CAN CBD OIL HELP STROKE PATIENTS?

CAN CBD OIL HELP STROKE PATIENTS?

Apart from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, stroke also tops the list of the leading causes of death globally. People who suffer from stroke may or may not recover fully, and the latter have to live with a decreased life quality. They cannot do things they would do in the past and cannot support themselves. What’s more, some stroke survivors lose mobility and speech, and caring for them becomes the biggest challenge. While conventional medications for managing stroke are available, they come with different side effects. Due to the popularity of various CBD oil benefits, people wonder whether it could help stroke patients manage the condition. Learn more about CBD oil and stroke below.

Understanding CBD Oil

CBD, also called cannabidiol, is one of the many active compounds called cannabinoids in the cannabis sativa plant. Unlike THC, CBD oil does not have psychoactive properties and does not make one ‘high’ or lose the sense of reality. This partly explains why CBD oil has gained popularity. Gummies, topicals, softgels, pills, and vape products now feature this cannabinoid. There are also CBD-infused snacks, brownies, baked products, tea, and coffee. CBD oil is available as isolates, with pure CBD oil, or full-spectrum and broad-spectrum. Full-spectrum has all the cannabinoids, while broad-spectrum has all cannabinoids except THC.

CBD Oil and How It Interacts With the Body

While CBD oil is marketed to help with various conditions, how the cannabinoid works has not been fully understood. However, research by Mouslech & Valla (2009) suggests that the human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) consisting of a network of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes that regulate, interact, or influence different bodily processes and functions. For instance, the system controls sleep, satiety, mood, stress, digestion, immunity, and inflammation. CBD interacts with the ECS to influence the body’s vital processes and functions.

Can CBD Oil Help With Stroke?

Stroke is a condition that compromises one’s quality of life, especially when vitals like mobility and speech are lost. Conventional medications for managing stroke come with numerous side effects, and people keep wondering if some natural remedies like CBD oil would help with the condition. Generally, there is not enough scientific evidence to claim that CBD oil can help stroke patients manage this condition. However, some early research suggests that CBD oil may have some neuroprotective properties to prevent the death of nerve cells and further brain and neuron damage.

CBD Oil for Brain Protection

Hayakawa et al. (2010) conducted a study on CBD oil and recorded that CBD oil may make a good therapy for recovering stroke patients. In the study, CBD oil was seen to have Cerebro-protective properties and seemed to have the potential to prevent further brain damage. According to the study, CBD oil has therapeutic benefits and may help ischemic stroke patients recover faster and better. However, as promising as the study sounds, they are not enough to scientifically claim that CBD oil helps with stroke. Therefore, further studies are necessary before recommending CBD oil for stroke patients.

CBD Oil for Promoting Brain Recovery

In the case of a stroke, like ischemic stroke, the common type, the brain cells and neurons are damaged. One has to recover from the brain damage after a stroke attack, but things may never be the same as before. No scientific evidence can claim that CBD oil helps the brain recover. However, a study by Lafuente, et al. (2011) conducted in Spain established that CBD oil might help with brain recovery after stroke. The study explained the recovery properties of CBD oil manifest in its ability to prevent further nerve cell death. However, this study was carried out on pigs, and the results may be different in humans. Also, the FDA has not recommended CBD oil for brain functions.

CBD Oil and Antioxidant Properties

Although how CBD oil works is not fully understood, research suggests that it may have some antioxidant properties that help in brain recovery. For instance, a study by Iuvone, et al. (2004) linked CBD oil to reduced beta-amyloid toxicity, which exacerbates many neurodegenerative issues, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases. As a result, it prevents protein breakdown that would make brain recovery stagnant or slow. However, there is a need for more studies to back up these claims before recommending CBD oil for stroke.

Should You Take CBD Oil for Stroke?

Using CBD oil for stroke is a personal choice. However, it is worth noting that CBD studies are limited, and more information about CBD oil is necessary. Also, the FDA does not control CBD production since the cannabinoid and its products are marketed as supplements. As a result, there is misinformation, especially regarding the product’s potency and purity levels. However, if you choose to take CBD oil for stroke, ensure you consult your doctor for guidance regarding dosage and usage instructions.

Conclusion

CBD oil may help in brain recovery, prevent further nerve cell death, and exert antioxidant properties. However, there is not enough scientific evidence to claim that the cannabinoid may help with stroke. Therefore, taking CBD oil for stroke is risky, and whoever chooses to use the product should consult their doctor beforehand.

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MS, Durham University
GP

The work of a family doctor includes a wide range of clinical diversity, which requires extensive knowledge and erudition from a specialist. However, I believe that the most important thing for a family doctor is to be human because the cooperation and understanding between the doctor and the patient are crucial in ensuring successful health care. On my days off, I love being in nature. Since childhood, I have been passionate about playing chess and tennis. Whenever I have time off, I enjoy traveling around the world.

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