Cannabidiol (CBD) is a trendy topic lately, and there are ongoing questions about CBD’s capabilities, concussions being one of them. CBD has been proven to relieve chronic pain and symptoms of anxiety, as examples. People turn to CBD to help alleviate problems because CBD does not intoxicate you or create a high feeling.
What Is A Concussion?
A concussion is “a type of TBI (traumatic brain injury) caused by a bump or blow to the head that causes the head to move back and forth very quickly. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.”
Symptoms of a concussion can include:
- Appearing dazed or stunned
- Loss of consciousness
- Headaches or intense pressure in the head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Trouble with light or noise
What Are The Side Effects Of Concussions?
Concussions can affect our bodies in so many different ways. Dr. Khio at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons says that “a concussion can affect memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance and muscle coordination. People with concussions often report a brief period of amnesia or forgetfulness, where they cannot remember what happened immediately before or after the injury. They may act confused, dazed, or describe “seeing stars.” Other side effects can include irritability, trouble sleeping, sensitivity to light and noises, and depression.
What is CBD?
A system within our body, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), has receptors found all throughout the body. These receptors are located in the brain, nerves, spinal cord, organs, etc. This system helps to balance our bodies via homeostasis; when our bodies are not balanced, we experience pain and illness.
Molecules just like the Cannabis molecules, endocannabinoids, are naturally produced in the body. Research indicates that CBD helps balance the Endocannabinoid system, which is involved in our body’s process of pain, mood, memory, sleep, stress, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive system.
Can CBD Help?
There has been a lot of recent research into the role CBD can play in treating the symptoms of concussions. The results from one study support CBD as an option for treatment for concussion related pain, specifically a 1:1 (THC:CBD).
Another study found that “CBD can therefore potentially provide treatment to enhance neuroprotection by reducing inflammation, regulating cerebral blood flow, enhancing neurogenesis”.
Concussions can be a severe type of brain injury and should be treated accordingly. If you think you have a concussion or display any of the above symptoms we mentioned, contact your physician immediately.