Research Overview of Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral palsy categorizes certain neurological disorders that cause permanent motor disability by disrupting muscle coordination and body movement. The disorder not only affects muscle coordination, but also can produce stiff or tight muscles, or spasticity which can cause cartilage degeneration and lead to pain. The condition can also lead to seizures, hearing loss, bladder or bowel control problems, and impaired vision. 

Although studies for the use of cannabis on cerebral palsy are few, the plant may be able to manage its symptoms of spasms, seizures, and pain. One survey found marijuana effectively reduced pain in adults suffering from cerebral palsy. A study found cannabinoids also provided neuroprotective effects in animals with brain damage similar to that of cerebral palsy in humans. In one 28-year-old patient with severe cerebral palsy, two mouth sprays of cannabinoids a day improved his quality of life and reduced his need for assistance. Research has also determined cannabinoids can benefit symptoms that are associated with the disorder through seizure and spasm reduction, and decreased pain.

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