MS occurs when the immune system attacks myelin, which wraps around nerve fibers. This effects how the nerves work and therefore the damaged nerve fibers are not able to correctly send signals throughout the body. This can lead to:
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle stiffness
- Unusual sensations
- Lack of concentration
- Bladder/digestive problems
Benefits: Cannabis strains that contains equal to or higher amounts of CBD than THC are most beneficial to those suffering with multiple sclerosis. Cannabis has a positive effect on muscle spasticity, stiffness and pain. People find that spasms decrease, muscles relax and they have more control over their body. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of THC and CBD, inflammation within the brain has decreased in patients over time. The ability of THC to stimulate appetite causes the body to release digestive enzymes, which in turn increase the body’s metabolism and aid in any gastrointestinal issues people with MS might have.
Unfortunately due to side effects of THC, we do not see much of an improvement with cognitive functions.
Treatment: Thus far the best treatment for those who live with MS includes treatment specifically with indica strains. These strains have more of a body relaxation effect, and less of an energetic effect. Indica edibles an hour before bed will aid with insomnia, and can help with staying asleep longer. During the day CBD oils or extracts can be mixed in with food to help with any pain and muscle stiffness or spasms.
Recommended method of intake: Oral spray, and extracts, edibles