How CBD Changes The Brain To Treat Psychiatric Disorders

Cannabidiol has been shown to help people with a wide range of psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, psychosis, and depression. The mechanisms responsible for these effects, however, are still poorly understood.

In a recent study, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology, a group of scientists from the University of São Paulo in Brazil reviewed all the available research in order to learn more about the mechanisms at play when psychiatric disorders are treated with CBD. The study suggests that CBD’s therapeutic effects are caused by a number of acute mechanisms as well as changes in the structure of the brain over time, known as neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity and psychotropic drugs

In neuroscience, the term neuroplasticity applies to the capacity of the brain to adapt and change in response to experience. The authors of the Brazilian study note that psychiatric disorders may result from significant neuroplastic changes, which in turn leads to altered brain...

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