Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune degrading of the myelin sheath, and damages messaging between the brain and parts of the body. Inflammation in the brain and spinal cord inhibits communication causing errors, pain, numbness, weakness, vision problems, tremors, unsteady gait, loss of motor control, and severe fatigue. Over 3 million worldwide suffer from MS. Treatment is with steroids or DMT or Disease-Modifying Therapies, triggering polypharmacy issues as the condition progresses and more disability is experienced.
How Cannabis Can Help
Cannabis reduces muscle spasms, pain, promotes movement, walking, and given at night promotes deeper sleep and cellular repair of the body. MS is an autoimmune condition, so modulating inflammation is important especially in the gut and brain. It stimulates appetite to help those who have difficulty maintaining a healthy weight due to digestion issues. Decreasing neuroinflammation is key to slowing neurodegenerative conditions. Studies show efficacy with Sativex, a 1:1 CBD:THC oil and patients find relief with botanical cannabis and vaping for immediate symptom relief.
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