MMJ for Spastic Quadriplegia

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Spastic quadriplegia is a severe form of cerebral palsy that is caused by brain damage or abnormalities that generally develop before birth and prevent the brain from controlling movements or maintaining balance and posture. This form of cerebral palsy affects limbs, the trunk, the face, and it can cause intellectual disabilities. It can also cause muscle stiffness, pain, seizures, speech impediments, hinder walking, and result in a floppy neck. Marijuana can help patients manage pain, spasms, and seizures that coincide with the condition. 

Studies have found cannabis can provide effective therapeutic relief for those suffering from cerebral palsy conditions. One survey found adults with cerebral palsy reported marijuana provided the highest level of pain relief, even though it was rarely used. An animal study on newborn rats and mice with white matter brain damage that mimicked cerebral palsy found cannabis provided neuroprotective benefits that protected the brain ad it developed. Both THC and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system to reduce muscle spasms, seizures, and pain. Cannabis has reduced muscle spasms in MS patients, and CBD has proven to be a well-tolderated and effective therapeutic treatment for seizure reduction. Cannabis has also been effective in pain management, even when the pain was refractory to traditional treatment methods.

This information has been provided by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.