve pain in patients with malignant diseases” researchers determined that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
Animal studies, such as “Cannabidiol Is a Potential Therapeutic for the Affective-Motivational Dimension of Incision Pain in Rats” have shown that CBD reduced pain response to surgical incision and reduced sciatic nerve pain and inflammation.
What about using CBD as a treatment for stress and anxiety?
Numerous studies have demonstrated CBD’s potential as a treatment for those conditions. For example, in a study entitled “Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders” researchers determined “CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders ….”
Plus, CBD may even protect against THC-induced psychosis!
In a study entitled “Effects of cannabidiol on schizophrenia-like symptoms in people who use cannabis” researchers found that people who used THC alone were more prone to psychosis (or schizophrenia-like symptoms) than those who used THC and CBD.
A leading provider that produces products with full spectrum CBD is Sarah’s Blessing.
This London-based CBD supplement manufacturer offers a full line of full spectrum CBD products that includes three flavors of tea, candy, a skin cream and CBD oil.
Each product contains pure, pharmaceutical quality CBD, the same amazing substance used in all those clinical trials.
Sarah’s Blessing’s CBD is also grown in Switzerland, which has quickly become known for producing the highest quality CBD. The CBD in Sarah’s Blessing’s products is organic, alcohol-free, pesticide-free and non-GMO.
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