The use of CBD as a substitute to harmful over the counter medicines has been increasing. You might have noticed how CBD is recommended for pain management and better sleep, rather than using the common pain killers or sleeping pills. Similarly, studies have been conducted on animals to see how CBD affects stroke. What was found in these tests were surprising and shows a bright future for CBD in the treatment of stroke. Let’s have a look at whether CBD is a reliable and effective medicine that can help in stroke recovery.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD (as it is commonly known) is a cannabinoid found in the plants of the cannabis species. However, the concentration of CBD in each cannabis strain is different because of which it is only extracted from hemp. Industrial hemp has a very high concentration of CBD, making it the best strain of cannabis for CBD extraction. There is another reason why CBD is obtained from only the hemp; hemp does not get anyone high. Therefore, the CBD extract from hemp will also have the same property and is safe for consumption.
Can We Use CBD For Stroke Recovery?
To understand the effect CBD has on stroke, you should know how CBD reacts in the body.
CBD reacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system in the body. The activation of these receptors releases the necessary endocannabinoids which reduce the temperature and inflammatory response of the affected area. This reduces the amount of area affected by the stroke. Also, CBD protects the brain nerve cells when it activates CB and serotonin receptors. It was found that CBD reverse brain damage partially, caused by a stroke in animals.
A study published in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism said that CBD is a “promising candidate for future treatment”.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CBD is beneficial to stroke survivors because of the following properties.
Cannabis Extract For Stroke
The main difference between CBD extract and cannabis extract is the amount of THC. While CBD extract will have less THC, cannabis extracts will be rich in it. Which one is better for stroke?
Some studies conducted on the effect of THC on stroke were encouraging. Sativex, a drug containing THC, is legally used in treating spasticity, a condition that causes similar symptoms as a stroke. This drug contains a powerful combination of cannabinoids like THC and CBD. However, the use of THC is not preferred in treatment because of its psychedelic nature.
As studies are yet to be conducted on CBD and stroke recovery, it is better if we wait for proper evidence regarding the same. Nevertheless, you can use CBD for stroke recovery once your doctor has recommended it.