Muscular Dystrophy and Medical Marijuana

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When talking about Muscular Dystrophy, you're not talking about one disease, but rather 30 different diseases all of which weaken muscles and affect movement. This progressive disease eats away at skeletal muscle tissue which causes weakness and painful muscle spasms. MD severely interferes with a person's quality of life, often making it difficult to walk, eat, or care for oneself. 

Medical cannabis has not been widely considered for the treatment of MD, most likely because many of the afflicted patients are children, but that does not mean it would not be effective. Marijuana could potentially be used to relieve the symptoms of pain, muscle spasms, drooling, loss of appetite, and insomnia, and it could reduce or replace the current opiate treatment options that often have negative side effects. Because of the symptoms of MD, vaporization is thought to be the best treatment option as opposed to smoking or ingesting edibles. 

Very little research has been conducted on the use of cannabis for MD, but because research has proven it effective in the treatment of the similar disease ALS, it is believed that the use of cannabis for MD would have similar results. Despite the lack of clinical research, plenty of anecdotal evidence of the use of cannabis in adult MD patients exists. 

Read this Whaxy article to learn more about medical marijuana for MD and to read specific MD patient testimonials: