I bet that every sneaky thought of yours which came to your mind has nothing to do with hemp being an effective brain booster (3), am I correct?
Well, to tell the truth, marijuana (FYI, marijuana and cannabis are basically the same so that you will see either of the terms over the course of this story) can serve as a considerably potent nootropic, which can improve one’s cognitive function, mainly executive functions, memory, creativity, motivation, and so forth.
Nevertheless, there are some aspects that we need to discuss before you begin chasing your local drug dealer to get the dosage (do not do it!).
CBD or THC? Indica or Sativa?
In order to break this matter down for you so you can digest this information I gave you as easy as possible, I would like to provide you with information in regard of the following matters: firstly, what are CBD (4) and THC.
Secondly, how do CBD and THC (5) differ?
And finally, how useful are both CBD and THC in the concept of medicine and supplies for your brain.
To start with, CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol.
CBD is considered to be a non-intoxicating and less intense component in cannabis.
The simplest way of putting it would be that CBD gives you the body high, and THC makes your mind high.
In other words, when one uses cannabis sativa, then it means that he prefers the marijuana product, which is low in CBD and high in THC.
Such a product gives you this unforgettable feeling of being high and stoned.
Alternatively, the individuals who prefer the use of cannabis indica are more likely to choose a product which is very low in THC and high in the non-intoxicating CBD compound.
These plant’s parts are used the most when it comes to making the medical supplies from marijuana.
Recent research has revealed that CBD has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties without the psychoactive side-effects effects.
In other words, CBD does not give you a high or stoned feeling when compared to what THC provides you with, for instance.
Hence, products containing CBD can be used as a treatment as the usage of CBD results in painkilling, calming down cancerous tumors, making you feel hungry when the process of eating itself can turn out to become a matter of life and death.
One of the significant advantages of CBD is that when a product containing such a high in the non-intoxicating compound is taken, then there will be no clouding of one’s consciousness.
In other words, CBD allows you to think clearly and rationally.
So, what are the medical benefits of CBD (7)?
Well, the list of both conditions and disorders CBD can help treating always expands; however, here are the major ones: PTSD and anxiety, multiple sclerosis, opioid withdrawal, epilepsy and seizure disorders, pain and inflammation, Crohn’s disease, cancerous tumors’ treatment, and so forth.
However, in most cases, CBD cannot serve as a very potent nootropic. www.cbdornot.com
Alternatively, THC can boost your brain power, better cognitive function, mainly executive functions, improve one’s memory, creativity, motivation, and etcetera (we will discuss over this topic in the next paragraph).
Another significant advantage of CBD is that it has no lethal dosage whatsoever.
However, CBD is not the only ingredient which can benefit your health when one is ill poorly.
As controversial as it sounds but the most efficacious cannabinoid (8), THC can be usually prescribed in the FDA-approved prescription medication Dronabinol (which also may be known by a different title – “Marinol”) as the way of treating the weight loss by causing hunger due to the lack of appetite caused by AIDS.
This is a rather important argument that concerns whether marijuana can pass as a nootropic supplement.
Due to the fact that the vast majority of those who participate in this discussion mainly consists of middle-aged conservatives, it is somewhat expected who is winning in this debate as for now.
However, due to the latest scientific findings and conducted researches on the topic, the potion tips the scales in favor of CBD/THC supporters.
Interestingly, it turns out that marijuana can qualify as a nootropic supplement when it comes to a product which mainly consists of THC rather than CBD cannabinoid.
Generally speaking, the plant of marijuana is contained of substances which are identified as cannabinoids.
Moreover, it turns out that the most active THC cannabinoids tend to interact with various receptors in the brain.
An interesting fact to brag about in front of your friends: our bodies naturally produce a cannabinoid, which is titled “neurotransmitter Anandamide.”
So, as THC cannabinoid enters one’s central nervous system, it begins to act in a manner similar to a neurotransmitter.
It begins binding to cannabinoid receptors within one’s brain.
Remember I shared some information with you regarding a cannabinoid titled “neurotransmitter Anandamide (9),” which our bodies tend to produce naturally?
Well, it turns out that THC itself is capable of taking the place of this neurotransmitter.
Both of these chemicals are capable of stimulating both the basal ganglia and the cerebral cortex areas.
Both of these areas are primarily correlated with our motor control, emotions, and essential cognitive functions.
The significant effects caused by the usage of brain boosters containing THC result in relaxation, euphoria, altered space-time perception, stimulation of one’s appetite, increase of senses (visual, auditory, and olfactory), and analgesic effects.
It has also been confirmed that exogenous cannabinoids are able to catalyze neurogenesis in the hippocampal region of one’s brain.
What it means is that exogenous cannabinoids can actually promote the generation of new neurons in your hippocampus to appear.
Also, cannabinoids seem to increase communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain momentarily, which may reveal the “heightened creativity” some individuals tend to experience when using marijuana.
So, let’s get to the logical conclusion based on the information I provided you with.
What are the possible benefits when marijuana is used as a nootropic?
Unfortunately, there is simply not enough of the information due to the lack of clinical investigation of how our brain reacts to the effects of marijuana.
However, the winds of change have already started blowing.
Not only marijuana became legal in the most of the states in the U.S., but it also began to be used as a medicine.
There is a significant number of reports of positive benefits, where it is stated that when marijuana is used one is more likely to improve mood, lower levels of anxiety, stress, and depression, improve focus and fewer distractions, improve reaction times, more creative thought, greater verbal fluency, and better calculative complexity.
Also, cannabinoids also seem to be quite useful in the treatment of multiple sclerosis when it is either smoked or taken by mouth.
On the whole, it is not a secret for anybody that there is a remarkable demographic overlap among the patients who are interested in nootropics and those individuals who use marijuana for the sake of using it.
Although marijuana is universally used to achieve the “high condition,” there are also many medical benefits and uses. Smoking marijuana seems to act as an appetite stimulant for people who have AIDS.
Correspondingly, CBD’s tend to deliver quite clear-headed, functional effects without the euphoric “high,” which is associated with active THC strains.
Medicine based on CBD (10) is an excellent choice for someone who needs to medicate throughout the day to control pain, swelling, anxiety, and other chronic conditions.
On the other hand, supplements containing THC can qualify as a nootropic supplement by the THC’s ability to take the place of the natural neurotransmitter our bodies produce.
In other words, use indica for brain and sativa for everything else.
Personally, I do believe that it is only a matter of time until cannabinoids (not the plant itself) are going to become legal, which undoubtedly will lead to benefit for all humankind.