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CBD for Neurological Issues

CBD for Neurological Issues

 

CBD for Neurological Issues

By Molly McCarthy

CBD has the potential to help with many neurological conditions, which are those that effect the central or peripheral nervous systems. These are made up of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, etc.

The body’s endocannabinoid system contains receptors throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. CB1 receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), while CB2 receptors are more common in the peripheral nervous system. The CB1 receptors are particularly important when it comes to neurological conditions, as they can affect things like mood, emotions, cognition, memory, sensory perception, etc.

While CBD does not bind directly to these receptors, it delays the breakdown of some of the body’s naturally occurring cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, which do bind to these receptors. CBD blocks the FAAH enzyme from breaking down endocannabinoids, such as anandamide (the “bliss molecule”), which results in elevated anandamide levels in the body.

CBD also enhances and inhibits the binding action of different receptors. For example, CBD has been shown to activate 5-HT1A serotonin receptor, which plays a role in anxiety, sleep, pain perception, and more. On the other hand, it deactivates the GPR55 receptor, which can help decrease bone reabsorption and cancer cell proliferation.

Neurological conditions that CBD can potentially help with:

  • Epilepsy

  • Tourette’s Syndrome

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Huntington’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis

Why CBD can help:

  • Antioxidant

  • Neuroprotective

  • Anti-seizure

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-anxiety

CBD is an antioxidant, which means it can help neutralize free radicals by inhibiting oxidation. Free radicals are known to damage cells, proteins, and DNA and are associated with many diseases, including neurological conditions. As an antioxidant, CBD works against the oxidation process that produces free radicals.

CBD is also a neruoprotective, which means it can help reduce damage to the nervous system (including the brain) and even encourages the growth and development of neurons. The neuroprotective properties of CBD can potentially help limit the progression of degenerative neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s.

CBD has been shown to be anti-seizure and helps reduce the occurrence of seizures in Epileptics. It can also possibly help reduce muscle spasms associated with conditions like Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s, as well as reduce motor and vocal tics associated with Tourette’s Syndrome.

The anti-inflammatory nature of CBD can help reduce inflammation and pain that is associated with many of these diseases. CBD can also help reduce the anxiety that often comes along with them, especially anxiety caused by dementia.

If you or someone you love deals with a neurological condition, consider using CBD as a part of their holistic healing routine!