Neurological disorders refers to over 600 disorders that attack the body's nervous system, affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Neurological disorders can cause muscle weakness, loss of muscle control or poor coordination, paralysis, loss of sensation, spasms, seizures, loss of mental control, loss of consciousness, confusion, and pain. Cannabis has neuroprotective properties that support brain health, spinal cord and nerve health, and prevent or limit the progression of certain disorders. Cannabinoids in cannabis protect neurons, mediate inflammatory responses, and encourage regeneration. Cannabis may halt the progression of neurological disorders, delay their onset, and manage associated symptoms like spasms, seizures, tics, pain, and more. Because there are so many disorders considered neurological, we will divide this post in to a two part series.
The cannabinoid CBD has been shown to delay the onset of the neurological disorder Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), prolong the neuron survival, and halt ALS progression. Additionally, cannabis has properties that can help manage ALS symptoms of pain, appetite loss, depression, sleeping issues, spasticity, and drooling. Countless studies have shown CBD can help reduce or even eliminate seizures in those who suffer from another neurological disorder: epilepsy. Cannabinoids also help those who suffer from migraines by inhibiting the pain response through the activation of CB1 and CB2 receptors. Lastly, cannabis-based medicines have proven effective at reducing chronic neuropathic pain that are unresponsive to traditional treatments.
This information has been adapted from Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. Stay tuned for part two of the series!