Strokes can cause serious neurological damage. Research indicates that you may lose up to 1.9 million brain cells per minute during the course of a stroke. Strokes are very common. In fact, by the year 2030, approximately 4% of the US population will have suffered from a stroke.
Traditional recovery techniques can have limited success, depending on the severity of the stroke. However, using CBD oil for stroke recovery has shown to be extremely promising in not only protecting the body during a stroke but also aiding to the recovery process as well. Both using CBD oil or smoking CBD hemp flower has shown to be effective as a preventative measure and is a safe, natural product.
What Is A Stroke?
A stroke is basically an acute medical condition in which blood, and therefore oxygen, is blocked from traveling to some part of your brain. Because the human brain is so complex and needs a constant supply of oxygen, cells begin dying immediately during a stroke. It should be treated as an emergency and medical care is needed immediately. There are two basic types:
- Ischemic, which account for nearly 90% of all strokes. They are usually triggered by high blood pressure and are essentially a clot or narrowing (ischemia) of the blood vessels in the brain. The two most common types of ischemic strokes are thrombotic and embolic. When a clot develops in a vessel that supplies blood to the brain, then a thrombotic stroke is triggered. An embolic stroke occurs when plaque or cholesterol from diseased blood vessels breaks apart and travels to the brain.
- Hemorrhagic, which are far less common, account for only about 10% of all strokes. However, they are far deadlier and contribute nearly 40% of all stroke-related deaths. A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel actually ruptures, causing internal bleeding and catastrophic injury or death.
High blood pressure is generally the most recognizable risk factor for having a stroke, but there are other factors at play as well. Contrary to popular belief, not all stroke patients are elderly. In fact, roughly 25% of strokes occur in patients under 65 years old. Strokes can even affect infants.
Symptoms of a stroke include:
- Confusion and difficulty speaking or understanding language. The stroke usually results in severe confusion as well as the possibility of a condition known as aphasia. This is a language disorder of the brain. The patient may also experience slurred speech due to paralysis in the face.
- Numbness and/or paralysis of the face and extremities. This usually occurs on only one side of the body. In severe cases, there are patients whose faces will droop on only one side or will be unable to use one of their arms or legs.
- Impaired or double vision. The patient may have temporary blindness in one or both eyes.
- Severe headaches as well as intense nausea and dizziness.
- Extreme vertigo, loss of balance, and difficulty walking.
What are the causes of a stroke?
There are various risk factors that greatly increase the chance of having a stroke. These include:
- High blood pressure, usually from too much sodium in the diet.
- Smoking or using tobacco products. Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict. This, in turn, raises blood pressure and contributes to hypertension.
- Obesity and diabetes are also substantial risk factors. Having unstable or uncontrolled blood sugar levels results in serious damage to the blood vessels. Furthermore, if a stroke occurs while blood sugar levels have spiked too high, then the damage to the brain is even greater.
- Genetics also play a major role. If there is a family history of hypertension or strokes, then there is a drastically increased risk of having a stroke.
- Heart disease and the hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis) caused by a buildup of plaque can result in a piece of that plaque breaking away and creating a clot known as an embolus. This can then travel to the brain and create a blockage.
A stroke is a profoundly damaging condition. Survivors, as well as their support networks and caretakers, have to learn to live with potentially permanent disabilities that can range from mild to debilitating. These disabilities may include physical, physiological, emotional, mental, and cognitive defects. These will then adversely affect the patient’s quality of life. However, CBD has emerged as a promising and natural treatment. It helps stroke survivors and improves their quality of life. It also treats their symptoms while complementing more traditional recovery strategies.
How Does CBD Protect the Brain After A Stroke?
Inflammation is the body’s response to medical trauma or injury to the body. When a patient suffers from a stroke, the body undergoes a profound process of inflammation at the site where the clot or hemorrhage occurred. This inflammation is part of a wider defense mechanism that the body’s immune system activates in response to a traumatic incident.
After a stroke has occurred, the brain has substantially increased levels of inflammation and oxidation in the damaged cells. A cell receptor called TLR4 interacts with a protein called galectin-3 which causes cells to release cytokines. This causes the body to continue producing an inflammatory response even after the stroke has stopped. This seriously damages the brain cells and surrounding tissues.
CBD protects the brain after a stroke by inhibiting these various mechanisms. It naturally lowers cytokine levels and prevents the inflammatory immune response that can kill healthy brain cells. CBD is also a powerful antioxidant. These molecules are well known in nutrition for being excellent sources of health and healing for the human body. CBD’s antioxidant properties allow it to counteract excessive cellular oxidation. This also allows CBD to remove toxins and dead cells from the blood vessels.
Using CBD Oil for Stroke Recovery
CBD is also a major contributor to good cardiovascular health. When there is an excess buildup of cholesterol and plaque in blood vessels (atherosclerosis), the risk of stroke increases. This is because an embolus can become dislodged from the wall of the blood vessels and travel to the brain. This will then trigger an embolic stroke. CBD is shown to decrease levels of bad cholesterol and actually increase levels of good cholesterol. This lowers the risk of an embolic stroke occurring.
CBD also has powerful properties in increasing blood flow. Paralysis is one of the most severe consequences of a stroke and is particularly difficult to overcome in recovery. Most recovery techniques consist of intensive and prolonged physical therapy. CBD increases the recovery of motor skills as it increases blood flow to the areas that have been damaged. It effectively works together with traditional physical therapy to speed recovery in the patient.
CBD Dosage For Stroke Recovery
We generally recommend 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg of CBD per every 1 pound of bodyweight once to twice per day. This is a sufficient dose for stroke recovery.