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Study suggests cannabis can help with treatment of concussions...

Zej Moczydlowski
May 4, 2018 2:13:57 PM

Researchers in California are investigating whether CBD can be used to help, not only in the treatment of concussions, but also as a preventative tool to reduce the likelihood of an injury qualifying as a concussion…

According to the National Institutes of Health, CBD – one of the two most common chemical compounds in cannabis – has neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory properties. Yet, despite its potential in the treatment of concussions, research into the substance for such use has been limited due to federal restrictions on research into cannabis products.

Renew Biopharma, a San Diego-based biotech company, is attempting to get around federal restrictions by isolating the CBD molecule and not extracting it from the plant. They're hoping to increase the potency and find new uses for CBD in the prevention and treatment of concussions. In particular, they appear to believe that they can find evidence that CBD could be used to assist in the battle against concussions in contact sports such as football.

As noted in the piece linked below, Michael Mendez, the CEO of Renew Biopharma, stated that "We think that we can develop the therapeutics from the molecules that we're looking at now; that's going to be a preventative... So that when you go into the game, like you tape your ankles, like you put on your helmet, of course you're going to take something to prevent you from having a concussion.”

The research from Renew Biopharma follows recent reports from NFL players that a majority of players use cannabis to replace addictive opioids for chronic pain management issues, and announcements last year that the NFL and NFL Players Association are looking into the usage of cannabis as a treatment option for various ailments professional athletes suffer through. If the research from these scientists in California finds that CBD can successfully treat -- and maybe even prevent -- concussions, it would be yet another sign that the misinformation and stigmas surrounding cannabis have been wrong for decades.

Colin Resch’s piece on the topic for NBC Bay Area

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