Cannabis for Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral palsy is characterized by a physical disability that affects movement and posture, and it can be extremely debilitating or life-altering. Patients who suffer from cerebral palsy often experience pain, poor coordination, muscle stiffness or weakness, issues when eating, and tremors. Patients may also suffer insomnia, and impairments of speech, hearing, and vision. There are countless patient testimonies supporting the use of cannabis in the treatment of cerebral palsy, but for the purpose of this post, we will only discuss the clinical evidence supporting these claims. 

A human trial study conducted in 2007 and published in the journal Reviews in Neurological Diseases found that cannabis was able to effectively help a 45-year-old patient who suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy. The medication not only prevented seizures, but it also benefited the man's cerebral palsy due to the fact it was able to benefit the central nervous system. Another study published in 2011's American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found 63 percent of patients suffering from cerebral palsy suffered from chronic, daily pain, and that cannabis was the most effective treatment for mitigating pain.

For more information on medical marijuana and cerebral palsy, or to read specific patient testimonies, read the full article on Whaxy. This information has been approved by our Chief Medical Officer.