The future is looking brighter for having the human right to be able to choose which healing path my mind, body and soul need.
Physical problems manifested as I played competitive sports. I dealt with the repeated concussions common in athletes. I fractured twelve bones, recovered from 12 head injuries and had over 100 stitches and four surgeries before I was 23 years old. I’ve always thought that being an athlete with ADHD naturally led to an injury-prone life.
I was sexually abused when I was 8 or 9 years old. This event planted a “mind virus” that has infected every aspect of my self worth, relationships, and mental stability.
Since early childhood, I have struggled with focus. I still suffer from ADHD. Historically, teachers and employers would challenge why I was struggling with sitting still and remaining attentive. I always had an anger seething beneath the surface that I felt helpless to control or make go away.
“A Pill Haze”
Today, I carry the simple lesson that taking a couple drops of CBD oil gives me the same (and sometimes a lot better) effect without the struggle of side effects that the pills were giving me. CBD has helped me focus and live in the moment, has slowed the stream of thoughts racing through my mind, helped with my chronic pain, and brought my spirits up out of depression.
How This Person Doses
What RxLeaf Says About Repeated Concussions in Athletes
Cannabis medicine is a gift. The above patient’s story makes clear how life can spiral out of control quickly, and how difficult it can be to regain forward momentum.
Repeated concussions in athletes is cause for serious concern. Despite how the NFL may have downplayed the issue in the past, it’s now common consensus that football players suffer seriously from hard knocks to the helmet. Repetitive brain trauma can lead to a range of neurological disorders.
And cannabis may offer a solution. Professional sports leagues of all stripes are investing serious time and cash into seeing how weed may help their athletes recover faster and live better lives after concussions.
These moves aren’t coming out of left field. There’s good science backing it up these investigations, and plenty of reasons to believe cannabis can help treat repeated concussions in athletes.
The Cannabis Solution to Repeated Concussions in Athletes
A 2018 study1)Jennifer McVige, Vincent Harry Bargnes, Said Shukri, LaszloMechtler. (2018). Cannabis, concussion, and chronic pain: An ongoing retrospective analysis at Dent Neurologic Institute in Buffalo, NY. Neurology, 91 (23 Supplement 1) S18-S19 https://n.neurology.org/content/91/23_Supplement_1/S18.3in the journal Neurology found that cannabis could be used to treat concussions. In fact, in this study, eighty percent of concussed medical cannabis patients show “significant improvement in activity level and symptoms.”
But it doesn’t stop there.
The study, which purports to lay the groundwork for future cannabis concussion studies, was not content to simply show that cannabis caused most concussion patients to see improvements in their pain, mood, sleep, attention, and dizziness. It decided to investigate what kinds of cannabis — and what methods of consumption — produced the greatest results. This is the kind of research the community longs for.
The Findings Are:
- High-CBD vape pens worked best for fast headache relief. (The chemovar used had a one to five ratio of CBD to THC, which produced no psychoactive results).
- Tinctures work well for pain. Most pain would calm with a 1.5 ml dose of tincture split evenly between THC and CBD.
- Severe pain resulting from concussions in athletes saw the best treatment through high-THC vape pens. These had a twenty-to-one THC-CBD ratio.
Almost every day, scientists are learning more ways that that cannabis can benefit the brain. The athlete above feels lucky to live in an area with legal access to the medicine that helped get his life back on track and heal his damaged body.
Others should also have the same access.
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|1.||↑||Jennifer McVige, Vincent Harry Bargnes, Said Shukri, LaszloMechtler. (2018). Cannabis, concussion, and chronic pain: An ongoing retrospective analysis at Dent Neurologic Institute in Buffalo, NY. Neurology, 91 (23 Supplement 1) S18-S19 https://n.neurology.org/content/91/23_Supplement_1/S18.3|