Will CBD eventually be a primary treatment of Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury?

Concussions have been brought to the forefront recently with a number of former Professional Athletes publicly addressing the Health issues they face as a result of repeated concussions throughout their careers, most notably Mohammed Ali. Lets not forget the blockbuster movie starring Will Smith aptly titled “Concussion”. As a nation we are also facing staggering numbers of Military personnel that have sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries defending our country.

Fearnot for there is hope on the horizon in the form of a research study being conducted with funding by Scythian BioSciences in the treatment of Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury in partnership with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Gillian Hotz is the Lead researcher, and she has been the Co-Director of the Miller school of Medicines Concussion program since 1995. Dr. Hotz is a nationally recognized expert in behavioral neuroscience as well as pediatric and adult neurotrauma, concussion management and Neuro rehabilitation.

Scythian Bioscience has invested $16 million into the 5 year grant with the process beginning in January of 2017. The research is being conducted in the hopes of developing a currently non-existent drug treatment plan utilizing cannabinoid-based medication. The first of its kind, that indicates a course of therapy to inhibit the immune response to concussions and also deter the accompanying inflammation which has shown itself to worsen brain injury by further pushing the brain against the bones of the skull.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to treat and hopefully improve the often catastrophic effects of head trauma with the wonderful minimal side effect component of Cannabis and Hemp?

I’ll continue to follow this study and update as possible.

Cannabis Could Benefit the Brain! Whaaat?

With the acceptance and resulting growth of Medical Marijuana use some very positive research is being pursued in the area of Neuroscience specifically.

Although some research cases are not conclusive, multiple studies show interesting ways with which marijuana may help the brain.

  1. Combat Brain Cancer; Discovered by researchers at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain in 2014, THC used on mice that had been injected with Human Cancer Cells, found this active component in marijuana actually KILLED the cancer without adversely affecting the normal healthy cells.
  2. Countering the effects of Aging on the Brain; As evidenced in research published in the “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.”  Marijuana may possibly reverse aging effects on the brain because of Cannabinoid System Activity which is neuroprotective. Time Magazine wrote that Professor Andras Bilkei-Gorzo from the University of Bonn in Germany, stated that increasing neuroprotective capability could slow down the progression of brain aging. Likely mitigating the symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
  3. Encouraging Brain Cell Growth; Did you know that the brain never really stops growing? A process known as neurogenesis occurs, this is the growth of new Brain Cells. The International Journal of Neuropharmacology published a study demonstrating that Cannabidiol promotes new cell growth in the area of the brain associated with memory and navigation known as the Hippocampus. This could potentially help lower the chances of developing Alzheimer’s. An Italian study indicates that a chemical within Medical Marijuana called cannabichromene can stimulate faster brain cell growth.
  4. STRESS; Who doesn’t suffer from some form of stress on a daily basis? Some of the worst medical conditions people suffer from can be directly associated to stress. In Israel at the University of Haifa, professors conducted a study that found marijuana could potentially protect a person from stress and help prevent some of the psychological disorders it can cause.

These are areas that need to be looked into further as we progress in our pursuit of all this wonderful plant can do.

Here’s to your Health.

“What the Health?”

This is the title to a film that logically explains what is one of the largest consumer covers ups ever, and is largely unknown by the majority of people.

It is driven and supported by the corporate owners of such entities as Subway, Hormel, Oscar Myer, The Meat and Dairy Association and of course the U.S.D.A. just to name a few. The organizations that are direct beneficiaries of this cover up are just as varied they are for example Susan G. Komen, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association all of whom most of us are aware of or familiar with in some way. All of whom we believe to be working to improve our lives and to aid those who may be affected by Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer. These are the organizations that we as consumers are encouraged to utilize in order to understand, and base wise health decisions utilizing the information we are lead to believe is to our benefit.

I am asking everyone to take 92 minutes out of your busy day to watch this film. Then it is up to you as to what to do afterwards.

Let me know what you think I would love to discuss.


6 Tips to Boost Mood and Metabolism

By Abigale Miller Medically Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH

By making a few simple adjustments to your diet, you can elevate your mood and boost your metabolism. The benefits are potentially huge: Maintaining a good mood will help you stick to a healthy diet, be more productive, and increase your self-esteem.

Metabolism is the process your body uses to break down food. “Ensuring your metabolism is working most effectively will help you feel your best and energized to get the most out of life,” explains Nicole Berkowitz, RD, a nutrition consultant in Toronto, Canada.

Here are six simple tips to help you optimize your diet to boost mood and metabolism.

1. Resist Skipping Meals

Skipping or missing a meal can cause a dip in your blood sugar, leading to crankiness and lethargy. Maintain your blood sugar levels, and your energy, by eating small amounts of food throughout the day. You might even prefer eating six smaller meals rather than three large ones.

2. Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can also make you feel sluggish and lethargic. Be sure to drink throughout the day, and don’t rely on thirst alone to remind you to have another glass of water. Some experts say the average person needs about eight glasses of water, and that may be hard to drink without reminders.

