is cbd oil good for brain injury

Is cbd oil good for brain injury

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a versatile and powerful anti-inflammatory cannabinoid with few to no side effects. The number of conditions it can be used to treat increases daily with the release of new scientific information. One severe condition CBD is beginning to be seen as a treatment for is traumatic brain injury, or TBI. TBI can occur in any person who suffers brain trauma and is often a debilitating and life altering condition with no true cure.

Scientific Evidence Supports CBD May Treat Brain Injury

While there is yet no known cure for traumatic brain injury, there is some scientific evidence that suggests CBD may be able to reduce some of the damaging side effects of TBI including neuroinflammation and neurological impairments. A study released in 2017 by “Frontiers in Pharmacology” found that, “As such, the endocannabinoid system possesses potential drugable receptor and enzyme targets for the treatment of diverse TBI pathology.”

The “Frontiers in Pharmacology” study is promising in showing that the endocannabinoid system is key in treating traumatic brain injury. There also a number of studies that show CBD (in combination with THC) has neuroprotective qualities, meaning that a regular consumption of cannabinoids can actually make the brain more likely to absorb the impact of brain trauma with out the lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury.

NFL May Consider CBD Treatments

The National Football League has been embroiled in controversy over their misdiagnosing and mishandling of concussions leading to life-harming side effects. The NFL recently agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit with former players who allege the NFL did not accurately diagnose or treat concussions. The players also allege that teams allowed, or forced in some cases, players to remain in games after they had clearly suffered a concussion. The settlement became final and effective on January 7, 2017 and has already paid out claims worth $657,320,496 according to the official settlement website.

To combat concussions, which will always occur as a result of playing the game of football, the NFL has implemented a number of rule changes and has made valuable alterations to helmets. In addition, “The NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed for the first time to cooperate in studying the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players,” according to the Washington Post.

This would be a huge step forward for the league, which has banned players for consuming cannabis for years. Though they won’t necessarily be studying cannabis as a way to treat brain injury, the fact that the NFL and NFLPA are studying cannabis’ effectiveness at all is a positive development that will hopefully lead to more cannabis/CBD studies in the future.

Anecdotal Support of CBD Brain Injury Treatments

Scientific evidence takes years to be studied and released. The substance being studied, CBD in this case, must be tested vigorously before a conclusion can be derived. However, while studies take time, there is anecdotal evidence from people who believe cannabis has been helpful in treating brain injury. Julie Henneberry Klug’s life changed the day her children were involved in a horrific car accident.

Her daughter Sydnee suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident and was told by doctors she would be symptomatic for the rest of her life. However, after Mrs. Henneberry Klug started Sydnee on CBD oil, “Sydnee never suffered from depression, anxiety, or anger. Once she started on the CBD oil, she no longer required drugs like Ibuprofen for pain.”

CBD has the potential to make life worth living for some of the many whose lives have been permanently altered by traumatic brain injury. The scientific evidence is promising and the anecdotal evidence, of which Ms. Klug’s story is one of many, is irrefutable. It will take time to fully understand CBD’s brain healing properties but it must be studied further.

Is It Okay to Smoke Pot After a Brain Injury?

Please remember, we are not able to give medical or legal advice. If you have medical concerns, please consult your doctor. All posted comments are the views and opinions of the poster only.

glen replied on Sat, 08/22/2020 – 11:18pm Permalink

I just get more high

Adam replied on Sun, 06/21/2020 – 3:10pm Permalink

A few months ago I suffered a hit to the head which resulted in my skull cracking inwards and cutting my brain. I had surgery and only now have I started to smoke bud again. I’ve found now if I’m smoking it outside of the house or if I’m with people I’m not close with then my paranoia is so out of control and I just stay in that fight or flight mode until I’ve had time to calm down away. The only way I can smoke it and have a good high again is if I’m alone or with very close friends.

Anonymous replied on Sat, 02/22/2020 – 9:55am Permalink

How this was reviewed in 2018 and not removed is beyond me , completely the wrong message , especially given the large amount of evidence there is to debunk the main assertion of the article

Anonymous replied on Wed, 01/15/2020 – 11:23pm Permalink

I tried smoking pot after my TBI and it made all my symptoms much worse. HOWEVER, I used a homemade CBD tincture (no THC) and it was literally the only thing that would reduce the pain and symptoms I was feeling. Now that I'm 4 years away from my accidents, I smoke pot, but not too much, just a puff or two is all it takes, AND I still use my homemade CBD occasionally.

