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Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

There are several studies out there that show that cannabis use may increase the likelihood of getting stroke. Now, while this warrants further study, it must also be stated that cannabinoid-based medicines may help prevent stroke and other TBIs caused by sports-related concussions, traffic accidents, military injuries and more.

TBIs can cut off the blood supply to parts of your brain either via cutting off of the blood supply (ischemic stroke) or by bleeding (hemorrhagic). This causes brain cells to become damaged and eventually die. Signs and symptoms of stroke include an inability to feel or move on one side of the body, a loss of vision to one side, problems understanding or speaking and a “spinning” feeling. Severe headaches are also common. TBIs and strokes can often cause long-term, long-lasting and life-changing effects. Cannabinoids may help beat – and in some cases even reverse these symptoms due to cannabis’s unique neurogenetic effects – some of the negative consequences of stroke and other TBIs.

Check out the positives and negatives below and if you’d like to speak to Doctor Frank about your condition, get in touch! 

Positives

  • CBD may protect against myocardial ischemic reperfusion injury

  • CBD may prevent infarction and cerebral infarction via the non-CB1 cannabinoid receptor mechanism

  • Contains neuroprotective antioxidants

  • May reduce and reverse the effects of long-term brain injury

  • CBD may protect against cell death

  • May be neuroprotective and help prevent an overabundance of glutamate from forming

Negatives

  • THC may dull the brain and cause further problems with memory, balance etc.

  • Some studies show that using cannabis may increase the chances of developing a stroke