Published on: 02/23/17
It’s red-hot news. CBD protects the brain after stroke. Why did it take science so long? How wonderful it is to think there is a possibility that hospitals might soon help people to recover with CBD!
Natural Blaze covered the Fudan University discovery. We take a closer look.
CBD prevents secondary damage, heals existing damage
Cerebral ischemia, or inadequate blood supply to the brain, caused by a stroke or heart failure can cause severe damage. The blood circulation is usually restored as fast as possible in the emergency room, but secondary ischemia/reperfusion injury is common. Inflammation often occurs, causing oxidative-stress-induced damage in the areas deprived of blood, oxygen, and nutrients.
Dr. Sean McCormick, a cardiac specialist, says that medical teams may one day use CBD extracts in cardiac and stroke emergency units, preventing new damage and healing existing damage. The neuroprotective effects of CBD will not only prevent the onset of debilitating symptoms from stroke or cardiac arrest but also inhibit inflammation by interacting with receptors in the body.
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CBD has such great potential
The scientists said they found the CBD molecule demonstrated great potential as a neuroprotective agent to treat neurodegenerative disorders. The study assessed the methodology of the CBD molecule in vitro using the oxygen-glucose-deprivation/reperfusion model (OGD/R) on nerve cells obtained from mice.
Unfortunately, we’ll still have to wait for human trials to get to the bottom line. But simply put, the scientists confirm what other studies have found regarding the neuroprotective properties of CBD.
CBD’s powerful brain protection
The study concluded that CBD has a powerful neuroprotective effect against OGDR injury caused by toxicity, energy crisis or cell metabolism disturbances. CBD prevented oxidative stress. The antioxidant defense preserved the cell bio-energy by activating the pentose-phosphate pathway and maintaining the energy equilibrium, stabilizing the neurons.
The scientists reported that CBD improved basal respiration significantly, keeping the energy and oxygen consumption rate, and capacity of cells to use glucose in OGDR-injured neurons. The Journal of Redox Biology recently published the study’s findings.
This discovery comes shortly after another team of researchers found that CBD might protect neurons in Alzheimer’s disease. This research was also conducted in the laboratory rather than on human volunteers.
CBD protects the brain after stroke: one day, it could save you!
Brain injuries caused by strokes cause untold human suffering. People who were once active and independent experience partial paralysis and can even lose the power of speech.
The new study not only confirms that CBD is a powerful neuroprotectant, but it also offers tantalizing evidence that CBD could limit other kinds of brain damage too. As you might have guessed, in vitro studies are only a start. Clinical trials come next, and it is likely to be several years before researchers even get close to a final result.
Still, one day, CBD might save your brain. If CBD protects the brain after stroke, it might yet be used in emergency rooms, helping people to recover faster and limiting damage.
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