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A study published in The International Journal of Neurophamacology points to Cannabidiol (CBD) as a cause of neurogenesis in the brain. Specifically, this birth of new neurons occurred in the hippocampus, an area in the brain that is typically associated with conscious memory and navigation.
According to the study, neurogenesis is responsible for creating new neurons within the brain. These neurons process and carry information to the necessary destinations in the body, improving overall function.
Neurogenesis in adulthood was originally believed to be impossible, but studies have found it to occur, albeit in smaller proportions. There has been little knowledge about the importance of adult-born neurons, but more research has been performed as of recent. One common avenue of adult Neurogenesis research is its relation to stress.
There Are Many Benefits To The Process Of Neurogenesis
The production of new neurons in adulthood shows to correlate with depression. A number of antidepressants attribute their success to stimulating the process of neurogenesis. Furthermore, multiple studies have linked neurogenesis to levels of stress. Stress-relieving activities, such as exercising, have been found to increase the rate of Neuron production. Animal observations have shown that this production decreases when under stress.
CBD May Help Create Neurons, Relieve Stress
The research about neurogenesis suggests that it could help regulate stress levels. Cannabis strains with high levels of CBD are typically known for relieving chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and a number of other conditions. These strains are typically Indica-dominant and some good examples would be: Cannatonic, Ghost Rider, and Frank Ocean.
The medicinal value of CBD has been under intense investigation as of late and more benefits seem to present themselves every day. The most recent of these benefits was found by a group of researchers from Brazil and Spain. They aimed to determine the effect neurogenesis has on CBD’s anxiety relief.
Consistant 30 mg doses of CBD, two hours after a daily stressor increased neuron production in adult wild mice.
Researchers first caused mice to be stressed. Two hours later, each day, the researched administered the mice 30 mg of CBD recorded the levels of neurogenesis. Their findings were that CBD spurred an increase in neuron production and battled the effects of chronic unpredictable stress.
These findings show another one of the many benefits that stem from CBD, a relatively rare cannabinoid. More research must be done on how it can be used in medications for years to come.