Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma and head injuries, which is very often athletes involved in contact sports like football, boxing or rugby.
CTE has a devastating effect on athletes in later life, and can lead to aggression, depression, memory loss, impaired judgment and impulse control problems, suicidal impulses and, eventually, progressive dementia.
CBD has been shown to have a positive effect in the management of CTE, as cited by athletes including NFL player Kyle Turley, who received more than 100 concussions and many serious injuries in his 10 year career.
Addicted to pain and psychological medication for his rages and mood problems, Turley came close to taking his own life many times, to the point that his family moved to California to get access to cannabis for his treatment. They found that strains high in CBD were most effective, and he became such a believer in that he started his own company – Neuro XPF – that makes a variety of CBD products marketed to athletes.
Another pro sportsman exploring cannabis as a potential treatment for CTE is boxer Mike Tyson, whose cannabis company Tyson ranch is working with leading doctors and funding extensive research on the subject. Whatever information is discovered will be shared with the public to assist anyone else suffering from the disease.