Medical Marijuana For Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
What Is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) ?
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ASL) is a "progressive neurodegenerative disease which attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. This results in the wasting away of muscle, loss of movement and eventual paralysis."
Early signs of ASL can be:
Muscle cramps or twitching
Weakness in the hand, feet, legs or ankles
Difficulty speaking or swallowing
Loss of balance
How Medical Marijuana Can Help ASL
There is no cure for ASL but there are a variety of treatments to make a patient more comfortable including medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana can induce effects including muscle relaxation, analgesia, and sleep induction - all things that are important for the management of ALS. Marijuana also has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and neurological protection factors. Most importantly cannabis can improve the quality of life for ALS patients by increasing appetite, improving mood, and decreasing pain. Cannabinoids also have an anti-salivatory effect, which reduces the risk of aspiration pneumonia.
Get Approved For Medical Marijuana Treatment
If you are a Virginia resident living with ASL and are interested in medical marijuana treatment, we are here to help! Schedule an appointment today by calling us at 888-633-5808 or schedule online.