Multiple sclerosis (MS), is a neurological condition where the nerve cells in the brain and in the spinal cord are damaged. This damage occurs when myelin (the coating that protects the nerves) starts to wither away. Due to this, MS patients suffer from a wide range of symptoms such as; difficulty with muscle movements, balance difficulties and bad coordination. While these can affect one’s daily life, medical cannabis or cannabidiol might be able to reduce these symptoms.
Multiple Sclerosis, or MS for short, is a long-term disease (often progresses slowly over the course of roughly 25 years),
Multiple sclerosis can be developed at any age, and its most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 50. The National MS Society estimates that there are 1 million people living with MS in the United States alone. This number has doubled since 1975. On a global scale, there are roughly 2.3 million people living with MS.
MS is characterized as an autoimmune disease. The immune system fails to realize that the myelin is not a foreign substance, and therefore attacks it. Plaques and lesions form due to inflammation. These patches of plaque and lesions can be seen through an MRI scan. When inflammation reduces, scarring on the sclerosis (myelin sheath) occurs.
Experts are still unsure as to what factors may cause MS, and while we still don’t know the answer to this question, we cannot cure MS until we at least know the cause of it. However, all hope is not lost as we can still treat MS through a wide range of methods such as medications and therapy.
Whilst this can be expensive, there are also a range of alternative treatments for Multiple Sclerosis. One of which causes controversy, but also shows promising potential in the medical industry. This treatment is medical cannabis.
At cannabisMD, we provide a wide range of articles on medical cannabis, CBD oil and it’s possible therapeutic effects on treating the symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis.