Can Cannabis Keep Your Brain Healthy?

Can Cannabis Keep Your Brain Healthy?

From star athletes struggling with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy to soldiers struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the countless Americas struggling with chronic stress, brain health is constantly top of mind. Thanks to new research, however, some scientists believe cannabis may be the key to keeping our brains healthy — especially after significant trauma.

Approximately 2 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. With these injuries come a long list of cognitive and behavioral challenges that can be extremely stressful and detrimental to continued overall health.  In fact, the number of Americans living with TBI-related disabilities number as high 5.3 million.

Despite these overwhelming numbers, researchers believe they have found a link between THC and CBD and recovery from significant TBIs. When administered shortly after a brain injury, THC has shown to jump start natural processes in the brain that protect brain cells and preserve cognitive abilities.

How Cannabis Helps

Administered before or after a TBI, THC, and CBD protect the brain by kickstarting the natural process the brain uses to minimize injury. When administered anywhere from one to seven days prior to an injury or one to three days following an injury, THC and CBD have shown to bolster the brain’s biochemical response to traumatic injury. Even more interesting is that the amount of cannabis found to help retain cognitive function is only a fraction of the amount found in a typical joint.

Studies have also shown that CBD may be even more effective at reducing and minimizing the lasting effects of brain injuries. For younger patients or those who prefer to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC, CBD holds plenty of promise.

What Are The Consequences?

While the research is still on very preliminary stages, the parallels between cannabis and brain health are certainly promising. As more health professionals look to cannabis — especially CBD — as a safe, effective daily health supplement, the applications and benefits may prove life changing for many people worldwide.

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