Information about Multiple Sclerosis:
Multiple Sclerosis is a devastating disease affecting millions of people.
Although a variety of medications treat MS, many patients choose alternative therapies instead.
Research has shown, cannabis is a reliable alternative MS treatment for all types of multiple sclerosis. Plus with CBD oil, you don’t even need to smoke it. This article explains how CBD (and medical marijuana) is used to treat multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is chronic nervous system disease that causes damage to the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. Its cause is unknown, but many believe it is due to genetics or environmental factors such as an infection. Multiple sclerosis causes varying levels of disability and can be extremely debilitating.
Multiple sclerosis is currently the most common autoimmune disorder known to man. Although it is not fatal, it does shorten the life expectancy of those with it by 5 to 10 years. More than 2 million people are affected by MS worldwide.
What Causes Multiple Sclerosis
There is plenty of research about the cause of multiple sclerosis. However, other than being classified as an autoimmune disease, little is known about how the disease starts. Although there is no clear answer to the question of what is causing it, scientists have observed some trends.
Multiple sclerosis occurs more in northern climates. It is especially common in Scandinavian countries, as well as Scotland and Canada. In the United States, those closest to Canada have the highest risk, as the distance from the equator appears to be a factor.
Although viruses may trigger MS, many scientists believe those affected were already predisposed. One trend supports this theory. Researcher observed that growing up in a high-risk area increased the risk even if you move away as a teen.
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Multiple sclerosis is not inherited, but there are some genetic risk factors. Even if you do not live in a cold climate, being descended from those that did, may increase your risk. Northern Europeans are most likely to develop multiple sclerosis.
If you are a woman, you are twice as likely to develop it. If you have a parent or sibling with MS, there is a slight increase as well.
Other Health Conditions
Multiple sclerosis is not be caused by a single virus or condition. However, it is common for those diagnosed with it already have other health issues before developing MS.
These conditions include:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Thyroid disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Mono (Epstein-Barr virus)
- Shingles/ Chicken Pox (varicella-zoster virus)
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
The word sclerosis in multiple sclerosis means scars, and it refers to the multiple injuries found on the brain or spinal cord. These scars, (called lesions) indicate damage to nerve cells, and that damage can cause a variety of symptoms. Symptoms may vary based on the location of the scars (lesions).
Multiple sclerosis patients can experience problems with their vision, muscle weakness, and coordination difficulties. MS can also lead to blindness, cause psychological problems, make it difficult to speak and cause chronic pain. Patients can also become sensitive to high temperatures.
Other symptoms of MS include:
- Cognitive impairment
- Overactive bladder
- Muscle spasms and stiffness
- Numbness or tingling
- Difficulty swallowing
- Mood swings
Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease; symptoms are long-term and often appear in attacks known as flares. This means, a patient may be okay one day, but suffering the next. Flares can be prompted by stress, infections, and even childbirth.
Current treatments for Multiple Sclerosis
There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis. Available treatments focus on reducing the severity of the attacks, preventing flares, and maintaining the quality of life. Treatment plans may vary based on the frequency of attacks and often include multiple medications.
For acute attacks, patients take large doses of medication designed to reduce inflammation. The most common prescribed medication is prednisolone. It is a steroid used to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases.
Although steroids are commonly used for chronic inflammation, they have many side effects when used long-term use. Prednisolone increases the risk of infection and can cause glaucoma, osteoporosis, and psychosis when used at high doses. Prednisolone for MS is administered at high doses for the duration of the disease.
For those with more active flares or whose symptoms are increasing, doctors may prescribe disease-modifying medications. These drugs suppress the immune system, preventing it from doing further damage to the nerves. Disease-modifying drugs also increase the risk for infection, and some damage the liver and cause birth defects.
CBD and Multiple Sclerosis
As the medical community searches for new ways to treat and cure MS, many patients have turned to alternative treatments. In addition to physical therapy and stress management, some patients find relief with marijuana. Those that use CBD as an alternative to traditional medication can find relief from MS symptoms without the dangerous side effects.
Medical marijuana is already known to treat a variety of multiple sclerosis symptoms including stiffness, overactive bladder, and nerve pain. Although some strains may lead to increased heart rate, sleepiness, dizziness or a slowed reaction time, many doctors are willing to recommend it as a complementary treatment. CBD is a specific chemical found in medical marijuana that provides many of the benefits without any of the side effects.
