The best CBD oil for TBI patients will depend on the patient and the extent of the injury. There is no one brand or product that will be best. What is best will be a high-quality and safe product that produces the desired effects.
At CBD Oil Review, we have analyzed hundreds of products and come up with a suggested serving of 25 mg of CBD, taken twice daily. If the desired results are not found at this amount, the dose can be increased by 25 mg, slowly over the course of 3 to 4 weeks until relief is found.
CBD vapes and CBD flower can also be effective for addressing the sudden appearance or worsening of traumatic brain injury symptoms. These delivery formats are fast-acting because the CBD is absorbed directly through the lungs, bypassing the digestive system and going to work in a matter of minutes. Their effects are short-lived, however, so they are best used to treat sudden-onset, acute symptoms.
CBD Oil Dosage for Traumatic Brain Injuries
For neuroprotective benefits and anti-inflammatory properties, it is likely best to use CBD oil tinctures, drops, capsules, or edibles.
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are among the most prominent causes of death for people under the age of 45. In America alone, 1.7 million people every year are affected by a brain injury, with older teens (between 15-19 years old) and adults over 65 being most at risk.
Generally speaking, it is best to start with the lowest recommended dose suggested on your CBD oil product of choice. Once it is clear how the body will respond to CBD, the dose can be adjusted up or down from there as needed.
A CBD oil tincture or drops allow for the most dosage control. You can control the amount of CBD you’re taking down to the literal drop! So, it may be wisest to start with CBD oil drops or tinctures to figure out your ideal dosage.
More specifically, a 2017 study found that CBD was an effective treatment for headaches caused by brain injury. Not only does it work directly by reducing the inflammation that causes the headache, but also reduces the severity of the pain. We know that our endocannabinoid system directly impacts the response to pain of our central nervous system, as well as our immune system. The research states that any exogenous stimulant of the endocannabinoid system (i.e. CBD) “have been shown to alter pain in acute, chronic and neuropathic conditions, including migraine and are expected to play a large role in the headache and other pain conditions resulting from concussion.”
The wide ranging nature of the symptoms reflects the complexity of the brain and highlights the sheer level of control it has over every facet of our body.
In recent years, medical cannabis is becoming more widely used in humans. A 2018 study found that medical cannabis may present an option to treat concussion related chronic pain and specifically headaches.
Cannabis & Concussion
While a brain scan does not flag concussion, it can be reassuring to confirm that there is no bleeding on the brain.
CBD capsules are great for head injuries and concussions as you can simply take a CBD capsule like you would a standard tablet or painkiller.
CBD produces no intoxicating side effects and does not get the user high. It is THC that causes users to get high. Long-term CBD use does not lead to a tolerance.
This was backed up 3 years later in a study published in 2015 that reviewed all existing experimental evidence of the neuroprotective properties of CBD. They stated that “cannabinoid-based medicines may serve as a novel therapy able to delay/arrest neurodegeneration in acute and chronic neurodegenerative conditions.”
Recently, many researchers have been interested in advancing these emergent findings and investigating this alternative concussion intervention. In fact, Dr. Gillian Hotz is currently embarking on an ongoing study investigating the effects of CBD in combination with an anesthetic for individuals with traumatic brain injury. Her preliminary findings suggest that this treatment improves cognitive function in mice (8).
In addition, one of the first double-blind studies exploring the effects of cannabis and concussion is expected to be conducted this summer by NEEKA Health Canada, the NHL Alumni Association and Canopy Growth Corporation, a cannabis company. This exciting new study will explore the efficacy of cannabis on reducing post-concussion syndrome impairments, such as depression, PTSD, and progressive dementia, among 100 previous NHL players. Dr. Charles Tator, a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital working in the Canadian Concussion Centre says that he is “reasonably hopeful” for the potential of cannabinoids and post-concussion issues. In the future, Tator plans to explore the role of CBD on treating post-concussion headaches (9).
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Dr. Charles Tator, a neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital working in the Canadian Concussion Centre says that he is “reasonably hopeful” for the potential of cannabinoids and post-concussion issues.
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The possibility of CBD as an effective intervention for post-concussion syndrome is without a doubt exciting! Stay tuned for future studies in this emerging field, and for the results of this upcoming study on professional hockey players.
If you or a loved one are suffering from a concussion, be sure to speak to your physician or contact NCT to discuss which treatment options are best for you.