Hemp-derived CBD oil gives brain-injured teen new outlook on life

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One of the medical community’s pioneers in the clinical use of omega-3 essential fatty acids for the treatment of concussion and traumatic brain injury says that CBD oil extracted from outdoor grown agricultural hemp is proving to be an effective nutritional intervention for improving bouts of depression and anxiety which often follow head injuries. CBD, more formally known as cannabidiol, is one of over 100 chemical compounds found in agricultural hemp able to restore normal balance to just about every major organ system in the via the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

A number of my TBI patients with lingering issues of depression and anxiety after a head injury have reported life-changing improvement to their emotional state after supplementing their diets with hemp-derived CBD oil, says Dr. Michael D. Lewis, Director of the BrainCARE Clinic in Potomac, MD.Dr. Lewis says most patients report an elevation in mood within 20-30 minutes after consuming hemp-derived CBD (Plus CBD Oil by CV Sciences).

Dr. Lewiss nutritionally focused protocol for treating brain injury using omega-3 fatty acids gained international attention in 2010 when he was contacted by the parents of Bobby Ghassemi, a 17-year-old high school student had who suffered a massive, near-fatal head injury as the result of an automobile accident.Given little chance of recovery by hospital doctors, after two weeks of receiving daily mega-doses of fish oil via a feeding tube, Bobby was able to emerge from his coma. Three months later, he felt well enough to attend his high school graduation.The story of Bobby’s recovery was broadcast internationally by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Dr. Lewis says even though Bobby had made huge strides in regaining his speech, memory, and motor skills, five years after the accident he was continuing to struggle emotionally and socially with feelings of anxiety and depression.

At that time I came across a clinical study entitled Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders in the medical journal Neurotherapeutics.The study’s authors concluded that there was evidence that strongly supported CBDs use in the treatment of a variety of anxiety-related disorders.After doing additional research on CBD, I contacted Bobby to see if he’d be willing to try it, and he was, says Dr. Lewis.

Two weeks later, Dr. Lewis received a phone call from Bobby and his family.They informed Dr. Lewis that Bobby no longer felt depressed and anxious and that he had stopped taking his anti-depression medication.Bobby also told Dr. Lewis that he had set himself a goal to walk without assistance, and most surprising of all, that he had even asked a girl for her phone number.

Ten months later, Bobby sent this email message to Dr. Lewis:

April 29, 2016

Dear Dr. Lewis,

Thank you so much for giving me CBD oil.It drastically changed my life.I cannot begin to describe it with words.Thanks to CBD oil I’m feeling much more comfortable in my own skin.I’m being more social.I’m making BIG noticeable changes.I’m doing stand-up comedy now.I have my own place.I got a raise at my job, and I’m feeling VERY optimistic about the future.A friend I made doing improvisational comedy told me, and I’ve also been told this repeatedly, that I have a great personality and a great ZEST for life!!!

I can’t wait to see what adventures come next in life.

All the best

Bobby Ghassemi

I started out suggesting CBD for just a handful of brain injury patients, but now hemp-derived CBD supplementation has become part of our clinic’s basic protocol for treating all brain injuries. says Dr. Lewis.

Neither omega-3s nor CBD is a cure for TBI, ADHD, depression, or anxiety, but by feeding the brain what it needs to function optimally we assist each brain to rebuild itself and heal as best it can.For the patients introduced to CBD for the first time, this usually translates into, per their own statements, a life-changing experience.

ABOUT MICHAEL D. LEWIS, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, FACN

Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army

Dr. Lewis an expert on brain health and the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He founded the nonprofit Brain Health Education and Research Institute in 2011 when he retired as a Colonel after a distinguished 31-year career in the U.S. Army. His pioneering work has helped thousands of people around the world and he is regularly featured in the media including CNN’s Sanjay Gupta MD show and numerous radio shows and podcasts. He is the author of the Amazon Best Selling book When Brains Collide: What every athlete and parent should know about the prevention and treatment of concussions and brain injuries.

Dr. Lewis is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his post-graduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Nutrition.

Dr. Lewis has pioneered new TBI therapies for the U.S. military. Now, through his BrainCARE Clinic, he brings his experience and expertise in both diagnosing and treating brain injury and fostering better brain health.

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