The nationwide legalization of cannabis is underway for its great potential to relieve the symptoms of various debilitating medical conditions, like epilepsy. Meanwhile, the biological scientists are carrying out extensive research work in the field. They have discovered that cannabinoids can be used for the successful treatment of many human ailments. These are actually the substances extracted from cannabis.
One of the latest developments, in this regard, is the discovery of the treatment for perinatal brain injuries through cannabis. The Society of Cannabis Clinicians has recently conducted a study which revealed that the drug is potential very beneficial for relieving the symptoms of perinatal brain injuries. As treatments for all kinds of trauma to infant brain are not available, the disappointed parents would surely find a consolation in this discovery.
Very Limited Treatment Options for Perinatal Brain Injuries
Any traumatic event that takes place either during or shortly after the birth of an infant is liable to cause a perinatal injury in the newborn, which include, stroke-induced focal ischemia, birth asphyxia, neonatal hypoxia-ischemia, and so on. Such injuries usually result in cell death in the brain and unfortunately, there are only few, often ineffective, options for the treatment.
The medical researchers put a strong emphasis on the need to develop new treatment measures that, besides preventing the acute brain damage in infants, have potential to trigger the intrinsic mechanisms for a long-term repair of the brain cells. There is an intrinsic neuromodulatory mechanism inside the brain, called the endocannabinoid system that is involved in the control and regulation of a number of functionalities in the center and periphery. This endocannabinoid system has been found to create an early response to the injury in neurons and, that is why, it is regarded as an intrinsic mechanism for the protection of neurons. Once such a neuroprotective mechanism gets triggered and starts performing the desired functions, it becomes easier to prevent various serious conditions, for example, death cells pathways activation, piling up of calcium in intracellular spaces, microglia activation and glutamate excitotoxicity. It can also prevent some other hazardous conditions, like leukocyte infiltration through blood-brain barrier and neurovascular activity.
In short, you can say that cannabinoids carry out the regulatory mechanisms for a wide range of pathways and pathological systems in the cells. These pathways and mechanisms, in turn, are said to be involved in the generation of perinatal brain injury.
As a natural phenomenon, breast milk, among other vital ingredients, also contains endocannabinoids in it. It is on the basis of this discovery that the researchers are of the view that these compounds can serve as an effective treatment for the conditions of children after they are born.
Yet another function of the cannabinoids is that they can modulate various processes related to neural stem cells, such as the cell cycle and birth of new cells, their differentiation as well as survival. What makes these compounds serve as interesting drugs for experimentation is their immense potential in your brain. Most importantly, for the therapy of perinatal brain injury, they can be used for the initiation and regulation of the intrinsic brain repair responses.
Summing up, the use of cannabis for treatment of brain injuries in infants will not only play a role in the prevention of the death of more cells but also assist in repairing the damaged part of brain, thus bringing a lot of improvement in the developmental recovery. At the same time, there is a need to conduct more research in the field.