Have you ever suffered from head injuries caused by playing sports or other activity that can cause minor or severe concussion? If your answer is “Yes” you are vulnerable to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE. Lucky for you, CBD oil has shown in studies that it may have the ability to help the body protect itself against this type of trauma, as well as help in the areas where the brain is failing.
What is CTE?
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma (often athletes), including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic sub-concussive hits to the head that do not cause symptoms. CTE has been known to affect boxers since the 1920’s (when it was initially termed punch drunk syndrome or dementia pugilistic). In recent years, reports have been published of neuropathological confirmed CTE found in other athletes, including football and hockey players (playing and retired), as well as in military veterans who have a history of repetitive brain trauma.
People who can develop CTE
The repeated brain trauma triggers progressive degeneration of the brain tissue, including the build-up of an abnormal protein called tau.
Symptoms of CTE
These symptoms often begin months, years, or even decades after the last brain trauma or end of active athletic involvement. Studies have shown that CBD hemp oil may be able to elevate chemicals that are lacking in people with those symptoms, as well as elevate a chemical called BDNF which helps with brain growth and repair.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical that is found in the ever so controversial cannabis plant. CBD hemp oil doesn’t show up on drug tests, and you don’t feel the same sensations you would smoking a THC heavy cannabis product like the munchies, drowsiness, or that euphoria known as being high.
How CBD relates to The Brain
What makes CBD so interesting is that it makes your body heal itself. By elevating chemicals that already exist in your body, stimulating receptors, and opening pathways, CBD has shown to enhance what is called the endocannabinoid system. Our endocannabinoid system is what keeps us running efficiently. It controls our body and mind in a way that keeps us regulated and healthy. Your body makes chemicals called endocannabinoids that bind to cannabinoid receptors to help mediate certain functions in your body. Cannabidiol has shown to be so effective because it enhances these endocannabinoids, helping the system work more efficiently. You have two cannabinoid receptors, and possibly a third, that are all over your body. They are found in your skin, organs, brain, and bones. Research has shown that once the cannabinoid receptors are activated through binding with endocannabinoids, they provide protection for the brain, because CBD elevates these endocannabinoids, it may be able to help make that protection more effective.