Newly Released CBD Study!

Hello!  It’s Mathew with Evolution Life Science!  I wanted to take a minute and talk about a recent study that was conducted by the University College of London and released in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The study can be found here. 

One of the key findings of this study was that a single dose of CBD helped increase the blood flow to the hippocampus.  This is an important discovery because it supports the claim that CBD can positively impact conditions that affect memory, such as PTSD and even Alzheimer’s.

Dr Michael Bloomfield, who works in the UCL Psychiatry department, has said “CBD is one of the main constituents of cannabis and is gaining interest for its therapeutic potential.”

He continued by saying, “There is evidence that CBD may help symptoms of psychosis and anxiety.  There is some evidence to suggest that CBD may improve memory function.”

“Additionally, CBD changes how the brain processes emotional memories, which could help to explain its reputed therapeutic effects in PTSD and other psychiatric disorders.  However, the precise mechanisms underlying the effects of CBD on memory are unclear.”

What is the hippocampus, you might ask?  The hippocampus is a brain structure embedded deep in the temporal lobe of each cerebral cortex.  It is an important part of the limbic system, a cortical region that regulates motivation, emotion, learning and memory. 

Dr Bloomfield’s study also found that, while it found a significant increase in blood flow to the hippocampus due to CBD, it did not create a similar response in other regions of the medial temporal lobe. 

CBD was also found to increase blood flow in the orbitofrontal cortex, another area of the brain associated with emotion and memory.

Participants in this study were given a 600mg dose, which is significantly higher than the usual lower doses.  Further details of the CBD used were not disclosed. 

This study has brought fresh air into how CBD can help improve brain function and even how further studies can be conducted with regards to Alzheimer’s, PTSD and schizophrenia.  Its an exciting time to be alive when we can start to find refuge in a plant to help battle major disorders that affect so many people in the world. 

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