Cannabis ‘Concussion Pill’ has “Enormous Potential,” Study Shows

Scientists in Miami are developing a “concussion pill” using cannabis that has so far shown great potential for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries.

A combination of the hemp-derived cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), and an NMDA amino acid anesthetic has been shown to improve cognitive function in a pre-clinical study of rodents with traumatic brain injuries compared with the individual ingredients.

The project is a collaborative effort between the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and Scythian Biosciences Corp. of Toronto.

Scythian’s Jonathan Gilbert, who manages the University of Miami partnership, boasted:

“The results were statistically significant and encouraging. This evidence strongly suggests further testing is warranted on medical cannabis’ potential in the treatment of trauma to the brain.”

Gilbert believes the pill:

“may someday be mandatory equipment on the sidelines of every football, baseball, and soccer game, from youth leagues to professional organizations, ready to protect people of all ages from the brain’s immediate inflammatory response to trauma.”

He further believes the medicine could be used in emergency rooms and ambulances to help first responders “administer it to patients within the ‘golden hour’ after an injury,” which he called “a critical window of opportunity.”

Neither the combination of CBD and the amino acid nor the individual components caused adverse effects in the rodents.

CBD can be derived from the cannabis plant or the hemp plant. Unlike the psychoactive cannabinoid known as THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning that it won’t get you high. Research suggests CBD is useful for the treatment of everything from chronic pain to hard-to-treat forms of severe epilepsy. [2]

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In June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first cannabis-based drug, Epidiolex, for the treatment of 2 types of childhood epilepsy, Dravet syndrome, and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. [3]

NMDA is a type of neurotransmitter similar to the chemical glutamate, which is found in almost all of the brain and nervous system’s connecting synapses. [2]

CBD for TBI and More

For the 2nd phase of the study, the scientists will likely administer the compounds in pill form to a control group and 2 groups of traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients – acute and chronic. [1]

The 3rd phase will be a full-scale clinical trial conducted over 3 years if the treatment proves to be safe and effective. The team said it plans to study the effectiveness of the compounds in the treatment of other types of injuries.

If all goes well, the FDA would then evaluate the drug’s therapeutic efficacy in treating TBI and concussion of varying levels of severity.

In the short term, concussions can cause headaches and dizziness. Concussions were once considered “no big deal” in the medical community, but doctors and scientists now know that a concussion increases the risk of longer-term chronic medical problems, including difficulties with attention, memory, anxiety, depression, and dementia.

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In a news release, Dr. Gillian A. Hotz, professor of neurological surgery, and director of the KiDZ Neuroscience Center at The Miami Project and the UM Sports Medicine Institute concussion program, said:

“One thing has eluded us – a clinically proven medication to treat concussion. Whether or not this study leads to a pill that could treat concussion, this type of research will pave the way for UM and other researchers to better manage concussion. It’s a privilege to help lead this journey.”

Gilbert said the university believes the medication will be produced in pill form, but the school is:

“open to any type of delivery method – a strip, ingestion through the nose, intavenous uptake, etc. Though we don’t have confirmation on the treatment’s delivery method, we are working under the assumption that it is going to be a pill.”

TBI plays a role in about 30% of all injury-related deaths in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Injuries at least partly related to TBI kill an average of 153 Americans every day. [2]

Sources:

[1] UPI

[2] Inquisitr

[3] CNN

What CBD Oil Could Do For The Health of Your Pets

More and more people are using CBD oil to maintain their health and treat various conditions. The benefits of CBD oil stretch far and wide, and it’s especially getting a lot of buzz today because of its effectiveness in relieving stress and anxiety – conditions that are almost unavoidable in the modern world.

But the wonders of CBD oil shouldn’t be reserved for humans only. Not just humans, but all vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which fine-tunes numerous vital physiological functions and helps the body regain internal balance. So when pets ingest cannabinoids, the cannabinoids will interact with the ECS receptors (called CB1 and CB2 receptors) just like they do for humans. This supports a healthy ECS and triggers beneficial responses throughout the body, helping it fight various ailments.

If you have a furry friend whose health and wellbeing depends on you, you’ll want to know all about this. Here’s how you can use CBD oil to take care of your pet and help them live a happy, healthy life.

And just in case, we’ll get over with it right away: CBD is a compound that won’t get your pet high just like it won’t get you high – that’s THC.

Reducing anxiety and stress

Extensive research has been conducted to prove how cannabidiol can help people with PTSD, panic attacks, anxiety disorders and overall stress relief. Because other mammals respond to CBD via receptors the same way as we do, it’s no surprise that it has the same calming effects on pets.

Most pets, dogs especially, suffer from separation anxiety, which is something that leaves their owners worried and feeling guilty every time they leave the house. This is a real problem and we could never fathom the stress our pets experience when we leave them alone, but CBD oil can be used to help them feel calm and peaceful. Pets can also suffer from anxiety and phobias to various extents for different reasons, most often as a result of previous trauma, so CBD oil can be used as a cure for their condition in the same way it’s being used to treat people with PTSD.

Antibiotic properties

Pets are often affected by various bacterial infections, and unfortunately, a lot of visits to the vet result in prescriptions for antibiotics. Synthetic antibiotics have numerous side effects, most notably disrupting the gastrointestinal system by killing the “good”, healthy bacteria along with the bad. Research has shown that all cannabinoids have antibiotic properties so CBD oil can be an equally effective but more healthy and gentle treatment for a pet’s bacterial infection.

