Evidence Suggests Cannabis Can Treat Symptoms After A Stroke
It is estimated that strokes affect nearly 800,000 Americans each year. Almost 19 percent of stroke victims don’t survive. Strokes occur when there is a blockage of blood flow to the brain. The possible damage that occurs during a stroke includes difficulty or full loss of speech, memory loss, partial or full paralysis and widespread shifts in personality. However, some scientific studies have shown that using cannabis after stroke can help with recovery.
Strokes have a tendency to reveal themselves quickly. As a result typical treatment consists of relieving symptoms after the stroke occurs. Catching a stroke early is critical to minimizing the damage it does to your body. Some of the most common symptoms include: numbness/weakness in the face, arm, or leg, dizziness, headache, difficulty balancing and confusion.
How Cannabis After Stroke Helps Victims
There are several studies which have provided evidence that cannabis may help treat strokes. A study published in 1998 tested the effects of cannabis on rats who suffered strokes. The study concluded that “cannabinoids block a neurochemical, known as glutamate, that leads to the formation of toxic oxidizing molecules that kill brain cells.” By blocking glutamate in the brain, the cannabinoids help prevent further brain damage and help preserve the brain’s ability to remain functional.
Another study published in 2012 garnered similar results. It revealed that the natural anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis are useful in treating brain inflammation caused by a stroke. While slightly different, both of these studies provide a glimpse into how cannabis can help relieve stroke symptoms.
While the current evidence is promising, there is no concrete proof that cannabis is a viable treatment for stroke recovery. Some stroke victims have already given anecdotal accounts of the relief cannabis has provided. Further research may eventually uncover additional cannabis benefits that will help those who have suffered a stroke.
Lane is based in Southern California and is a content curator for Medical Marijuana 411. He focuses his research into finding informative stories that can help medical marijuana patients better understand their diverse medicine.