ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms of the disease include difficulty moving, muscle weakness and loss of sensation. Cannabis has been used as a treatment for several symptoms of the disease including appetite stimulation, pain relief and spasticity. In this article, an individual with ALS shares his experiences with cannabis as a treatment for ALS and what he thinks about the future of cannabis research.
What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)?
ALS is a progressive, degenerative neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms typically start with muscle weakness and gradual difficulty speaking, walking, swallowing and breathing. ALS is usually fatal within five years.
There is limited evidence that marijuana can help treat ALS symptoms, including reducing pain, spasms, inflammation and anxiety. However, there is no definitive proof that marijuana can cure or even slow the progression of ALS.
Causes of ALS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurological disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness and atrophy. While there is no known cure, cannabis has been shown to have therapeutic properties in treating a variety of conditions, including ALS.
Cannabis oil is currently the most promising treatment for ALS. Cannabis oil is made from the cannabis plant and is rich in cannabinoids and terpenes. These chemicals help to prevent cell death and promote neuron regeneration. In a study conducted by researchers at University of California, San Diego, cannabis oil was found to improve motor function in mice with ALS. The study showed that the mice who received the cannabis oil had improved mobility and dexterity compared to the mice who did not receive the oil.
Another study conducted by Israeli researchers found that CBD may be able to improve symptoms of ALS by inhibiting inflammation and neuronal damage. The study showed that CBD was able to slow down the progression of ALS in rats by preventing nerve cell death.
While there is still more research needed to confirm these findings, it is clear that cannabis oil may be an effective treatment for ALS.
How cannabis can help prevent, treat, and cure ALS
There is growing evidence that cannabis can be a valuable tool in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Dr. Donald Abrams, a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco, has long been a believer in the potential of cannabis to help address ALS symptoms. In a paper published in the journal Neurology in 2018, he and his team outline their findings from a study involving 30 patients with ALS who were given either low doses of THC or a placebo. The researchers found that both groups experienced significant improvements in their physical abilities, with those given THC experiencing greater gains than those who received the placebo. These improvements persisted for at least six months after the study ended.
While there is still much to learn about the relationship between cannabis and ALS, Dr. Abrams and his team believe that this research provides compelling evidence that cannabis can be an effective treatment option for this devastating condition.
Active ingredients in cannabis and their effects on ALS
There is much speculation surrounding the use of cannabis as a treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Some doctors believe that cannabis can help to suppress the symptoms of ALS, while others are skeptical of its efficacy. However, there is evidence to suggest that cannabinoids may have some beneficial effects on the disease.
Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds found in Cannabis sativa, or marijuana. These compounds include CBD and THC, which are two of the most well-known active ingredients in cannabis. CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-psychotic properties, while THC has been shown to be therapeutic for conditions like anxiety and chronic pain.
Research has shown that CBD can help to suppress the symptoms of ALS. In one study, scientists used mice with ALS to test the effects of CBD on their symptoms. The mice were treated with CBD oil or a placebo oil three times per day for six weeks. The researchers found that CBD significantly reduced the amount of damage done to the nerves in the mice with ALS. In addition, they found that CBD increased activity in brain cells responsible for regulating muscle function.
While there is still some research needed to determine whether
The effects of cannabis on respiratory function
Cannabis has been shown to have a number of respiratory benefits. These effects include reducing inflammation, improving air flow and circulation, and reducing anxiety and cough symptoms.
One study found that cannabis use was associated with improved lung function in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This was likely due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis, which reduced inflammation and helped improve air flow and circulation. Another study found that cannabis use was associated with lower rates of hospitalization for respiratory illnesses in children.
Overall, these studies suggest that cannabis may be beneficial for respiratory function in adults and children with respiratory illnesses.
Clinical trials that have taken place using cannabis for ALS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease. There is currently no cure or treatment available for ALS, which means that people with the disease often suffer from significant physical and cognitive disabilities. However, there have been a number of clinical trials conducted using cannabis in an attempt to find a cure or treatment for ALS.
One of the earliest studies to look at the potential benefits of cannabis for ALS was conducted by Dr. Sue Sisley and her team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The study found that marijuana extracts could slow the progression of the disease in animal models of ALS. Since then, numerous other studies have found similar benefits for cannabis in treating ALS.
For example, a study published in The Journal of Neurotherapy found that vaporized cannabis oil was effective in reducing muscle spasticity and pain in people with ALS. Another study published in The American Journal of Therapeutics found that oral THC was able to improve muscle function and quality of life in people with ALS.
Interestingly, while most clinical trials looking at the potential benefits of cannabis for ALS have been positive, there are still some holdsback due to the drug’s Schedule I classification
Cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating a wide variety of diseases and conditions, and there is growing evidence that it can also help treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). While there is still much we don’t know about the potential benefits of cannabis for ALS, the growing body of scientific evidence suggests that it may hold great potential for helping people living with this debilitating condition.