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Get hip to your hippocampus… New study says CBD promotes blood flow to important areas of the brain.

Hippocampus? No, it’s not a schoolyard for large semiaquatic African mammals. But that does sound pretty cool, huh? It’s actually a critical part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Now, there’s information suggesting a new benefit of CBD – a healthy hippocampus and improved memory function. A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology links cannabidiol (CBD) to improved blood flow to the region of the brain linked to memory and emotions.

While CBD has long been believed by many to be responsible for therapeutic effects such as pain relief, this is a new discovery. Here’s how it went down: Researchers at University College London selected 15 participants who reported “little or no” history of cannabis. The subjects were given 600mg of CBD orally compared to 600mg of a placebo. The research team said MRI scans of the subjects’ brains showed an increased blood flow to the hippocampus after taking one dose of CBD.

But wait, there’s more! The blood flow was also increased to the orbitofrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for decision making.  The researchers hope the findings can improve therapy for those suffering from memory-affecting conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The lead author, Dr. Michael Bloomfield of UCL Psychiatry said this study could increase interest in cannabidiol for its therapeutic potential.