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Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a disease that affects the brain, the spinal cord and optic nerves i.e the central nervous system. The central nervous system acts like a switchboard, that constantly sends signals throughout all of the nerves in our body. When someone has multiple sclerosis, nerve cells send signals to each other, but these signals are disrupted in the central nervous system. These disrupted signals are due to the immune-system producing inflammation within the CN (Central nervous system). But to this date, it is still known as to what causes multiple sclerosis and why the inflammation in the central nervous system would occur in the first place.
Multiple sclerosis can be diagnosed under four courses of the disease that are generalized under the stage of the disability. These are:
According to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) website approximately 2.3 million people have been diagnosed worldwide with MS.
The most commonly heard symptoms of MS are:
How can you treat MS?
Realistically if we knew the causes for MS, I’m sure we would have found a preventative by now, but unfortunately, we don’t know the development of ms, so this is not the case. So we need to seek an alternative. It’s very difficult to be able to cure a disease when nobody is sure on how it’s generated or prompted in the first place. Treating MS involves rehabilitation and medication to relieve some symptoms because we know so little about multiple sclerosis, a proper diagnosis cannot be carried out. The only way patients can be diagnosed with MS is by medical professionals and doctors using a process of elimination.
The overall medicational treatment for MS focuses on slowing the progression and to reduce relapsing. For every multiple sclerosis symptoms experienced by a patient, there are multiple medications for coping. Other sufferers don’t need to rely on any of the below treatments because their symptoms are so mild, if this is the case, and you see any progression, consult your doctor immediately.
The rehabilitation treatments focus on the mobility of the patient, and to make sure more relapsing occurs. The treatment sets out to improve function and to maintain it. There are a number of therapies involved in the rehabilitating of people with MS. These set out to improve patients physically, enhance independence, treating speech impediments or difficulties, and cognitive training.
The rehabilitation treatment also educates on trying to improve patients overall lifestyle and educating them on dosing and exacerbations. Exacerbations are the terms used in MS to describe relapsing which is the result of an outburst of inflammation in the central nervous system.
CBD and THC in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Cannabis, Cannabinoids (CBD) is one of many chemical compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. These chemical compounds makeup or endocannabinoid system. Our endocannabinoid system is linked to our central nervous system, immune system, and even our hormones. Studies have shown that medical cannabis can regulate the immune-system through CB1 and/or CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system. Studies have also shown and proven that cannabis holds anti-inflammatory properties, therefore can be used to treat inflammation housed in the central nervous system.
A study from 2005 was carried out where cannabis was proven to be beneficial in treating pain, and even chronic pain. Their conclusion was that: “Cannabis-based medicine is effective in reducing pain and sleep disturbance in patients with multiple sclerosis-related central neuropathic pain and is mostly well tolerated”.
The other component in the cannabis plant that plays a vital part in treating MS is another chemical compound called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC plays a big role in treating multiple sclerosis, but it does have a psychoactive effect, unlike CBD. THC can keep your brain healthy, by killing bad cells, while being non-toxic to healthy cells.
When taking CBD oil for the treatment of your multiple sclerosis, make sure that you continue taking the medication you were recommended by your doctor, if you feel that you no longer need your prescribed medication, ask your doctor for permission to lower your dosage and to wean off the medication if necessary.
CBD holds massive potential in the treatment of ailments, such as multiple sclerosis. Overall medicinal cannabis is proven to benefit those suffering from seeing as medical cannabis contains anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, anticancer, anxiolytic and Analgesic