How Does Medical Marijuana Help With and Treat Concussions?

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Concussions are the most common but least serious type of traumatic brain injury. The condition is very common among athletes and probably the biggest threat to contact sports especially football. A Concussion is difficult to diagnose and even though patients may experience a cut or bruise on their head, the condition can’t actually be seen. Some symptoms of a concussion may not appear for days or weeks after an injury, whereas others could appear within a few seconds. The most common symptoms of a concussion include headache, confusion or feeling dazed, clumsiness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and noise, as well as ringing in ears. Medications are typically prescribed for patients suffering from a concussion. Also, sufferers are sometimes advised to take a break, especially if the concussion was sustained during an athletic activity.

Research has suggested that medical cannabis could be an alternative treatment for a concussion. According to many researchers, CBD, a molecule inside cannabis could be used to treat concussions (Traumatic Brain Injury) because of its neuro-protectant and anti-inflammatory properties. The beneficial strengths of CBD have also been acknowledged by the United States National Institute of Health. It is apparent that in the case of concussion, the brain swells or inflates. This therefore explains why several theories have suggested that CBD, found in cannabis could trigger repair mechanisms in the brain to counteract swelling. Many companies are now performing research in a bid to ascertain the therapeutic properties of CBD when it comes to treating concussions.

A new concussion pill made with cannabis has so far demonstrated success when it comes to treating traumatic brain injury. This development is considered good news for athletes and veterans who have been inflicted by brain trauma. The creation of this concussion pill is one of the results of a 2016 project where the Scythian Biosciences Corp of Toronto delivered a $16 million grant to the University of Miami to embark on a five-year study to examine the effects of combining CBD and NMDA antagonists for the treatment of traumatic brain injury and concussions. According to Scythian and other researchers, this combination could reduce post injury brain cell inflammation, headache, pain as well as other symptoms that are associated with concussions.

The concussion pill is also known to utilize a combination of hemp-derived cannabinoids and an NMDA amino acid anesthetic to improve cognitive functions. It was reported after the trial of this pill that rodents with traumatic brain injury showed more significant cognitive progress when using the combination as compared to those who were treated with a single agent. Also, the fact that the pre-clinical trials showed no adverse effects both in the combination therapy and when utilizing its individual components is an indication that medical marijuana could indeed be an effective alternative treatment for concussions.

Even though the results of this study at the University of Miami are statistically significant and encouraging, the researchers have opined that there is a need for further testing on the potential of medical cannabis in the treatment of concussion or brain trauma. According to the researchers, phase two of this project will involve human participants who are likely to be administered compounds in the form of pills. But, during the second phase of the study, the human participants will be divided into two groups, TBI patients (acute and chronic). The results will be analyzed with all the safety concerns being addressed before any definite conclusion is made. The researchers are also interested in moving to phase three once phase two is clear. According to the researchers, phase three will focus on determining the effectiveness of the pill by using various injury models with FDA oversight.

Reports also have it that the potential of this concussion pill is enormous and extraordinary. Thus, there are predictions that if the final phase of the study yields positive results, the concussion pill may one day become a mandatory equipment on the sidelines of football, baseball, and soccer games, irrespective of whether its youth league or professional organizations. This will be in a bid to protect people, both young and old from the brain’s immediate inflammatory response to trauma. In addition, the concussion pill could also become a standard treatment in ambulances as well as in emergency rooms of hospitals where first responders can administer to patients within the ‘golden hour’ after a sustained injury.

Research has further suggested that some strains of marijuana are more effective and recommended in the treatment of concussions or brain injury. For instance, the Sour Diesel is a recommended sativa strain for brain injury because it works well for fatigue, headache, and difficulty in concentrating etc. The Blue Cheese is also an excellent strain to treat concussions since it also works against headaches and pains. Other strains of marijuana that can treat concussions include Green Crack, Northern Lights and OG Kush.


Marijuana strains reported to help with Concussions:

How To Get Medical Marijuana

If you are a resident of a legal state interested in trying medical marijuana to treat Concussions or other medical conditions, you will first need to consult with a certified doctor in order to get a medical marijuana card. To get started, simply fill out the MMJ patient registration form, press submit and a physician or clinic representative will contact you as available.

Patient Registration Form

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