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CBD May Protect Against and Relieve Brain Injury Symptoms

August 29, 2022 6 min read

CBD May Protect Against and Relieve Brain Injury Symptoms

CBD May Protect Against and Relieve Brain Injury Symptoms

Brain injury is one of the causes of death cases in the world. Individuals who survive brain injuries may develop neurological disorders, weird behaviors, and low life expectancy. You may have seen a person suffering from brain injury and wondered how you could help such a person.

Brain injury may be caused by serious external head injury or stress and depression. With time, inflammation develops in the brain leading to serious brain injury. It can also occur when the brain is forced to collide with the innermost skull, release of inflammatory-induced chemicals causing serious damage to the brain cells and tissues. Although medical research has not been put forward to explain how brain injury can be dealt with, scientists have come up with the idea that CBD can be used to treat brain injury. Peer into the article and know how CBD works to treat brain injury. The article will also help you to understand CBD with its background. Since some states do not legalize CBD, the article will give what to consider regarding the legalization of CBD in each state.

What Is CBD

According to Pamplona et al.(2018), CBD is one of the compounds manufactured from Cannabis or hemp plant. Amongst the one hundred and above compounds of the Cannabis plant, CBD is the most used compound due to its great health effects. There is a thin line between CBD and THC, as they are cousins in the Cannabis plant. THC is responsible for the 'high' effect, a reason behind most people smoke marijuana, while CBD does not bring the effect. Instead of having a 'high' effect, CBD benefits one health-wise and prevents psychoactive diseases. The circumstance under which CBD can make one 'high' is when full-spectrum is used. This type of CBD contains at least 0.3% of THC.

Types of CBD

CBD is in three types according to the quantity of the compounds used and THC availability. There are three types of CBD: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. They are discussed below:

Full-Spectrum CBD

According to VanDolah et al.(2019), the full spectrum comprises all compounds of the cannabis plant with at least 0.3% of THC. Full-spectrum CBD is suitable for individuals who want to benefit from all compounds. It has a characteristic smell due to compounds like terpenes or flavonoids. It treats chronic pains, autoimmune diseases, and sleep problems. It is not suitable for those beginning to use CBD because of the smell that might be disgusting to them.

Broad-Spectrum

Broad-spectrum is a type of CBD that contains all the compounds of cannabis sativa except THC. It also offers the same benefits as full-spectrum, except for bringing a 'high' effect. The broad-spectrum CBD composition makes it convenient for those used to CBD or its products. It alleviates chronic pain, treats psychoactive effects, and reduces anxiety. It is used to improve skin health and help with sleep problems.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD made from neither Cannabis plant compounds. It does not offer more benefits than other types of CBD due to no compounds used. According to Shannon et al.(2015), CBD isolate is suitable for individuals that beginning to CBD or its product. It should be noted that it does not immediately affect one's body; hence, it should be taken in large amounts.

Forms of CBD

Different forms of CBD are available in a nearby gas station, CBD dispensary, or online according to one preference. The available forms of CBD are tinctures, oil, gummies, and edibles. These forms can be discussed below:

CBD Oil

CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil. It is easily absorbed into the bloodstream, leading to an immediate effect on the body. It may not be convenient when traveling as in gummies or topical. It is used to offset anxiety; relieve chronic pain by making one feel relaxed.

Tinctures

The tincture is an alcohol-based CBD made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and mixing it with alcohol. The alcohol in the tinctures contributes to the long shelf life; hence they can stay for long before going bad. It should be noted that tinctures can react with medications, and one should consult a doctor before using CBD tinctures.

CBD Gummies

Gummies can benefit from chewing, as one may do to bubble gums. They can easily be carried during picnics or when one is traveling. CBD gummies allow one to benefit from other compounds of cannabidiol without the earthy smell or taste. They are made with natural flavonoids and sugars, and they are healthy.

CBD Edibles

CBD edibles are food or beverages that contain CBD and its compounds. The edibles are important to health as they come with nutritional incentives that one can easily explore. One should track down the edibles which are allowed by a country, as different states have different views on CBD products and forms. It is important since doing so helps one not violate the country's fundamental laws governing the use of drugs and substances.

Can CBD Protect Against Brain Injury?

According to Solomon et al. (2006), CBD can help to embattle the brain against injury. Before using CBD to treat brain injury, it is important to know how it is achieved. CBD can respond to the stimuli in the entire body system. When the brain is damaged due to infections or accidents, CBD responds to the pain experienced in that part. The body's endocannabinoid system is triggered to release chemical compounds that contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. The antioxidants fight the pathogens and help heal the damaged parts. The anti-inflammatory prevents the brain parts from swelling and reddening, interfering with the nervous system. According to Wolf et al.(2010), CBD helps in the growth of brain cells, a process known as neurogenesis. The process helps in the facilitation of nervous coordination leading to the proper functioning of the body system. An individual should use CBD to treat brain injury without consulting the doctor. This may expose one to serious injuries same as the initial ones. CBD also releases anti-anxiety compounds, helping one be calm by dealing with stress and mental disorders. This is necessary for the good health of the brain.

Legalization of CBD

Different countries have laws enforced regarding the usage of drugs and substance abuse. It is the responsibility of one to know the view a country has towards CBD usage. For instance, in the UK, drugs, and substances approved by the FDA can be used, ensuring that a certain substance is allowed by the state.

Conclusion

Do you have a friend or a family member having a brain injury? The person's life is in your hand, and you need to take the correct measures to help that individual. CBD can protect the brain against injury, and one is required to explore and confirm that it is true. The protection can be achieved by releasing chemicals having anti-inflammatory effects, non-intoxicating, and anti-anxiety. Apart from facilitating the process that ensures the good health of the brain, it also supports the growth of new cells, replacing the dead and injured ones. More research has not been done to fully allow the usage of CBD for brain injury, and different states have different views on it. Each person needs to know the state's rules regarding the use of CBD.

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