CTE: Why The Power Of Cannabis Is A Promising Treatment

Originally posted by Delilah Butterfield at Herb.

For many, the idea of using cannabis as a brain-health supplement is a little unnerving. Can a psychoactive substance really help heal the brain? Some researchers and pharmaceutical companies are betting on it. But, patients don’t need to get high to feel the beneficial effects of the herb. Here’s why cannabis is a promising treatment for CTE.

What is CTE?

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive brain disorder caused by recurrent brain trauma. Recently, the condition has gotten a lot of attention due to its prevalence in former NFL players. CTE can develop after several symptomatic or asymptomatic concussions.

Over the course of the disease, brain tissue begins to degenerate over time. The damaged tissue causes the buildup of a protein called tau. Similar to Alzheimer’s Disease, in which amyloid-beta proteins create plaques in the brain, excess tau further damages brain cells.

Symptoms of CTE include:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Impaired judgement
  • Difficulties with impulse control
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Progressive dementia

Interestingly, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) also plays a key role in managing memory, mood, cognition, and risk and reward. The ECS is the largest neurotransmitter system in the body.

The active compounds in cannabis, psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and nonpsychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) engage the endocannabinoid system, giving them therapeutic effects. Read the entire article at Herb.

Let’s not ban a substance that can help all athletes who play full contact sports. We are pretty much denying them the access to medicine.


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