Can Cannabis Help With Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects your brain and spinal cord. When you have MS, your immune system attacks your protective sheath called myelin. This is the sheath that covers nerve fibers. When this happens, communication problem will occur between your brain and the rest of your body. As time pass by, Multiple Sclerosis causes permanent damage to your nerves.
Did you know that MS affects women mostly than men? And, it is also hereditary which means, if one of your parents has had MS, you are at higher risk of having it too. The first signs of MS often start a year earlier too. Once you are diagnosed with MS, it stays with you for life. However, following Multiple Sclerosis treatment guidelines with the help of specialists can help you to manage the condition.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
When you have MS, your immune system, whose main duty is to fight infections, attacks myelin instead, mistaking it for a foreign body. This will cause damage to myelin and strips it off the nerve fibers which disrupts messages from traveling through your body. What are the Multiple Sclerosis symptoms? These symptoms affect movement such as:
- Numbness in one or more limbs that occurs on one side of the body only or numbness on the legs and trunk
- Tremor, lack of coordination
- Electric shock sensations that happens when you move your neck, especially when you bend your neck forward
- Vision problems such as partial or complete loss of vision, blurry vision or extended double vision
- You also experienced slurred speech, fatigue and dizziness
- Tingling in some parts of your body
Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis
There is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis; that is the sad part. However, there are available treatments that can help slow down the progression of the illness and speeds up the patient’s recovery from the attacks.
There are many treatment options for Multiple Sclerosis, both taken orally and through infusion. Another treatment that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) supports is the use of medical marijuana or cannabis in treating the symptoms of MS. Some says that if you used the best terpenes for Multiple Sclerosis, its symptoms will drastically lower down. Marijuana contains cannabinoid, a chemical compound which improves the body’s stability and health. Our body produces its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids; studies conducted shown that endocannabinoids react well with cannabinoids present in Marijuana and may help muscle control.
With constant research done about the benefits of medical marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis showing positive results, especially that it is now legal in many part of the United States, many people decide to grow their own cannabis. The good thing about growing your own cannabis is that it is more cost effective, even after your factor out all the costs in growing it, compared to buying it in the market. It is like hitting two birds in one stone, you have your own best strains for Multiple Sclerosis and at the same time, you get to save several bucks with your medication.
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So, how should we use Cannabis then? Let’s face it, Cannabis has a huge potential to treat as many illnesses. But we are too afraid to get dose of our own actions that is why we remain hesitant towards it. The Do’s and Don’ts below will help us reduce the health risks when using Cannabis.
#1 Don’t use Cannabis if you have a history of substance abuse
Individuals with history of substance abuse have lower toxicity level and higher risks of experiencing the side effects compared to people who have not tried using any substance before. As much as possible, refrain from using Cannabis specifically THC since it is the most psychoactive component of marijuana.
#2 Don’t use synthetic Cannabis
Synthetic Cannabis is very dangerous yet it gets increasingly popular in some areas of United States nowadays. Most of the synthetic Cannabis are manufactured outside the country and contains substances that might have not been medically approved; which could poison or harm your health.
#3 Don’t take alcohol and Cannabis together
Alcohol alone can give you the high. If mixed with Cannabis, the effect will be enhanced. The toxicity of both substances will stay longer in the body. Aside from that, your organs will also work double time as an effect of the substances --- heart beating extra fast, liver functioning more than the usual; which can result to damage to these organs.
#4 Don’t drive or operate any machine while being high
The toxicity of Cannabis will stay in our system for as long as 6 hours depending on the dosage we take. Remember, toxicity brought by Cannabis slows down your reflexes and other senses.
#1 Do use the right balance of Cannabis
You know that THC causes you the high while CBD has zero psychoactive effects. To minimize the risks, opt for a low-THC substance or better yet, go for a combination of both components.
#2 Do choose edible Cannabis than smoking it
Smoking Cannabis exposed you to higher risks of respiratory illnesses especially when you practice risky inhalation process. If you can’t prevent smoking it, then better use bong or any smoking device to filter your weed.
#3 Do clean your equipment
In whatever you do, always practice proper hygiene. Don’t forget to clean up your equipment before and after using Cannabis. Aside from the bad taste dirty equipment gives to your marijuana, there are also contaminants that might put your healthy at more risks.
#4 Use Cannabis in moderation
If possible, delay using it to keep yourself from its possible health risks; specifically, before adulthood. Aside from that, individuals who started using Cannabis for recreational purposes at an early age also developed addiction to the substance earlier.