A new study wants to see exactly what your brain looks like when you’re “high.”

University of Utah researchers will use advanced imaging (PET, fMRI) machines to map the brain activity of individuals shortly after they’ve consumed THC or CBD.

THC is taken medicinally and recreationally.

CBD is a popular compound for pain relief, depression, anxiety or to aid with sleep.

The aim of the study is to better understand the effects of CBD and THC consumption and individual brains.

  • Why does CBD have such varying health benefits from person to person?
  • How does THC or CBD effect your brain in particular?
  • What is the physiological reason for anxiety relief from CBD in some people but in others CBD causes mildly anxious feelings?
  • Why does there seem to be such a variation in the benefits of consuming CBD from one person to the next?

This study will create a real-time visual image of what is happening in the brain shortly after consuming cannabinoids.

Would you want to participate in this university study?

University of Utah CBD Research

The U of U team of researchers with experience in psychiatry, neuroimaging, and neuropsychology will capture images of the brains of 40 young adults after they have consumed THC or CBD (isolate and full spectrum) and compare the scans against a placebo control group.

Researchers will be looking for changes in how the brain processes memory, pain sensation, stress, and attention while various cannabinoid compounds and terpenes are present.

The goal is to understand what exactly is happening in the brain while CBD and THC are present,

How cannabinoids and terpenes affect your individual brain while you’re “high” or relaxed from CBD?

CBD Health Benefits

Unfortunately, there is relatively little scientific health information available about CBD effects on the body.

For decades now, cannabis has been a Schedule 1 drug which means that it was not recognized by the government to have health benefits.

The Schedule 1 status of cannabis makes it very difficult for universities and the National Institute of Health (NIH) to fund studies looking into the health benefits of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD.

While cannabis is flooding markets in legalized states, currently the only source of approved cannabis for scientific health research funded by government grants is from the University of Mississippi.

This is just one of the numerous red tape issues that have led to a lack of peer-reviewed medical research into the benefits of CBD.

CBD health benefits are believed to derive from its ability to mimic similar compounds created by our body as part of our endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system is a poorly understood regulator of some of your body’s most important critical functions like sleep, pain sensation, memory and more.

According to Andy Noorda, Chairman, and Co-founder of the Wholistic Research and Education Foundation and trustee of RTNF, “There is increasing data that the endocannabinoid system plays an integral role in our overall physical and psychological wellness.”

RTNF and the Wholistic Research and Education Foundation are funding the University of Utah Study with a $740K grant to expand our knowledge of medical benefits from CBD and other cannabinoids.


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