How Cannabidiol can help with traumatic brain injuries

As an ER/Trauma nurse for over 16 years, I have cared for patients who sustained mild to severe traumatic brain injury from falls, motor vehicle accidents, and sports-related injuries.

According to (NIH) The National Institute of Health, TBI accounts for approximately 10 million deaths and or hospitalizations. The leading causes of TBI that resulted in ER visits were falls and motor vehicle crashes.

For those who regularly experience difficulty remembering and processing new information, headaches, vertigo, and many other symptoms caused by a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), accumulating evidence shows that CBD may be useful in treating TBI’s.

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS A BRAIN INJURY?

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a condition that occurs when a head injury, as a blow, bump or jolt causes the brain to slam into the skull forcefully causing brain damage.

When the brain is injured, it releases neurotransmitters and chemicals that cause inflammation, blood vessel injury, chemical imbalances, tissue damage, and cell death.

A study performed on mice showed that endocannabinoid levels are elevated during and after a TBI, which suggests that the endocannabinoid system plays an important neuroprotective role. Another showed that activating the cannabinoid receptors in our brain may help to limit nerve cell damage and promote healing by enhancing blood flow to the brain.

Another study on injured mice's brains showed how CBD suppressed swelling and inflammation caused by particular glial cells which insulate your neurons and facilitate your brain’s immune response after injury.

Full-spectrum CBD contains a variety of phytocannabinoids. It produces an entourage effect that engages both CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain. With CB1 receptors found in the synapses of the central nervous system, and in abundance in the hippocampus, cortex, basal ganglia, and cerebellum.

Many athletes are consuming CBD stating how it helps with their moods, chronic pain, and reduce their use of prescription pain killers.

While we need more study on how wonderful CBD is for us, People who suffer from TBI are reporting how it is helping them with their symptoms.