Medical Marijuana for Injuries caused by Car Accidents
Driving is one of the most common activities in the world, and it is also one of the most dangerous. aAccidents happen in the blink of an eye and the lives of the innocent people involved in them can completely change.
According to the ASIRT (Association for Safe International Road Travel), every day around the world, 3500 lives are lost due to car accidents. In addition, yearly, between 20 and 50 million people will be involved in a car accident that will end up with non-lethal injuries, and more than half of those victims will suffer from long-term injuries.
This article will focus on the use of cannabis-based medications to treat the symptoms of the most common minor and long-term injuries caused by car accidents.
Injuries in the soft tissues
Soft tissue injuries during an automobile accident are the most common type of injury. The force and speed with which the body receives the impact cause the muscles to stretch causing connective tissue damage to the muscles, ligaments, or tendons. The parts of the body that most often end up injured are legs, arms, chest, head, neck, and lower back.
One of the most common injuries during car accidents is Whiplash. This happens with the sudden stretching of the muscles and ligaments of the head and neck as a result of the rapid deceleration of the torso caused by the seat belt as the head continues to move forward, that is why it is common to see people using a cervical collar after they had a car accident.
Scrapes and cuts
During the impact, some objects can break and become sharp, such as the window. Loose objects inside the car can become a projectile, causing injuries to the passengers of the car. Because of this, some parts of the body may present scratches, scrapes, and cuts, all of which are commonly low risk as long as they are treated.
Sometimes, front passengers hit their knees with the dashboard upon impact, causing everything from bruises and scrapes to more severe and long-term injuries. The most common knee injury in auto accidents is the Torn Meniscus, and symptoms include pain, swelling, popping and an inability for the knee to support the weight of the person.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms appear on the day of the accident and continue after that. People suffer from constant strong feelings that prevent them from continuing with their daily activities, these feelings can be guilt, anger, worry, shock, fear, or problems to process what happened.
How is Medical Marijuana for the treatment of those injuries?
Almost every uncomfortable symptom that results from an injury caused during a car accident can be relieved or controlled by one of many strains of medical marijuana available.
All strains of marijuana are different but are based around two main types of the plant that have a different mixture of the active components (THC and CBD), the two main types of plant are Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica.
Both THC and CBD are natural compounds that are found in marijuana. The chemical nature of the compound THC resembles some naturally-occurring cannabinoid compounds in the human body, and it being a psychoactive substance, it stimulates the brain’s receptors when ingested or inhaled. On the other hand, CBD completely focuses on interacting with the brain’s pain receptors and mitigating the high signals produced by body injuries.
Medical marijuana has been known to have significant statistical data in studies regarding its positive effect on pain management. In these general studies, it is most commonly used to help with the pain caused by non-migraine headaches, neuropathy, spasticity, and joint pain.
In the case of car accident-related injuries like the ones described above, the advantages of medical marijuana regarding pain management are the reasons why it is sometimes thought as a recommendable side-treatment while recovering from many pain-inducing injuries.
If you recently had an accident that left you an injury and you are looking for a medical cannabis treatment to treat it, do not hesitate to contact the experts of Smart Leaf Health Services.