Researchers suspect that many antioxidants can reduce the severity of ischemic strokes, in which blood vessels in the brain become blocked. During ischemic strokes, which make up 80% of all strokes, toxins in the brain initiate the release of reactive oxygen molecules called free radicals into the bloodstream. These harmful “free radical” molecules, along with a lack of oxygen-rich blood flowing to the brain, are under suspicion as one of the primary agents that cause stroke damage, such as paralysis and loss of speech and vision.
How Can It Help Me?
Antioxidants in cannabis such as cannabidiol (CBD) neutralize free radicals and so might limit the damage they cause. Free Radicals contribute to Oxidative Stress, which kills cells over time and are a contributing factor in the process of aging and death, along with a variety of illnesses and diseases many types of cancer, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, heart failure, autism and more.
The CBD compound is not psychoactive, so it doesn’t cause the euphoric “high/drunk” effect, as the well known THC cannabinoid does. Of the two primary classes of cannabis types, there is Sativa, which is usually higher in THC and low in CBD, ideal for recreational use, neurological disorders, depression, and many other problems. The other cannabis type is Indica which is high in the pain relieving, non-psychoactive CBD, and low in the “high producing” THC compound. There are also Hybrid strains, which combine various Indica and Sativa strains, giving you options to find the strain that works best for your specific medical needs. The most recent studies on cannabis in Colorado and Washington are showing that a 1:1 ratio is ideal for pain management. That means finding a strain with 10% THC and 10% CBD would be preferred over another strain with 20% THC and only 0.2% CBD.
This is important to know when dealing with stroke victims. The cascade of toxins that are released into the brain from a stroke can continue to destroy millions of brain cells in the hours, days and weeks after the event. It is critically important that a stroke victim be treated with Indica based cannabis as soon possible after the stroke to minimize stroke damage. A severe brain trauma event can result in spending years in a rehabilitation facility or possibly even death.
But, What If I Can’t Smoke Pot?
Since smoking is not viable in this situation, the ideal form of administering a cannabis treatment would be an edible oil such as “Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil” or even liquid tinctures which can be filled into a liquid dropper and quickly absorbs into the glands under the patients tongue.
Unfortunately, making this edible cannabis oil, or the tincture, requires large amounts of raw cannabis flowers (aka buds, nugs), usually one pound or more, which can cost $1000-4000 on the black market depending on your location in the United States, which will only make enough to provide the patient with medicine for 2-3 months of use. Visit “phoenixtears.ca” for more info on Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil. On the website it’s listed as “hemp” oil but it is not industrial hemp, it is actually cannabis.
The neurotoxins that flood the brain during and after a stroke are called “Glutamic acid” or Glutamates. For reasons yet unknown to scientists, the brain releases a flood of these neurotoxins during a stroke, which is referred to as a “Glutamatergic Storm”. The mass death of millions of brain cells as a result of the glutamate storm is called “Excitotoxicity”. The effects of Excitotoxicity are related to a variety of neurodegenerative illnesses and diseases including multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, alcoholism or alcohol withdrawal and especially benzodiazepine (Benzos) withdrawal, and also Huntington’s disease.