Cognition, Behaviour, Drive & Relaxation – The Benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol, or CBD as it is more commonly known, is a non-psychoactive compound found within the hundreds of cannabinoids produced by hemp plants. This particular compound is the second most prevalent produced by the plant, and when isolated has a wide range of benefits for humans.
The human body relies on its endocannabinoid system to regulate sleep, immune system response, pain and appetite. These neurotransmitters bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. CBD positively impacts the activity of these endocannabinoid receptors, reducing inflammation and significantly reducing nerve pain such as sciatica.
Using CBD has been shown to improve cognitive processes such as attention and memory. With just a single dose of CBD, blood flow to the hippocampus increased. This complex brain structure is embedded deep in the temporal lobe and plays a major part in learning and memory.
Findings related directly to cognitive function itself are, however, still relatively scarce. Although, the definitive findings relating to cerebral blood flow do strengthen the argument for CBD’s therapeutic potential.
Studies are still in their early stages, but the findings so far could lead to advances in the treatment of conditions affecting memory such as Alzheimer’s Disease. UCL Psychiatrist, Dr Michael Bloomfield said of the study - “There is some evidence to suggest that CBD may improve memory function […] 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.” (1)
As well as having proven benefits with neurological issues such as epilepsy, CBD has also shown promising results in the alleviation of behavioural disorders. In 2015 the journal Neurotherapeutics published a study analysing preclinical trials of the use of CBD for various anxiety related conditions.
The study found that CBD was effective in reducing the symptoms of behavioural disorders. The study looked at OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) among others. (2)
The calming effects of CBD have long been known for their promising results with improving sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep is paramount to the stability of your mental health, well-being and your physical health.
It is estimated that around one third of adults do not get the recommended amount of sleep, this issue is linked to increases in depression, heart disease, type two diabetes and obesity.
As part of a healthy routine, a study showed that CBD helped stabilise sleeping patterns for 65% of participants. (3) The results of this study also recorded very few patients experiencing side-effects. The profound effect sleep can have on other aspects of life could certainly hold the key to how CBD alleviates symptoms of behavioural disorders.
With effective results in reducing stress, anxiety and chronic pain, using CBD as part of a healthy routine can reignite your energy levels and drive. Reports have even suggested that CBD can act as a stimulant providing a boost in energy.
CBD increases the neurotransmissions in the ECS (endocannabinoid system). Researchers believe that the ECS plays a part in processes such as energy metabolism, memory and learning. (4) Lower doses of CBD have been shown to have a stimulating effect and demonstrate a positive impact on wakefulness.
The body naturally produces endocannabinoids which help humans to maintain homeostasis. CBD, a phytocannabinoid, enhances and promotes the natural feelings of relaxation that the ECS provides. It is theorised that this is because the CBD actively prolongs the availability of the endocannabinoids your body produces.
It is these relaxing properties that in part, give CBD its many medicinal benefits. The calming nature helps alleviate anxieties, stress and worries. With increased neurotransmissions, increased blood flow and promoting better pain management, CBD offers a natural remedy to everyday stresses.
With growing demand, CBD can now be found in many products from creams to sprays, sweets to chocolate, beverages and more. These convenient and accessible options have meant that people can utilise the benefits of CBD on a regular basis. The simplicity of a drink or snack can easily become part of a daily routine that works to keep you at your optimum performance.
At Goodrays, we combined the benefits of CBD with vitamin D. Sometimes referred to as the sunshine vitamin, produced in the skin in response to sunlight, vitamin D possesses many similar benefits to CBD.
In aiding the regulation of calcium and phosphorus through the body, vitamin D helps keep teeth and bones healthy and promotes growth. It also facilitates a healthy immune system as well as improving sleep patterns, weight loss and resistance to certain diseases.
Using all-natural flavours along with just water and bubbles, our cannabis seltzers offer a refreshing way to enjoy the benefits of both CBD and vitamin D, as part of a healthy routine. With a range of flavours to choose from, our drinks contain 30mg of natural CBD and a daily dose of vitamin D. All this, carefully crafted by cannabis experts and award-winning liquid developers.