Is CBD a Nootropic?

CBD could be the newest thing in brain-boosting power. 

What is a Nootropic?

Also known as “smart drugs,” nootropics are substances that can have a positive effect on your brain. From boosting creativity to improving memory, nootropics are on the rise as “cognitive enhancers.” 

To qualify as a nootropic, a product needs to have one of the following properties: enhancing memory and ability to learn, helping the brain function under disruptive circumstances, protecting the brain from both physical and chemical assaults, or improving and facilitating neuronal firing control mechanisms. Additionally, the substance needs to produce little to no side effects and be virtually non-toxic. 

Examples of Nootropics

Nootropics can be natural or synthetic. For example, different berries contain natural nootropics like schizandrol-A, pterostilbene, and guarana. Some synthetic nootropics are sulbutiamine, vinpocetine, and aniracetam.  Sayings like “red wine is good for you” refer to the nootropics found in it; red wine is “good” for you because of the anti-inflammatory properties of resveratrol. The same goes for many berries and herbal teas. It is the nootropics that these things contain that promote cognitive health. Other common nootropics are taurine, rosemary, and niacin.

Is CBD a Nootropic?

Because of its wide range of cognitive health benefits, CBD is considered a nootropic. Many researchers are enthusiastic about CBD’s potential to help with common mental challenges such as anxiety, depression, and stress. CBD interacts with CB1 receptors in the brain, which can help curb these maladies. It can also aid in neuroprotection, sleep, and addiction by regulating mood through the brain’s serotonin receptors. Studies have also suggested that CBD has anti-neuroinflammation properties—which is promising when considering CBD as a supplement to help boost focus and improve memory. CBD can also help with joint/muscle pain, physical activity recovery, and inflammation. 

How to Use CBD

There are two main ways to use CBD: taking ingestible CBD products or applying topical products. Considering whether to use CBD topically or ingesting it depends on your preference and needs. Topical application is best for fast, localized relief while consuming CBD will allow you to experience the benefits throughout your body. For cognitive wellness, ingesting CBD is typically recommended. If you are using CBD for skincare or for external pains/aches, then topical is the best option. Both ways will allow the CBD to make its way into your body, but each method carries its own benefits. 

Popular, ingestible ways of using this nootropic are to take CBD capsules or CBD gummies. Another option is to use CBD oil tincture and add it to drinks. If you like flavored supplements, check out A88CBD™ CBD oil tinctures in Orange Cream and Cinnamon—a perfect addition to juice or coffee. 

Topical CBD products range from body lotion and hand cream to muscle salve and lip balm. A88CBD™ offers a CBD muscle salve made with high-quality hemp, essential oils, and menthol for an ultra-soothing experience. Another topical product with increasing popularity is the CBD bath bomb because it combines the relaxation of a bath with the wellness of CBD. A88CBD™ makes their bath bombs with all-natural ingredients and essential oils for an enhanced experience. 


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