Can CBD Help Prevent Memory Loss?

Updated: Jun 2

It is a common conception that long-term cannabis users are at risk of developing “short-term memory problems” due to the claim that cannabinoids have a negative impact on brain cells. This can be directly linked to THC, which is known to cause short-term memory loss directly after use. This has been found to occur primarily in adolescents and tends to be less common in adults. Though THC may have this negative side effect, CBD takes the spotlight here for protecting memory and countering some of the negative effects of THC. Read more to find out why!

First, what’s the difference between CBD and THC?

It is important to understand the basic fundamentals of CBD and THC before delving into the neuroprotective effects of CBD. First we must understand that CBD is cannabidiol and THC is tetrahydrocannabinol, both derived from the same plant, the cannabis plant. However, CBD and THC are each unique in their own ways. THC might be the more recognized of the two, as it is best known for its euphoric effect, but it is also effective in relieving nausea, improving appetite, and helping resolve insomnia.

One of the main differences between THC and CBD is that THC is a psychoactive compound that provides an instant effect that you can feel, while CBD does not intoxicate you. CBD is non-psychoactive and is commonly chosen for its relaxing effects. The fact that CBD is non-intoxicating is perhaps the most important benefit for people with memory problems.

Would taking too much THC cause memory problems?

THC has a very similar chemical structure to anandamide, which is one of the two major cannabinoids produced by the body. Anandamide plays an important role in the formation and processing of memories; anandamide deficits are associated with a quicker onset of PTSD in patients who have had a traumatic experience. THC alleviates the symptoms of PTSD by making the memory more selective - unless THC is taken at a dose too high. At too high of a dose, THC the brain becomes more selective than it should, taking too much anandamide, which instead may cause the short term memory problems. However, this stops once your body gets flushed from THC. All this goes to say, the dose matters.

Can CBD help balance the effects of THC?

While it is true that some studies have shown that the THC compound from cannabis can occasionally induce anxiety and psychotic symptoms, it is more interesting to note that CBD can significantly reduce the negative effects of THC, as an antagonistic effect. Additionally, CBD is also found to be neuroprotective.

How does CBD work to prevent memory loss?

CBD has been shown to alleviate inflammation of the brain, reduce oxidative stress, and improve regeneration of brain neurons, all of which can help improve cognitive performance and help improve memory loss from degenerative conditions like dementia. This one study, though conducted in vivo, shows that CBD oil not only prevents the destruction of neurons, but also helps the body in creating new neurons through a process called neurogenesis. Further studies are needed to understand the full potential and long-term effects of CBD on memory, but the preliminary data from this study is very exciting, especially considering how CBD is readily accessible and safe with minimal side effects.

Both THC and CBD communicate with your body’s endocannabinoid system. We were all born with cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body, but mainly in the brain and central nervous system. These receptors are involved in physiological processes including appetite, pain perception, mood, and memory. CBD and THC are delivered to your body via whatever method you prefer – smoking or vaping a flower, munching on an edible, applying a topical cream, or taking a tincture under your tongue.

Can CBD help prevent dementia?

CBD is currently becoming more recognized for its properties that improve focus and alleviate symptoms of memory loss conditions, including different types of dementia like Alzheimer disease. We know that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the body’s control center so to speak – the center of many different functioning pathways. The interaction between CBD and the central nervous system component of the endocannabinoid system is where our interest lies.

Can CBD help with memory loss caused by stress and anxiety?

Research shows us that the body releases endocannabinoids, which are the body’s version of plant-based cannabinoids, to protect and repair the brain. When CBD is administered to the endocannabinoid system, it strengthens this defensive response, thus strengthening memory. Though this is a more specific form of stress to the brain, there is research showing CBD may be helpful in protecting memory loss after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). CBD’s potent anti-inflammatory properties are being shown to have endless benefits!

Can CBD help me focus?

CBD is being researched as a potential treatment for ADHD, as well as for its anxiolytic and sleep regulating properties, both of which can help contribute to better memory. However, it is not clear if CBD can improve your cognitive function if your memory loss doesn’t stem from a diagnosed condition or disease.

How much CBD should I take?

As a general rule of thumb, it may be best to approach CBD dosage with the saying, “Start low and slow”. This means that you should start with small doses and pay close attention to how your body is responding before slowly increasing your dosage. Every person may be slightly different in how they respond to CBD, so it’s important to monitor the effect of how CBD makes you feel.

We offer different flavors of CBD tincture to meet your preferences. Some of our best-selling flavors include: Appalachian Blueberry, Peppermint, and Lemon. Each 30 ml vial contains 1000 mg CBD in the entire vial, and a recommended serving size is 1 ml, which contains 33 mg CBD. This 1 ml dropper size is a common dosage size for CBD tinctures. Different studies recommend starting with less than 50 mg of CBD daily. Tinctures are great because you can easily adjust your dosage – just add or subtract a few drops.

You can take CBD tinctures by putting the oil directly under your tongue. There are a lot of little capillary vessels here, so the CBD can be absorbed into your bloodstream quickly. Try to hold the oil there under your tongue for a minute before swallowing for best absorption.

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