There is a lot of misinformation about CBD
There is a lot of misinformation about CBD. Some people have claimed that CBD is a miracle drug. Now it is pretty impressive, but it is important to understand how it works. Especially with the physiology of our body and how it works with our neurochemistry and neurotransmitters. CBD does have a powerful effect on depression and anxiety. Here is a breakdown on how CBD works in our body.
In our body we have CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are typically acted upon by endocannabinoids. They are acted upon by cannabis. CBD does not directly affect the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors give you the sensation of bliss. CBD will not directly affect these like cannabis would. The CBD will allow the body to create more of the natural endocannabinoids, so that the CB1 and CB2 receptors can be acted upon by natural produced endocannabinoids. This basically means that the CBD allows you to create more of the things that make you happy naturally.
How does this work with the brain and people who are suffering with depression and anxiety. There is a receptor in the prefrontal cortex portion of the brain its called the 5-HT1A receptor. 5-HT1A stands for hydroxytryptamine, it is a form of the serotonin. When people are depressed or anxious they will have less receptors in the prefrontal cortex. This means that the body has as much ability to process certain types of serotonin. Serotonin is the feel good neurotransmitter. It allows the body to have the sense of well being. Most antidepressant medications on the market promote the use of serotonin and help your body produce more of it. Which is a good thing. People want to feel good. But when a person starts to head down the path of being anxious or depressed, the body loses its ability to process serotonin. CBD will directly affect the 5-HT1A receptor, making it more sensitive. Using CBD is different to using other medication. CBD is making the body more responsive, making the brain more receptive to the neurotransmitters that help people feel better. The same neuron that release serotonin is the same neuron the receives it. The neuron actually dispatches and receives the portion of serotonin. This is a result from a negative feedback loop. This happens when some function of a system’s output is fed back in a manner that reduces fluctuations. This is your body’s way of controlling how good your should feel. When CBD works on a receptor, it allows your body to utilize it. It lets your body absorb it rather than waste it.
The Hippocampus is part of the limbic system and plays an important role in consolidating short term memory into long term memory. When people suffer from anxiety and depression there are studies that show they lose activity in their hippocampus portion of their brain, and their brain cells actually start to die. There is a study that found that those suffering from a shrunken Hippocampus and took CBD on a regular basis, they started to create new neurons in the Hippocampus. New life was beginning the brain, the part that was becoming less and less active was now rebuilding life.
CBD may not be the miracle cure all drug, but it is definitely a alternative to many other options that are currently on the market. It is getting recognition for the benefits and long term results that it is providing.