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Spinal Cord Injury or Disease

January 27, 2020

Spinal Cord Injury or Disease

A spinal cord injury or a disease that affects the spinal cord is trauma that results in temporary or permanent changes in the spinal cord’s normal motor, sensory, or automatic function. Individuals who sustain a spinal cord injury often have lifelong and profound neurologic deficits and accompanying disability are common within individuals who have sustained a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing. Also, paralysis and/or loss of feeling in most of the body including the arms and legs. More severe consequences of a spinal cord injury include weakness, numbness, loss of bowel and bladder control and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Preventing complications of a spinal cord injury is the most important factor when treating patients with the suspected injury.

In the United States, there are approximately 17,000 new spinal cord injuries each year, with automobile accidents currently the leading cause of injury. Falls, acts of violence (primarily from firearm wounds), and sports/recreation activities are also a major cause of spinal cord injuries. As the largest nerve in the human body, the spinal cord is used as a pathway to send and receive messages between the brain and the rest of the body. The spinal column is divided into four sections, from which 31 pairs of nerves emerge and extend to various parts of the body. The top of the spinal column is the cervical area, which consists of seven cervical vertebrae (C-1 through C-7). Below the cervical area lies the thoracic area which includes the chest area and has twelve thoracic vertebrae (T-1 through T-12). Below the thoracic area is the lumbar area which includes the lower back. Five lumbar vertebrae (L-1 through L-5) constitute this region. The bottom section, or the sacral area, includes the sacrum and coccyx and has five vertebrae, S-1 through S-5.

Individuals who have experienced a spinal cord injury say that cannabis provides them “great relief”. A study from a team of investigators, in association with the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, assessed cannabis utilization and attitudes in a national sample and found that 63% of those who responded found cannabis to offer great relief from the symptoms caused by a spinal cord injury. Also, a majority of respondents said that medical cannabis was more effective than prescription medication in treating the conditions related to their injuries.

Spinal cord injury and disease is a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Ohio and patients that suffer from this diagnosis can come to Summit Releaf for a consultation to obtain their Ohio marijuana card. At Summit Releaf we make it as easy as possible to obtain your Ohio marijuana card, by offering discounts to those members of our community who receive social security or are US veterans that served honorably.

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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