Sarah replied on Tue, 03/17/2020 – 11:07pm Permalink

I was wondering when I could again. I had a tbi around 1 year ago and the doctors said no drinking for 2 years, so I assume smoking too. I’m afraid if I smoke right now my symptoms could get worse also

Alexander Bevill replied on Sat, 11/16/2019 – 9:14pm Permalink

I have a TBI, I have seizures, and I feel "doped up" on all this medicine, I was 18 when I got hit by a drunk driver while I was in my car, when I smoke weed I just feel "sober", I dont get high, I get freedom from a brain injury, I take 2,200 milligrams of brain injury med a day, marijuana helps so much! Help please! I need freedom from this seizure disorder, and everything else. make this legal for at least these reasons, please let me know if it's going to be legal in Georgia. Help now, please, Skeet

Anonymous replied on Fri, 11/08/2019 – 2:50am Permalink

I am not all too sure about this article and the proofs of this exact article. I think moderation is key to anything you do no matter what it is. I had a diffuse axonal brain injury grade 3 I fell from a bridge 25 feet. I was in a coma and had to relearn how to walk. I am 11 months almost since the fall. and I have broken the official 1-year rule however only 11 months and I use cannabis and I personally think it is helpful. Moderation is key.

Westley williams replied on Sat, 01/09/2021 – 9:28pm Permalink

I got a TBI like 8 months ago now I was snowboarding and hit a tree going 40mph without a helmet spent 2 weeks in a coma and 3 months in the hospital when I woke up shit sucked man and I can see why smoking everyday could mess with your recovery but honestly I’ve just been taking one hit off a joint if it’s goin around and I get really high then I take about a month break until I smoke again and I’ve been doin just fine

Mara replied on Fri, 03/13/2020 – 1:35am Permalink

Did u suffer from light sensitivity? I am 11months into my tbi and im still light sensitive.

Lucy replied on Wed, 12/02/2020 – 6:52pm Permalink

It has been over 23 years since my severe TBI and I still have some issues with photosensitivity. The brain is a VERY complex organ. Every person is different pre-injury, every injury is different, affecting different areas of the brain and life in general, thus every survivor is exponentially different.

Everette replied on Mon, 07/13/2020 – 12:33am Permalink

I suffer light sensitivity too. It’s getting better. But now I find that I just Cary multiple shades of sunglasses and it helps a lot! I had a TBI six months ago. I hope it eases for you. It’s super frustrating.

Matthew replied on Mon, 10/21/2019 – 4:46pm Permalink

Can you vape after tbi really need to know cause I'm tryna quit smoking

Matthew replied on Mon, 10/21/2019 – 3:57am Permalink

My question is can you smoke cigarettes after brain injury

Anonymous replied on Thu, 10/17/2019 – 10:54am Permalink

I got a brain injury from a car accident. Lobectomy, all that s***!! Hydrocephalus, shunt, seizures all the time. 14 antiepileptic meds a day and seizey poos still happening. Added medical marijuana, going on 4 months Seizure free. It works!!

Drew replied on Wed, 11/10/2021 – 11:12pm Permalink

Keep in mind that this is not the only method, ofc weed is always fun to smoke but you need to remember that herbs are known for healing as well. Herbal tea is a great example of this as in this case you have seizures. Try looking up “Bacopa Herb” and even look at the teas they offer.

Anonymous replied on Sun, 08/18/2019 – 11:07pm Permalink

My boyfriend has TBI with memory loss, gets lost everywhere, among other things. He’s great when he’s not smoking, clear thinking and even wakes up and talks about things from days and weeks before on his own without prompting.
When he smokes, it’s hard to speak with him and he needs supervision, like complete fog, memory loss is exasperated, cannot even take the dog for a walk, and does not think smart whatsoever.

Anonymous replied on Wed, 02/19/2020 – 10:21pm Permalink

That’s what pot does to you. It’s a downer and makes you lazy but also helps with a lot of other things. It really depends on how much you smoke and what kind you smoke

Allan replied on Sun, 12/01/2019 – 9:40am Permalink

I had a clot on the frontier of the Amygdala and left parietal lobe – never stopped smoking herb. I have been aware and always looking for answers. Before the stroke, I considered weed to be a PED? Could always go downhill on wheels or edge better stoned! Maybe it has led to some dumb decisions after? It is a benevolent drug. Other drugs make it hard to get it up. Have you ever heard of a violent crime involving only Mota? I believe that it stimulates creativity and focus? I am not a scientist; but only, a curious surviver. Sometimes my emotions are hyperactive. I don't think weed is the perp. Fight on brothers and sisters, we only get one turn.

