CBD for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple Sclerosis remains a mystery. It’s unpredictable and triggered by several factors. What we know for sure is its results—a progressive and potentially disabling disease.
Something blocks the neurotransmission inside the brain and between brain and body. Apparently, the immune system mistakes tissues and cells within the Central Nervous System (CNS) for enemies, so it attacks causing damage to nerve conditions.
That’s a combination of things that CBD might treat.
Here’s what we know for sure about MS:
· Frequency: MS generally strikes people of northern European ancestry although it occurs in most ethnic groups, including African-Americans, Asians, and Hispanics/Latinos.
MS strikes twice as many women as men between from 20 to 50 years of age although thousands of children under 18 are also affected. And, authorities estimate there are 23 million cases worldwide with 200 cases diagnosed weekly.
· Mechanism: If the causes were clearer, treatment would be easier and more successful. But, we know that myelin protects nerve fibers, and if this insulation degrades, the nerve signals become erratic.
Something destroys the myelin and substitutes scars or “sclerotic” tissue. At the worst, underlying nerve fibers are permanently damaged or severed as well. The sclerotic scars multiply across the CNS.
The damage to myelin and nerve fiber breaks or distorts the neurology transmitting signals from brain to spinal cord.
· Symptoms: Because its symptoms are common to many conditions, MS can be difficult to diagnose. It shows up as extreme fatigue, poor vision, and problems with bladder and bowel movements.
More specific symptoms include weakened balance while walking, numbness or pain, and tremors and spasms. Other symptoms may present as mood swings and memory loss. Some symptoms may come, go, and disappear, but others may be permanent.
What we don’t know for sure
· Causes: According to MedicalNewsToday, “What exactly causes MS is yet unclear, meaning that, currently, treatments focus on managing the symptoms of the condition rather than eliminating its biological triggers.”
1. Autoimmune Disease: Researchers have differed in the past, but a recent study adds strength to the claim that MS is an auto-immune disorder. The University of Geneva study found that a viral rather than bacterial injection triggered MS in mice.
2. Genetics: MS is more likely to appear in the same family lines. The chance of the average person developing MS is only 1 percent. But, if a parent or sibling has it, chances increase to 2.5 to 5 percent. Research suggests people with MS are born with a genetic susceptibility to react to unknown environmental agents. These agents then trigger the autoimmune response.
3. Trauma: Researchers see a correlation between the occurrence of MS and traumatic concussions before age 20. They found a 22% higher rate of MS among those who had suffered a single concussion between 10 and 20. “The rate of MS was more than doubled for those who had experienced more than one concussion” (Harvard Health Publishing).
4. Environment: Vitamin D may play a role as epidemiologists see more MS cases reported farther from the equator where longer sunlit days produce more Vitamin D.
5. Infection: Additional research is looking into the possible connection with the measles virus, the human herpes virus-6, and the Epstein-Barr virus.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) reports on all these factors. They also note MS can result from a combination of factors making diagnosis and treatment more difficult. And, they recognize there are heated scientific feuds about causes and therapies.
Standard Medications: There are scores of medications used to treat symptoms, but the research jury is out on their respective values.
· Steroids: Steroids like Prednisone treat acute episodes of MS by reducing the body’s autoimmune response. They may reduce inflammation and shorten the length of an attack. Side-effects can include psychosis, bloating, headache, insomnia, stomach ulcers, and psychosis, so the administration is limited to short terms.
· DMDs: Disease-Modifying Drugs (DMDs) containing interferon beta-1a or interferon beta-1b can delay the progression of MS, reduce the frequency and severity of attacks, and slow down MS-related disability and cognitive decline.
Side-effects include abdominal pain, depression, flu-like symptoms, injection site reactions, shortness of breath, tachycardia, thyroid dysfunction, and fetal complications.
Here’s where CBD comes in
David Garlit, contributing to MultipleSclerosis.net offers a first-person experience treating his MS with hemp-derived CBD oil: “When I take it every day, or even close to every day, my body is much better off. Less pain, less spasticity, and less fatigue.”
The human brain and body have a complex network of endocannabinoids that thread through most natural systems including the CNS. The cannabinoids in hemp interact with the Endocannabinoid System ECS) to produce many responses including a reduction in stress and spasticity. They regenerate lost energies, stabilize neurotransmissions, and reduce inflammation.
These cannabinoids do not cure MS, but they can reduce or eliminate factors or underlying conditions that exacerbate MS symptoms—without the serious side-effects associated with pharmaceutical regimens.
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CBD oil slipped under the tongue, a topical lotion massaged painful areas or a CBD candy popped in the mouth let you treat all day—convenient, discrete, and effective treatment for MS symptoms.