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Can Cannabis Treat A Stroke?

By January 12, 2017Stroke

Let’s start off by briefly explaining what a “Stroke” actually is. It is more of a matter of shame that many people out there in the world still consider stroke simply to be a cardiovascular disease.

In reality however, Strokes are basically injuries in the brain which causes a blockage of blood supply to various parts of the brain. It has been estimated that at the time of writing, every year about 795,000 people in the US alone experience strokes with 140,000 dying each year.

Generally speaking, individuals who have a higher blood pressure and more prone to having a stroke.

The Effects Of A Stroke

The blood flow in the brain is responsible for providing the brain with all of the essential nutrients and minerals which it requires. If blood flow to the brain is somehow stopped, it may ultimately lead to death. However, thanks to modern medication, it is possible to save a person from stroke albeit with some serious side effects.

Which include loss of memory, speech, cognitive abilities, writing and even changes in personality.

Generally speaking, strokes has been categorize into three distinct groups:

  • Ischemic : this is caused by a blockage
  • Hemorrhagic: This one is caused due to a rupture in blood vessels
  • Transient Ischemic Attacks: These are temporary “mini Strokes”

How to know about a Stroke?

As much scary as the concept sounds, it is actually possible to note down some “Key” symptoms which would allow you to understand if a person is about to have a Stroke or not and take them to a hospital as early as possible.

These symptoms include:

  • Numbness in limbs or face
  • Confusion when trying to understand another person
  • Facing difficulties speaking
  • Difficulties using the eyes
  • A general feeling of dizziness
  • Extreme headache for no reason
  • Difficulty maintain balance while walking

How is Cannabis Helping?

While some people may still think that the long term effects following a serious strokes are pretty much irreversible. The same cannot be said now thanks to some recent researches done that significantly proves the effectiveness of Cannabis in tackling the aftermath effects of a stroke.

To start with, Cannabis has been proven to be highly effective when it comes to limiting the level of damage cause to the cells by a Stroke by providing neuroprotective effects.

This protection is achieved thanks to the presence of a major cannabinoid found in Cannabis known as “CBD” or cannabidiol which is responsible for lending the protection.

Shortly upon the administration of CBD, it starts to protect the neurons and astrocytes from any sever damage, leading to a greatly enhanced biochemical, functional, neurobehavioral and histological recovery of the stroke patient.

It has been closely observed further that the brain damage that is caused due to the aftermath of a stroke is mostly associated with the increased level of oxidative stress, excitoxicity and inflammation. CBD has been seen to greatly tackle all three of these harmful interaction from taking place, lowering the level of damage done altogether.

It should be noted though that the level of recovery of CBD largely depends on how quickly you are being able to administer the drug. The faster you are able to get it to the victim, the less damage will be cause by the stroke while improving the potency of the recovery.

This was further testified when an Animal trial was done by Hayakawa, who saw that rats who had just suffered from a stroke were able to make a good recovery when the CBD was administered about 1 to 3 days after the stroke. However, when the CBD was given after 5 days, no improvement was seen.

So, in conclusion? Treating a patient who has recently been affected by a Stroke is indeed helpful and can go to great lengths when it comes to minimizing the damage done due to a stroke and encourage speedy recovery.

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  • Jarred says:

    A very informative read. Greatly helps to elaborate on the positive effects of Marijuana. Having a stroke patient in the family, this article gives me a lot of new hope.

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