What Is a Concussion?
The most common and least serious type of traumatic brain injury is called a concussion. A type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.
Some of the symptoms of a concussion can include:
- Temporarily Losing Consciousness
- Head Pressure
Other symptoms may include slurred speech, nausea, vomiting, or feeling tired or dazed.
For some people, the symptoms of a concussion show up immediately following the incident that caused it, while for other people there may be a delay and it can even take days for symptoms to appear.
Marijuana and Concussions
Some researchers believe that the properties of marijuana may help the brain to repair itself following a traumatic injury. The reason marijuana and concussions may have a beneficial relationship with one another is that marijuana might be able to help reduce inflammation in the brain following an injury. Cannabis plants have antioxidants that can provide protective features to the brain and they can reduce overall inflammation and stress-related damage in the brain, possibly. This is important because one of the primary impacts of concussion is neural inflammation.
Therefore, cannabis may potentially help protect against much of the damage of concussions and may also help alleviate psychiatric symptoms that appear following a concussion. Furthermore, cannabinoids have been shown to provide relief to those experiencing significant pain associated with a wide variety of ailments.