CBD continues to gain traction based on its numerous benefits. One of the benefits that underline its potentiality is its medical value, which includes alleviating cancer-related symptoms, reducing anxiety and depression, and also relieving pain.
That said, there is an emerging strand of literature that suggests that CBD might have neuroprotective properties. Put briefly, this research suggests that CBD has 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.
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. Put briefly, 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 indirect approach when interacting with the endocannabinoid system. In other words, 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.
By undertaking an indirect approach, CBD comes into play to 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, scientific research suggests that CBD blocks 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. According to research conducted to establish the impact of CBD on oxidative stress, it was found that CBD revealed a combination of neuroprotective, antioxidative, and antiepileptic effects.
Inflammation is another cause of neurodegeneration. This is because it affects your immune response by damaging or destroying cells completely. However, research suggests that CBD reduces 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 has neuroprotective properties. As such, there are studies that suggest that CBD is helpful in treating neurological disorders such as:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Seizure activity in children with Dravet syndrome
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
Although research is still ongoing, the available scientific research offers sufficient proof that CBD might have neuroprotective properties. Furthermore, its effect on oxidative stress and inflammation, as well as its potentiality in treating neurological disorders, 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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