Spinal Cord Disease
Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from a spinal cord disease are approved Health Canada Category 1 MMAR condition
Medical marijuana is NOT for everyone and is often a last resort for people that have tried a variety of pharmaceutical medication with little relief or too many side effects. Strong evidence exists that support the use of medical marijuana in treating symptoms associated with spinal cord diseases. We strongly suggest speaking with your doctor and discussing the potential benefits of medical marijuana in regards to your condition.
The spinal cord is a tubular bundle of nervous and supporting tissues that extend to the brian and together make up the central nervous system. The spinal cord functions as a transmission to the brain for motor information, sensory information and co-ordinating reflexes.
There are two make ups of abnormality in disease of the spinal cord: longitudinal and segmental. They correspond to motor neurons. Both forms are present together. Longitudinal damage produces function loss of the entire motor or sensory systems. Segmental damage produces limited signs in the single segments. There is segmental motor losses, sensory losses and autonomic losses that lead to atrophy weaknesses in a myotomal distribution.
Some examples of spinal cord disease include but are not limited to:
- ALS or Lou Gehrig disease
- Multiple System Atrophy
- Niemann Pick Disease
- Progressive Supra-Nuclear Palsy
- Huntingons Disease
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Transverse Myelitis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Congenital Brain Defects
- Post Traumatic Syringomyelia
- Extreme Cases of Injury to he Spinal Cord
- Spinal Cord Tumors
- Spinal Stenosis
- Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitits
- Spinal Bifida
- Degeneration of Spinal Cord
- Pena Shockeir Syndrome
- Dana Syndrome
- Balo Disease
Benefits of Medical Marijuana in Spinal Cord Disease
Muscle Twitching, Jerking and Spasticity - THC has been shown to relieve symptoms and show significant beneficial effect on twitching, jerking and spasticity. It has been suggested that medical marijuanas cannabinoids are similar to a body s natural chemical called anandamide. This switches on nerve receptors that effect motor functions in the central nervous system to aid in the relief of muscle spasms. Medical marijuana is a understandable choice for someone experiencing these conditions. It allows to experience minimal side effects and an increase in motor function.
Pain - Marijuana acts as a analgesic or natural pain killer in the bodies basic operational system. There is a role for the cannaboids founds in marijuana for the body s pain and movement receptors. A number of areas in the brain that produce sensing and processing receptors respond to the analgesic effects of cannabis. Cannaboids are often successful to treat pain that is resident to the opiate treatment plans. Acting as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory medical marijuana is far less addictive than many other pain killing medications.
Sleep Aid - A common side effect of marijuana is drowsiness. It is thought to be used for patients who have difficulty sleeping due to their condition or treatment method. Patients experience a more restful sleep and wake up feeling more refreshed. Medical marijuana is not toxic to major organs like many other sleep aids and has very few side effects. Marijuana causes the body to drop temperature by half of a degree. This allows for a human to become more relaxed and stress free allowing you to fall asleep faster.
Increased Appetite - Marijuana produces an over all desire and want for food. It can allow for the bodies pain receptors to become reduced and allow for for consumption to become desirable. This effect is considered " the munchies ". Marijuana stimulates taste buds and allows for food consumption to become even enjoyable. The molecules that act as receptors in the brain are called endocannabinoids they ultimately make humans hungry and increase appetite.
Depression - Since depression can be a build up of many other emotional triggers such as fatigue, insomnia, appetite changes and restlessness it is understandable why medical marijuana can be seen as effective in aiding. With appropriate use of medical cannabis patients may be able to eliminate depression causing opiates, sleeping pills, antidepressants and other psychiatric medications. The power of cannabis to treat depression is perhaps the most important property.
- Transverse Myelitis and Medical Marijuana; An Alternative Treatment August, 2010
- Medical Marijuana and Lou Gehrig's Disease
- The Benefits Of Medical Marijuana For Chronic Pain Sufferers March, 2010
- Movement disorders and medical marijuana