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Veterans with traumatic brain injury use more cannabis, VA study ignores ECS

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A new study by the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States looked at cannabis Use among veterans. Researchers have found that veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) use cannabis more often. In conclusion, the study questioned the cause and also noted the option of non-cannabis therapies, regardless of endo.cannabis ECS system.

Observational experiment by MIBH

163 patients at the Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH) were included in the survey. The results were then compared to the overall rates of cannabis use documented by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2018. Accordingly, 8.6% of adults aged 26 or older used cannabis in the United States. In contrast, a significantly larger percentage of patients with mild traumatic brain injury reported using cannabis at 44.2% of those surveyed at MIBH. Mild brain injury patients are preferred THC– Products approved on only 10 out of 72 patients Convention on Biological Diversity, instead of. (1)

Neurological and psychiatric symptoms, pain and insomnia were the most common ailments that mild TBI patients used cannabis to treat. Unfortunately, the study concluded that self-administered cannabis preparations are an inadequate form of treatment. However, the study failed to shed light on the endocannabis Deficiencies in the ECS that may lead veterans with traumatic brain injury to use cannabis more frequently. Furthermore, the study hinted at investigating alternative non-cannabis therapies for patients with mild brain injury.

Endocannabinoid deficiency and disease

The junction of receivers and transmitters forms the inner partcannabis system (ECS); It has recently been covered under the more extensive scope of the endocannabinidiome. Diseases and ailments can occur when the transmitters within the ECS become disorganized.

Dr. Ethan Russo first put forward the hypothesis as a possible root cause of migraines, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome. (2) After this, wheat allergy As a symptom of ECS deficiency postulated by this author. Early evidence suggests that dysregulated endocannabidiomes are associated with trauma, which requires further investigation.

Weak ECS tones cause mask search

However, all symptoms associated with endocannabinoid deficiency are positive for increased cannabis use. This means that a person will inadvertently try to tune out lower endocannabinoid tones and weak receptor density by seeking out cannabinoids. Correction of these lower tones is believed to be the driver behind the increased use of cannabis.

Veterans often engage in an uphill battle after returning home to use cannabis under an insurable medical plan, or at all. Research showing such a distressing increase in cannabis use should support these veterans and further validate their needs. However, this respect will unfortunately only be available to veterans if science recognizes the importance of cannabis therapy and the endocannabidiome.

The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) serves in a number of US government departments, including Veterans Affairs (VA).

The flag was selected by the Department of Veterans Affairs

Study (1) was characterized by a curiously selective group of re-sequencing. This included Brandon Otter, a PharmD with no publications relating to cannabis or endocannabinoid research. A Ph.D. A clinical psychologist from MIBH with more than fifteen years of prior experience with Veterans Affairs, Catie Johnston-Brooks was involved in the research. Her only other contributions to cannabis research were two similar MIBH papers on brain injury and substance abuse.

Four doctors also collaborated on research into increased cannabis use in veterans with mild traumatic brain injury. Two physicians, C. Alan Anderson and David Arciniegas, have not previously published research on the endocannabinoid system or the cannabinoids. Anderson and Archenegas are principal editors of the Journal of American Neuropsychiatry. Any experience with cannabis on the project appears to have come from Chris Felly, MD. With only a negative bias, Philly conducted research that attempted to find ways in which cannabis use could cause white matter toxicity and disorders.

With that, you must respect your inner self. Some patients can require high levels of THC to treat severe pain, for example. Keep in mind, however, that these doses can lead to tolerance. This is because high doses of THC can cause the density of receptors to temporarily decrease and cause these receptors to decrease desensitization. But was it improper preparations combined with poor dosing that drove MIBH to find comprehensive results? Or, have researchers found little evidence to support veterans in treating mild mild brain injury symptoms with cannabis because of their negative bias?

Tell us in the comments if you have experience with cannabis use and brain injury. And check this out a story To learn how to enhance endocannabinoid tone with diet instead of THC.

Dr. Brandon Otter was contacted for comment on endocannabinoid deficiencies but did not immediately respond.


  1. Brandon Utter, PharmD, C. Alan Anderson, MD, Christopher M Filley, MD, James P Kelly, MD, Catharine Johnston-Brooks, PhD, David B Arciniegas, MD, Use of cannabis in a group of U.S. military veterans looking for Health care with persistent symptoms after mild traumatic brain injury: preliminary observations. Military medicine, 2022; , usac011
  2. Rousseau EP (2008). Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD): Can this concept explain the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and other treatment-resistant conditions? Neuroendocrine Diseases MessagesAnd 29(2), 192 – 200.
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