The process by which this is made possible is called brain plasticity, and it refers to the brain’s ability to create new neurons (neurogenesis) in response to new stimuli. Neurogenesis has been strongly linked with memory and an ability to learn new things throughout life, while anything that interferes with the creation of neurons can lead to Dementia, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and similar disorders.
For six weeks, the mice in the study were fed a diet that included either THC or CBD supplements, followed by a memory test. The difference between the THC treatment versus the CBD treatment was staggering. The mice taking CBD showed vast improvements with memory and motor skills, while the THC mice were impaired in both areas. “THC and CBD differed in their effects on spatial learning and adult neurogenesis,” the report stated. “CBD did not impair learning, but increased adult neurogenesis, whereas THC reduced learning without affecting adult neurogenesis.”
Their findings were published in a final report titled “Cannabinoid receptor CB1 mediates baseline and activity-induced survival of new neurons in adult hippocampal neurogenesis.” (That’s a mouthful.) The study also noted that CBD was beneficial for our brains in other ways. Aside from improving memory and motor skills, CBD is an antioxidant with neuroprotective effects.
THC also has very noticeable effects on sleep. In particular, users report a reduction in REM sleep and dreaming which are both vital for a healthy brain. In the study, CBD was shown to reduce this and other adverse effects of THC.
It might be a good idea, before you hit the hay each night, to do yourself a favor and treat your brain to a little CBD. Sweet dreams!