“Does Medical Marijuana Help Multiple Sclerosis?”
Before we discuss “does medical marijuana help multiple sclerosis” let’s explore what the heck is multiple sclerosis?
Medical News Today reports the following”Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic central nervous system. It affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.”
Another word an autoimmune disease. Where your immune system attacks you, mistaking your brain and spinal cord as the enemy.
Multiple sclerosis is considered chronic or as some say long-lasting.
Let’s talk about symptoms one may have. There are many, it doesn’t mean you will have all of them.
So here they are blurred vision, double vision, loss of vision, slurred speech, or word search.
Mood swings including anxiety. Fatigue, poor balance, and vertigo. Tremors of hands or limbs. Pain in back of eyes to the lower back. Muscle spasm, involuntary movements to difficulty in walking.
Some of our patients complain of having tingling sensations, like pins and needles. Or the inability to control bladder or bowels.
Women are twice as likely to get Multiple Sclerosis. The average onset occurs around age 34, however generally occurs between ages 20 to 50 years old.
There are over 2.5 million people worldwide affected by multiple sclerosis. Some of our patients have mild to severe symptoms and do not need treatment.
Multiple Sclerosis is neither inheritable nor contagious.
How is one diagnosed? Your MD will run a battery of test. This would include a blood test, MRI scan ( looking for lesions on brain and spinal cord)and Lumbar puncture.
Lumbar puncture is often referred to as a spinal tap. The purpose of this medical procedure is to help diagnose diseases of the central nervous system, including the spine and brain.
How is this done you ask?
A needle is inserted into the spinal canal, in the lower back, lumbar area to collect cerebrospinal fluid. This is the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord to protect them from injury.
To decrease the risk of a headache you will be asked to lie flat for an hour after the procedure. You can roll from side to side but do not elevate your head.
This is considered to be an invasive outpatient procedure.
Let’s talk about traditional treatments
There is a multitude of medications that can be prescribed with the goal of medicines to stop your immune system from attacking the myelin that surrounds and protects your nerves.
With that being said often times medicine comes with negative side effects.
Some of our patients benefit from Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, Support group, and Counseling.
So “does medical marijuana help Multiple Sclerosis?”
The resounding answer is yes. Why? How? Let’s explore this question.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society reports the following.” The Society supports the rights of people with Multiple Sclerosis to work with their MS health care providers to access marijuana for medical purposes in accordance with legal regulations in those states where such use has been approved ”
It has been researched and documented that medical marijuana ”CBD” proves effective for Multiple Sclerosis fatigue, spasticity, pain and in some cases improvement of mobility.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society reports 66 percent of people with multiple sclerosis said they currently use medical marijuana for symptom treatment.
Scarlett and I are advocates, we want to get the information/education out so you can be informed.
Discuss and sometimes yes, even educate your physician regarding choices.
There are many benefits of CBD, (medical marijuana)for many different illnesses.
We encourage you to check out more information on our website.
Please let us know if this has been helpful and how CBD ( medical marijuana ) has helped you or your loved one.
Elaine and Scarlett