Stroke, also known as cardiovascular accident, is a result of the rupture of blood vessels in the brain.
It can also be a result of a blockage that impedes the blood flow to the brain tissues, resulting to decreased oxygen and nutrient supply necessary for normal brain function.
Each year, nearly 800,000 people in the United States — most of whom are over 65 years old — experience a stroke, which is a rapid loss of brain function resulting from a blockage of blood supply. Globally, it is estimated that 15 million people suffer the condition. Of those who experience strokes, about 140,000 (or 18 percent) die. About 25 percent of stroke victims are under 65 years of age.
Leading causes of strokes are high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, a weak heart, and simply the accumulated wear and tear of age. For those who survive a stroke, symptoms include difficulty speaking or full loss of speech, memory impairments, motor (movement) issues, challenges in writing, and even changes in personality.
Not until the person experiences an altered state of consciousness, such as coma, he is not able to tell that he possibly has a stroke. The signs and symptoms of stroke range from mild to severe. Sleepiness, dizziness and loss of balance are just some of the signs and symptoms a person with stroke can experience. There might even be a decreased cognitive function, such as memory deficits, speech difficulties, etc.
The use of CBD rich hemp oil can help alleviate the symptoms of stroke, whether it is a transient ischemic attack, or hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke. Transient ischemic stroke or TIA is a temporary decrease in the blood supply of the brain. This may occur in people who have diabetes or hypertension. The brain cells recover after the temporary decrease in blood supply.
Brain cell death occurs either in ischemic or in hemorrhagic stroke, since there is a prolonged lack or insufficient blood supply to the brain. Ischemic stroke, caused by a blood clot that blocks a blood vessel in the brain, can be a complication of a disease or condition where there is a thickening of the blood or an increase in blood cholesterol level. The fats, specifically the low density lipoproteins or bad cholesterol, pass through the blood vessels. This causes injury to the vessel, as the leukocytes or white blood cells attack the site where the LDLs are concentrated. The platelets try to repair the damaged vessel, but their accumulation just narrows the passage.
Cannabidiol CBD-rich hemp oil has neuroprotective properties
CBD-rich hemp oil has neuroprotective properties, meaning it can help prevent brain cell death. Also, it has anti-inflammatory properties that prevent autoimmune-like attacks to the brain tissues and its blood vessels. It has antioxidant compounds, as well, which help clear the blood and the blood vessels of dead cells and toxins. It lowers the blood cholesterol, too, by increasing the high-density lipoproteins or the good cholesterol, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Before the stroke becomes severe, or the blood vessels in the brain rupture, the thrombus or the blood clot needs to be removed. Its removal will relieve the pressure that has built up on the affected blood vessel. Thus, the pain will also be relieved. The CBD, cannabidiol, does not only help in pain management, but also in the protection of body tissues.
Dr. David Allen
In those who do suffer strokes, the administration of CBD and THC prior to onset can decrease the severity of the stroke significantly. Dr. David Allen, a former heart surgeon, when referring to cannabis in the treatment of stroke and heart disease, said “No other medicine made by man can help in this manner.”
Allen cites a government patent from 2003 that reveals that the administration of cannabinoids prior to the onset of a stroke can decrease its severity by about 50 percent. Said Dr. Allen:
“No other chemical decreases the size of a stroke by even two percent. So this is like a miracle that it does this.”
Allen adds that it’s “nearly impossible to come back from many strokes.” Thus, any treatment, such as cannabinoids, that can decrease the severity of a stroke may serve to preserve life-giving cognitive and neurological functions, as well as critical motor skills. Instead of aspirin to thin the blood and decrease the chances of a blockage, Allen recommends cannabis to his patients. “Eat a bud a day, it keeps the stroke away,” said Allen.
Cannabidiol Research: Stroke
- Cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive Cannabis constituent, protects against myocardial ischemic reperfusion injury
- Cannabidiol prevents infarction via the non-CB1 cannabinoid receptor mechanism
- Cannabidiol prevents cerebral infarction via a serotonergic 5-hydroxytryptamine1A receptor-dependent mechanism
- Cannabidiol administration after hypoxia-ischemia to newborn rats reduces long-term brain injury and restores neurobehavioral function
- Protective Effects of Cannabidiol Against Hippocampal Cell Death and Cognitive Impairment Induced by Bilateral Common Carotid Artery Occlusion in Mice
- Repeated treatment with cannabidiol but not Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol has a neuroprotective effect without the development of tolerance
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