MMJ for Spinal Cord Disease

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Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc. 

There are various types of spinal cord diseases that damage the spinal cord and nerves, but that do not stem from prior trauma. Some of these include MS, ALS, spina bifida, spinal stenosis, syringomyelia, transvers myelitis, hydromyelia, and Tarlov cysts. Symptoms often include pain, muscle twitching, muscle spasms, sleeping problems, headaches, muscle weakening and atrophy, and motor control problems. There is no cure for such diseases, but studies have shown medical marijuana can help manage the associated symptoms by improving pain, sleep, spasms, and more.

Studies have found medical cannabis improves pain, sleeping problems, bladder control, spasticity, muscle twitching, and depression. In one study, patients with a spinal cord disease witnessed pain relief and improved bladder control, muscle spasms, and spasticity after as little as two weeks of cannabis treatment. Another found rats with spinal cord injuries experienced improved locomotor functional recover, leading researches to conclude cannabis is a potentially useful treatment in spinal cord lesions. Lastly, animal trials have found cannabis prolongs nueronal survival and halts the progression of spinal cord diseases like ALS. 

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