Studies have shown that medical cannabis can assist individuals manage a range of disabilities. Doctors are beginning to prescribe medical cannabis legally.
More research involving humans is necessary to gain a better understanding and clarification of this subject that is widely debated however, the possibility of accessing cannabis for those who need it appears to be shifting.
Medical cannabis can help people with comorbidities.
Autism is a condition that affects about 1 out of 100 children. A lot of autistic individuals are extremely smart, but they may have difficulty socializing as well as understanding behavior. Autism is classified as an atypical disorder, which means that treatment options and symptoms can differ widely. Also what works for one person may not work for someone else.
Today, some experts believe that autism may be caused by a genetic defect which causes an inexplicably low level of natural endocannabinoids that are found in the brain. This can affect how the brain communicates with the other chemicals.
The research suggests a medical cannabis supplement may be beneficial as THC as well as CBD both of which are found in cannabis, have an exact structure similar to cannabinoids naturally produced within the human body.
This could prove to be promising because it is the case that Autism Research Institute has conducted a controlled trial where people suffering from autism were administered small, safe dosages of marijuana. Most of the time the results showed a substantial reduction in self-destructive behavior and anxiety was observed in the participants.
The condition known as Down's syndrome is a common occurrence in one in 700-1000 people in the globe. People who suffer from Down's Syndrome typically suffer from memory and learning issues.
It is believed that those with Down's Syndrome possess plenty of cannabinoid receptors of type 1 (CB1) within their Hippocampus (a component of our brain) that are hyperactive. This causes damage to the neurons that are associated with it, which can cause cognitive problems.
To determine if medical cannabis can help reduce this researchers conducted an study on Down's syndrome-afflicted mice. The results showed that after they had their CB1 activity was decreased There were noticeable improvements in the memory of the mice.
Since an endocannabinoid system contains significant levels FAAH and low doses of cannabis may maintain the CB1 as well as CB2 receptors active and break down plaques in the brain, shield neurons, and reduce access to FAAH levels. To arrive at any definitive conclusion however, more research based on human subjects is needed.
MS is a disease that attacks your brain, spinal cord, and nerves. The immune system mistakenly attacks and damages the protective covering around nerve fibers. As the disease progresses, symptoms develop such as pain, involuntary movement, muscle spasticity, and tremors.
Cannabis helps treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, which includes: stress, sleep,mood, neuropathic pain and tremor.
Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury occurs when damage is done to a section of the spinal cord. Injury can cause either temporary or permanent damage, which can often lead to the loss of strength, sensation, and function below the site of the injury.
CBD has amazing painkilling properties. Also, it can help in reducing spasticity and improving motor function in patients with spinal cord injuries.
Seizures are changes in the brain's electrical activity. This change can cause dramatic, noticeable symptoms or even no symptoms.
Marijuana is a neuroprotectant, reducing oxidative stressors on the brain and reduces neuronal excitability, which decreases the likelihood of seizures.
Cancer is the general name that is given to a collection of related diseases. These diseases are characterized by the development of abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably. These abnormal cells have the ability to infiltrate, spread throughout the body, thereby destroying normal body tissues.
Marijuana is helpful in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy. Inhaled (smoked or vaporized) marijuana is helpful treatment of neuropathic pain (pain caused by damaged nerves). It also helped improve food intake in HIV patients in studies.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions defined by recurrent seizures that occur because of a sudden jolt of electrical activity taking place in the brain. When this happens, it leads to a disruption in the messaging between brain cells.
THC generally works as an anticonvulsant (reduction of seizures) and may boost the effectiveness of other anti-seizure drugs.