Today, stroke is thought to be one of the most severe illnesses in the world leading to death. Most stroke cases result from neurological dysfunction, so an understanding of brain complexities is essential in offering support to stroke victims.
There are many physical symptoms that present themselves in the onset of a stroke. Symptoms like numbness, weakness in one side of the body, repeated and severe headaches, difficulty in speaking, and vision disturbances are well documented signs, but many people do not speak up about these symptoms.
Stroke is caused by a blockage in blood flow to parts of the brain. Stroke cases are usually fatal but immediate treatment and catharsis may reduce the severity. There are two types of stroke: Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. The most common type of stroke is the Ischemic stroke which is less severe. While the latter is rare, it is the most fatal and dangerous.
Statistics suggest that strokes are one of the highest causes of death, and that recovery is relative, based on the treatment itself and the individual. Some stroke victims recover fully while some are unable to talk or do anything for themselves.
Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke
The most common type of stroke— Ischemic stroke, is caused by blood clotting in the brain vessels, particularly the arteries that carry blood to the brain. Blockage of the vessels of the brain prevents the flow of oxygen and blood in the artery ways. This results in the death of the cells and once that happens, the neuron cannot grow back. Although the ischemic stroke isn't as severe as its counterpart, it can weaken the part of the body affected. For example, if the speech regions of the brain are affected, the victim may suffer from speech impediments for the rest of their life.
Ischemic stroke can be traced to some lifestyle factors, such as drinking too much alcohol, smoking, high cholesterol intake, high blood pressure, diabetes, physical inactivity, and cardiovascular diseases amongst others. These lifestyle factors can amplify the visible signs until it becomes a fully-fledged stroke.
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood leaks from the artery, preventing the flow of blood to the brain cells until they eventually die. The common causes of hemorrhagic stroke are smoking, high blood pressure and Aneurysm - weak arterial walls.
A stroke itself can thankfully be treated in many cases, however some of the conditions following the stroke are long-lasting and lifechanging for many.
How CBD can help Stroke Conditions
Research accentuates the importance of cannabis in treating stroke victims. However Cannabidiol (CBD) obtained from the hemp plant is said to contain over 60 vital terpene-phenol compounds. Some of the terpenes that can hamper the effect of stroke are Eucalyptol and Borneol.
Doctors and therapeutic specialists are leading research around compounds that can support stroke conditions, and CBD is a major one, largely due to its anti-oxidative properties.
Benefits of CBD Oil for Stroke
The toxicity of a stroke can be reduced when neuroprotection is offered following the stroke. Care also needs to be taken to minimise other illnesses that the victim becomes susceptible to following a stroke.
CBD is highly regarded as a beneficial compound for stroke victims, with the added benefit of little or no side effects.
Some of the benefits of CBD Oil for stroke include:
- Protection of brain cells
When brain cells become weak due to inhibited blood flow into the brain, the neurons become damaged and die. CBD however, can improve neuron metabolism, reducing the risk of stroke.
- Improved blood flow to the brain
Once a person observes signs of stroke, CBD can be given to prevent blockage. Lack of blood flow to the brain is the cause of the ischemic stroke but acting fast can significantly alter diagnosis. The volatile content of CBD, terpene, is capable of accelerating blood flow to activate brain cells.
- Reduces high blood pressure
High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke, which is also caused by agitation and unnecessary tension. Most people have high blood pressure when they are overly stressed, or do not maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Firstly, high blood pressure involves the contraction and tension of the muscular arterial walls, this constricts blood flow and increases blood pressure. CBD has been shown to be an effective muscle relaxant, reducing muscle tension and increasing elasticity. This goes hand-in-hand with CBD’s anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects, as it’s been shown to reduce stress, expediting the heart’s return to a relaxed state following exposure to a stressful situation. Lowered cortisol and enhanced serotonin production both positively contribute to CBD’s effectiveness in treating hypertension.
- Promotes faster recovery of damaged neurons after a shock
CBD lessens the inflammation caused by blood clotting in the vessels. It's anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties are responsible for correcting disorders and improving the cognitive function of the damaged neuron. CBD can be used for complete wellness after a stroke.
What do medical studies say?
There have been a few medical studies conducted over the years to support the argument that CBD products can be an effective treatment for the recovery of a stroke.
In 2009, the Microvascular Research Journal study claimed that CBD comprises neuroprotective properties that can help with a stroke and the recovery from one. The Pharmaceuticals Journal did a study in 2010 revealed that CBD has therapeutic qualities that can be a treatment of an ischemic stroke. In the 2015 study by Neurotherapeutics Journal, it was shown that due to CBD’s ability to interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), CBD has the potential to help stroke victims by supporting the body and brain. CBD assists with the reduction of brain swelling and neurological impairment by stopping the release of cytokines, (which are the natural reaction of trauma,) and replaces them with minocycline.
The aftermath of a stroke can be intense if proper care isn't taken. Some of the side effects that can be noticed after treating strokes are weaknesses, nerve pain, memory loss, difficulty in swallowing, changes in behavior, and a sudden state of reclusiveness leading to depression.
CBD is proving to be an effective compound in both stroke prevention and victim treatment. Always consult your medical practitioner before introducing CBD to your diet following a stroke, or if taking existing medication.