Treating seizures

Unfortunately, dogs are no stranger to epilepsy as well, and a fewer number of cats may experience seizures. Cannabinoids are now being used extensively to treat seizures in humans, as they’re proving to be more effective than any other kind of treatment. It’s no surprise to see that a lot of CBD oils for pets are now used as an alternative and efficient way to treat epilepsy and reduce or completely stop seizures, tics, tremors, and spasms.

Fighting cancer

The effect that cannabinoids and other substances found in hemp and cannabis have on treating tumors has been studied extensively, and it’s completely changing cancer treatment (for the better). Cannabidiol is known to kill cancer cells as it blocks their energy-producing abilities, and some studies show that CBD can even stop cancer cells from growing. Inarguably, CBD oil can be used not just to treat cancers and tumors in pets, but to prevent them from developing in the first place.

Pain relief

Studies have shown that cannabidiol (CBD) has the most analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties in comparison to other cannabinoids. That’s why CBD oil is often used to reduce inflammation and pain in injured cats and dogs, as well as for relieving chronic and intestinal inflammation. This helps with a wide variety of conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease. It’s a more healthy and natural alternative to painkillers and other drugs which can potentially harm a pet’s internal organs just like they do for humans.

Increasing appetite and helping with nausea

A healthy pet never has an appetite problem – far from it. But when something goes wrong or when they’re just healing from an injury, it’s heartbreaking for owners to watch their pet’s unusual disinterest in food. It’s our responsibility to keep them healthy and well-nourished so many owners resort to CBD oil for increasing their pet’s appetite when they’re injured or for treating vomiting and nausea, as it has the same effect it does on humans.

Protecting the nervous system

Lab research conducted on rats shows us that CBD and other cannabinoids have a neuroprotective effect. CBD is a powerful antioxidant that helps cells fight free radicals which have a degenerative effect on the entire system, and it has been used to treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Thus CBD oil can be especially effective for ageing animals to protect their brain cells and keep the nervous system intact.

Overall, CBD oil is not only a powerful treatment for conditions your pet could be suffering from, but it’s also a great supplement to help healthy pets stay that way their entire life. The most important thing when choosing a CBD oil for your pet is to make sure that the product is natural and organic because any other form can contain pesticides and other chemicals you want to avoid. Then you’ll have to go through the usual shenanigans of slyly mixing it in their food – but they’ll have no idea once it’s in there. Here’s to healthy and thriving pets!

 

For those interested in CBD (cannabidiol) products, BEWARE of this company… “Diet Supplements SEC”

[Kp update: recall this Kp message post about “Penetrating Energies”… this is likely part of that for me, as I feel I have been “needled” by this apparent scam company, yet it is my Inner responsibility to see them in the Light, and all that, just as I would with other beings, and let go of any idea of “hurt” or “loss” or “wrong”. If they indeed are scamming people, for their own benefit and profit, that will return to them, likely in multifold ways, whether they know that or not. And it is my deal to simply stand up for my Self, and move on.]

I never post things like this, but I recently found a “great deal” on what they said was a trial sample of “Pure CBD Oil”, for $5.95, and for only $1.95 more, you could get a trial bottle of CBD gel caps. So I got the package, saw the two charges on my CC account, and so that was it. I thought. And I presumed I’d just have an unlimited time to try them.

Then a few days after receiving the “trial samples”, I received a notice from my bank about an attempted charge of $79.95 on my CC, from HEKKAD*SLIMFRESH, which they supposedly blocked.

I later called the company number (on the CC charge information (888-264-4406)) and they said when I ordered the samples I had 10 days after receiving, after which I was “signed up” for a monthly subscription… $79.95/month, unless I said I liked it, where they would charge a lower price for the subscription.

Now I was smelling BS, so I checked them out. Here’s the company name listed on the label:

Diet Supplements SEC
500 North Rainbow Blvd. Suite 300
Las Vegas NV 89107
844-806-2294 (different from the CC info telephone)

Below are a few links about this company, and I would guess they are a scam corporation that is trying to get money by doing this sort of unethical “sign them up for a subscription whether they like it or not” kind of thing. I NEVER saw anything about a subscription when I ordered this stuff, in fact I have no idea where I found them.

They appear to have a very low BBB rating, and like I said, many have been “signed up” and lost several hundred dollars. So far, I do have a charge of $79.95 on my CC, and that appeared AFTER the card supposedly had been cancelled. I’m trying to get that figured out with the bank. A new CC is on its way (with a brand new number, of course).

As many who read this may be interested in CBD oil, I felt I should post this.

Here’s the links…

https://www.bbb.org/southern-nevada/business-reviews/health-and-diet-products-retail/diet-supplements-sec-in-las-vegas-nv-90046244/reviews-and-complaints?section=reviews&reviewtype=negative
https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/diet-supplements-sec/las-vegas-nevada-89107/diet-supplements-sec-shipped-product-unauthorized-and-billed-credit-card-unauthorized-l-1356742
https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/diet-supplements-sec/las-vegas-nevada-89107/diet-supplements-sec-received-cbd-which-i-did-not-order-unlisted-phone-number-no-bill-1354339