Medical Research on Medical Marijuana and Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating condition affecting people worldwide. As the medical community attempts to find reliable treatment options and cures, marijuana research is no exception. In Ireland, a pharmaceutical company, GW Pharmaceuticals, has developed a spray based on the extract of Cannabis sativa.
GW Pharmaceuticals product, Sativex, is a prescription medication that includes extracts of Cannabis Sativa. Cannabis Sativa is a particular strain of marijuana that contains both THC and CBD. It is designed to treat the spasms involved with multiple sclerosis, but it can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and headaches.
In addition to their Cannabis-based medication, GW Pharmaceuticals have also conducted a variety of medical studies around CBD and multiple sclerosis.
These studies include:
- Sativex for neuropathic pain and spasticity
- Sativex for the long-term management of MS symptoms
- Sativex as a one-drug solution
It is important to point out that Sativex is not a CBD oil, it is a prescription drug that also includes THC in equal proportion. However, the fact that research proves it works for MS symptoms shows promise for CBD – based treatments, considering it is one of the active ingredients. Additionally, many of the side effects from the drug, such as ‘intoxication’ are commonly caused by THC, not CBD.
Medical Research on CBD and Multiple Sclerosis
Whereas the makers of Sativex focused on creating a marijuana-inspired drug, CBD on its own may be enough to treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. In one medical study, CBD prevented the damaging effects of inflammation on the critical nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord.
The study suggested that CBD treats MS entirely differently than Sativex and some conventional MS medications. Instead of treating symptoms, CBD focuses on preventing damage to the nerve cells by blocking the negative impacts of inflammation.
This is no surprise because CBD is a known anti-inflammatory medication. In studies conducted on rats, “Cannabinoids have been shown to protect the host from the pathogenesis through induction of multiple anti-inflammatory pathways.” As anti-inflammatory medication is commonly prescribed for multiple sclerosis, it should be little surprise that CBD oil can provide relief on its own.
CBD vs THC
The marijuana plant is one of nature’s largest source of cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemicals absorbed by our endocannabinoid system, which has many receptors in our immune system and brain. In addition to CBD, there are at least 6 other cannabinoids in a marijuana plant that has medical benefits.
In addition to being a potent anti-inflammatory, CBD also affects the gastrointestinal system, balances emotional disorders, and relaxes neurological conditions. CBD can also reduce pain, and possibly kill cancer cells. It does not stimulate appetite or cause an ‘intoxicated feeling.’
THC, another potent cannabinoid, also produces many of the same effects of CBD. However, it additionally is useful for treating fatigue, appetite loss and asthma. Some of the benefits of THC can be simulated with chocolate, which naturally contains chemicals similar to THC.
How to take medical marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis
Whether you choose marijuana that is high in THC, CBD or both, there is a variety of ways to get relief. Many medical users opt to smoke or vaporize their medicine for the quickest relief. Smoking involves heating up marijuana flowers rapidly so that the THC and CBD are taken into the lungs. Unfortunately, chemicals from heat sources, as well as excessively high heat can limit the therapeutic effects of marijuana.
Vaporizing is often the preferred method for the quickest relief. With vaporization, BHO oil or flowers are heated only to the point where vapors are released. Vaporizing eliminates the side effects that comes from smoking marijuana.
Patients can also take marijuana in the form of edibles, pill, tincture or transdermal applications. These marijuana preparations are made from marijuana oil.
CBD oil to treat Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease that causes damage to brain and spinal cord nerve cells. Once those cells are damaged, a large variety of debilitating symptoms begins to occur. Inflammation can be caused by a variety of sources including toxins, viruses, and stress.
CBD oil prevents inflammation from damaging brain and spinal cord nerve cells. It also prevents inflammation from damaging other important cells in the body. For that reason,
CBD is a known anti-inflammatory.
Patients that use CBD oil can prevent the progression of their disease that is due to inflammation, as well as reduce the symptoms caused by inflammation.
Grow your own Multiple Sclerosis medication
Medical studies have shown how marijuana can prevent multiple sclerosis, treat the symptoms caused by it, and potentially help patients heal. Through Cannabis sativa, patients can experience less pain, regain their mobility, and have better rest. By growing their own plants, patients can administer medication as needed and always find the relief they deserve.
Marijuana comes in many strains. Studies have shown that sativa varieties are best suited for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The sativa strain naturally contains high amounts of CBD and is a powerful pain reducer.
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