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Cannabis and CBD for Muscular Dystrophy

What is Muscular Dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic illnesses that over time harm and weakens the muscles. This damage and weakness are due to the absence of a protein called dystrophin needed for normal muscle function. Lack of this protein can cause walking, swallowing and muscle coordination problems. Muscular dystrophy may occur at any age, but the majority of diagnoses occur in infancy. Young boys are more likely than girls to have that disease. The prognosis for muscular dystrophy depends on the type of symptoms and their severity. Nevertheless, most people with muscular dystrophy may lose the ability to walk and eventually use a wheelchair.

No known cures for any type of muscular dystrophy are currently available. The most commonly prescribed drugs are prednisone, and a variety of beta-blockers if the disease affects the heart. Popular treatments include a range of movement and physical exercises to keep the patient comfortable for as long as possible. Bracelets are widely used, and surgery is sometimes necessary to correct spinal cord damage.

The goal of treatment for those born with muscular dystrophy who show symptoms is to slow the progression of the disease, and scientists are working on how the faulty gene can be substituted to avoid the disease before it starts. Pain is one of the greatest impediments for muscular dystrophy patients to exercise and physical therapy. Muscle contraction and soft tissue shortening are painful. There is additional pain as those shorter muscles pull joints into abnormal positions. Many muscular dystrophy patients experience extreme, very painful, muscle contractions.

How Cannabis Can Help Relieve the Symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy

Many muscular dystrophy sufferers say that cannabinoid therapy has been effective in treating their pain and stiffness. The major cannabinoids used for treatment are THC and CBD. It is also believed that the neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of cannabis help to treat symptoms of muscular dystrophy. Indica strains, in particular, have been reported as the most successful strain in this treatment.

Smoking marijuana has been described as the most powerful and rapid method for relaying active cannabis compounds to the brain, allowing individuals with muscular dystrophy to experience immediate relief from pain. It also offers better control over the number of narcotics. Research has shown that low-dose THC vaporization is successful in the fight against neuropathic pain.

Medical marijuana efficiently relieves extreme pain, including the nerve pain for which opioids are used. In most cases, marijuana is a better pain relief solution than opioids because it can be used for chronic pain in the long term. The brain does adapt to cannabis, but much more slowly than opioids. It ensures that the dosage doesn’t have to increase rapidly to achieve the same effects. Neither do medical cannabis products carry the same side effects as opioids. Opioids suppress pain signals, while simultaneously reducing respiration. Overdoses of opioids also lead to death, as breathing becomes so sluggish that it stops entirely. Marijuana does not have any of these side effects. You may experience a phase of anxiety or nausea if you have too much cannabis in your system, but it isn’t fatal.

Medical Cannabis Treatment for Muscular Dystrophy

Conventional treatment attempts to control seizures and muscle spasms and to provide physical, respiratory and speech therapy to provide the patient with the best possible quality of life. Medical marijuana and muscular dystrophy have been known to help treat some of the Muscular Dystrophy-related side effects. Unfortunately, all the conditions that make up the group of muscle dystrophy are known to degenerate or become worse over time. Consequently, one of the most influential aims of treatment is often to keep the patient relaxed and as pain-free as possible.

There aren’t many medical studies on the use of cannabis to treat muscular dystrophy, although the medical community continues to make progress in proving medical marijuana’s beneficial properties. Those with muscular dystrophy also suffer from the disease and have a weakened respiratory system. Smoking marijuana would not be advisable under these circumstances, although it has health benefits.

There are other forms of cannabis consumption that do not rely on the respiratory system to deliver medicine. You may want to get instant relief for acute pain. Using a spray or a few drops of tincture under your tongue can provide very quick relief. There are also topical products available that can be applied directly to areas where it hurts. The relief from these applications is almost immediate as well. Edibles may be another effective way to take advantage of medical cannabis to alleviate muscle dystrophy symptoms. The psychoactive aspect may not be required and cannabis articles are available in various forms and with specific THC balance.

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