Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury usually results from a heavy blow, bump, or concussive force to the head or body, or an object that penetrates brain tissue such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull. TBI can affect the way the brain functions ranging from difficulty concentrating, headaches, speech impairment, memory loss, impaired judgement and problem-solving skills. It is most often the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain that are injured during a TBI. One reason brain injuries are challenging to heal relates to the challenge of getting the right remedy to the right area of the brain. In order to access the brain, particles need to cross the blood-brain barrier.
Essential oils are both fat soluble and comprised of tiny molecules that are known as volatile. It is through the sense of smell that oils can directly access our brain, as the olfactory membrane is the only place the brain is directly exposed to the environment. Pepper, grapefruit, and fennel have been found to stimulate brain activity while peppermint has been helpful in protecting against stresses and toxins in brain cells, and frankincense is a general cerebral stimulant that can help by bringing much needed oxygen to the brain. At the same time, CBD can help to alleviate symptoms of brain injuries and contribute to neuroprotection.
The ideal CBD dose for you usually depends primarily on your body weight, but it can also be influenced by other factors, such as your personal body chemistry, your age, and any other health conditions you have. Start with a low dose. Assess how you feel after 1 week of use. If required, adjust dosage weekly until you find your “sweet spot.”
Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of brain health following a concussion or brain injury. CBD is believed to contain several things that might improve overall health. The cannabinoid 2-AG reduces levels of glutamate (which is a toxic molecule released after injury), decreases the amount of free radicals and TNF (a chemical that induces inflammation), and increases blood supply to the brain.