All About Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injuries can be caused by many different things, mainly different types of blows to the head. It can also come from some type of jolt such as getting shaken too hard. TBI’s are mostly closed head injuries however it can happen from a penetrative blow too.

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Symptoms

TBI’s and concussions have similar symptoms. Pay close attention as there are a variety of symptoms that mimic other diseases and illnesses as well. One of the main indications that it may be a TBI is when they vague symptoms are accompanied by anger that seems to have no real source. They’re as follows:

  • Bothered by light or noise
  • Feeling tired, no energy
  • Headaches
  • Attention or concentration problems
  • Irritability or easily angered
  • Anxiety and Nervousness

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

As mentioned, several different things can cause a TBI. A fall is the most common cause with over half all cases relating to them. Other causes include motor vehicle crashes, bodily assault, and as result of a firearm related injury.

Prognosis

If you are exhibiting signs of moderate or severe TBI should receive medical attention as soon as possible. There isn’t much that can be done to reverse the initial brain damage caused by trauma. Medical providers try to stabilize an individual with TBI and focus on preventing further injury. Medical professionals will also check heart functions, followed by a full body assessment.

Medical Marijuana and TBI

Much of the research around medical marijuana — including CBD and THC compounds — has focused around its use in the short-term aftermath of the injury, when the brain is at its most vulnerable. Research results have been promising in the field. One Israeli research team suggested that the endocannabinoid 2-AG, naturally released by the body, could help protect the brain. The anti-inflammatory compound is released in higher amounts after trauma, as a kind of self-protective mechanism. Medical marijuana may reduce hospital visits in patients with spinal cord disease. Additional research shows potential:

  • A Pediatric Research study in 2011 showed that CBD reduced seizures, brain edema, and motor skills for injured newborn pigs.
  • As published in the Journal of Pharmacy School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, University of Maryland.
  • Medical marijuana may aid in the reduction of hospital visits for patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Medical Marijuana and Traumatic Brain Injury

This disease cannot be cured but medical marijuana eases symptoms to give patients a better quality of life. MM helps ease the anxiety and frustration that comes along with memory loss amongst other things. Additionally:

  • 2002 study on rats and mice concluded that these neuroprotective agents could counteract the negative effects of a traumatic brain injury, including symptoms like swelling. 
  • Another research project conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health further highlighted THC’s and CBD’s neuroprotective qualities when the brain is exposed to toxic levels of glutamate, a neurotransmitter responsible for memory and learning.
  • In a human study, a 2018 study found medical marijuana reduced chronic pain and dizziness associated with a concussion in a majority of patients

Marijuana strains that help with CTE symptoms include:

  • The Black: This indica-dominant strain helps with brain spasticity, slowing the progression of the disease. It can also help relieve migraines associated with the disease.
  • Cannatonic: This hybrid strain is 50/50, combining the best qualities of both. It helps with inflammation and swelling in the brain.
  • Bay 11: This is a potent sativa to help with brain spasticity as well. It’s excellent for daytime relief as it won’t leave the patients couch locked.

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