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CBD and Concussion, Brain/Spinal Injury

CBD is known to have potent neuroprotective properties, a fact known and even patented by the US government. A 2003 trial used an equal combination of THC and CBD to treat symptoms arising from a variety of different brain and spinal cord injuries, and found it effective in treating pain and muscle spasms, and improving bladder control.1 In 2012, a study showed that CBD could be useful in the treatment of spinal cord lesions.2 It has also shown to be useful in treating neonatal brain injury.3

  1. Dereck T. Wade et al., “A Preliminary Controlled Study to Determine Whether Whole-Plant Cannabis Extracts Can Improve Intractable Neurogenic Symptoms,” Clinical Rehabilitation 17, no. 1 (2003): 21–29, doi:10.1191/0269215503cr581oa.
  2. Marcelo Kwiatkoski, Francisco Silveira Guimarães, and Elaine Del-Bel, “Cannabidiol-Treated Rats Exhibited Higher Motor Score After Cryogenic Spinal Cord Injury,” Neurotoxicity Research 21, no. 3 (2011): 271–80, doi:10.1007/s12640-011-9273-8.
  3. David Fernández-López et al., “Cannabinoids: Well-Suited Candidates for the Treatment of Perinatal Brain Injury,” Brain Sciences 3, no. 3 (2013): 1043–59, doi:10.3390/brainsci3031043.