Search
  • Aundrea Foster

Research yields unexpected results regarding CBD’s affect on the brain


Cannabidiol (CBD) is a wildly popular cannabinoid that is often consumed for its therapeutic effects. However, it has only been legal in the Unites States for a few years and research has not been able to keep up with the need for scientific data regarding this compound.


Sometimes, research results help prove what many CBD users already know, but other times, it surprises even the scientists. This is the case with one recent study in particular.


Researchers at the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit at University College London discovered that a single 600 mg dose of CBD does not affect activity in several reward-related regions of the brain.


How was the research conducted?


The double-blind, placebo-controlled study examined the effects of CBD in 23 healthy participants. The participants were each given 600 mg of CBD in one session and a placebo in another session, though the order of what they were given was randomized.


Then, the participants completed a computerized test called the Monetary Incentive Daily Task (MID). The participants had to push a button as fast as possible when a white square appeared on the screen. If they reacted fast enough, they could win a small amount of money.


As the participants were doing this, the researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to record their brain activity. The researchers specifically examined the affects of CBD on the neural correlates of reward anticipation and reward feedback. They did this by analyzing the whole brain, as well as certain regions that are known to be associated with processing rewards.


Why is this research important?


The researchers hypothesized that CBD “would augment brain activity associated with reward anticipation and feedback.” If the researchers’ hypothesis had been correct, this study might have played an important role in turning CBD into a therapeutic tool for treating certain psychiatric disorders that are associated with dysfunctional reward processing, such as depression and schizophrenia.


Instead, the study showed that the button-pressing task was connected to heightened activity in several parts of the brain, but the dose of CBD that participants were given had no affect on this brain activity.


“In healthy volunteers with no mental health disorders, a single large oral dose of CBD did not alter functional brain activity in the human reward circuit,” Will Lawn told PsyPost. Lawn is a post-doctoral research associate who was involved in the study.


This result was unexpected because previous studies have shown that CBD does affect reward-related behaviors. For example, one previous study found that CBD could help people reduce their cannabis consumption.


Researchers reportedly suggested that their recent study may indicate that CBD only has “an effect on reward networks that have already been perturbed.” They also indicated that repeated or long-term CBD consumption may cause different effects, as could CBD use in people with psychological disorders. However, they all reportedly agreed that more research on CBD is ultimately needed.

Sources


[1] https://www.psypost.org/2021/02/cbd-does-not-appear-to-alter-functional-activity-in-the-brains-reward-circuit-59538

[2] https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0269881120944148

[3] https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30290-X/fulltext

10 views0 comments

 LOCATIONS

SAINT PAUL 

844 Grand Ave Saint Paul MN

55105

Orlando | Dixie Bell

948 S Sermon Blvd 

Orlando Florida 32807

MAPLEWOOD MALL  

 (moved location 3 miles downtown White Bear Lake)

3001 White Bear Ave  Maplewood, MN 55109

©2020 by Nothing But Hemp. Proudly created by SocialThis, LLC

 

Nothing But Hemp offers CBD oil in Minneapolis and the surrounding cities. CBD Oil Products is not for use by or sale to persons under the age of 18. This product should be used only as directed on the label. It should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult with a physician before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. A Doctor's advice should be sought before using this and any supplemental dietary product. All trademarks and copyrights are property of their respective owners and are not affiliated with nor do they endorse this product. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. These products contain up to .03% THC. Individual weight loss results will vary. Contact Support for return policy.

The Nothing But Hemp, LLC shall not be held liable for the medical claims made by customer testimonials. The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products and the testimonials made have not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners and legal professionals. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. Please consult your own legal counsel to determine whether your purchase and intended use are legal in your state.

 

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or ailment.

 

The Nothing But Hemp, LLC assumes no responsibility for the improper use of these products. We recommend consulting with a qualified medical doctor or physician when preparing a treatment plan for any and all diseases or ailments.

 

The Nothing But Hemp, LLC not make any health claims about our products and recommend consulting with a qualified medical doctor or physician prior to consuming our products or preparing a treatment plan. It is especially important for those who are pregnant, nursing, chronically ill, elderly or under the age of 18 to discuss the use of these products with a physician prior to consuming.  You must be 18 years or older to visit this website and/or purchase Nothing But Hemp, LLC  products. 

 

The information on our website is intended to provide general information regarding our products and is not to be construed as medical advice or instruction.

18K.02 DEFINITIONS.

Subd. 3.Industrial hemp. “Industrial hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, including the plant’s seeds, and all the plant’s derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. Industrial hemp is not marijuana as defined in section 152.01, subdivision 9.