CBD's Effect on Neurotransmitters

 CBD is an exciting new integrative, plant-based, sustainable option for those struggling with any of the aforementioned chronic conditions, as well as many more. By exploring the science behind CBD’s interaction with neurotransmitters we are becoming increasingly less dependent on pharmaceuticals and more enlightened about the options that come from nature.


CBD has the ability to bind a variety of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain and nervous system and has a varied array of effects. This allows for potentially new treatment methods that could be able to complement current therapies and replace options are not proving effective; or carry a laundry list of side effects.

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A Veteran’s Day exposé: CBD for PTSD

 Around 10% of people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, while veterans are effected dramatically higher, with a staggering 35% reported to be suffering. Those who are troubled with this disease commonly have trouble sleeping, may relive the event repeatedly, and most experience anxiety coupled with depression.

A 2016 study found evidence that “drugs acting on the endocannabinoid system may reduce the symptoms that a person with PTSD experiences after a memory extinction procedure. This is because the endocannabinoid system, which includes CBD receptors, can affect anxiety and memory, two factors that play a significant role in PTSD.” 

In addition to this increasingly popular anecdote, the possibility of CBD affecting different processes involved in adverse memory is growing as studies are showing favorable effects of cannabidiol - namely isolated CBD, in the control of other common manifestations of PTSD symptomatology, such as sleep disorders.

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An elephant never forgets to take their CBD

In published research from a recent medical journal, CBD appears to have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain, which impacts a persons mental state and feelings of well-being or happiness. Keeping serotonin levels balanced is often a key therapy for people with depression, and CBD is a proven method of positively impacting serotonin levels. These studies are now being expanded to the zoological field.

Two stressed African elephants are to be given medical cannabidiol -- CBD -- in an effort to help them relax and even temperament and shows of aggression at a zoo in Poland.
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