Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease which seems to start in the legs and arms. It eventually causes difficulties in swallowing, chewing and breathing. Sometimes patients start to lose cognitive functioning when they can no longer communicate. This leads to dementia or personality disorders. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease and is caused by the obliteration of motor neurons. This leads to wasting or shrinking of muscles and loss of muscle control. This is because motor neurons, nervous system cells, can no longer send messages to the muscles to work.
How Can Cannabis Oil Benefit ALS?
Some studies show that medical cannabis has such a beneficial impact on ALS that it can slow the disease down and increase the survival time for patients. Using THC for ALS reveals decreased oxidative damage (damage by free radicals to cells and tissues), as well as decreased excitotoxicity (where neurons are so over-stimulated they damage cells and tissues). If medical cannabis can slow down the development of ALS, it will lengthen the life of the ALS sufferer. This will decrease the heavy psychological and physical burden of the disease. Many ALS sufferers get depressed but medical cannabis is a natural anti-depressant. ALS patients can also choose to take medical cannabis alongside their other medication if they are unsure of taking it as their only therapy.
Cannabis Therapy suggested treatment guidelines:
Panacea THC/CBD tincture and the patient can take 5 drops twice daily (morning and night).