A Potential Aid in Brain Recovery After a Stroke
Arterial Ischemic Stroke occurs when blood flow in an artery to the brain is blocked due to narrowness of the artery or the formation of a blood clot. Neonatal (i.e. newborn) Arterial Ischemic Stroke grimly means there is a condition specific to infants. Woefully little is known about NAIS, but it can certainly lead to lifelong disabilities and/or brain injury. Currently, there is no effective treatment.
This study demonstrated CBD can reduce brain damage and improve recovery, at least in the neonatal Wistar rat subjects studied. Analyzing the effects to the brain via MRI, behavioral tests, and other system studies, the researchers found that CBD administration after induced artery blockage led to “long-term functional recovery.”
CBD reduced all of the following: the loss of neuronal structure and function, the abnormal increase of astrocytes (a certain type of cell in the brain), cell death and damage, and inflammation of the nervous tissue.
With more clinical studies this treatment could become a reality for human newborns.
Authors: Ceprián M, Jiménez-Sánchez L, Vargas C, Barata L, Hind W, Martínez-Orgado J; Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Instituto de Investigación Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, Instituto de Investigación Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda; GW Research Ltd; Instituto de Investigación Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda