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CBD as a Nootropic

By Amelia Fenner-Prowle | 11th April, 2021 in Wellness | 0 Comments

CBD as a Nootropic
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You may not know that Nootropic is another word for “Smart Drug”. If you’ve ever had a tight deadline to write a 5,000-word essay or need to study for finals after you’ve wasted a large portion of your time on activities that are not very examination friendly. You have probably heard of smart drugs.

Nootropics however, are not created for the sole purpose of this aesthetic use. There are wide varieties of these supplementary drugs developed to help fortify frail minds and maintain healthy cognitive ability.

There are different sources of nootropics, the major food source can be found in omega-3 fatty acids. Science has also aided in the discovery of certain thinking exercises to help boost brainpower. In this article, we will be looking at CBD as a Nootropic, how and why people use them. 

What are Nootropics?

Nootropics is not a medicine but a supplement. Its major function is to help improve cognitive functions of the brain such as intelligence, memory (learning), focus, and creativity.

The study of the brain is one area of the human body that has not been extensively covered, that said, the effect of nootropics on different individuals may not be the same. But what we do know is that, for a drug to be called a nootropic it should; improve learning and memory in its users and possess no or few side effects. 

A nootropic is not a miracle drug that turns you into an instant genius, like it is portrayed in the movies. However, it causes you to pay attention to details that you may have ordinarily overlooked thereby making you function at your best.

What are Nootropics?

Nootropics is not a medicine but a supplement. Its major function is to help improve cognitive functions of the brain such as intelligence, memory (learning), focus, and creativity.

The study of the brain is one area of the human body that has not been extensively covered, that said, the effect of nootropics on different individuals may not be the same. But what we do know is that, for a drug to be called a nootropic it should; improve learning and memory in its users and possess no or few side effects. 

A nootropic is not a miracle drug that turns you into an instant genius, like it is portrayed in the movies. However, it causes you to pay attention to details that you may have ordinarily overlooked thereby making you function at your best.


How do they Work?

Though the brain constitutes just 2% of the body’s weight, it is the entire universe of the body. It controls what we see and hear as reality. The brain is so complex that no part outweighs the other in importance. There are about 10,000 types of neurons known to perform specific functions. The cognitive functions of the brain provide for learning, understanding thoughts, and experience while the intellectual functions include attention, memory, and reasoning. 

Nootropics help to enhance these functions by causing the following reactions;

  • Increased blood flow

Oxygen is an essential element needed by the brain. Oxygen deprivation in the brain may lead to damage in brain cells. By increasing blood flow to the brain, Nootropics ensure that the brain receives an ample amount of oxygen.

  • Boost brain chemicals

Another function of nootropics is that it boosts cell-to-cell communications in the brain by balancing chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and epinephrine.

  • Boost brain energy

By supporting a steady flow of oxygen and glucose to the brain, nootropics help to increase brain energy. It also makes the brain more resistant to stress.

  • Neuroprotection

We all know how harmful free radicals can be as regards the degeneration of cells in the body. Scientists have proven that nootropics help to increase the brain’s antioxidant. And as we all know, antioxidant helps to stabilize free radicals.


What are the Types of Nootropics?

In this article, we will classify Nootropics into two categories; natural and synthetic nootropics. Not all nootropics require a prescription. Natural nootropics do not require a prescription while most synthetic nootropics do.

Synthetic Nootropics

These forms of supplement can be highly effective. Examples are Amphetamines used for treating ADHD, and Modafinil which is used to treat narcolepsy. These medications can be quite effective even more than their natural counterpart, but they are likely to pose more side effects.

Natural Nootropics 

There are natural ways to boost your brain health and improve cognitive functions. Some of those ways include:

  • Physical Exercise:- this is one indisputable means of maintaining a balanced chemical condition in the brain. Regular exercises can increase serotonin and dopamine level. These are chemicals that are requiring for the proper functioning of the brain.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acid:- this substance can be found in fish. Therefore, for those who eat fish, there is an instant deposition of nootropics to the brain. The effect may not be as instant as some synthetics drugs but if taken regularly, it boosts brain health.
  • Caffeine:- contains a stimulant that helps to build focus. It is a form of nootropics with short-term effects.
  • Panax Ginseng:- this is a popular Chinese shrub that has nootropic qualities. Studies have shown that they may prevent brain diseases and help in brain recovery. 

In some cases, people have found that the combination of different nootropics referred to as “stacks” can result in synergy to give a greater effect.

Can CBD act as an Effective Nootropic?

Cannabidiol (CBD) a widely known extract of the hemp plant has been enjoyed by many today because of its various health benefits. CBD performance in much Cognitive-based research has shown that CBD1 receptors are found in areas related to cognitive functions. This is exciting news for CBD lovers. However, what is unknown is CBD’s potential as a nootropic.

The answer to the question can be quite conflicting as it varies in different sources. In theory, CBD has the potential to break ground concerning cognitive functions as is consistent with many studies. However, CBD on its own does not quite fit the criteria of being a nootropic. But some studies have shown that when used as an adjunct, CBD can help to stack with other nootropics thereby amplifying their effect.

Several available CBD nootropic stacks have clearly shown potential. It is essential to consult a medical practitioner before trying CBD or nootropics in general.

Conclusion

With several theoretical studies on CBD proposing its cognitive function, there remains little or no evidence of its use, successfully as a nootropic. As a complement to nootropics, it enhances cognitive function at quite a significant rate, of which it is combination dependent. Hence it can be described as a ‘BOOSTER’ making it the ying to Nootropics’ yang and leaving its users to figure out their perfect match.

Undoubtedly, CBD has shown great potential and will continue to do so provided that more studies are carried out to test its limits.

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