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For years scientists knew that schizophrenics produced more anandamide than the rest of the population. They drew the obvious conclusion from this:
anandamide must cause the illness, or at the very least make it worse.
In more recent years this theory has been shown to be false. Schizophrenics do produce more anandamide than usual, but this is because the body is
creating as much anandamide as it can in order to fight the illness.
And this is where CBD comes in. CBD protects anandamide from breaking down and
enhances anandamide signaling.
According to that 2011 study, “cannabidiol treatment was accompanied by a significant increase in serum anandamide levels, which was significantly
associated with clinical improvement. The results suggest that inhibition of anandamide deactivation may contribute to the anti-psychotic effects of
cannabidiol potentially representing a completely new mechanism in the treatment of schizophrenia.”
The last part is crucial. The way CBD works as an anti-psychotic is unlike any existing medication. Most anti-psychotics work by changing the ratio of
dopamine, serotonin, noradrenaline and acetylcholine in the brain. By altering the levels of those chemicals an anti-psychotic effect can be produced.
CBD is very different. CBD works by bolstering the body’s own system designed to fight disease: the endocannabinoid system.
Not only does CBD have a more gentle mechanism of action than other anti-psychotics, it also does when compared to other cannabinoids. CBD doesn’t
bind directly to the receptors (as THC does, for example) but instead works with the body’s own cannabinoids, by protecting them and making them
But it isn’t just psychosis that CBD appears to work to treat. It’s pretty much everything else as well. I suggest that if you have a serious
illness of any kind you should be giving CBD to your endocannabinoid system. This system of receptors deals with a dizzyingly large amount of
functions. It deals with pain, stress, anxiety, sleep, memory, as well as the immune system.
By feeding your endocannabinoid system with CBD you are helping your body become healthier and stronger, and you’re giving your body a better chance
of fighting whatever illness it is you’re fighting.
And if you’re not fighting an illness at present? Well, you should still be supplementing with CBD. It will protect you from getting ill in the
first place. It will reduce stress on the body and in the brain, help you sleep better, and it will reduce the likelihood of getting a serious illness
later in life.
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