Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative autoimmune disease that affects the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. MS causes one’s body to attack its own neurons, and eventually the damaged neurons build scar tissue. An MS patient’s neurons can no longer fire correctly and they’re unable to send simple signals to the rest of the patient’s body. Although there is no known cure at this time, a variety of treatments, medications, and therapies exist that can aid patients’ ability to function.
MANAGING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Cannabis is a proven treatment for MS in a number of ways. For one, cannabinoids are powerful anti-inflammatories. For those with MS, anti-inflammatories serve to slow down the immune system and thus reduce its harmful attacks on the central nervous system.
Cannabis is also an effective treatment for pain associated with MS, as THC and CBD help alleviate neuropathic pain caused by damaged nerves. Different strains of cannabis and cannabis products have been developed to maximize their anti-inflammatory properties. A bud technician at a licensed medical cannabis dispensary can help you find the right cannabis products for a patient’s symptoms.