Big Osc replied on Sun, 09/29/2019 – 5:47pm Permalink

I have a relative who has experienced a TBI Traumatic brain Injury. He really wants to smoke pot at night. He says it helps him sleep at night. I am concerned that this will slow and even halt his recovery from the TBI. He is 35 years old. I keep telling him how bad it is and he still says it helps him sleep at night. Very confused on what to do to help him properly.

Christine replied on Wed, 08/14/2019 – 3:35pm Permalink

Thank you in advance for your feedback.

My son has right frontal lobe damage and has trouble staying employed due to his impulsiveness. Does cannabis help those of you with right temporal lobe injuries control impulsiveness (speaking without thinking?) Acting without thinking? Thinking through the consequences of your actions before making the wrong decision?
Does it help to control anxiety and angry outbursts?

Jayne replied on Sat, 10/26/2019 – 8:02pm Permalink

I have witnessed worsened impulsivity and disorganization in my relative with severe TBI. Very frustrating to witness. As a person without a brain injury, I remember smoking pot and then getting loads of ideas I could not organize well enough to do anything with them.

Joe replied on Sun, 07/14/2019 – 9:57am Permalink

This article contradicts Everything that is now known about cannabis, , which is that it is actually very helpful in both preventing and treating brain injury. Who is this guy who wrote this article?

Tatiana replied on Wed, 02/05/2020 – 11:23pm Permalink

He's a PhD and has 3 different roles in Ohio Institutions including the Ohio State University, all dealing with brains. People want to say big pharma wants all the profits but I've seen people spend hundreds on weed here in CA. The weed industry puts out things that make them look good but they just need more true double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center trials, and then have to repeat the study to prove the first study didn't happen by chance. Maybe because he's older he doesn't like weed for the connotations it is starting to get over. Maybe he really just doesn't want people to do what he's clinically seen. They say science is never final and we just don't have enough studies with brain injuries as described above.

ilse replied on Tue, 10/06/2020 – 12:39am Permalink

I've seen the worst of this drug too!! Well said.

Nicole replied on Fri, 04/05/2019 – 3:07pm Permalink

I recently had a brain aneurysm which the doctors called a subarachnoid hemorrhage stroke. Is it ok to try marijuana edibles?

Tatiana replied on Wed, 02/05/2020 – 11:29pm Permalink

If you're concerned about smoking, edibles cross the blood/brain barrier too and edibles make me and a few of my friends paranoid and lasts WAY too long if you do get paranoid from it.

S. Daniels replied on Mon, 11/04/2019 – 11:09pm Permalink

I had the same thing ..all I wanna know is will I mess up if I smoke marijuana again? I've stop drinking, and stop smoking cigarettes. My stole was on August 19, I haven't did either since. My b'day is Wednesday the 6the and I wanna smoke.

Char replied on Sun, 03/01/2020 – 6:11pm Permalink

For me TBI happened 7 months ago spent 17 days in two hospitals 3 days in a coma 7 in an ICU unit. I'm still recovering. I smoke cigarettes didn't while in there. I have smoked pot for a long time but since this injury I have only smoked very little but has help me to eat sleep and not be so irritated with myself or life as a whole..if you know your limits trying it may not be so horrible.

Kyle B replied on Fri, 06/21/2019 – 9:03am Permalink

I had the same thing, a TBI with a subarachnoid hemorrhage. I have smoking to alleviate the headaches.

Christine replied on Wed, 03/27/2019 – 8:32am Permalink

Dear Dr. Corrigan,

I'm wondering if CBD oil ( without THC) will help a survivor of a TBI with frontal lobe damage. i have a son that acquired an alcohol problem many years after his TBI.

I would appreciate any information, links, contacts, etc. on TBI and CBD oil.

Thank you,

Jon replied on Wed, 12/08/2021 – 10:24pm Permalink

Yes CBD is very neuroleptics and is super helpful for those in a tBi. On sept. 17 2021 I was t boned by a caR in a car crash and then was in a coma for almost 1 month. I had thc in my blood during the crash and your likelihood of surviving with thc in your blood is 98% and your survival rate with no thc in your blood is 88% a whole 10 points lower!! I take cbd oil everyday and cbd is suuuuuuoper beneficial! Hell cbd even cured my 5 herniated discs in my spine from my first crash. Cbd and medical weed is gods gift 10/10 would reccomend (just wait a year to try thc after a tBi) and tell him to consult with a doctor before he ever does thc because it may increase the likelihood of seizures.