3. Think Moderation, Especially for Low-Nutrient Foods

Avoid a lot of caffeine, refined carbohydrates (sugar), alcohol, salt, and other food additives. Any of these, especially in large amounts, can decrease your metabolic efficiency. “Eating large quantities of carbohydrates tends to cause an energy rush and then a big crash, which can lead to crankiness and fatigue,” says Heidi McIndoo, MS, RD, a nutrition consultant in Roslindale, Mass. Excess salt can disrupt your fluid balance, changing your daily water needs, not to mention increasing health risks like high blood pressure.

4. Strive for Balance in the Food You Eat

Properly combine protein, carbohydrates, and fat to achieve a balanced energy intake. In general, a healthy diet includes a mix of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and some protein, but each person has individual needs based on age, sex, physical activity level, body size, and stress factors. To determine the best foods for you, consult a nutritionist who can help you find the right balance.

5. Get a Boost From “Good Mood” Food

While research about the mood- and metabolism-boosting qualities of certain foods is mixed, foods high in the amino acid tryptophan have been found to increase serotoninlevels in the brain, contributing to feelings of optimism and calm. Add some bananas, avocados, dried apricots, walnuts, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds for some extra tryptophan. Polyunsaturated omega-3 fats help elevate mood and reduce anxiety and depression. Look for omega-3-rich fish, like salmon and mackerel; walnuts and pumpkin seeds are also sources of these healthy fatty acids.

6. Keep a Food Diary

Some foods can have the opposite effect of tryptophan and instead trigger negative changes in mood and cause irritability or headaches. If you think a particular food might be affecting your mood, start a food diary. Record all the foods you eat each day and how you feel before and after every meal. After two weeks, review your entries to see if any foods line up with specific moods, either good or bad.

In addition to following a healthy diet, regular exercise will keep your body working most effectively and will augment both your mood and metabolism. The key message here is balance. A variety of healthy foods with a dose of exercise will help you maintain your energy, speed up your metabolism, and boost your mood.

Anxiety-Foods that can help with it and foods that can hurt those with anxiety.

Many people experience Anxiety and resulting panic attacks. The following information is a recommendation of ways to help put these emotions in check.

Foods to Eat

  1.  Tryptophan rich foods– Turkey, chicken, bananas, milk, oats, cheese, soy, nuts, peanut butter, and sesame seeds to name a few. Bear in mind that there is some question as to whether or not tryptophan found in food crosses the blood-brain barrier. Although, from the personal experience of needing a nap after a roast turkey dinner, I think it might.
  2. Foods rich in vitamin B– Beef, pork, chicken, leafy greens, legumes, oranges and other citrus fruits, rice, nuts and eggs. Studies have shown a relation between B vitamins and mood. A deficiency of these essential nutrients can trigger depression.
  3. Whole Grains– Whole grains take longer for your body to break down thus releasing sugar into the bloodstream at a slower rate. Carbohydrates can increase serotonin production in the brain. Choosing mood lifting whole grains (brown rice, whole oats, and whole grain breads) can help your happiness meter.
  4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids– In addition to the possible heart health benefits of these acids, study results continue to demonstrate that consuming fatty fish (salmon, tuna, lake trout…etc.) can be an uplifting means of enhancing your mood.
  5. High Protein foods– Not only does protein leave you feeling full longer, it can also stimulate the production of the brain chemicals nor-epinephrine and dopamine. These chemicals are neurotransmitters like serotonin which carry impulses between nerve cells. Studies have shown that higher levels of these neurotransmitters can improve reaction time, alertness and mental energy.

The ideal mood boosting strategy is to incorporate good sources of protein like Greek Yogurt, fish, nuts, meats and lentils along with complex carbohydrates spread throughout your meals daily.

Foods to Avoid

  1. Coffee and caffeinated drinks– Some folks ingest caffeinated beverages to boost energy. Caffeine however, has been shown to inhibit serotonin in the brain. Suppression of serotonin levels can cause depression and/or feelings of irritability. In addition caffeine is a diuretic which increases the need to use the bathroom and may even cause mild dehydration.
  2. Candy and other sweets– Sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. This rapid absorption rate can lead to an initial high or surge of energy commonly referred to in children as a ‘sugar rush’. Most often this ‘rush’ wears off as the body increases its insulin production to remove the sugar from the bloodstream thus resulting in feeling tired or run down.
  3. Alcohol– Generally speaking alcohol turns into sugar in the bloodstream and although the initial effects may seem to relieve stress and anxiety, keep in mind it is temporary. Long term, alcohol is a depressant as well as a diuretic similar to caffeine, so it is important to stay hydrated for several reasons including mood.

Remember as with all things moderation is the key. Consuming a 6-oz glass of wine with dinner is probably okay, drinking a bottle or more however isn’t recommended.

Let me know what you’ve tried, was it helpful?