A traumatic brain injury, often referred to as TBI, occurs when sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. According to the CDC, 2.8 million people suffer from a traumatic brain injury annually, with over 50,000 cases resulting in death. The consequences of a traumatic brain injury can affect all aspects of life, altering both mental capabilities and personality traits.
Traumatic brain injury can be caused by any damage that disrupts normal brain function. The most common causes are vehicle-related collisions, falls, violence, and sports injuries.
Symptoms of TBI vary depending on the severity of the injury. In mild cases, after the initial trauma, victims will experience either a brief loss of consciousness or a state of disorientation and confusion. These cases typically result in a concussion, characterized by headaches, neck pain, nausea, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and fatigue. In moderate and severe cases, victims may lose consciousness for several minutes or hours and may experience convulsions or seizures, repeated vomiting, fluid draining from ears or nose, dilation of pupils, or the loss of coordination. These injuries can result in long-term complications or death.
Unfortunately, in some cases, people are unaware that they have suffered from a traumatic brain injury. While certain symptoms may appear immediately after the event, others may take days or weeks to appear.
How Can Medical Cannabis Help?
A recent study conducted at Tel Aviv University showed a positive relationship between medical cannabis and TBI. According to the results, cannabinoids administered one to three days after the trauma helped preserve brain cells and long-term cognitive functions. The cannabinoids in medical marijuana appeared to catalyze biochemical processes that produce protective effects. By reducing inflammation and swelling, cannabinoids can prevent secondary damage to the brain and reduce neurological impairment.
Medical marijuana can also help treat other symptoms associated with a TBI, such as nausea, depression, loss of appetite, and mood. Although more research is needed to better understand the effects of medical marijuana on TBI, studies indicate it is a promising treatment option.
Acquiring your registry identification card is the first step in using medical marijuana as a source of relief for a traumatic brain injury. From there, visit one of our Greenhouse dispensary locations where one of our expert staff can help.