Dozens of former National Hockey League (NHL) players will receive cannabis as part of a study to investigate the effects of CBD on brain injuries.
Dr. Charles Tator, a neurosurgeon and concussion expert, says that his team hopes that CBD will exhibit a therapeutic effect on the former players who suffer from chronic pain and other symptoms of repetitive brain injury.
For this study, the researchers recruited about 100 former NHL players to participate as research subjects.
Half of those people will receive a placebo while the rest will be given CBD. All the study subjects will continue taking any other medication that they were taking for their symptoms.
The researchers will observe these individuals for 12 months and assess whether CBD had any impact on their illnesses. The research is slated to begin this summer.
This research is being conducted in order to find an alternative to the addictive and harmful opioids that athletes take for chronic pain and the other symptoms resulting from the head injuries that they sustain during their playing days.
It is estimated that nearly two out of ten people who sustain sports-related concussion end up with chronic symptoms after the concussion. These symptoms include chronic headaches.
The players also develop emotional problems, such as depression and anxiety. Many of these former players live a miserable life once they are out of the limelight because little attention is directed to them if they aren’t actively playing.
It is such realities that have prompted the NHL Alumni, the Canadian marijuana company Canopy Growth and Neeka Health to team up and conduct this research.
The researchers hope that the complex and multidimensional study that they have taken on will provide valuable insights into how CBD interacts with the behaviors and brains of former NHL players struggling with the symptoms linked to the aftermath of suffering concussions.
This particular study isn’t the first in this area. For example, an earlier study conducted by a team of researchers from Miami University found that a combination of CBD and an anesthetic (NDMA) was effective in improving the condition of test animals that had brain injuries. This team of researchers is now conducting a human study to see what parallels emerge between their animal study and the human one.
The entire cannabis industry, especially FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI) (OTCQB: FNNZF) and Generation Alpha, Inc. (OTCQB: GNAL), hopes that the studies confirm that cannabis is not only viable but also better at treating the post-concussion symptoms.
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