MMJ for Dystonia

Photo Credit: Kevjonesin/Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Kevjonesin/Wikipedia

Dystonia is a neurological disorders that causes muscles to contract in a twisting and repetitive movement, resulting in abnormal posture. The disease is either inherited or caused by birth-related factors, physical trauma, infection, poisoning, or pharmaceutical reactions. While causes of dystonia are not yet known, some researchers link primary dystonia it to the pathology of the central nervous system, or to genetic predispositions as well as environmental factors. They link secondary dystonia to brain damage or chemical imbalances.

By looking at two studies, we can see that cannabis could offer therapeutic benefits for those who suffer from dystonia. In one study, five patients who suffered from dystonic movement disorders received oral doses of CBD rising from 100-600 mg/day for 6 weeks along with their medications in a preliminary open pilot study. All patients displayed dose-related improvements in their dystonia ranging from 20-50%, and CBD only produced minor side effects. While CBD had anti-dystonic properties, it did exacerbate hypokinesia and resting tremor symptoms for 2 patients who also suffered from Parkinson's. Unfortunately, there is relatively little information documenting the effects of cannabis on dystonia, likely due to cannabis' status as a Schedule I substance. With our research tool, we can better understand medical marijuana and how it treats the symptoms of dystonia. We can also become aware of the side effects produced, if any. In order to get the most accurate information, we remind you to journal daily! The process is easy and anonymous; any data we collect simply reveals the cause and effect relationship between your medical marijuana dose and the condition you treat.

This information has been brought to you in part by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. You can also read an abstract of the study here