We recently took a look at the surging CBD market, and provided a mild cautionary word on how to avoid some of the less scrupulous products. We want to ensure CBD users are getting a good product that contains what it says it does, and will actually provide some of the suggested benefits.
The benefits of CBD warrant more attention though, and there’s a particular vein of interest around the emerging science of cognitive enhancement. Known generally as nootropics, a range of products is now available containing various substances, including CBD, thought to improve memory, attention, creativity and intelligence.
From the traditional line of supplements found in health stores, to a now more mainstreamed range of brands offering everything from CBD snack bars to CBD ice cream, it seems these products are here to stay, so let’s take a closer look.
Nootropics were initially conceived to treat cognition deficits in patients suffering from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, stroke, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or aging. In recent years, though, healthy individuals have been exploring nootropics in order to achieve general cognitive enhancement.
There are a number of chemicals that are thought to impart nootropic benefits, some far more common than others. Examples of frequently encountered natural nootropics include:
- Bacopa Monnieri
- Rhodiola Rosea
- Panax Ginseng
- Ginkgo Biloba
Synthetic and other pharmaceutical isolates are also categorized as nootropics:
As mentioned, CBD has also been identified as an effective nootropic substance. CBD has a range of therapeutic functions that all can contribute towards improved cognition:
Some users of CBD might experience some of its effects if consuming as little 10 mg. Ingesting edibles containing CBD is an acceptably effective means of administration in terms of dosing control, and bioavailability is maintained to a reasonable degree.
There are numerous products on the market containing CBD in varying levels now, and in a day-to-day, non-medicinal context, most users would be likely to experience a noticeable effect if consuming 20-30 mg.
Importantly, CBD is a very safe substance and it’s extremely unlikely that any user would experience any severe adverse effects. We would of course always advise the usual degree of awareness in terms of dietary requirements when consuming health foods, as they often contain nuts as a protein source for a balanced nutritional snack.
Nootropics is an exciting area of discovery, with notable potential identified for the treatment of neurodegenerative conditions like Alziehimer’s. We’re only just beginning to understand the endocannabinoid system in relation to this field, and deeper levels of research are expected to uncover some genuinely ground-breaking therapeutic avenues.
Further investigation and research into cannabis use (both recreational and medical) is thoroughly encouraged by The Academy, particularly through the use of our own online courses, evidence base and white papers. Specific information on CBD can be found in our free introductory course.