Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is a condition that over 400,000 Americans deal with every day, and the prevalence has been rising for years. It is the most widespread disabling neurological condition of young adults in the world.
MS can be developed at any age, but most diagnoses are received between ages 20 and 50. There are different types of MS, such as relapsing, remitting, and progressive, but its course is not usually predictable.
Incidences of MS are much higher in colder climates, so the case numbers grow as you look further from the equator. Far more women will develop MS than men, but there is no known reason why this is. Researchers still cannot say with certainty what causes MS.
About 15% of MS patients have relatives who have also had it, so there may be some genetic predisposition to it, but there is no factual evidence for this theory yet.
Patients with MS will vary in the symptoms they report. In fact, they vary so much that no two patients will experience the exact same symptoms, which can complicate the process of receiving a diagnosis. It often takes months to receive an accurate diagnosis.
Some common symptoms include blurred or double vision, total vision loss, hearing impairment, reduced sense of taste or smell, numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the limbs, short-term memory loss, depression, personality changes, seizures, dizziness, vertigo, muscle spasms, fatigue, and much more.
There is no cure for MS, and because the cause is still unknown, there are no known preventative measures yet. MS patients will have the condition for the rest of their lives, but the symptoms can be managed with medications to slow the disease.
With any medication comes risk, especially MS medication. Some mild side effects of MS medication can include irritation at injection sites, depression, and flu-like symptoms.
More serious side effects include infection (which can be very dangerous for an MS patient) and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a viral infection of the brain. PML has a 30-50% mortality rate within the first few months of diagnosis. Those who survive will be left with very severe neurological damage and disabilities.
Natural medication is much safer for MS patients, because the condition is already so sensitive and unpredictable on its own. Medical marijuana can help!
MS attacks your brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Scientific conclusions suggest that cannabis can help ease stiffness and muscle spasms, which is a very common side effect associated with MS.
Symptoms of MS can also be very painful, which can impede a patient's ability to sleep or fall asleep. Medical marijuana is famous for its ability to help with both falling asleep, and staying in a state of deep sleep for a long period of time, as well as chronic pain.
Medical marijuana can also help MS patients with their depression and overall mood, which can greatly improve their quality of life.
Tinctures and oils can be used on sore or aching muscles, or any part of the body that is in pain.
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