Brain traumas can occur for a variety of reasons and cause any neurological problems from a mild concussion to a coma. Depending which part of the brain the trauma affects, the impact on the victim’s life will differ. In some brain trauma cases, cannabinoids have successfully been used to treat the after effects.
Brain traumas can be divided into two groups: Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and acquired brain injuries (ABI). TBI’s are caused by an external force, when the head is struck, the brain moves inside the skull damaging both the skull and the brain. ABI’s are commonly associated with a build-up of pressure on the brain that normally occurs as a result of a tumour or another neurological disease.
The treatment of brain injuries will depend on many factors, such as the severity of the trauma, the way it occurred and the physiological symptoms displayed by the patient. The most common treatment processes for those needing assistance for their long-term recovery, include: physical and occupational therapy, as well as psychological support and speech and language therapy.
The most common immediate symptoms of brain traumas are: unconsciousness, unresponsiveness, deliriousness, dilated pupils and confusion.
What can cannabinoids do to treat brain traumas?
Endocannabinoid receptors are found in most mammalian brains. These receptors play an important role in the regulation of inflammatory responses which can be very effective in speeding up the healing process and treatment of brain trauma.
It has been scientifically proven that cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) have significant neuroprotective properties. Several investigations have shown that cannabinoids have been found to protect neurons from a range of abuse that is believed to cause delayed neuronal death after some forms of traumatic brain injuries. One hospital found that patients with brain traumas and who tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) were more likely to recover. According to Dr David Plurad, “this data fits with previous data that showed that (THC) may be neuroprotective”. The research showed that, statistically, those who tested positive for THC were 80% less likely to die compared to those who did not use medicinal cannabis.
Someone who has experienced a traumatic brain injury may, in the long term, experience side effects such as headaches and migraines, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, among other ailments and conditions. In addition to neuroprotective effects, cannabinoids also have the potential to elicit other long-term positive effects due to their analgesic and sedative properties. Using cannabinoids to treat brain traumas is a natural way to help those who are suffering and to speed up their overall recovery process.