Concussions and Brain Injury Overview

A concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to either the head or the body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the skull.
Concussions can have serious and long-term health effects, and even a seemingly mild ‘ding’ or a bump on the head can be serious. An estimated 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year. Research suggest that minors are most at risk. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, researchers estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger.

The Potential of CBD as a Neuroprotectant

Current research suggests that concussion treatment is thought to be one of the most proven applications of CBD. Studies show that CBD serves as a neuroprotectant, which means that CBD may prevent brain injuries before they even happen. CBD also relieves pain, anxiety, and insomnia, all of which are common symptoms of concussions and Post-concussion Syndrome.

What does it mean that CBD is neuroprotective?

As a neuroprotectant, CBD helps reduce damage to the brain and nervous system and encourages the growth and development of new neurons. Oxidative stress caused by, Traumatic Blows, Ischemia or Autoimmune and Genetic Disorders can cause temporary or permanent neural damage, but studies have shown that CBD is able to protect against this damage and improve recovery.
These findings suggest that CBD could be therapeutically beneficial for traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, spinal cord diseases, and strokes. CBD’s neuroprotective properties are also potentially beneficial in helping prevent and limit the progression of neurological disorders, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), epilepsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson’s disease. More research to investigate CBD’s efficacy for promoting cell and neuron health are needed, but the evidence so far suggests that CBD could be used to minimize neural and cell damage and encourage healing.