The nervous system is comprised of two main parts: the peripheral nervous system, which includes the nerves and ganglia on the outside of the brain and spinal cord, and the central nervous system, which includes the brain, cranial nerves, spiral cord, etc. CBD prevents the degeneration of the nervous system in several ways.
The human body has a fatty acid called amide hydroxylase (FAAH), an enzyme which and breaks down the neurotransmitter, anandamide, which is associated with the neural generation of motivation and pleasure, as well as neural development in early stage embryos. CBD suppresses the effect of FAAH in the body, creating higher levels of anandamide, which in turn naturally binds to Cannabinoid type 1 receptors (known as CB1), which are concentrated in our central nervous systems.
Additionally, CBD successfully stimulates the release of 2-AG, an endocannabinoid that stimulates both CB1 and Cannabinoid receptor type 2 (known as CB2). These receptors play a key role in regulating mood, memory, appetite, sleep, and reduction of inflammation within the human body. For this reason, topical treatments of CBD can help reduce brain inflammation associated with autoimmune disorders, and which may lead to damage of the neurons’ fatty covering. Reducing inflammation in the brain may also be used to treat neuropathic pain, which is caused by damage to the somatosensory nervous system.
A dosage of 20-40 mg of CBD has also been used to successfully treat high eye pressure, a painful condition caused by elevated levels of fluid in the eye. For this reason, CBD may benefit individuals who are affected by Glaucoma due to intraocular hypertension (high eye pressure), thereby preventing optic nerve damage.
Additional CBD Benefits
CBD has been shown to benefit diabetes patients by naturally lowering the body’s blood sugar level as well as chronic inflammation which increases the development of insulin resistance within the body and type 2 diabetes. In parallel, CBD may lower blood pressure, indirectly assist in the development of bone tissue, and act as a natural antibacterial. CBD has also been show to protect against cancerous cells and tumors. Consequently, CBD is of high interest and is researched for the future treatment of cancer.