What is a concussion
Concussions are one of the most common results of any form of head injury in the United States, or, indeed, the World. Always a result of some form of head trauma, a concussion is literally typified by the fact that your brain has come into contact with some degree of velocity into your skull.
What are the signs
While concussions are easily diagnosable by a medical professional, there are some ways to tell if you at home have suffered or are suffering from concussion of some kind. The most obvious one is to consider whether or not you’ve received any form of physical trauma from a blow to the head recently. That stipulation must first be met before you consider any other symptoms.
Periodic Loss of consciousness
Unless you have some kind of sleep disorder, like narcolepsy, it’s extremely uncommon to start having periodic lapses in consciousness. If you start to intermittently black out during what are normally waking hours for you, it’s a relatively sure sign that you’re suffering from a concussion. If this is the case, see a doctor immediately, as this is a symptom of a severe concussion, which may have other medical complications which should be investigated by a physician.
Cluster Headaches and Migraines
One of the most common symptoms of a concussion is the recurrence of migraines- painful headaches which originate in the front of the head and cause sensitivity to light, dizziness, and distorted vision. You may also experience other headache-like symptoms like cluster headaches, which are, as the name implies, headaches which affect a particular area of the head and which come in waves, or clusters, usually following a pattern of some kind.
Disruptive sleep patterns
A concussion can make it very difficult to follow a normal sleep schedule. One of the trademark signs of a concussion is that they can manifest themselves in disruption to your normal sleep habits. Insomnia, the inability to fall asleep, is incredibly common in patients who have suffered a concussion, as is staying asleep for too long or falling asleep often in bizarre or unexpected places and times. This is another symptom which is indicative of a more severe case, and should be inspected by a medical professional.
Frequent mood disorders
Sometimes, head trauma has been associated with violent or rapid changes in the mood of the injured, like in the case of Phineas Gage. If you’re feeling particularly passionate or swift changes in how you’re feeling, it’s a clear indication of head trauma, and possibly a concussion, especially with rapid development of emotions like anxiety, irritability, restlessness, or an inability to concentrate on something.
Vomiting or Nausea
The nervous system being linked with every other system in the body means that damage to the brain or head can result in damage to other systems as well- sometimes patients of head trauma will experience severe stomach pains, often to the point of nausea or even vomiting. This is another symptom of really harsh concussion, and should be treated immediately.
Sensitivity to light and noise
Having a particularly bad instance of head trauma can lead to symptoms which may be familiar to people who are prone to long or frequent bouts of drinking- the bad hangover. Sensitivity to light and noise are sure signs of a concussion, and if you’re suffering from these (and haven’t been on a bender lately), it would be wise to consult a medical professional sooner rather than later.
Confusion, Dizziness, visual disruption, unsteadiness (isn’t that just dizziness again?)
Some of the other symptoms of a concussion are precisely what one might be expected to associate with a form of severe head trauma- confusion immediately following and persisting well after the traumatic incident in question, dizziness or unsteadiness far longer than is normal for an incident of minor head injury, and regular visual disruption, like tunnel vision or clouds around the edges of your vision.
How is it diagnosed
While concussions are usually self diagnosable if one follows the criteria that was listed above, it’s always best to receive the opinion of a medical professional, as their expert eyes can usually determine whether or not a concussion has been suffered- not to mention that an X-Ray can help identify it as well, equipment which (typically speaking, anyway), doctors usually have access to.
How is it treated
Curiously enough for a form of injury that is as old as human kind has had a big enough brain to bonk into their skull, there are no official ways to cure a headache, other than the typical answers of rest and relaxation. Keeping strain of of your brain is an essential part of the process too, so avoid bright screens like phones, computer monitors, and TVs, and thinking too hard- seriously. Mental strain does little to improve matters.
What is CBD Oil
CBD Oil- known by the slightly less colloquial name of cannabidiol- is a relatively new drug on the market which has been proven to have a number of beneficial medical effects by stimulating the endocannabinoid system, a physiological structure that, using the stimulation of CB1 and CB2 receptors, influences systems in the body like the neural network, the muscular and skeletal systems, and the gastrointestinal tract.
How to use it
Applying CBD Oil is a technique which can vary depending on the anatomy of the person using it, as well as the intention of the applicant. If, for instance, you want to use it to soothe pain in a muscle group, which resides just below the surface of the skin, then a cream of some kind is optimal. But a stomach pain might require a form of edible or tincture. Nevertheless, there are a multitude of ways to use CBD, and if you’re unsure which is right for you, speak to a physician or cannabis expert for more information.
It can be difficult to give a generalized answer to the question of what is or isn’t proper dosage for any given taker of CBD Oil, because its almost entirely dependent on the anatomy, health condition, and needs of the person applying the medicine. Generally speaking, however, a healthy dosage for a fully grown adult with no medical complications beyond the one that they’re taking the medicine for is between 20 and 40 milligrams.
Other benefits of CBD
CBD has a veritable laundry list of other medical benefits beyond aiding in the repair and prevention of concussions, of course. It often stimulates muscular and bone repair in areas that may be damaged or else deficient in some manner- like from osteoporosis, for instance- and serves as a relaxing agent for people who are suffering from sleep issues or other forms of nervous problems.
Post Concussion Syndrome and CBD
One of the unfortunate side effects which may take hold of a victim of head trauma is post concussion syndrome, an occasionally debilitating condition in which the victim continues to experience the symptoms of the concussion long after the experience of the concussion itself. CBD oil is used often to treat these symptoms- anxiety, pain, nausea, insomnia- and has shown to be useful in the healing process for the condition itself.
What the research says
All of what I’ve said in the passages prior are corroborated by research done by the National Institutes of Health and the Concussion Alliance Organization, who have performed exhaustive scientific research in order to determine these truths.
CBD Is legal in sports
One of the primary causes of concussion in today’s world is professional- or even amateur and collegiate- sports. The truth of the matter is that CBD Oil is highly useful in sports, which cause some of the greatest physical injuries that modern doctors have to treat today, and it is still a contentious topic among most sports leagues. However, the WADA- the World Anti-Doping Association- has taken CBD off the ban list, and most major sports organizations are following their lead, if they haven’t already.