What is brain fog?
Let’s start by trying to understand brain fog. Brain fog is not a medical or scientific term; it is used by individuals to describe how they feel when their thinking is sluggish, fuzzy, and not sharp.
We all experience this feeling from time to time. Perhaps you couldn’t think clearly when you were sick with the flu or another illness. Maybe you were jet-lagged and your thinking was sluggish because it felt like it was 2 AM. Or perhaps you took an antihistamine or another medication that made your thinking fuzzy for a few hours. In each case you probably just waited to get back to normal, whether that meant recovering from your illness, adjusting to the new time zone, or waiting for the side effects of the medication to wear off.
But what if your thinking didn’t return to normal?
What is COVID-19 brain fog?
COVID-19 can cause inflammation in the brain, which can affect the ability of neurons in the brain to communicate with each other, resulting in brain fog. However, the stress, anxiety, isolation, and threat of the coronavirus pandemic can also indirectly cause brain fog, since it can be exhausting for your brain
Recently I received an email from a man who described how he is still struggling with “cognitive challenges” since recovering from the virus in the spring of 2020. His doctor ran him through a checkup and a battery of tests. Everything was normal, yet his cognitive challenges remain. Like this man, many people who have recovered from the acute, life-threatening effects of COVID-19, but still don’t feel that their thinking and memory are back to normal.
How COVID-19 affects the brain:
There are many ways that COVID-19 can damage the brain. Some of the ways can be devastating, such as encephalitis, strokes, and lack of oxygen to the brain. But other effects may be more subtle, such as the persistent impairment in sustained attention noted by researchers.
In addition to direct effects on the brain, COVID-19 can also have long-term effects on other organ systems. So-called long haulers can have other lingering symptoms including fatigue, body aches, inability to exercise, headache, and difficulty sleeping. Some of these problems may be due to permanent damage to their lungs, heart, kidneys, or other organs. Damage to these organs — or even just the symptoms by themselves — can impair thinking and memory and cause brain fog. For example, how can you think clearly if you’re feeling fatigued and your body is aching? How can you concentrate if you were up half the night and awoke with a headache?
How Can CBD help with Brain Fog?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the hemp plant and interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Which is vital to our ability to regulate memory, immune response, and so much more. Our bodies generate endocannabinoids all the time. Whether we use CBD products or not. A benefit of taking CBD products is that they supplement and aid the body’s natural endocannabinoids.
Working with your body’s ECS, CBD can support a sense of calm for focus by alleviating everyday stress* and occasional anxiety*. Feeling less stressed and anxious naturally makes it easier to focus on the task at hand. Additionally, CBD can also help reduce exercise-induced inflammation* and improve your quality of sleep.
A 2020 study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology showed that one 600 mg serving size of CBD increases the blood flow to the hippocampus. This is the part of the brain responsible for memory processing. There was also a reduction in reaction time for certain memory tasks performed by test subjects.
What’s more, a report published by the National Institutes of Health in 2018 indicated that CBD can support mental health and sharpness in several ways. The report showed that CBD supplements may promote new neuron growth in the brain, which likely explains why CBD can support occasional anxiety, sadness, and focus.
Along with its positive effect on focus, CBD has also shown to improve memory. A review of clinical studies for the Journal of Cannabis Research shows a positive relationship between CBD use and improvements in “attention, executive function, working memory, and episodic memory.”
Finally, sleep has been shown to be a great way to combat brain fog. CBD is a proven, safe and natural way to improve your nightly sleep.
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Scientific Findings on Post-Covid Brain Fog : https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2022/01/422156/cerebrospinal-fluid-offers-clues-post-covid-brain-fog
The effects of acute cannabidiol on cerebral blood flow and its relationship to memory: An arterial spin labelling magnetic resonance imaging study :