So many ALS sufferers are unaware that there is hope for them with medical cannabis. Taking medical cannabis can stall the development of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and it can also treat the many debilitating symptoms.
ALS affects the central nervous system, from the brain, through the spine and into the muscles. This fast-acting neuromuscular disease causes deterioration of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, so affecting body movements and thoughts. Therapies start off with speech, physical and occupational treatments, but invasive treatments are used later: medication, feeding tubes, breathing devices and other contraptions.
The causes of ALS could be: exposure to toxins such as pesticides; lack of magnesium and calcium; head and neck trauma; heavy metal toxicity; reduction of essential fatty acids and lack of vitamins E and B12. People who get ALS tend to get depressed, experience insomnia and lack of appetite, have plenty of pain and lethargy, excessive saliva, stiff joints and short, abrupt movements as their muscles start to weaken. Their bodies fade away, waste, as muscles weaken. They tend to drop things, laugh and cry a lot, feel very tired in arms and legs and battle to speak – then breathe.
People, usually males, get ALS between the ages of 40 to 75 and are only given three to five years to live. With ALS though, there is hope with medical cannabis. It can slow the disease down and positively impact the symptoms. The cannabinoids in the medical cannabis play a vital role in interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system to try to return the body to a state of healthy balance. Medical cannabis can treat spasticity, depression, appetite loss, insomnia, pain and depression. Cannabinoids can also assist patients to breathe better as their muscles relax and they calm down.
Some cannabinoids cling to receptors in the brain, and others to receptors in the immune system. Patients with ALS tend to have increased levels of CB2 receptors in their spinal cords. Cannabidiol (CBD) clings to CB2 receptors while tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) clings to CB1 receptors in the brain. These cannabinoids can make a huge difference in the lives of ALS sufferers. THC is psychoactive but these psychotic qualities can be subdued by mixing the THC with CBD. The result: a powerful medical cannabis that will give ALS patients hope.
Cannabis can change the way the body deals with diseases and it can be used in conjunction with pharmaceutical medication – until patients wean themselves off these drugs and use only medical cannabis. With medical cannabis, there is hope for ALS and it comes free of side effects and addiction – pure and simple natural therapy.