Anonymous replied on Tue, 06/25/2019 – 7:34pm Permalink

I’m not a professional by any means and this may not help. I developed alcoholic tendencies after traumatic brain injury and have been suffering since. Genetically I’m prone to alcoholism but I never had such intense cravings until after my head incident. Praise the Lord I did not die or become paraplegic after my accident. I have been smoking marijuana since my injury in 2008 and it has helped immensely. With legality of the product throughout the years I have been able to use pot to help with brain injury and quit alcohol. With love to TBI sufferers may you find peace -B

Anonymous replied on Wed, 08/14/2019 – 3:48pm Permalink

Hi B,
Thanks for your reply, it's much appreciated. I just posted again but it's not showing up yet. I have some questions about impulsiveness and employment when one has right frontal lobe damage. My son cannot stay employed due to impulsiveness with his words (out of turn and inappropriate comments.)Once said, he is well aware he should not have said whatever he said. Navigating social situations is super hard for him. Now he tends to prefer to be alone more than not. I would love your input if you have experienced this yourself.

Lea replied on Thu, 08/01/2019 – 10:11pm Permalink

Grant replied on Wed, 03/06/2019 – 9:26am Permalink

I have a TBI from being knocked out and falling and hitting my head on the concrete sidewalk. I had to have emergency surgery on the left side for the hematoma and inside bleeding. It has been 1 year now. My headaches and pain are every day. They very from a throbbing to stabbing pain that rate a 1 or 2 for my good days to a 7 or 8 on my bad days. I cannot take lyrica or gabapentin due to side effects. I currently take butalbital – acetaminophn and Excedrin migraine when I cannot stand the pain. I tried the edible pot because everyone said it helped. I do not think that is the answer for me. I am prone to having seizures for the rest of my life now. It did help me sleep better, but I still woke up with pain. Also when I tried it during the day, It caused me to slur my speech and make head feel like it was moving when it wasn't.
I say try what you thinks help, but be ready for side effects and be willing to try other things too. I think pot is more natural and better for the body, but it is not a cure everything.

Molly replied on Tue, 03/05/2019 – 10:33pm Permalink
There are evidence-based studies coming out to show presence of a positive THC screen after TBI is linked to better outcomes (lowered mortality) and trauma patients with THC in their system experienced fewer secondary affects from their trauma (ie: reduces inflammation).

Kate replied on Mon, 03/04/2019 – 10:27pm Permalink

I suffered a mTBI with multiple body injuries as well. The combination of post-concussive syndrome, PTSD and cognitive dysfunction was crippling. I take an (nardil) MAOI for the depression and have with double vision. I still see a therapist who's completely on board with me using marijuana to ease my symptoms. I think this doc is full of crap. He has no citations for reference to his information. What I have, and many here too, is permanent brain damage which makes taking any oral medication a crap shoot. I have zero response to pain meds, hyper response to muscle relaxers. Why take an RX with all the side effects, like memory loss, when CBD handles my pain and marijuana helps me sleep through the night. I wake up fresh. Consult an MMJ doc for advice for your specific injury if you like. Friends, It just works!

Jason replied on Wed, 03/27/2019 – 1:59am Permalink

I don’t completely agree with this doctor I received a tbi when I was 15 I’m now 27 I’ve been on so many medications I couldn’t function I finally got off some of them but I still have a lot of problems I just recently tried marijuana and found that it helped my tremors and my anxiety tremendously I haven’t had any seizures in years but haven’t had a problem since I started the marijuana and haven’t felt any sort of odd side effects from it although I would be careful and not buy it off the street from any random person but sometimes you have to use your own commen sense and not believe everything the doctors tell you especially when it comes to medication

James replied on Wed, 02/06/2019 – 3:36pm Permalink

I was in the Army for 16 yrs and suffered a major head injury during one of my deployments, orbital fractures and at the bottom base right side of my skull. Then kept deploying jumping out of airplanes etc. and had minor head injuries since. Been retired about two medical for TBI PTSD, I’m down to 600 Mg a day of oxcarbazepine and 100 mg of trazodone for sleep. I keep bouncing on and off Mary to stop, but same deal no nothing for feelings. Nothing towards family just a hulk. I get a 20 take three hits and I can hear myself come to life again, I can feel emotions again, apply sympathy and empathy to people because of my experiences in the world, I am a productive, healthy happy member of society that understands and doesn’t lash out like an animal. I have never had this relief in my life. When I was in high school, I got blazed, ripped Cheech and Chong style. Now I can walk with Jesus because I can see life in my family and my self again. God help us all. Amen.