Studies indicate that medical marijuana could relieve ALS symptoms. An American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care review compiled preclinical research covering medical cannabis’ effects on the condition’s symptoms.
A test conducted on lab mice suggests that medical cannabis can reduce inflammation, protect the brain and serve as an antioxidant. The results also bring up a potential for helping ALS patients with their symptoms, like appetite and sleep problems through medical marijuana.
Medical authorities feel that the same effects of medical cannabis on the physiological characteristics of ALS-like predisposed mice can be attributed to human patients.
Another research conducted by the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco also shows that medical marijuana compounds can slow the progression of ALS and could extend a patient’s life by three years or more.
Medical marijuana has many potential ways of improving a patient’s quality of life, particularly with alleviating many of the symptoms associated with ALS such as muscle spasticity.
Remarkably, medical marijuana appears to be effective in addressing inflammation, neurotrophic growth factors, mitochondrial function, and other adverse effects of ALS.
Medical marijuana has been shown to have powerful antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects which are favorable in counteracting the symptoms of the disease. It has properties that can prolong neuronal cell survival, delayed onset, and slower progression of ALS.
ALS is one of the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania. To get a medical marijuana card, visit our Pennsylvania page to get started with the application.
The Department of Health in Pennsylvania reported that 5,000 new people in the United States are diagnosed with ALS each year and as many as 20,000 Americans are currently living with ALS.
ALS News Today confirmed that medical marijuana is a potential treatment for the symptoms of ALS. They added that medical cannabis is being assessed in its various forms for its potential to ease ASL symptoms.
The active ingredients in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), also called cannabinoids, are believed to work as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective agents.
This makes medical marijuana effective in slowing or preventing further damage to nerve cells in ALS. The National Center for Biotechnology Information also published a study on clinical trials with scientific data to conclude that cannabis might significantly slow the progression of ALS, potentially extending life expectancy and substantially reducing the overall burden of the disease.
In addition, NCBI reported a study that cited anecdotal reports of cannabis slowing disease progression in persons with ALS and that cannabis alleviated the symptoms of spasticity and pain.
Also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”, it’s a nervous system disease that affects the voluntary muscles in the body. It primarily affects the nerve cells or neurons responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement that produces movements like chewing, walking, and talking.
1. Familial ALS — has a genetic basis or the disease runs in the family caused by changes to a gene.
2. Sporadic ALS — the most common form where the disease occurs randomly, without a clear cause, and with no association with persons in the family with the disease.
3. Guamanian — an extremely high incidence of ALS observed in Guam and the Trust Territories of the Pacific.
The impact and progression of ALS will vary from one person to another. When the muscles weaken progressively, everyday activities that involve muscle strength and mobility are affected. Hence, it can be challenging to dress, wash, button clothes, eat, and take care of oneself.
More advanced stages will make speaking, swallowing, chewing, and breathing difficult as the weakening and paralysis continue to spread to the other muscles of the body. Eventually, individuals will not be able to stand or walk, get in or out of bed on their own, or use their hands and arms.
Preclinical data indicate that medical marijuana has antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects that show the activity of a multi-drug regimen to comprehensively address the known pathophysiology of ALS. Medical marijuana shows the potential to help treat ALS symptoms.
People with ALS may use medical cannabis for a variety of reasons, including alleviating symptoms, and as a way to promote relaxation and stress management.
If you are an ALS patient in Pennsylvania, you qualify for a medical card. Apply today to start using medical cannabis for your ALS.