CBD is the second most prevalent cannabinoid in cannabis. It is often used and known for its medicinal effects, as although it provides all sorts of physiological relief and relaxation, it is not a psychoactive compound, such as THC is. There are still many skeptics, even after decades of formal and professional research, regarding the therapeutic effects of CBD on the body and brain. CBD is known best for its calming and pain-relieving properties. What happens scientifically, though, and how does this serve as proof of it providing authentic, sought-after effects?
CBD acts on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, but it’s often neglected to mention that CBD increases the amount of GABA in the brain.
GABA stands for Gamma Aminobutyric Acid. It is the brain’s natural benzodiazepine- an amino acid that serves as an important neurotransmitter which affects our lives in many ways, daily. Its function is to reduce excitably within the nervous system. By lessening electrical activity within the nervous system, as opposed to glutamate, increased GABA can aid in the prevention of seizures, inhibit the activity in the brain that causes migraines, calm one from the effects of anxiety, and possess the opportunity to have a great night’s rest. This is why you see or hear of people who suffer from epilepsy, anxiety disorders, insomnia, and more, using CBD to utilize its undeniably positive improvement of symptoms associated with its functions in the brain.
The connection between CBD and GABA is one of the main reasons that CBD is, actually, as beneficial to the body and mind as it is. This connection leads to a much better understanding of the peaceful, sedating effects of CBD to cannabis enthusiasts and critics alike. This has, gratefully and inevitably lead to an exponential growth in CBD consumers. It has maintained its reputation of a wonderful and trusted herbal medicine, as the improvement to one’s life that CBD can provide, is miraculous.