Multiple sclerosis is a demyelinating disease that affects the central nervous system. In addition to the spinal cord and brain, this neurodegenerative long-lasting disease can also affect the optic nerves. Multiple sclerosis affects more than 25,500 Australians, and on average, about 10 people are diagnosed with this disease every week. While most of them are between the ages of 20 and 40, older and younger people are also affected.
Our treatment manages MS symptoms thanks to the analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids. Unlike conventional medications, this natural and safe treatment option doesn’t cause severe side effects. That’s why many people with MS opt for alternative treatments such as our options.
This neurological condition is associated with damage to the myelin sheaths. Demyelination (the loss of myelin) is usually accompanied by inflammation. Myelin plays a vital role in increasing the efficiency and speed at which nerve impulses are transmitted, which is of utmost importance for the co-ordinated, smooth movements. At the same time, myelin covers and protects nerve fibers by forming an insulating sheath around them.
In multiple sclerosis (MS), the myelin sheaths get damaged and the nerves become unable to conduct signals normally. The places where these sheaths are destructed appear as scars and they can occur in different regions of the central nervous system. Multiple sclerosis actually means “multiple scars.”
There are 4 types of multiple sclerosis:
The severity of MS symptoms depends on where the neurological damage has occurred. In most cases, the signs of multiple sclerosis include numbness, muscle weakness, pain sensations, tremors, spasticity, and fatigue. It can also cause insomnia, dizziness, depression, blurred vision, memory loss, constipation, or bladder infections in some patients. It is important to note that some of these things can be lifelong MS symptoms.
As stated above, our treatment options can relieve these symptoms due to the therapeutic properties of cannabinoids. In fact, these properties come from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – natural compounds (cannabinoids) found in cannabis. You will be surprised to find out that your body produces cannabinoids naturally.
Numerous studies are showing the efficacy of cannabinoids in the management of multiple sclerosis. For instance, smoked cannabis can reduce pain by about 50 percent and spasticity by around 25 percent as compared to placebo. Additionally, cannabis has been proven to help manage paraesthesia, tremors, and ataxia (loss of muscle balance and control). All of these health problems go hand in hand with multiple sclerosis.
Bladder infection is another thing that MS patients often experience. Our treatment can also help you regain control of your bladder. It comes as no surprise, as the vast majority of cannabinoid receptors are located along bladder walls. Cannabis oil can improve both the nerve and muscle function of the bladder. Acting as a laxative, it can also reduce discomfort and pain caused by constipation.