Serotonin, CBD, and Your Brain
The human brain is complex. And upon close inspection, the mind that makes perception possible justs gets even more complicated!
Within the brain are millions of “tree-shaped extensions” that form interconnected pathways of information and energy transfer. These tree-shaped figures are responsible for sending the signals that, if they fire off correctly, produce things and thoughts. Their signals are propelled along by electricity in the form of nerve impulses:
“Dendrites are computationally sophisticated devices that invade a volume thousands of times the space occupied by the neuron’s soma (cell body) to integrate input from tens of thousands of other neurons in the form of graded electric signals.”
This is where the endocannabinoid system comes into the picture.
You’ve heard us talk about the intricacies of the endocannabinoid system before...but did you know that this system helps regulate electrical flow by operating independently of it? While most neurotransmitters are carried along with nerve impulses, much like kayaks flowing in tandem down a stream, endocannabinoids are uniquely different.
Endocannabinoids (eCB’s) travel in reverse, jumping past graded electric signals by operating on a pressure-sensing basis. When cells are stressed, they expand and build up internal pressure; when eCB’s sense this, they get ‘pushed’ out of said cells, travel back to presynaptic cells, and send them a message.
A message... to reduce stress!
It’s in this way that the endocannabinoid system (and the cannabinoids that supplement it) help the brain process stress, overcome it, and grow stronger. Higher levels of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin and lower levels of the fight-or-flight hormone cortisol usually result.
In other words, CBD might just be a long-overlooked nootropic! And when it comes to neuro-boosting nootropics, two things are most important: protecting the brain from damage and helping it function best.
CBD as a Neuroprotectant
CBD’s ability to protect the mind against many kinds of stress, notably the common drain of oxidative stress, are well known. The US government even has a now-infamous research patent on this very subject! Here’s what molecular biologist Dr. Bob Melamede says about cannabinoids:
“Endocannabinoids are the oil of life. And what they do is minimise. It’s friction we’re talking about. Biochemical friction essentially and what we’d like to do is minimise the consequences. [...] Cannabinoids have a profound effect on the nervous system.”
If one wants to optimize things, the first and most important step is to allow the brain’s innate amazing-ness to shine through by taking preventative measures. Given the sheer amount of neurotoxins and neurostimulants all of us are exposed to on a daily basis, taking CBD as a safeguard is definitely a good idea.
Helping the Brain Function its Best
Thanks to hemp, though, we can do more than just protect the brain. We can go a step further, and activate its natural neuropathways even more greatly! CBD initiates several actions that may improve brain function, especially when combined with the cannabinoids it sticks within nature. Studies show that CBD may help the body boost serotonin levels, reduce unhealthy cravings, and even escape the clutches of depression.
CBD research is still in its infancy...but millions of people are already experiencing the same benefits that are being hinted at in the lab. If you have depression or other mental hardships, consider giving the goodness of hemp a try for yourself! After all, CBD is full of unexpected benefits.