Multiple Sclerosis (MS) & Medical Marijuana
"A patient's spasticity made his legs extremely rigid, he was finding it increasingly difficult to walk or sleep, and he was losing bladder control. Following the use of Medical Marijuana, an examination revealed remarkable relief, an unbelievable recovery." - MMJ Doctor
Multiple Sclerosis is a condition that results from the deterioration of the insulation - called the myelin sheath - that insulates and protects the nerves that make up nervous.communication system. In this disorder, the myelin sheath is attacked by the immune system cells, causing which cause degeneration of nerves and muscular dysfunction. It is not too hard to see that this condition amounts to a bad connection in afflicted areas. In the early onset of MS, symptoms include:
- Loss of balance
- Weakness in limb, limbs
A shocking statistic is that over 400,000 Americans' suffer from Multiple Sclerosis
Inflammation is a root cause in most neurodegenerative diseases - Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's & MS. Medical Cannabis is used to treat these kind of disorders due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
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In this inflammatory process gone wrong, the insulation material ( called Myelin) that wraps around the nerve fibers becomes compromised - the nerves are directly exposed to damage by microbes, toxins and rogue immune killer cells. A defect in metabolism that affects Myelin production is also a factor in MS. Myelin is a fat-protein composite material. A deficiency in amino acids, phospholipids and trace minerals can be a complicating factor in MS.
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD - found in large quantities of certain strains of Medical Marijuana - have proven to be highly effective in managing many of the symptoms MS. Oromucosal (mouth) sprays like Sativex (R) have been approved as adjunctive treatment for neuropathic pain in Canada. Other medicines, used in combination with cannabinoid medicines are also being tested to help MS patients cope with disabling spasticity.
- Numbness in limbs or abdomen - typically occurs on one side the body
- Partial or complete loss of vision with pain in one eye.
- Chronic double vision
- Pins and needles in several parts of the body
- Electric-shock sensations when bending the neck
- Tremor, lack of coordination or unbalanced gait
- Slurred speech
- Bowel and bladder dysfunction
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WHY MARIJUANA WORKS MUCH BETTER THAN PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS IN MS
"As a practicing neurologist, I saw many patients for whom uncontrollable spasticity was a major problem. Unfortunately, there are very few drugs specifically designed to treat spasticity. Moreover, these drugs often cause very serious side effects.These drugs do not directly reduce spasticity, they may weaken the patient's muscle tone, thus making the spasms less noticeable. Alternatively, they may tranquilize the patient that normal mental and physical functions are impossible."
"A twenty-seven year-old MS patient of mine reported an increase in his symptoms to the point where he had leg pains, increased clonic activity, and uncontrolled leg spasms every night. More disturbing to him was urinary incontinence, which occurred during leg spasms. he was finding it increasingly difficult to walk or sleep, and he was losing bladder control."
All of these issues were mitigated, perhaps 90%. simply by smoking a Marijuana. This patient's recovery to normalcy was nothing short of miraculous." - Denis Petro, M.D
“Countless, controlled trials shows that Cannabinoids are not only useful in symptom management - they also are of therapeutic value, slowing the neurodegenerative processes that lead to disability.” - Dr. M. Lawrence
PATIENT TESTIMONIALS : HOW MARIJUANA HELPED MY MS CONDITION
“I started using high-CBD sublingual spray, and I’ve been able to totally discontinue the corticosteroids that I’ve been taking for the better part of 40 years for my MS. Pure magic.” - MS Blog
“I went from taking large amounts of opioids each day to CBD edibles. After trying several products of both edible and flowers, I found a 100 mg CBD chew from Sensi. WOW, what relief I got! I’m a tried and true believer and will continue to use them in my fight against MS.” - Not saying
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