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Multiple Sclerosis

December 9, 2019

The central nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord as well as the optic nerves.  Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and unpredictable disease that targets these components of the human body.  Scientists believe it is an immune-mediated disorder where the immune system attacks healthy tissue located along the central nervous system.  Damage to the central nervous system can cause major interference with the transmission of nerve signals between the brain and the rest of the body, most notably the spinal cord.

Usually the diagnosis for multiple sclerosis occurs between the ages of twenty and fifty, however it has been known to affect children as well as older individuals as well.  While it is possible for anyone to contract multiple sclerosis there are some patterns that have emerged over time.  Women are more likely to develop the disease than men by a staggering margin.  Studies vary, however women seem to contract multiple sclerosis two to three times as often as men.  Signs point to this trend as increasing rather than slowing down.  Studies over the last fifty years point to even greater disparities in the future for how the disease is contracted along gender lines.

While many studies point to genetic factors that increase the chance of an individual contracting multiple sclerosis there has not yet been a direct link tied between the two.  Thus, there has yet to be any specific evidence that multiple sclerosis is passed from generation to generation.  More than anything else environmental factors have been shown to cause a patient to contract multiple sclerosis.  Low Vitamin D is a major factor associated with the disease.  Additionally, cigarette smoking has also been shown to increase the likelihood of contracting multiple sclerosis.  Multiple sclerosis has been found in all ethnic groups, though it doesn’t seem to impact them all equally.  It has been shown to be most common in caucasions of northern European ancestry.

Multiple sclerosis presents a plethora of symptoms that makes managing the disease incredibly stressful.  The most widely accepted symptoms are chronic pain and insomnia.  Medical marijuana has been used repeatedly to mitigate each of these symptoms.  In a 2005 study where a cannabis based extract was used against a placebo the extract accounted for more pain relief by a factor of two than the placebo.  When compared to the placebo for help sleeping the cannabis extract proved to be three times more useful.  It should be noted that the extract was a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD.  Additionally, neural tissue inflammation is very common for those suffering from multiple sclerosis.  This is a direct result of the disease causing the body’s immune cells to attack its central nervous system.  Fortunately, THC and CBD has a proven ability to help with inflammation and can thus help reduce the pain affiliated with this particular symptom.

Some of the strains that have proven beneficial to those suffering from multiple sclerosis are: Jet Fuel (hybrid), Querkle (indica), Shark Shock (indica), Raspberry Cough (Sativa), Blue Goo (hybrid), and Santa Maria (sativa).

The following information is presented for educational purposes only. Summit Releaf provides this information to provide an understanding of the potential benefits of medical marijuana for patients living with one of the approved Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program qualifying conditions. Links to third party websites do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by Summit Releaf and none should be inferred.

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