CBD Oil Part 3: A Neuroprotector

5 December 2017
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Cannabidiol (CBD) is growing in popularity as the research is released on just how wonderful it can be for anxiety, pain, and chronic problems so many people suffer from. But the benefits aren’t just for those currently experiencing troubles. The research is overwhelmingly positive and links CBD to not only balancing the Immune system, but protecting the brain as well.

I know you are thinking that this can’t be so. That marijuana disrupts brains cells; it can’t protect them. Remember that CBD is not the equivalent to consuming basic marijuana. There are little to no side effects, no ‘high’ is felt, and the science undeniably backs the use of it.

The US National Institutes of Health acknowledge the benefits of CBD and do not discourage against therapeutic usage.

As a neuroprotectant, CBD reduces the previous damage done to the brain and nervous system and allows for the growth and development of new neurons. This means that spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, diseases, and strokes may benefit greatly with CBD treatment. The oxidative stresses caused by head injury, genetic disorders, and autoimmune diseases that typically lead to temporary or permanent neurological damage may be protected against or greatly reduced with the use of CBD oil.

But what about using CBD oil preventatively? Are the benefits still there if the problems are not?

YES.

Research has linked CBD oil, as a preventative supplement, to the following neurological disorders:

  • Amyuotophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Epilepsy (and other seizure disorders)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Schizophrenia

It has also been proven that CBD oil aids in management of the symptoms of all of these disorders: depression, agitation, appetite loss, pain, insomnia, and inflammation.

Alzheimer’s has been proven to be caused by inflammation within the brain, although the cause of the inflammation is still unknown. Research is currently being performed with CBD oil and the prevention of possible neurological inflammation. Ohio State Professor of Neuroscience, Gary Wenk, PhD has been studying this possibility for decades. He found that after the age of 30, the human brain naturally begins becoming inflamed. By utilizing CBD, this inflammation can be halted or reduced.

The US government has recently labeled CBD not only as a neuroprotector, but as an antioxidant as well. These two titles are different, but after breaking it down, you will see that they are tied to one another. The brain accumulates excess glutamate over time, and this can lead to glutamate (a neurotransmitter) toxicity, which can destroy brain cells. Studies show that CBD reduces hydroperoxide toxicity in neurons.

Furthermore (as if you need more reason to believe in CBD!), this oil promotes new brain cell growth in adult brains!

While more research is needed, and occurring, it is believed that CBD oil can be used to minimize cell damage, promote healing, and prevent future neural damage.

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18679164

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/12df/a2e60583ba75667c0ee84f72ee114d01759b.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20439484

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15055508

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25935511

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24237632

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22342378

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21362108

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23902406

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16186518

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24614667

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25237116

 

 

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