CBD is renowned for its neuroprotective qualities, and clinical researchers in Australia are testing whether this natural cannabinoid can help protect athletes from the devastating effects of traumatic brain injuries.
An Australian healthcare firm is asking mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters to help them test the neuroprotective properties of cannabis.
Starting next quarter, Impression Healthcare (IHL) plans to launch a clinical trial to investigate whether their proprietary cannabinoid formula can help protect MMA fighters from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Head traumas are a critical issue in contact sports like the AFL or NFL, and players who suffer TBI or concussions are at risk of developing CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), an ongoing condition that can cause cell death and other consequences long after the initial injury.
“The best evidence available today suggests that CTE is not caused by any single injury, but rather it is caused by years of regular brain trauma,” said IHL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sud Agarwal, according to The Market Herald. “By treating concussion in the days following those injuries, IHL will have effectively created a CTE prevention plan that lessens the effects of TBI in the short term whilst potentially lessening the patient’s risk of developing CTE.”