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Can cannabis help traumatic brain injury cases?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have received a lot of attention in recent years. The number of returning American veterans who have experienced TBIs in combat and the rising awareness of sports-related TBIs has pushed the subject into the forefront of medicine -- which may finally be making some progress at finding new treatments.

Could cannabis be one of them? Maybe. In fact, it may not only be a method of treating TBIs -- it could be a method of preventing them or reducing their severity.

Scientists know that having a healthy brain and body helps mitigate the risk of a TBI in the first place. Everything from maintaining the proper weight and getting enough exercise to wearing a helmet can help reduce the devastating effects of a blow to the head.

However, scientists are increasingly aware that the moment of injury isn't the only critical time in a TBI's development. The period of time after the injury -- both minutes and days later -- is also important. The effects of a TBI can be aggravated or diminished by various things -- like how fast a football player goes back into action or how much the brain's own inflammatory processes are controlled.

Cannabis affects the human endocannabinoid system, which is the part of the human body that's capable of absorbing and using the active ingredients in marijuana. Cannabis helps provide anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that are also critical when the brain has undergone an injury. It also plays a role in controlling gultamate -- which can go into overproduction after a brain injury and cause cell death. Inflammation, excess glutamate and free radicals are three of the big causes of closed-wound brain damage.

How effective is THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, at preventing brain injury? Those without THC in their system at the time of injury were likely to die 12 percent of the time. Those with THC in their system were only likely to die from a head injury 2 percent of the time.

While there are still a lot of studies needed about the effects of cannabis on the brain, the early indicators show that it makes the brain generally more resilient to stress and aging -- all good things when it comes to brain injury recovery.

Source: Leafly, "Cannabis May Protect the Brain Against Stress and Injury, and Here’s Why," Josh Kaplan, May 24, 2018

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