Multiple Sclerosis is an inflammatory nerve disease that attacks the central nervous system of the brain. Deterioration of the the protective sheath covering these nerves occurs, leading to nerve damage in the brain and spinal cord. As a result, the nerve’s ability to communicate with one another is damaged, causing symptoms such as severe body pain, tremors, fatigue, bladder incontinence and loss of motor movement. MS is considered one of the most common debilitating neurological diseases and typically appears between the ages 20 and 40 years old.
The Role Of Cannabis
The human body contains systems filled with neuromodulators (receptors) that help to regulate physiological processes such as movement, mood, memory, appetite, and pain. In cases of Multiple Sclerosis, these receptors are damaged causing frequent muscle spasms, loss of movement, inflammation, and chronic pain. Cannabis contains many cannabinoids that directly help with these symptoms. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) produces the euphoric, psychoactive feeling of being “high.” This can increase the overall emotional quality of life for a person battling MS. More importantly, it is one of the cannabinoids that acts as a neuroprotectant to the brain.
Another use for cannabis in the treatment of MS comes from another cannabinoid called Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD directly ties to the reduction of inflammation, relief from chronic pain and also reduces the intensity of the frequent muscle spasms sufferers face. Many patients find marijuana to be a much safer and more natural approach to treatment rather than dealing with the negative side effects that come with its pharmaceutical counterparts.