Medical Marijuana and Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis involves an immune-meditated disorder that results in the immune system mistakenly attacking both the Myelin, which is the protective coating surrounding the nerve fibers, and the fibers themselves. The disease gets its name from the scar tissue (sclerosis) that forms after the Myelin have come under attack. MS is a progressive disease that is believed to have developed due to either one or more unknown environmental factors, or a genetic predisposition to the disease. Though researchers first identified multiple sclerosis over 140 years ago, they remain puzzled as to the cause of the inflammation that causes nerve damage throughout the body.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Sufferers of this disease have been observed to exhibit a wide variety of symptoms ranging from fatigue, numbness, vertigo, vision problems, and an impediment of higher brain functions, especially memory loss. Perhaps the most troubling thing about this disorder is the erratic behavior of the symptoms, with the expression of the disease not only being different from patient to patient but perhaps even manifesting itself in different ways over the course of a patient’s life. The average sufferer of MS is generally prescribed a plethora of medications designed to either modify the course of the disease or treat the various symptoms they may be experiencing.
Medical Marijuana and MS
Due to a surge in scientific studies on the effects of medical marijuana on the human body, as well as the relaxation of laws prohibiting the medical use of cannabis, researchers are beginning to confirm mountains of anecdotal evidence that shows many potential positive effects for suffers of Multiple Sclerosis. Cannabis is not, at least not at this point in the research and drug development process, a cure for MS, which affects an estimated 2.3 million people worldwide. But it does provide comfort to many patients who suffer from this disease, and there is at least one study that suggests that ingesting cannabis may provide a neuroprotectant which slows the progression of the disease.
Some of the Multiple Sclerosis symptoms that can sometimes be treated with the use of medical cannabis include:
- Numbness and tingling