Many ALS patients are asking if medical cannabis does impact the progression of this terrible disease. Yes, new evidence is revealing that cannabis oil can have a positive impact on the progression of ALS. Add to this a better quality of life and a chance to breathe again for a few more years and ALS patients are smiling again. The long name for ALS is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
This degenerative neurological disorder causes muscles to deteriorate, limbs to stop moving and breathing to eventually stop without aide. The body literally wastes away and needs technology to keep it going. There is pain, excessive drooling, insomnia, lack of appetite and depression. Patients lose their ability to speak, swallow and then breathe. Getting ALS is a death sentence for most people who get to live another 3 to 5 years only. But anecdotal evidence reveals that patients who take medical cannabis do live longer as the herb slows the progression of the disease. One woman with ALS lived another 25 years taking medical cannabis. The trick is in taking medial cannabis regularly and in a controlled environment.
Studies show that cannabis is an anti-inflammatory, pain killer, neuroprotector and anti-depressant. It can also relieve insomnia, lack of appetite and decrease the excessive saliva that ALS patients experience. Lou Gehrig’s disease starts slowly and gets worse with the development of the disease. Patients start to lose muscle control which results in tripping, dropping things, feeling very tired in their legs and arms, speech slurs, muscles cramp and twitch and they laugh or cry uncontrollably. Later on, people with ALS cannot walk, speak or even breathe. They lose interest in food, cannot sleep and get depressed.
Medical cannabis can impact on the progression of ALS thanks to its antioxidative, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective qualities. This means the delay in the onset of the disease and slower progression of symptoms. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many cannabinoids in cannabis which does impact positively on neurodegenerative diseases like ALS. The other cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is also a great therapy thanks to its anti pain and anti-inflammatory effects. But it is psychoactive so legally hard to come by.
These cannabinoids interact with receptors in the endocannabinoid system, in the brain and in the immune system. They can delay the onset of terrible diseases like ALS and control the symptoms. Patients need to take regular doses of cannabis oil to feel the impacts. THC binds with CB1 receptors in the brain, so is good for any diseases of the brain and central nervous system. Blending THC with CBD removes the psychactive qualities of the THC so that it is merely a great medication. CBD tends to work more with the immune system, encouraging it to stay in a healthy state of balance.
Talk to us at Cannabis Network News for more information on cannabis and cannabis oil products. Medical cannabis can positively impact the progression of ALS and give patients a better quality of life.