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Traumatic Brain Injury

February 24, 2020

Traumatic Brain Injury

Generally, a traumatic brain injury results from a violent blow to the head or a whiplash that would cause the brain to be bounced off of the inside of the skull.  Additionally, a piece of skull or other object that penetrates the brain may also result in a traumatic brain injury.

Depending on the severity of the injury brain cells may be affected temporarily.  A mild injury may only see a short term impact on any brain cells while a more robust injury could lead to bleeding, brain tear, as well as bruising which could potentially result in long term complications or in some cases death.

There are many symptoms that can accompany a mild traumatic brain injury.  One of the biggest challenges is that while there may be symptoms immediately that point to a traumatic brain injury, in many cases symptoms may lay dormant for days or weeks.  Some symptoms include, dizziness, vomiting, blurred vision, brief loss of consciousness that could last for seconds to minutes, difficulty sleeping and at times the inability to sleep.  Additionally, a person that has suffered a traumatic brain injury may also find themselves struggling with their sensory perceptions.  Unpleasant smells, blurred vision, ringing in the ears as well as heightened sensitivity to light and sound are all common for people suffering from a traumatic brain injury.  More dangerous symptoms include problems concentrating, memory loss, erratic mood changes as well as anxiety and depression.

More aggressive traumatic brain injury has some of the same symptoms though there are several that are unique.  Some of these more aggressive symptoms include: loss of consciousness for minutes to hours, persistent headache, convulsions or seizures, pupil dilation, clear fluid draining from the nose or ears, weakness and numbness in extremities including fingers and toes as well as an overall loss of coordination.  Heightened confusion, slurred speech, and combative behavior are other strong indicators that a traumatic brain injury has taken place.

It is very important to see a doctor if a head or brain injury has taken place.  While there may not be any outward sign that an individual is suffering from a traumatic brain injury, it is always best to be examined and take precautionary steps if needed.  This may allow you to heal faster as well as making sure you are not a danger to yourself and others.  Those with untreated traumatic brain injuries have been known to lose consciousness while driving and endangering those around them.  Even if you believe your injury to be mild in nature it is still recommended that you visit your doctor.

Those most at risk of being irrevocably harmed by a traumatic brain injury include, but are not limited to: newborns through age four, young adults between fifteen and twenty-four, as well as adults of any age group.

Some medical marijuana strains that have shown themselves to be beneficial to those suffering from traumatic brain injury include: Charlotte’s Web (Indica), Gorilla Glue (Indica), Blue Dream (Hybrid), and Purple Haze (Indica).

The following information is presented for educational purposes only. Summit Releaf distributes this information to provide an understanding of the potential benefits of medical marijuana for patients living with one of the approved Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program qualifying conditions for an Ohio marijuana card. Links to third party websites do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by Summit Releaf and none should be inferred.

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