CBD continues to gain traction based on its numerous potential benefits and medical value, which could include alleviating cancer-related symptoms, reducing anxiety and depression, and also relieving pain.

In addition, CBD could also have neuroprotective properties. Put briefly, CBD could have the ability to act on the endocannabinoid system and other brain signaling systems.

With respect to this, here is a brief elucidation to help you understand whether CBD has neuroprotective properties.

Understanding Neurons

The inner workings of the body are often complex to understand. One such structure which underlines this complexity is the neurons. Neurons are defined as cells that communicate with other cells through specialized connections known as synapses. Your body transfers and receives signals with the help of neurons.

That said, damage to those neurons denotes a massive impact on the ability of your body to send and receive signals. In other words, if your neurons are damaged, then your body won’t be able to function normally, and it might be impossible to carry out simple tasks such as lifting a cup or even a knife.

Further, your neurons can be damaged through inflammation and oxidative stress, which impact the ability to process electrical signals. When this happens, you are bound to suffer from neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s.

Therefore, based on this understanding, it becomes imperative to protect neurons in your body.

CBD and Neurons: The Connection

One of the distinct features that set CBD apart from other cannabinoids is its unique way of interacting with the endocannabinoid system. CBD favors an indirect approach when binding with CB receptors-contrary to other prominent cannabinoids. However, this doesn’t mean that it does not affect the CB1 or CB2 receptors.

CBD comes into play to help maintain the normal functioning of the endocannabinoid system by undertaking a supervisory role. In essence, this ensures that the regulatory system is functioning correctly.

Also, CBD may block inhibiting enzymes—thus increasing the production of anandamide (AEA). As such, it is through helping in the production of AEA that it underlines the role of CBD in cellular signaling.

How Does CBD Help in Neuroprotection?

Impact on Oxidative stress

One of the significant contributors to neurodegeneration is oxidative stress. This creates an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants. CBD could potentially impart a combination of neuroprotective, antioxidative, and antiepileptic effects.

Reducing Inflammation

Inflammation is another cause of neurodegeneration. This is because it affects your immune response by damaging or destroying cells completely. CBD may reduce the messengers that contribute to inflammation.

The impact of CBD on oxidative stress and inflammation—neurodegenerative properties—is what fuels researchers to believe that CBD may have neuroprotective properties. As such, CBD may be helpful in treating neurological disorders such as:

  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Seizure activity in children with Dravet syndrome
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Bottom Line

Although research is still ongoing, CBD could have neuroprotective properties. Furthermore, its effect on oxidative stress and inflammation, as well as its potentiality in treating neurological disorders, may further shed more light on this.

Therefore, until a consensus is reached, we can all reach an agreement that there might be neuroprotective properties in CBD.


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