2,500,000 people suffer from Multiple Sclerosis worldwide, 400,000 of which reside in the United States. Females are twice as likely to be diagnosed with the illness. Multiple Sclerosis can produce a slew of negative symptoms, but there are at least 6 Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis that Marijuana can Treat.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis, or MS for short, is a debilitating disease of the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) that causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body.
Symptoms & Complications
The severity of symptoms vary from person to person. Usually, MS symptoms come and go. An MS patient can experience a handful of symptoms for a few days, weeks, or even months and then one day they suddenly disappear. After some time, a whole new handful of symptoms will present itself and last for any given amount of time.
60-70% of people suffering from MS will eventually develop a steady progression with or without periods of remission. The symptoms of MS include, but are not limited too:
- Lack of Coordination
- Slurred Speech
- Bladder and Bowel Issues
- Prolonged Double Vision
- Partial or Complete Loss of Vision (often with pain during eye movement)
- Tingling, Pain, Numbness, or Weakness in the Legs and Trunk (usually on one whole side of the body)
- Electric Shock Sensations
- Partial or Complete Loss of Motor Skills
- Mental Health Changes
- Permanent Nerve Damage
- Death from Complications
6 Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis that Marijuana Can Treat
1. Inflammation of the Central Nervous System (Brain & Spinal Cord)
Cannabis has the ability to protect the components of the CNS from inflammation by decreasing the production and release of proinflammatory cytokines. Proinflammatory cytokines make certain diseases, such as MS, worse. Obviously, the less of these that our body produces, the better.
2. Pain and Muscle Spasms
The two main cannabinoids found in marijuana,THC and CBD, engage the body’s natural cannabinoid receptors which help to relieve pain that is caused by inflammation.
3. Depression, Stress, and Anxiety
The human body naturally produces a certain level of endocannabinoids. These are neurotransmitters that keep us healthy and maintain homeostasis. Some disorders and illnesses cause endocannabinoid levels to drop, oftentimes leading to increased stress or depression. Cannabis makes up for these missing cannabinoids, helping to relieve these negative symptoms.
4. Blurred Vision & Uncontrolled Eye Movement
This is actually one of the most common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Cannabis can reduce inflammation on the optic nerve, restoring damaged vision and decreasing eye movement.
5. Sleep Deprivation
Illnesses that cause chronic pain usually keep you tossing, turning, and awake all night long. Cannabis, specifically night-time strains such as Indica, can alleviate pain to help you get a good night’s rest.
6. Digestive Issues
Digestive tract issues such as abdominal pain, loss of bowel and bladder control, loss of appetite, and constipation are all issues that MS can cause. Cannabis reduces inflammation, and increases appetite, to eliminate pain, inflammation, and nausea.
If you suffer from any or all of these symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis that marijuana can treat, call us today at (786) 224-4005 or schedule a free consultation online. Until there is a cure for MS, you can find relief with medical marijuana.